Image Cache: The Natural History Museum in the UK has shortlisted its nominees for the 2016 People's Choice Award for wildlife photography. From playful polar cubs to the horrified last gaze of a wildebeest calf, these images are guaranteed to astound.
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Last night, photographers around the world turned their cameras to the sky to capture the closest full moon — also known as a supermoon — since 1948. We've scoured the web to bring you some of our favourite photos of the celestial event that took our minds off the current state of world affairs for a few blissful minutes.
Image Cache: One of the simple wonders of living on a spinning ball with a thin atmosphere in a densely packed corner of space is the view. Many of us dream of settling down by a picturesque coastline or a rugged mountainscape, but we so often forget that the best scenery on planet Earth is located directly overhead.
Image Cache: As the US election nears, America can at times feel like a hideous and hateful place. Let this map of the United States' river basins made by Imgur user Fejetlenfej remind you that, at the very least, it can be beautiful. Fejetlenfej — a geographer who sells their maps on Etsy — created the image using QGIS software, which is an open-source geographic information system. The map depicts both "the permanent and temporary streams and rivers," the creator explained. They divided the streams into catchment areas, which show when rainfall flows into a river, lake or reservoir. Using the Strahler Stream Order Classification, which is a system used by geologists to define stream sizes, Fejetlenfej explained that on the map, "the higher the stream order, the thicker the line".
Image Cache: Well, sort of. Photographer Mike Kelley camped out at Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport, along with 17 other airports around the world, to capture hundreds of photos of airplanes large and small on their takeoff climbs. Stitched together, the result looks like some kind of perfectly coordinated flying magic.
Image Cache: This wonderful photo series comparing the size of things by Kevin Wisbith is a really fun way to earn some brain wrinkles, because it gives you a better sense of the true size of random buildings, ships, machines and other objects. You get to see things like the Death Star hover over Florida in space, a B-2 bomber stretch across the width of an entire football field and the Titanic lay out on top of a freaking aircraft carrier.
Image Cache: At 8:39PM AEST yesterday, a spacecraft weighing over 2000k with a wingspan half that of a Boeing 747 crashed gently into a comet's surface, following 13 hours of free-fall. These, my friends, are the last, fleeting glimpses of Comet 67P that Rosetta managed to capture before its instruments went dead.
Image Cache: Elon Musk finally revealed his plans for a mission to Mars today. But a new set of images from SpaceX show the Interplanetary Transport System going even further in the solar system than the Red Planet.
Image Cache: Tilt-shift lenses can make whole cities look like desktop miniatures through some amazing optical trickery. Unfortunately, we don't have any of them up in space, but it hasn't stopped some cosmic creatives from trying to mimic the effect on photos taken by NASA, ESO and other space research groups.
Image Cache: The first To Boldly Go: Rare Photos from the TOS Soundstage book covered season one of Star Trek: The Original Series. Now author Gerald Gurian has released To Boldly Go: Rare Photos from the TOS Soundstage - Season Two, and it's exactly what it says on the tin — and its collection of photos are just as captivating. See for yourself!
Image Cache: If you, like me, are a space nerd living in a city, then you can appreciate the struggle of finding clear skies to watch a meteor shower. But while I couldn't make it out from under Philly's omnipresent light pollution umbrella last week, I got a taste of the Perseid meteor shower thanks to the brilliant work of astrophotographer Harun Mehmedinovic.
Image Cache: Most of the photos taken of Saturn these days are in drab black and white. But this infrared view of Saturn from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is a stunning reminder of this ringed planet's spectral vibrance.