Geminid Meteor Shower
The annual Geminid meteor shower peaks next week. Sadly, the Moon will be near-full brightening the sky for most of the night causing rates to be lower. However, the Geminids will still put on a good show pretty much anywhere that isn’t overcast, so don’t worry. Southern Hemisphere viewers will see lower rates, with the peak being ~40-60 meteors/hour in some locations, so you won’t be missing out as was the case for the Persieds earlier this year. Use the Fluxtimator to estimate the rate in your location.
Meteors will be visible when the radiant point is above the horizon from your location. The radiant point is in the constellation Gemini (Jupiter will be too, so get your binocs/telescopes), right next to the Orion constellation. You can spot meteors anywhere in the sky and it is not necessary to look towards the radiant point as some may believe. So go out, find somewhere dark, look up and enjoy the show.
Check out this cute lil bonsai that’s older than me!
Nature from the inside out — beautiful X-ray images show the hidden complexity of the natural world
Radiation physicist Arie van’t Riet never thought he’d be an artist. But after a colleague asked him to X-ray a painting, Arie saw a world of possibilities for X-ray imaging outside the hospital. He began to X-ray all sorts of atypical subjects — flowers, plants, bugs, snails, lizards — seduced by the challenge of recreating natural scenes.
In a fascinating talk at TEDxGroningen, Arie explains his journey from physicist to artist, and shares the process behind his beautiful, sometimes-tricky art. Says Arie, “I try to combine the visible world, with color and surface, with the X-ray world — the inner.”
All photos copyright Arie van’t Riet. To see more of Arie’s work, visit his website.
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