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Photography

Incredible Timelapse Video of the Night Sky Recorded Using a Fisheye Lens

November 26, 2012

Christopher Jobson

French photographer Stephane Vetter captured this outstanding time-lapse of the night sky using a Sigma 8 mm fisheye lens, meaning that what you see in the video is a true representation of the entire visible sky. Titled Leonid and Zodiacal Light, the brief but jaw-dropping clip was shot November 17th of this year and includes a five-hour star trail and Vetter even takes time to label signifiant stars and other objects visible in the sky. Make sure you watch it full-screen.

 

 



Design Science

100,000 Stars: An Interactive Exploration of the Milky Way Galaxy

November 15, 2012

Christopher Jobson

100,000 Stars is a new experiment for Chrome web browsers (or any other WebGL browser like Firefox or Safari) that lets you interactively explore the Milky Way galaxy with your mouse and scroll wheel. I found it to be a bit more cumbersome on my laptop trackpad so if you’re in the same position click the ‘Take a Tour’ button for a pretty lovely demo. (via the awesomer)

 

 



Design Food

Solar System & Nebula Lollipops

September 6, 2012

Christopher Jobson

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How many licks does it take to get to the center of the solar system? Etsy seller Vintage Confections has the answer with their fun set of eight lollipops containing edible images of the planets. Get ready for Halloween with their insects, flies, spiders and centipede set, or just try good old vintage eyeballs. (via explore)

 

 



Science

New Interpolated HD Video of Curiosity Mars Rover Descent Depicts Real-Time Landing

August 26, 2012

Christopher Jobson

I’ve seen several different videos of Curiosity’s descent down to the Mars, and while incredible because of what they depict, none approached the frame-rate we might normally expect from an actual film. Using footage provided by NASA, Reddit user Godd2 just spent the last four days on behalf of all humankind creating a stunning interpolated HD version of the descent. In layman’s terms interpolation involves taking a choppy video, in this case NASA’s 4 frames-per-second video, and rendering the “missing” frames in between resulting in an incredibly smooth 25 frames-per-second video. This is, I believe, the closest approximation ever of what it might feel like to land on another planet in real time using actual footage. Amazing. Here it is on YouTube.

 

 



Photography Science

An Interactive 360° Panorama of Curiosity's Landing Site on Mars

August 14, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Last week I stayed up well into the night waiting for news of Curiosity’s successful landing on Mars. Although the first few dusty, low-res images were a bit underwhelming they were no less incredible: after traveling for over 8 months and 352 million miles we successfully landed a 2,000 pound car on another planet. Thankfully the wait for incredible imagery is finally over. The folks over at EDS Systems have stitched together a high-resolution interactive panorama of Curiosity’s landing site from where she’ll soon embark on at least two years of research and investigation of the red planet.

 

 



Photography

Star Trails: Incredible Long Exposure Photographs Shot from Space

June 11, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Over the past two months NASA has been releasing a number of wonderful long exposure photographs taken by astronaut Don Pettit aboard the International Space Station. While there are many photos like these taken from the perspective of the Earth’s surface, Pettit’s images are unique in that they incorporate the passing blur of entire illuminated cities, aurora, and the sporadic flashes of lightening from thunderstorms. Check out many more photos from the series here. (via petapixel)