The American Meteor Society (AMS) announced that 360 reports from some 12 states detailing alleged meteor activity was received Wednesday, with the majority of them coming from Virginia; Washington, DC; and Marylanda at around 11 p.m. The exploding meteoroid was so bright that it triggered the lightning detector on NASA / NOAA’s GOES-16 weather satellite. According to the AMS preliminary 3D trajectory, the fireball ended its journey in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Bethany Beach in Delaware. Read more for two additional videos.
Fender’s Game of Thrones Sigil Collection guitars will not only appeal to fans of the series, but just anyone who wants a cool-looking musical instrument. They were created by Ron Thorn of Fender’s Custom Shop and the Principal Master Builder, with each guitar representing the three primary houses: House Stark, House Lannister, and House Targaryen. One caveat: they range in price between $25,000 and $35,000. Read more for a video additional pictures and information.
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Two Bit Arcade’s Martin Fitzpatrick, a self-taught programmer, has built the world’s first Etch A Sketch digital camera, and it’s called the “Etch A Snap”. This pocket-sized device captures digital photos and then uses a Raspberry Pi Zero computer board to draw them onto the actual Etch A Sketch “screen”. The Raspberry Pi uses Pillow and OpenCV to process the photo down to a 240×144 pixel 1-bit black-and-white line before turning them into plotter commands, which are then executed by physically moving the Etch A Sketch wheels with two 5V stepper motors built into a custom 3D-printed frame. Read more for a video and additional information.
Lord of the Rings may have a large following, but rarely do you see fans actually recreating something from the series, that is unless…you’re Jim Costigan. His day job is a New York construction supervisor, but his free time for the past 6-years was spent building an energy-efficient Hobbit House, complete with a lush green roof that Bilbo Baggins would most certainly approve of. “I thought that was the coolest house I’d ever seen. Architecturally, I thought that that house in the movie was just really well-done, that it was really original. The curvatures, everything about it was unique,” said Costigan about the home of Bilbo Baggins, Bag End. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
If you’ve always wanted to own a real 2011 Acura MDX used during the filming of The Avengers, then now is your chance, but for a hefty price. One of ten custom vehicles has just been put up for sale at $75,000 on Facebook, and it was featured in the first Avengers film as well as the pilot episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Featuring a matte black paint job, flared wheel arches, a bull bar with lights, roof-mounted light bar, steel side steps, custom wheels, and various decals. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is a big fan of Game of Thrones and just before the Season 8 premier last night he Tweeted something along the lines of adding stainless-steel dragon wings to Starship. “With steel membrane wings like a Dragon, we may be able to lower Starship’s orbital reentry temp to ~1000 degrees C, which would allow the whole surface to be uncooled bare metal,” said Musk. Read more for a video explaining why Starship has a stainless steel design and additional information.
Researchers have discovered two new planets that might be orbiting the nearest star to our sun, a small red dwarf called Proxima Centauri, located approximately 4.24 light-years away from Earth. “We are pleased to show you, for the first time, what is for us a new candidate planet around Proxima that we call Proxima c,” said Mario Damasso of Italy’s Observatory of Turin on April 12 during the 2019 Breakthrough Discuss conference. It’s at least six times more massive than Earth, and the planet takes 1,936 days to orbit once around its star, thus making its average surface temperature much too cold for liquid water to flow. Read more for a video and additional information.
Fans at the Star Wars Celebration in Chicago got their first look at the Disney+ series The Mandalorian on Sunday, when Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy and executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni revealed a teaser clip. This eight-episode series will make its official debut on Nov. 12 as one of the Disney+ streaming service launch shows. “If you look throughout history, it’s fun at first, but it gets very complicated very quickly. The idea of that world after The Return of the Jedi and what would happen and what sort of characters would survive, and what it was like until the new Republic took over. You have vestiges of the Empire. You have only the strong surviving. You have chaos taking over the galaxy,” said Favreau. Read more for the video, additional pictures and information.
Google Maps is known for its “ichnographic,” or flattened out plan, where all buildings and their features appear perfectly perpendicular to a single, aerial viewpoint, thus enabling users to grasp a city’s entire layout, relative to its environs and the cardinal directions. Today, creating these maps aren’t too difficult, but Leonardo da Vinci managed to make one of Imola, Italy way back in 1502. Read more for a video showing how he did it.
If you’re familiar with competitive gaming, “Evo Moment #37” is one clip that commonly pops up. For those who’ve never heard of it, the footage refers to a Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike semifinal match held at Evolution Championship Series 2004 between Daigo Umehara and Justin Wong in which the former made an unexpected comeback by parrying 15 consecutive hits of Wong’s “Super Art” move while having only one pixel of vitality. Read more for the alternate view of that moment and the original recording.