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.”
Browsing ATI By space
Now, realize that you are an infinitesimal fraction of half a speck within this image and quit worrying.
With minimal pollution or cloud coverage obscuring the ethereal views and a nice 14,000-feet extension into the sky to bring them that much closer, Mauna Kea is regarded by many as the premiere observatory in the Northern Hemisphere. The sights you see are the result of one dedicated photographer’s time lapse of the area, spanning for three days in April. Enjoy.
Anne Frank’s Amsterdam
The present-day haven for lighthearted excesses and leisure, Amsterdam in the 20th century was home to one of the most harrowing–and inspiring–tales of recent memory. In June 1942 the Frank family moved into a shop annex so as to avoid arrest and transfer to a concentration camp. It was there that 13 year old Anne Frank took to her journal, offering future readers a rare glimpse into the extraordinary heart and mind of a young girl trapped in the most tragic of circumstances. Blending the two together, the world-renown Anne Frank House has merged images of World War II-era photos (and the Frank family before they entrenched themselves in the attic) and present-day Amsterdam. The result is as chilling as it is reassuring. For more, head over to My Modern Met.
Get your pens and paper out–you’ll want to remember this stuff for future parties.
The Stunning Short-List Of Royal Observatory Greenwich’s 2013 Astronomy Photographer Of The Year Contest
Already in its fifth year, the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s “Astronomy Photographer of the Year” contest has drawn staggering submissions from stargazers all over the world. This year’s contest received a record number of over 1,200 entries, and the short-listed images feature high-definition renderings of the Perseid meteor showers, the astral alignment of the Milky Way with a radio telescope dish in Australia’s Parkes Observatory, and much much more. For your ogling pleasure, The Huffington Post UK has a stellar gallery that will make you feel incredibly small.