World Cup links to astronomy
World Cup fever is not just about games.
Aside from being a great time to look at the underlying science that makes the ball move, it’s a time to look at participating nations from above; take a macro view of what’s going on in the different parts of our globe.
This is how soccer links to astronomy.
NASA takes an interest in both activities.
The ball design work allows NASA engineers to explain aerodynamics in an interesting way – read about this at http://www.nasa.gov/content/nasa-turns-world-cup-into-lesson-in-aerodynamics/#.U6Ea9vmSy5I .
Meanwhile, the global aerial shots from NASA represent diverse areas around the world. They are impressive. Check out this amazing collage of aerial shots representing nations in the World Cup.
Scrolling through these is therapeutic. You cannot help but reflect upon our marvellous, diverse planet Earth. See the different landscapes, the technology, the development and the vast areas of wilderness.