"This works because the substance is not "ice" as in water, but a different substance called sodium acetate trihydrate. Normally solid sodium acetate was melted into a liquid that was then supercooled to below its melting point. In this state, adding nucleation sites, like the crystals on my hand, rapidly causes the rest of the sodium acetate to crystallize."
The Museum Project Atta Kim
“In The Museum Project, made between 1995 and 2002, Atta Kim inverts the public space of the museum and its system of display, placing the public, oftentimes naked, within the “private” space of glass display containers. Playing the role of excavator and curator, the artist stages and photographs tableaux involving sex, violence, political ideology, and religion, creating his own museum in the process.” [via]
The winners of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 competition have been announced! The Royal Observatory Greenwich, in partnership with BBC Sky at Night Magazine and Flickr, invited astrophotographers from all around the world to submit their best images showcasing the spectacular beauty of the night sky and our universe.
Selmesfilms created this awesome time-lapse HD video, entitled Orbit, by interweaving breathtaking NASA video footage of the Earth shot from the International Space Station along with astronaut and cosmonaut space-to-ground radio audio communication.
"Inspired by the work of David Peterson and others my goal was create an experience that allows us to marvel at wonders of this world from the unique perspective of only 370km above our heads. Audio recordings in English and Russian are taken from actual space to ground communications on the International Space Station. I have included the audio clips at the beginning and end to remind the audience of the humanity that inhabits the space station."
It’s an ISS-eye view, from both outside and within, of the Earth spinning past, covered in seas of clouds (and actual oceans), its webs of cities illuminated at night, spectacular sunrises and the unreal beauty of the phenomena of electrical storms, auroras and airglow. We even get a glimpse of Comet Lovejoy from 2011 on its way to a perilously close encounter with the Sun.
The only thing better would be actually being up there ourselves. Space is awesome and so is our planet.