As Phil Plait informs us at the link above, this gorgeous shot was taken from the International Space Station on Jan 1, 2013. That so many would desire to live in a place so beautiful, with full knowledge of the possible destruction that this active volcano could wreak on their lives (as it did less than two millennia ago), speaks volumes about us.
Sometimes when you take a picture of Earth, it can be a self-portrait of humanity itself. It’s a stunningly beautiful place, and that seems to trump danger and risk for a great many people.
(via Bad Astronomy)
Appreciate the full beauty of our planet, the marvelous details found in every leaf, stream and rock formation, captured through a mechanical eye invented by a creative species of apes in order to expand our vision of the universe around us in space and time, allowing light and dark to morph in ways our own brains could never discern, to track stars that our own eyes can not detect, and condense these ever-changing moments into a few precious minutes.
Or, you know, a time-lapse of landscapes.
Full screen, headphones, HD, smile.
Scenes From Antarctica is a stunning gallery from The Atlantic’s In Focus blog that captures the amazing landscapes and research facilities that populate this harsh territory.
Superb photo tour of the inhospitable and exotic end of the world.
See that top photo of the gorgeous sun halo? If you missed it last week, we toured through some of the atmospheric phenomena that you see in pictures like that. It’s pretty neat stuff.