Casio Is Releasing a Retro-Style, NASA-Themed G-Shock Watch

If Neil Armstrong were a wristwatch, he'd be this one.
If Neil Armstrong were a wristwatch, he'd be this one.
G-Shock US, YouTube

Just because you’re not headed to the Moon anytime soon doesn’t mean you can’t flaunt your passion for space exploration in other ways. To help you, Casio is releasing a NASA-themed G-Shock watch that looks like it was fashioned out of a space suit from the Apollo 11 days.

The white digital wristwatch, called the DW5600NASA20, features NASA’s classic worm logo in red on the face, an American flag on the band loop, and two images of the Moon: a silver one engraved on the case back, and a red one that appears in the bluish backlight when you check the time in the dark. Even the packaging plays into the theme; as Engadget points out, the watch comes in a tin that loosely resembles the Saturn V rocket.

This packaging you probably won't want to throw away.Casio

A silvery Moon engraved on the back of the watch.Casio

In addition to its delightfully retro design, the G-Shock watch also has all the technological trappings you’d expect from a NASA-themed gadget, including shock resistance, water resistance up to 200 meters, a countdown timer, a multi-function alarm, a stopwatch, flash alerts, and more.

It costs $130, making it both one of the more reasonably-priced space-inspired timepieces on the market and, apparently, quite a hot commodity: Since its launch on April 24, the DW5600NASA20 has already sold out on the G-Shock website.

While you wait for Casio to restock, see if you have what it takes to be an astronaut with this aptitude test.

[h/t Engadget]

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Don't Miss Saturn And Jupiter's Great Conjunction on the Winter Solstice

Paul Williams, Flickr // CC BY-ND 2.0
Paul Williams, Flickr // CC BY-ND 2.0

In 2020, skygazers were treated to meteor showers, a new comet, and a Halloween blue moon. One of the last major astronomical events of the year is set to fall on the night of the winter solstice. On December 21, look up to catch Saturn in conjunction with Jupiter.

What is the conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter?

In astronomy, a conjunction occurs when two planets appear exceptionally close in the night sky. Two of our solar system's gas giants will share a celestial "kiss" on the longest night of the year. The rare meeting of Saturn and Jupiter is known as the "great conjunction" by astronomers.

Though conjunctions between the planets are fairly common, Saturn and Jupiter only get together once in a generation. Their last conjunction happened 20 years ago in the year 2000. Even if you were around for the last one, 2020's planetary meet-up is worth catching. Saturn and Jupiter will come within 0.1° of each other, or about one-fifth the width of a full moon. The last time the two planets came that close was in 1653, and they won't match that proximity again until 2080.

How to see the conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter

Saturn and Jupiter have been inching closer throughout October and November. You can find them now by looking for Jupiter, currently the brightest planet in the night sky, right after sunset. Saturn will appear just east of Jupiter as a dimmer planet with a golden hue.

As autumn wanes, the two planets will gradually bridge the space between them until they reach conjunction on winter solstice. On Monday, December 21, the planets will be so close that they may form a coalescence. That happens when the light from two planets appear to shine as a single star. When that happens, the super-bright body will be easy to spot.