WANT Part XIII: Moon throw

By Phil Plait | May 14, 2012 1:00 pm

When I’m getting the mid-afternoon drowsies, and looking for a comfortable, warm, cozy place to take a nap, what could possibly be better than… the impact crater-scarred surface of the Moon?

This may be the greatest blanket throw in the history of blankets. Who wouldn’t want to cuddle up in a little regolith?

And ZOMFSM and it comes with matching pillows! And there’s a floor cushion!

Supermoon, indeed.

Tip o’ the spacesuit visor to Design for Mankind via Jeri Ryan on Pinterest.


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Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnt!!!
Want: Part 6
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Want

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, Cool stuff, Geekery

Comments (21)

  1. Chris

    Is this a blanket for a bed? The description says tapestry which I associate with something hanging on a wall. Although the nap on the sides is more indicative of a rug. But I freely admit I don’t know nothin’ about bedroom fashion.

  2. Crux Australis

    Any idea of which area it represents?

  3. alfaniner

    When you get under it you can pretend you’re a Horta.

  4. Chris

    @3 alfanier
    LOL

  5. Tara Li

    This is … perhaps a bit pricey. This *is* after all NASA imagery, I think – or should be – and sublimation should not be that expensive!

    MMkay. I don’t know for sure on the cloth thickness and durability – but Wal-Mart will do one of these with just about any image you bring in for $50. Grab one of the really big images of the Eta Cass region, or the Orion Nebula, Big Blue Marble image of the month of your choice, or your favorite LRO or NASA Mars Rover image, and have fun.

    Seriously – I do this kind of thing for a living (though I don’t work for Wal-Mart – and I don’t have the equipment to do this big). The price is a bit much, and declaring it a “limited edition” is just stupid.

  6. chief

    Show me a large bedspread of an image of the moons orbiting Saturn with the rings in contrast over a half phase Saturn. (full colour of course.)

  7. Tara Li

    Feel free to get one made, +chief! NASA has the archives! (Hint, check out the archives for the Cassini Mission)

  8. ozprof

    Somehow I do not think THE BOSS would let me fork out that kind of money for a bedspread like that. She thinks I spend too much time on astro as it is! That Wal-mart idea though………..

  9. kat wagner

    But today a guy got bit by a rattlesnake in a Wal-mart. This even looks like it was hand woven on a loom. And yes, the price is right for a handmade piece of art like this. Better than paying $1000 for a handmade quilt I would say, and WAY better than getting bit by a rattler at a Wal-mart. So if you can, support your local artists.

  10. flip

    @6 Chief

    Check their listings of other pillows: there is a special edition called “heavenly collection”, which includes Saturn.

    EDIT: D’oh… pillow does not equal bedspread.

  11. Nigel Depledge

    Chris (1) said:

    Is this a blanket for a bed? The description says tapestry which I associate with something hanging on a wall.

    Tapestry is the name of a technique used to stitch an image onto a coarsely-woven background (which is one reason why the famous Bayeux Tapestry isn’t a tapestry – it’s a piece of embroidery, I think). Perhaps they use the word tapestry because that was the technique used to create this.

  12. Nigel Depledge

    Tara Li (5) said:

    Wal-Mart will do one of these with just about any image you bring in for $50.

    Yes, but at what resolution, and by what technique?

    What Wal-Mart will do is almost sure to be screen printing, which is not very durable. If this rug was created using tapestry, then the image will last as long as the thread itself does.

  13. Nigel Depledge

    Kat Wagner (9) said:

    Better than paying $1000 for a handmade quilt I would say, and WAY better than getting bit by a rattler at a Wal-mart.

    I have heard several reasons why one should not shop at Wal-Mart, but getting bitten by a rattlesnake was never one of them until now . . .

  14. Eek. $400 for a blanket? $260 for a pillow? On what planet to people pay that? This is a very 1%er item. Me, I’ll just use the cheap blanket from Target and look at a picture of the moon.

  15. Tara Li

    @12 Nigel – No, Wal-Mart is most likely either using large-format sublimation, or direct-to-garment printing. If so, resolution is anywhere from 72 DPI to 200 DPI – I doubt the fabric can support much more than that. Screen printing is *not* the technology you want to use for one-off runs, as the screen charges for something this large would be a few hundred dollars.

    Tech changes. Screen printing has its place, but newer techs come along all the time. 60-72″ inkjet printers are getting fairly common these days. I have to admit, though, I’m drooling over a Roland SOLJET SJ-1045. 104″ media width. 484 sq ft/hr at 360 DPI.

  16. Chris

    @14 VinceRN

    That’s why Phil says “Want” and not “Look what I got!” Although by looking at the description I feel it is more of an artistic than practical piece. Also Phil has a cat and if she’s anything like mine, that piece’s price would quickly depreciate! :-)

  17. Nigel Depledge

    @ Tara Li (15) –

    Well, I stand corrected.

  18. Nigel Depledge

    Tara Li (15) said:

    I have to admit, though, I’m drooling over a Roland SOLJET SJ-1045. 104″ media width. 484 sq ft/hr at 360 DPI.

    Now that’s geekery.

  19. MadSciKat =^..^=

    @alfaniner: u wins Teh Innert00bz 2dai!

  20. Zyggy

    Want, part …Part XIII

    Apollo XIII anyone? …oh wait…now I done messed up a good blanket! (For the record, I’m not a tristadekaphobe. In fact, it’s one of my favorite numbers. I was born on the 13th. Apollo 13, however, was rather unlucky.)

    But I LOVE the blanket! Already sent out an email showing my family. Most, unfortunately, have replied that $400 is too much for a blanket (and I agree, but it’s so cool).

    My sister actually did something similar for my wife and me as a wedding gift. She had one of our wedding photos turned into a tapestry-style blanket a lot like these.

    Zyg

  21. Matt B.

    It should have had a picture of Lacus Somniorum (or Mare Fecunditatis, if you’re using the bed for the other purpose. :) )

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