New patterns in the shop! "Pink Leaves," a pattern created with real leaves and twigs arranged and photographed by artist Ja Soon Kim, was a crowd favorite in our Earth Day Design Contest. Simply gorgeous.
One of the most globally recognizable constellations in the sky is, undoubtedly, Orion. Straddling the equator of the sky, it can be seen from literally every point on Earth, and its resemblance to a human standing upright spans cultures. It’s a landmark (skymark?) in the early months of the year, up high at sunset, and a favorite among astronomers.
In this Spitzer image, the myriad of stars crowding the center of our galaxy creates the blue haze that brightens towards the center. The green = carbon-rich dust molecules, called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which are illuminated by the surrounding starlight as they swirl around the galaxy's core. The yellow-red patches = thermal glow from warm dust. The hydrocarbons & dust are associated with bustling hubs of young stars. These materials, mixed with gas, are required to make new…
Photograph by Joel Sartore From "Visions of Earth," National Geographic, March 2012 Uganda—On a lodge terrace in Queen Elizabeth National Park, a photographer's butter and roll prove irresistible to the local weaverbirds, known for their skill in building nests.