Thursday, March 24, 2011

Stellar Sights

Looking for inspiration? Up is a great place to start. Every week National Geographic posts a set of incredible images from space. Last week’s collection was truly stellar, with pictures including a composite picture of the French island of Réunion apparently suspended in the cosmos; the moon suspended next to a fluorescent blue-white glow that turns out to be earth’s atmosphere; a fiery red paint smear in the sky created by a runaway star hitting interstellar gas and dust at millions of miles per hour; a streak in the sky created by the last voyage of the space shuttle Discovery; and the technicolour ‘death spasm’ of a disappearing star. They’re awe inspiring images, a profound paradox compressing the incomprehensible depth of space into 2D. Nice to think that nothing has more star power than the stars themselves.