Posts from the ‘beauty of science’ Category


Canadian Land of Lakes

This image, acquired by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA’s Terra satellite, shows wetlands in the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut Territory, in Canada, a region called “Barrend Grounds” or “Barren Lands”.


Incandescent Sun

This image captures the 171 Angstrom wavelength of extreme ultraviolet, showing plasma in the solar atmosphere, called the corona, that is aroung 600000 Kelvin.

Most people don’t realize that a lot of the really cool pictures of nebulae and such are due to different filters being applied, and that the Pillars of Creation were not actually that color to the naked eye. Far from being manufactured though, I think it shows just how deep and complex everything is, not just the objects themselves but our ability to see them in so many ways. Science is great!


Front view of the semiconductor trackers for ATLAS, one of the four enormous detectors for the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (via Fermilab)