Rings

May 25th, 2015

Emily Lakdawalla's dive into the latest batch of images from the Cassini probe inspired her to generate a magnificent panorama across Saturn's rings (scroll down to the foot of the article.)

Saturn's rings (excerpt)

(For the record, this preview of one tiny segment doesn't begin to capture the scale or impact of the full image. Click on the preview if you doubt me…)

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Unintentional time-lapses

May 18th, 2015

A group of researchers from the University of Washington and Google have found a way to construct time-lapse video sequences from within the millions of photos to be found online:

First, we cluster 86 million photos into landmarks and popular viewpoints. Then, we sort the photos by date and warp each photo onto a common viewpoint. Finally, we stabilize the appearance of the sequence to compensate for lighting effects and minimize flicker.

The results are downright spectacular in some cases, and just plain odd in others.1

[Via kottke.org]

  1. Wait until right at the end, when the video gets to the Charging Bull statue from New York's Financial District. Why is it doing that, exactly?

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The view was worth the trip

April 19th, 2015

APOD: 2015 April 13 – Milky Way over Erupting Volcano.

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Flipped Iceberg

February 12th, 2015

Alex Cornell, on shooting pictures of an inverted iceberg:

Of all the things I've made in my life, I would *not* have expected a photo of ice in water to end up being covered so widely.

I have to admit that I was half-hoping that the iceberg being inverted would mean that the whole nine-tenths-of-an-iceberg-is-underwater principle would also be inverted, so that the picture would reveal an immense inverted pyramid of ice sticking out of the water and towering over the photographer, with just a relatively tiny chunk of ice being below the waterline. Physics doesn't seem to work that way, sadly. Even so, the pictures Cornell shot are still pretty damn spectacular and definitely well worth a look.

[Via Daring Fireball]

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The Milky Way over the Seven Strong Men Rock Formations

February 1st, 2015

APOD: 2015 January 26 – The Milky Way over the Seven Strong Men Rock Formations. Pretty epic.

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Crescent Rhea Occults Crescent Saturn

January 7th, 2015

APOD: 2015 January 4 – Crescent Rhea Occults Crescent Saturn.

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Sleepy Pirdies and Tapir Sharks

November 22nd, 2014

Evolution Meets Photoshop:

Seoul-based artist Sarah DeRemer has utilised her Photoshop skills to create some bizarre new species of animals, some of which are undeniably cute, others are absolutely terrifying.

A Steagle

The Sleepy Pirdy is outrageously cute. The Tapir Shark looks like something invented by Douglas Adams. I hope never to meet a Rankey in the flesh.

[Via swissmiss]

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Panoraaaaaaammmmmmmaaaaaaaaa photography

November 12th, 2014

When Panorama Photography Goes Wrong:

Half a pony

The truncated pony is weird and all, but my favourite is the man I call the Human Silverback

[Via swissmiss]

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Time to seek out a car wash. And some water would be good.

August 21st, 2014

No doubt about it, the Curiosity Rover has totally lost that showroom shine.

[Via Extenuating Circumstances]

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Arctic Melt Pond

August 4th, 2014

I understand that the increasing prevalence of Arctic melt ponds is probably telling us something rather depressing about the rate at which glaciers are melting, the implications for global climate change and the chances that at some point within the remainder of my lifetime I'm going to find myself commuting to work in a canoe. I really do.

But on the other hand, those little turquoise jewels nestling in an expanse of whiteness sure are just so goddam pretty that sometimes I think it's worth the impending disruption of modern civilisation.

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Will it…?

July 26th, 2014

WILL IT BEARD? Good question.

[Via Pocket Lint #17]

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Pretty pictures

July 6th, 2014

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EarthPatterns

June 8th, 2014

Lauren Manning's EarthPatterns: Beautiful things on our planet, found on Google Maps.

Castro Marim, Portugal

[Via swissmiss]

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Pale Blue and White Dot

May 18th, 2014

A new Earthrise over the Moon, courtesy of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter:

Earthrise

Be sure to follow the first link to see the whole image.

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Pretty picture

April 20th, 2014

We can be free, we can learn how to fly!

A seagull, following the ferry boat from Thassos to Keramoti, demonstrates the elegance of natural flying.

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Celebrities that Look Like Matresses

April 8th, 2014

Celebrities that Look Like Matresses.

Some of these are just mean…

Alan Cumming

Hilarious, still, but mean.

[Via kottke.org]

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Pretty pictures

April 6th, 2014

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Here kitty, kitty…

April 3rd, 2014

Just some kitties…

Tigers galore

Follow the link for several more pictures of a pack of happy, if slightly peckish, tigers frolicking in the snow in China.

[Via More Words, Deeper Hole]

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Dallas Storm Timelapse

March 30th, 2014

Dallas Storm Timelapse:

(For a view from above of a similar phenomenon, see this NASA Earth Observatory feature on images of lightning storms taken from the ISS. Only still images, but impressively big ones.)

[Via The Awl]

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68 million metric tons

March 2nd, 2014

NASA's Earth Observatory site has before and after images of a landslide in Southeastern Alaska that took place just a couple of weeks ago:

Using imagery from the Landsat 8 satellite, scientists have confirmed that a large landslide occurred in southeastern Alaska on February 16, 2014. A preliminary estimate suggests the landslide on the flanks of Mount La Perouse involved 68 million metric tons (75 million short tons) of material, which potentially makes it the largest known natural landslide on Earth since 2010.

The photos weren't worth embedding here in cropped form: you should follow that link and see what a 75,000,000 ton landslide looks like.1

  1. Short answer: 'impressive', if viewed from a safe distance. If you'd been in the vicinity at the time, you'd probably have used the word 'terrifying' if you lived long enough.

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