• Explore Your World

  • Explore Your World

  • Explore Your World

TinyMos: Astrophotography To Go

I love photography. There’s something about the challenge of framing a perfect image that appeals to my artistic side. Although I have had great success with capturing everyday subjects like people, landscapes and flowers, I will be the first to admit that I have not been overly successful when it comes to photographing objects in […]

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Space Music: Solarbeat

As a former graphic designer, I have always loved interactive projects. That’s why I was ecstatic when I found the interactive musical project created by Luke Twyman and Whitevinyl! SolarBeat features musical chords using the real orbital frequencies of the eight planets along with the dwarf planets Ceres and Pluto. The tunes can be adjusted […]

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Why Space Needs Marketers

I have been a proponent of space and space travel for years. Very few of my friends seem to share my love for stars and planets. I often wondered why. How could they not understand the thrill of worlds beyond ours? Why are the stars a taboo subject, only to be discussed amongst scientists and […]

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Exoplanetary Exploration 101

Exoplanets are the new cool kids when it comes to astronomical discovery. As our ability to search through the vastness of space increases, we continue to find ourselves faced with an ever expanding potential of discovering planets that could look and behave a lot like Earth. That’s all fine and dandy, but wouldn’t you rather […]

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Planets Outside of Our Solar System

I was in awe when I first encountered this video. The visuals and music are exceptionally done. It illustrates just far we have come since mankind pointed curved glass towards the sky. The video is a visualization of 1,705 planets in 685 systems as of November 24, 2015, found by Kepler. As of today, (Mar […]

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Solar Republic – Year of the Sun Playlist

The Solar Republic – Year of the Sun playlist is my humble opinion, by one of the best space playlists you’ll find online. The playlist was inspired by the card game Solar Republic, based upon the planets, moons, and Sun of our Solar System. Playlist includes contemporary trip-hop, indie, and NASA soundbites. Perfect to capture […]

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About The Solar Republic


The idea of Solar Republic was created over 25 years ago, by two large-eyed Mississippi kids who dreamed of traveling among the stars. They were obsessed with the planets, stars, and constellations. Their imagination led them to ask questions such as “what would it be like to set foot on Mars” or “to scour the upper atmosphere of Titan”. They read cover to cover books such as Wayne Douglas Barlow’s “Expedition,” fascinated by the biology, the geography, the technology, the art of discovering new worlds. Nothing amazed us more than to behold, with our own eyes, the mapped surfaces of moons transmitted to us from Voyager, Cassini and other probes passing through our Solar System during the late 1990’s.

We were explorers, even if our “explorations” were the equivalent of a pile of science books our parents bought us for getting good grades. They were taken away from us, at least me, when I wasn’t well behaved in school. We were the “space nerds.” On the surface, we rebuked the label but internally embraced it. We would get overly jubilant when we thumbed through the pages of Wayne Barlowe’s “Expedition” or Stars and Planets from Peterson Field Guilds.

Twenty-Five years later, one of us is the author of children’s books, and the other is pursuing the millennial lifestyle of “working from anywhere” as a marketer. What remains the same is our love for the stars, in this case, something more close to home, our star, the Sun, named Sol and her family of planetary systems. I remember when I asked the question, “Why don’t all the moons have symbols?” As with every entrepreneur adventure, I decided that it was up to me to fix that particular problem.

Elon Musk has done a fantastic job of pushing his agenda of leading humankind to Mars, although I can’t ignore the nagging doubts I have about Mar’s lack of a magnetosphere. Nevertheless, like those before him, he has pioneered the unknown, putting his wealth to good use, funded the dreams of his youth. Why not do the same? As a kid I was inspired by Nas’s My Way and Tim Ferriss’ Four Hour Work Week.

I hope you enjoy the movement as well as the game. My specialty is marketing, specifically online marketing. We wish to get people excited about the idea of space travel and exploring our beautiful Solar System. In every way, it is the final frontier for humankind. One of the only moves that will unite us as humankind in one effort to further our species and ensure it’s survival. Whether you are a scientist, marketer, accountant, secretary or grocer, you have a place within this movement.