As I've commented before, the world is home to an overwhelming diversity of small brown beetles, most of them (for me, at least) inordinately difficult to distinguish. One group of tiny beetles that is quite recognisable, though, is the ant-like beetles of the genus Anthicus. Anthicus cervinus, copyright Robert Webster. Over a hundred species around the world have been attributed to this genus. Few of them grow more than a few millimetres in length. They are elongate with the elytra more or less rounded and often covered in short hair. The legs are relatively long. The prothorax is globular and generally narrower towards the base. The head is inclined and carried on a narrow neck (Ferté-Sénectère 1848). Many species have the elytra contrastingly patterned with bands or spots. As the vernacular name indicates, the overall appearance is reminiscent of a small ant though I'm not sure if this indicates a protective mimicry or is merely coincidence. Anthicus antherinus, copyright Udo Schmidt. The natural ...
Windows: If you're a bit of a NASA nut, it's easy to try out beautiful simulations of different Apollo missions on your PC for free. All you need is the open-source application Orbiter and the Project Apollo add-on, which is a heck of a lot easier to manage than going to Space Camp.
If you won't be in Chile or Argentina for tomorrow's total solar eclipse, the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco will go for you, bringing you live-stream coverage as the moon casts its shadow across parts of South America and the South Pacific.
Last week, the LightSail 2 officially made its first contact with Earth. The solar-powered spacecraft will be sailing around Earth's orbit for the next year, all part of a mission to prove that solar sailing is a viable mode of space exploration.