This Month in Charts: August

From the grand celebration of the Olympics and the grandeur of space, the month of August was, dare we say it, rather august. I LoveCharts takes on the month’s most graphable moments.

Men Are From Mars

August kicked off with the successful landing of Mars rover Curiosity. But the even bigger story turned out to be NASA mission lead and dude-with-a-mohawk Bobak Ferdowsi — now known as “Mohawk Guy” — whose rapid fangirling reached such heights that even President Obama weighed in.

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NASA’s shuttle program may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a whole universe left to explore—and a whole new generation of astronomers and astronauts to get excited about life beyond our chunk of rock. Now, thanks to 10 years of work on the part of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, budding scientists will now have a better picture, literally, of what’s out there than we’ve ever had. The image above is the result of the 2MASS Redshift Survey (2MRS) and isthe most complete 3-D map of the local universe (out to a distance of 380 million light-years) ever created.”

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From beginning to end, the eclipse will last about three hours and twenty-eight minutes. For observers on the east coast of the U.S. the eclipse lasts from 1:33am EST through 5:01 a.m. EST. Viewers on the west coast will be able to tune in a bit earlier. For them the eclipse begins at 10:33 p.m. PST on December 20 and lasts until 2:01am PST on Dec. 21. Totality, the time when Earth’s shadow completely covers the moon, will last a lengthy 72 minutes. (via NASA) You going to watch?

Well, are you?