Mexico’s National Pyrotechnic Festival Looks… Amazing!

June 20th, 2013 | Space

Mexico's National Pyrotechnics Festival 1

Mexico's National Pyrotechnics Festival 2

Mexico's National Pyrotechnics Festival 3

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Tultepec is a small city located just 30 miles from Mexico City.  The major industry in these parts is Pyrotechnics, and each year, the town throws a week-long festival to show off their major produce. Around 100,000 people flock to enjoy the food, music, dancing, and of course, the amazing fireworks. As you can see above, the safety restrictions don’t seem to be too strict in these parts of Mexico, but it makes for some incredible pictures!  Thomas Prior from New York braved the madness last March and captured the incredible photographs you see above.

The main event of the festival seems especially striking — it features a “Running of the Bulls” in which 250 wooden bulls filled with fireworks run the streets shooting off explosions for a 7 hour finale.

I must go!

Find more from Thomas Prior at his site.


ISS Transits the Moon

June 19th, 2013 | Space


ISS Moon Transit Detail

Starship Enterprise

Maximilian Teodorescu, from Romania, recently captured this incredible shot of the International Space Station passing across the Moon.

“The ISS passes in front of the face of the moon for just “a fraction of a second” (around 0.6 seconds) as it orbits our planet at 17,000 miles per hour. Teodorescu looked up exact transit times using CalSky and then used his reflexes to nail the shot.” [PetaPixel via Spaceweather] In other words, perfect timing!

What’s really uncanny is how similar it looks to the shape of the Starship Enterprise from Star Trek.  Maybe the government is ahead of schedule on a ship that would cost approximately $468,400,000,000 to build. Hey, that’s only 1/35th of the US National Debt.

Find more from Teodorescu at his blog.


Flight Recorders from Jeffrey Milstein

June 18th, 2013 | Space

Jeffrey Milstein - Flight Recorders 1

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Jeffrey Milstein - Flight Recorder 6 and 7

A flight recorder is an essential safety recording device of every aircraft.  The purpose of these tools is to facilitate the investigation of a plane crash.  In other words, they record everything about the plane’s actions so someone can find the wreckage and discover exactly why the airplane went down. For this reason, flight recorders are built to withstand extreme conditions . Typically, they’re water-proof and rated for temperatures over 1,000 °C to endure the heat of intense engine fire.

In this series, Jeffrey Milstein captures the hidden beauty of these indestructible black boxes of air travel.

From the artist:

“Some recorders survive in pristine condition, while others reveal the signs of the tragedy that brought them into collision with the earth or sea. These inert pieces of steel hold the key to understanding a tragedy. They are poured over by investigators to discover the cause of accidents and the hope of preventing future ones. While visually direct and clean, they are charged with emotion. For families and survivors these small boxes carry powerful last words and sometimes the only link to understand what happened.”

The photographs are beautifully crisp, but they tell a story of destruction.  Wonderful imagery.

Find more from Jeffrey Milstein at his site.


Four Planet Sunset

June 13th, 2013 | Space

Four Planet Sunset

Four Planet Sunset

Chris Kotsiopoulos recently shot 60 photos of the incredible triple planet conjunction on May 25th of this year. Venus, Jupiter, and and Mercury (as well as the star Elnath (Beta Tauri) on the far right) can be seen dropping across a beautiful sunset over the Alikes salt lake near Kos Island in Greece.  It’s a pretty amazing time-lapse.

Look for the next triple conjunction in October of 2015.

Specs of the photo: Camera Model Canon EOS 550D, Shooting Date/Time 25/5/2013 20:59 – 21:30, Author  Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1 – 8 sec, Av( Aperture Value ) 5 – 7.1, ISO Speed 200 – 400, Lens Canon EF50mm f/1.8 II, Focal Length 50.0 mm

Find more photography from Chris at his site, Greek Sky.


[via APOD]

Supercell Panoramas from the United States

June 11th, 2013 | Space

Supercell Panoromas - Texas


Supercell  Panormas - Montana


Panoromas - South Dakota

South Dakota

Panoramas - Elk City Oklahoma


Panoromas - Oklahoma


Anyone who lives in the Midwestern region of the United States knows that thunderstorms can be an awe-inspiring (and dangerous) event. A supercell is a particular kind of thunderstorm which is characterized by the presence of a mesocyclone, a deep, rotating updraft.

Thunderstorms can be broken up into 4 different categories — supercell, squall line, multi-cell, and single-cell — and supercells are the least common of the bunch.  However, they are also the most severe.

So how do Supercell Thunderstorms form?

The supercell thunderstorms rotate by tilting along the horizontal vortex, an action powered by wind shear.  In addition, strong updrafts lift the tilting air to cause an additional rotation around the vertical axis, thus forming the internal mesocyclone.

Seen above are some epic photographs capturing the mesocyclone formation period. Hopefully, you get a sense of the unpredictable power of nature.


Bridging Time with Sound & Light – Brian Eno

June 10th, 2013 | Brain

Brian Eno - Light and Sound

Brian Eno has spent the last 40+ years pushing the boundaries of experimental and ambient music.  In his career, he’s worked with some of the best musicians in the industry including David Bowie, Coldplay, Lou Reed, and David Byrne.  In the video above, he discusses a new project called 77 Million Paintings.  This latest work is a “constantly evolving sound and imagescape which continues his exploration into light as an artist’s medium and the aesthetic possibilities of “generative software””.  The idea is that the music and images slowly fade in and out in a random, asynchronous manner to give a viewer a consistently unique experience.

“You surrender to the project. You surrender to the thing growing in its own way, and there’s a gracefulness in being able to surrender.'”


[via Gizmodo]

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