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At their most basic level, clouds are no more than condensed water and/or ice. These fluffy white substances are created when warm air rises, cools, then condenses onto dust particles in the air, forming tiny droplets around each particle. As more and more particles attach together, a cloud forms.
Scientists primarily classify clouds by their altitude, shape and process of creation. Though there are four main cloud categories, cloud formations can be further broken down and described by more specific names, which are derived from Latin terms that describe their qualities.
What happens when you place salt on a metal stand and attach that to a sound system playing multiple tones? As the tone’s pitch increases, the vibrations cause the salt to form more complicated geometric patterns. Pretty neat.
In 1996, scientists took a huge risk when they pointed the Hubble telescope to an inky field that they believed to be void of stars and planets. As images from Hubble are in constant demand, the worry was that devoting so much time to a black space would prove futile. Once the photons finally registered, though, that leap of faith proved fruitful: light from over three thousand galaxies illuminated the image. A few years and missions later, Hubble’s glimpse into what is known as the deep field has revealed that we are just one tiny part of a vast system comprising 100 billion galaxies.
For those fascinated by the Hubble Deep Field, be sure to also see this video from Deep Astronomy on the discovery:
Nature has a tendency to provide more than just psychologically therapeutic effects; being exposed to it every day can actually save your life. Watch this, learn, and then go outside and save your soul.