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Editors’ Picks: Cosmos

Mar 7, 2014

by Stephanie Madewell handmade and vintage goods

In 1980, Carl Sagan took television viewers on an unforgettable tour of the universe in Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Now, Neil Degrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, is hosting a new, 13-part series, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey – after all, a lot has happened in the last thirty years, even if it is just a blip in cosmic time.

In the original Cosmos, Sagan said, “Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us – there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.” Perhaps that’s why space inspires so many Etsy makers, and everything from the Hubble Space Telescope’s stunning images to breakthroughs in exploration influences their creations. Here’s a few that have caught our eye.

Planetary stickers let you rearrange the solar system to your own specifications.

Build a model of the Curiosity Rover with this incredible kit.

Dip a toe into deep space with nebula-patterned socks.

Even gas giants look warm and welcoming when they’re fashioned from felted wool.

Stash stellar sketches in an art journal adorned with the moon.

Colored diamonds set in oxidized sterling trace the Leo constellation.

A soft and sumptuous wool scarf is printed with images of the Carina Nebula.

Don’t just gaze at the Big Dipper; wear your own tiny, golden version of it.

Stamp a slew of Saturns to make galactic wrapping paper.

A skein of yarn takes its color cues from vibrantly-hued clouds of interstellar gas.

Because your cup of coffee will taste even better stirred with a few stars.

Amateur astronomers will be happy to rock a Hubble telescope tee.

Protect your coffee table and perfect your constellation-recognition skills with these clever coasters.

Every planet in our solar system (even controversial Pluto) appears as a pendant on this necklace.

A must-have collectible for the starstruck philatelist.

Brush up on your Martian geography with a vintage globe.

A glow-in-the-dark pillowcase does double-duty as a nightlight.

Cuddle up with Carl.

A stunning Hubble image inspired this one-of-a-kind quilt.

A vintage magic lantern glass slide is reborn as a stellar nightlight.

The cutouts on these silver earrings evoke the moon’s many craters.

Swirling bands of colored glaze call to mind harsh planetary atmospheres.

We love minouette’s prints of women scientists (especially the astronomers).

Give your flowerbeds a cosmic touch with a moon garden globe.

An amazing image of the aptly-named Mystic Mountain.


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