René Descartes passed away on this day in 1650. Celebrate his legacy with his Mechanical Philosophy (1644), which posited that the universe operated as a continuously running machine which God had set in motion. Since he rejected Newton’s theory of gravity and idea of a vacuum in space, Descartes argued that instead the universe was composed of a ‘subtle matter’ he named ‘plenum,’ which swirled in vortices like whirlpools and actually moved the planets by contact. Here, these vortices carry the planets around the Sun.
This photo was among the first images taken by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly on NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite.
After the 2012 transit of Venus in ultra-high definition photos, the transit in ultra-high definition video.
Venus Transit 2012
If you still have time, look up (but follow Brandon Boyd’s most wise precaution). This won’t happen again in our lifetimes.
(Photo: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)
OMG, you guys! My “Supermoon over Miami” photo (taken with my amateur camera that I hardly know how to use) made it into @mashable’s gallery of 13 Spectacular “Supermoon” Photos from Mashable Readers.