We all know that as the seasons change on Earth, temperatures rise and fall, plants grow or die, ice forms or melts away. Perhaps nobody is more aware of this than NASA’s Visible Earth team who provide a vast catalog of images of our home planet as seen from space. Last month designer, cartographer, and dataviz expert John Nelson download a sequence of twelve cloud-free satellite imagery mosaics of Earth, one from each month, and then created a number of vivid animated gifs showing the seasonal changes in vegetation and land ice around the world.
Despite having encountered numerous seasonal timelapse videos shot here on Earth, this is the first time I’ve ever seen anything like this visualized on such a large scale from space. It really looks like a heartbeat or the action of breathing.
Mirror Spider / Thwaitesia sp. / Singapore
Long Horned Orb Weaver / Macracantha arcuata / Singapore
These photographs by Anatoly Beloshchin tell the story of a hidden underwater river in in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula called Cenote Angelita or “Little Angel”. While it appears as though the divers are hovering in the air above a small creek, the photos were shot entirely in a submerged cave formed from collapsed limestone bedrock called a cenote.
The river itself is actually a sort of illusion due to a phenomenon called a halocline, where waters with different levels of salinity form into layers because of a variation in density.
NASA published a new photograph taken on July 19, 2013, by a wide-angle camera on the Cassini spacecraft that shows a view of Earth from the dark side of Saturn. In the photo Earth is 898 million miles away and the moon appears as just a tiny protrusion off to the right. According to NASA this is only the third time that Earth has ever been photographed from the outer solar system.
Photographer Vlad Lapadatescu used a 15-second exposure to take hundreds of images in France at an elevation of about 9,500 feet. He then combined them together to get this lovely shot. See Vlad’s timelapse video to see how the image was created.
These incredible pictures reveal the hidden beauty of the world around us that is too minuscule for the human eye to discern. The images are all entries into the Small World photomicrography competition run by Nikon to find the most striking microscopic images taken by scientists and artists alike. Now in its 38th year, the contest invites entrants from all those involved in photography through conventional light microscope. It’s a world within a world, within a world…
What you looking at? This picture by Nikola Rahme from Budapest, Hungary, shows a parasitic wasp peering into the lens of a microsope
Weeeeee! This fruit fly larvae, pictured by Dr Andrew Woolley, looks like he’s jumping for joy
Bad hair day: Someone needs to plug in the straighteners for this mosquito, entered by Dr David Maitland
This might just look like a microscope image of some strange, small life-form. But actually its a view of a massive 281-gigapixel image of a zebrafish embryo, which can be zoomed in on to show sub-cellular levels of detail.
The image is the product of a new technique called virtual nanoscopy, which is described in the Journal of Cell Biology. The process involves stitching together nanometer resolution photographs of what’s placed under the microscope, and the result is an image which can be explored a little like a Google Map.
To give you some sense of scale, the whole embryo, pictured above, measures 1.5 millimeters in length. At the other end of the scale, the dark dots in the image below are cell nuclei. Mind. Blown.
Photographer Marcin Sobas captures mesmerizing images of agricultural fields and hills of Tuscany, Italy and the Czech Republic. Sobas approach is unique in that instead of capturing the entirety of the landscape he instead uses a telephoto zoom lens allowing him to take tightly cropped shots that appear both immense in scale but extremely specific in scope.
Photographer Joel James Devlin has spent enormous amounts of time over the past few years examining and perfecting the effects of moving light through long exposure photographs. In the amazing photos below Devlin has experimented with lights on various bodies of water.