What do space travel and striped mammals have to do with each other? They’re both awesome, of course!
Everyone knows what a raccoon (Procyon lotor) is, right? Here are couple of similar animals that aren’t as well known.
Raccoon dog タヌキ Nyctereutes procyonoides
These canines that are known as tanuki in Japan are mentioned in various anime, but until a few weeks ago, I thought they were entirely fictional. Cute, aren’t they?
Closer to (my) home…
Ring-tailed Cat / Miner’s Cat (Bassariscus astutus)
My family once encountered a ring-tailed cat alongside a rural street when I was a teenager. We studied it for several, surreal minutes while it considered us from a tree limb. We had no idea what it was. I remember digging for weeks until learning these relatives to the raccoon are a rarely-seen native (to Oregon).
Someone shared a link on the Hatrack River forums to a comparison Website of Starship Dimensions. If you’re a fan of any science fiction shows set in space, then trust me that you will enjoy this site. Don’t overlook the horizontal scrollbar.
What good are starships without destination stars? Topics in Astronomy, by Harry Foundalis includes a comparison of actual star sizes, temperature classification, and their estimated proximity to us. This site requires more brainpower and a difficult trick with the eyes to appreciate fully.
HD Video Comparing Star Sizes