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scenic skies

a companion to the previous post – awe inspiring time-lapse video of the night sky above the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) group in Chile’s Atacama Desert. link

sky survey

The Photopic Sky Survey is a 5,000 megapixel photograph of the entire night sky stitched together from 37,440 exposures. Large in size and scope, it portrays a world far beyond the one beneath our feet and reveals our familiar Milky Way with unfamiliar clarity. When we look upon this image, we are in fact peering […]

old trees

only because i’ve been working in and out of trees all day today … above, General Sherman, a sequoia in Sequoia National Park in California, US. est. 2,300 years old to 2,700 years old. Pando, colony of Quaking Aspen in Utah, US… While Pando isn’t technically the oldest individual tree, this clonal colony of Quaking […]


an international crew observed the total solar eclipse of July 22, 2009 on Enewetak Atoll in Marshall Islands and recorded fabulous images The display of the solar corona, lunar surface and stars in the resulting image are highly beyond the ability of human vision during the eclipse. The weakest stars visible in the image are […]

how things won’t work

Donald Simanek “It may be perpetual motion, but it will take forever to test it.” link to the Museum of Unworkable Devices

small worlds

top judged microscopic images from the 2009 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition. link

satellite views

a collection of satellite images of earth, processed during the month of August 09. the image pictured here… “Rainforests are not always wet and rainy. The world’s largest rainforest, the Amazon, actually has a dry season when the clouds clear and sunlight drenches the trees. It is during this period that the forest growth is […]

lost land of the volcano

a remote volcanic crater on the Pacific island of Papua, New Guinea has revealed many new discoveries and wildlife never seen before. A team of scientists from Britain, the United States and Papua New Guinea found more than 40 previously unidentified species when they climbed into the kilometre-deep crater of Mount Bosavi and explored a […]