The microscopic world loves to deceive us. This image, for instance, looks like an icy landscape on an alien planet, but it’s actually a thin film of wax, sandwiched between two glass microscope slides and illuminated using linearly polarised light.
The Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan? You know the one — it cost $US6.7 million to build. Yesterday, a snowblower smashed one of its 15 seamless glass panels, which created this beautiful cracked vignette of New York City. It looks like a painting.
Today, NASA’s Earth Observatory brings us this beautiful image of the Missouri River taken from the International Space Station. Its one of its bends occupied by Lake Sharpe, an approximately 130km-long reservoir “formed behind the Big Bend Dam”.