Mesmerizing Northern Lights From Around The World

November 9, 2013
Northern Lights Tommy Eliassen

Source: Art Person

Though Alaska’s Northern Lights are some of the most beautiful natural occurrences in the universe, relatively few people have observed their beauty, and even less understand how and why they appear. People can see the auroral lights above the magnetic poles in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Known as the aurora borealis in the North, and the aurora australis in the South, these beautiful lights are created when ions, or charged particles, interact with solar winds.

Red Hue Lights

Source: Greg Hensel

Iceland Northern Lights

Source: Flick River

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A Volcanic Plume Explodes Over Io

November 5, 2013

From the Smithsonian: “An 86-mile-high volcanic plume explodes above the horizon of Jupiter’s moon Io. The plume is erupting over a caldera (volcanic depression), named Pillan Patera, after a South American god of thunder, fire, and volcanoes.”

One Woman’s Inspirational Adjustment To Facial Transplant Surgery

November 4, 2013

In 2007, Carmen Tarleton’s life was irrevocably changed. Her estranged husband broke into her home, pouring industrial-strength lye all over her body. As a result, burns occupied 80% of her body and Tarleton was declared legally blind. This past year, Tarleton underwent a facial transplant surgery, and while it will take time for her nerves to become one with her donor face, she has not let that serve as a barrier to feeling. Rather, it is in the absence of more traditional expression mechanisms that Tarleton, as she states in the video, has truly been able to show her core.

Kees Veenenbos’ Amazing Mars Landscapes

November 4, 2013
Mars Landscapes Shadows

Source: Blogspot

Kindled by his love of topography, Dutch artist Kees Veenenbos’ career started as hobby and eventually transformed into a grand portfolio of digital imagery. His Mars surface renderings are filled with such an amazing degree of realism that they have been used by NASA as a vital part of its exploration of the red planet.

Mars Landscapes Steam Rising

Source: Blogspot

Veenenbos uses the rendering program Terragen to create the astonishing landscapes that have been featured in National Geographic as well as the highly acclaimed scientific series NOVA. His technique creates awe-inspiring digital maps, which many viewers find hard to believe are not actually photographs.

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The Totally Mesmerizing Mimic Octopus

November 2, 2013

Effectively transforming into a lion fish, sea snake, flounder and much more on the daily, Darwin would have a field day with this ingenious creature.

One Artist Makes Incredible Banksy GIFs

November 2, 2013
Banksy Cops Kissing

Source: ABVH

Banksy’s graffiti has captivated a global audience for some time now, as its dynamism, spontaneity and socio-political commentary deliver art in its most pure form–and directly to the public. No barriers to viewing; just increased consumption. If it were possible to make Banksy’s work any more enjoyable, though, artist ABVH has done it. Taking Banksy’s two-dimensional form and adding movement to it via the GIF, ABVH encapsulates the energy and intrigue inherent within Banksy graffiti and presents the viewer with a richer perspective on street art.

Banksy GIFs Glut

Source: ABVH

Banksy GIFs Parking

Source: ABVH

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