Sometimes, if you wait long enough for a clear and moonless night, the stars will come out with a vengeance. One such occasion occurred earlier this month at the Piton de l’Eau on Reunion Island. In the foreground, surrounded by bushes and trees, lies a water filled volcanic crater serenely reflecting starlight. A careful inspection near the image center will locate Piton des Neiges, the highest peak on the island, situated several kilometers away. In the background, high above the lake, shines the light of hundreds of stars, most of which are within 100 light years, right in our stellar neighborhood. Far is the distance, arching majestically overhead, is the central band of our home Milky Way Galaxy, shining by the light of millions of stars each located typically thousands of light years away. The astrophotographer reports waiting for nearly two years for the sky and clouds to be just right to get the above shot.
Says xkcd‘s Randall Munroe:
Planets are turning out to be so common that to show all the planets in our galaxy, this chart would have to be nested in itself–with each planet replaced by a copy of the chart–at least three levels deep.
A cool project by Kelly Pratt, Stately Sandwiches deconstructs a quintessential sandwich from each state.
2/3 of the states I’ve lived in:
‘the Gate’ is an amazing short film that recently got funds to make a feature-length version. Watch at Vimeo and congrats to Matt Westrup and Joyrider Films!
Ad agency Lowe Singapore got three-time world champion sand artist JooHeng Tan to build a series of “18-ton” (that’s what the press note says) dirt sculptures for OMO detergent.
More at BuzzFeed
BuzzFeed posted ‘19 things that will drive your OCD self insane‘ and I knew I shouldn’t have looked. I died inside a little. Just a couple:
Completely delightful. Wish ‘Eureka’ was on right this moment.