The world's largest solar observatory just released the sharpest ever image of a sunspot, and it's confirmed that we definitely don't want to travel to the Sun anytime soon. Let's head to the Moon instead.
Here is our weekly instalment of the funniest posts from r/AgedLikeMilk, where we dissect the most hilarious posts and photos that definitely did not age well. Don't forget to have a look at last week's post and prepare yourself to cry laughing at how terribly wrong some people's predictions can go. This is the irony of life, people, and it's highly entertaining.
We would like to say that you can't argue with photographic evidence but some people can and DO argue that the Earth is actually flat. If you're not a government clone of a celebrity (like Tila Tequila) or if you believe in science, you'll still love these amazing pictures of Earth from outer space.
Get your fill of selfish, gross and generally awful behavior that shines a puke-yellow light on your fellow man. Most people aren't like this, but it's hard not to feel bad about the world after seeing the sheer stinking trashiness that can be birthed from humanity. If you wanna see more, check these out.
Tilt-shift photography became a new big thing on the web a couple years ago but now it's coming back. What is it exactly? Well, a special lens that gives a real-world scene the illusion of being a miniature model. The same effect can be simulated in Photoshop, by adjusting contrast, color saturation and depth of focus. It works well with photographs, but this time they decided to use this technique with actual paintings. They decided to use Vincent van Gogh's famous paintings and this is what happened;
It's safe to say that the astronauts chilling up on the International Space Station have a pretty good view. Possible the best view of Earth (ha ha). Astronaut Christina Koch had some time on her hands, and made an incredible time lapse photo of the Earth from an 11 minute video. It's definitely not a perspective you see every day, and it is absolutely beautiful.
In 2012, NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars and it's been rolling around the surface of the planet ever since. Aside from taking samples and doing science experiments, Curiosity also has a camera attached to it. It's been discovering new things about Mars and taking some pretty awesome photos. Check them out below.
This year marked the 45th year of Nikon's Small World microscope photography competition, called the Photomicrography Competition, and the winners have just been announced. In order to be valid for entry, photographs must be taken using a light microscope. The subjects of the competition entries range from animal embryos to cells to plants, but they all have one thing in common: these are not things we can see with the naked eye. And they are absolutely beautiful. Here are the top twenty photos from the competition, in order. Enjoy.
The Himalayas: a mountain range 1,500 miles long that spans across five countries. From Bhutan to Pakistan, the scenery of the sacred mountains and the surrounding nature is not seen anywhere else in the world. With many of the mountains revered by locals and worshipped as incarnations of gods, it's easy to see how the peaks could be mistaken for something out of this world. Here are twenty five photos of the Himalayas that showcase it's magnificence.
But beware: after reading this article you may have a sudden urge to buy a one-way ticket and a pair of hiking boots. Don't say you weren't warned.
Every city has it's own personality. The winding alleyways, crowded streets, tree-lined rivers and bustling markets of each city feel like they're the first of their kind. There's nothing like eating a bagel in New York, sipping tea in Istanbul, watching the road crossings in Tokyo, eating macaroons in Paris, or waiting for a herd of cows to cross the road in Delhi.
Every city is recognizable when photographed from street level - but what about from an aerial view? This collection of fifteen aerial photos give you a completely new and unexpected perspective of the cities we all love. Enjoy exploring, travelers!
If you looked up during the past two nights, you might have noticed that the moon was bigger and brighter than usual. That's because this full moon was not just any old moon: we just witnessed a Hunter's Moon. This is one of the Native American full moon names that occur each month of the year, signalling a change in season.
These 12 full moons are named for the activity or people they target. Therefore, the Hunter's Moon occurs around this time that hunters should traditionally begin to hunt game in preparation for winter. Since farmers would have recently harvested their crops during the Harvest Moon that takes place in September, the clear fields and bright moon would serve for perfect hunting conditions.
Today, most people don't depend on the moon's stages to survive, but we can appreciate it's signaling of a change in the season, and if you're into it, the astrological meaning of the skies. Or you can just appreciate the beauty of the moon. If you didn't get a chance to see this years Hunter's Moon, check out these otherworldly photos that were taken from all over the world.
Most of us see the moon almost every night, but few people have seen a decent high-res picture of the moon, let alone a high-res picture of the dark side of the moon. To be able to see the moon - every side of it - in detail would really require being in space and flying around it. And 99.9% of us Earthlings don't have that opportunity (yet). So once again, NASA has come to the rescue, this time providing us with an amazing 3D map of the whole moon for computer graphics artists to use to their heart's content. For the first time, we can explore the moon (digitally). And it's incredible. If you want to see some more amazing photos from NASA, check out these new photos of Mars.
Like so many things in our lives right now, stock photography is being revolutionized by artificial intelligence. This technology is so advanced that it can create completely realistic pictures of people. Generated Photos is a company that has AI generated 100,000 images of peoples faces, of all ages and ethnicities, and they're all available for downloading and use on Google Drive. Some of the photos are impossible to tell apart from real people.
But, advanced as it is, the AI making these faces still has it's flaws and sometimes botches the photos, making the people look just wrong. In the really extreme cases, the AI has created weird hats (for want of a better word) on these really happy people. And they are hilarious. Bless the AI for trying it's best, but these photos will make you ask "Why? Just why?. It seems that photographers don't have to worry about losing their jobs to AI just yet.