Category Archives: Photography

Photography: London’s 2012 New Year fireworks

London's 2012 New Year fireworks (climax)

This spectacular photo shows London being brightly illuminated at the climax of the New Year fireworks display on the River Thames just after midnight on 1 January 2012.  Click on it for a larger version.

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Photography: Super-Kamiokande neutrino observatory

Super-Kamiokande neutrino observatory - thumbnails

This photo gallery contains some incredible pictures of the Super-Kamiokande neutrino observatory, under Mount Kamioka in Japan.

The observatory consists of a vast underground chamber in the shape of a cylinder, filled with 11 million gallons (50,000 tons) of extremely pure water. The inside of the chamber is covered with 11,146 photomultiplier tubes (extremely sensitive light-detectors). When a neutrino passes through the chamber and hits a water molecule, a flash of light is produced, which is recorded by the photomultiplier tubes.

Photo No.15 is particularly eye-catching, showing two technicians in an inflatable boat, checking the photomultiplier tubes while the chamber is being filled with water.

A beautiful photo … but what is it?

This beautiful photo caught my attention recently.  I love the soft complex textures of the yellow/orange material, being contained within a glowing blue bubble.

  • Can you guess what the object is?
  • How big is it?
  • What is it made of?
  • Where would you find it?

At first, I guessed it might be some kind of microscopic organism, because it reminded me of photos like these – 1, 2, 3, 4.

Read the rest of this post to discover what this object actually is!

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