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Entries from October 2011

Nikon’s Small World

October 24th, 2011 · 2 Comments

As every year, Nikon has held a competition for the best micro photographs. And the harvest is again very beautiful. The complete set of winners and recommendations can be found at their site.
The one I want to highlight here though, is an image of a freshwater flea that looks like you could make it using […]

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Tags: Art · Science · Spore

Light-speed effects animation

October 18th, 2011 · No Comments

Astronomy Picture of the Day features something very special today and I like to share with you. The video below shows accurate animations of the visual effects that occur when you move at almost the speed of light. Although the text-to-speech voice-over is distracting, I still recommend to keep sound on.
Movie created by Antony Searle […]

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Tags: Art · Astronomy

Venus transit

October 16th, 2011 · No Comments

In astronomy things happen in cycles. The way our solar system is set-up, there are times that Venus viewed from Earth transits in front of the Sun. This is a rare event that will happen 5th/6th of June 2012 and after that in the year 2117. So unless your planning on getting very very old, […]

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Tags: Astronomy

Mercury Hollows

October 4th, 2011 · No Comments

After all the exoplanet excitement some news from our very own solar system. NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft took pictures of a feature that was not seen on any planet yet. The rocky surface of the innermost planet has hollows that resemble those found in the icy poles of Mars*. They are different though, since it is […]

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Tags: Astronomy