This week we begin with a look at befriending aliens, a new galaxy, White House fireworks and our breathtaking planet as seen from space. But before taking you on a cosmic journey, we want to say farewell to the shining star, Nora Ephron. Her humor and talent have amazed and inspired us. She’ll be missed. Have a great 4th!
A Third of Earthlings believe in UFOs, Would Befriend Aliens
What would you do if you encountered an alien? You probably wouldn’t harbor it in a bicycle basket. Thanks to Nate Beeler (@natebeeler), editorial cartoonist at The Columbus Dispatch, for making us wonder about extraterrestrial visitors (and not the Atari sort).
Atari’s 40th Anniversary
Speaking of Atari, it’s hard to believe it’s been 40 years since aliens made contact. Who can forget Pong and Space Invaders and how they elevated us to cool kid status? Natasha Eva Eloi (@Eloi_Nation) provided us with this look back.
Astronomers Discover Galaxy They Thought Couldn’t Exist
500 trillion times the mass of the sun, a galaxy cluster is discovered far, far away. Astrophysicist Catherine (@CatherineQ), thanks for sparking our galactic wonder.
How NASA Views the World: America’s Most Beautiful National Parks, as Seen from Space [PICS]
A new perspective that’s awe-inspiring. Perhaps you’ll be visiting one of them this holiday. Thanks Paul Anderson (@pca67), for your tweet and reminding us just how magnificent our planet really is.
Video of the Week
Wednesday marks the United States of America’s 236th birthday. What better way to celebrate than to enjoy last year’s incredible fireworks display at the White House?
Did you enjoy this edition of Monday Madeleines? How do you think you’d react to alien visitation? You can always practice with the digital kind. Leave a comment and let us know. No over-sharing here. (But if you somehow cross that line, we’ll let you know.)