In honor of tomorrow’s full moon, here’s an amazing video of the full moon from January 28, 2013 recorded in Wellington, New Zealand. Photographer Mark Gee tried for over a year to capture this stunning perspective of the moon rising at the Mount Victoria Lookout, finally finding the perfect location on a night with the perfect weather. Gee shot the moon rise from 2.1 kilometer away, which is why the moon looks as large as it does compared to the people at the lookout in the foreground. Those people, by the way, had no idea he was filming them. You can read more about Gee’s project over on his website.
It’s easy to take the moon for granted as just some two-dimensional image in the sky, but every now and then, something like this comes along to really drive home the point that we are sitting on a celestial body with a cratered orb rotating around us.
And now some down to Earth geek:
- Dutch researchers use weakened signals from cellular towers to make a rainfall map of the Netherlands.
- Want to blow bubbles that can last for hours? Just electrify them!
- Fractal patterns on the necks of partridges let potential mates know how healthy they are.
- Cities may be affecting weather patterns up to 1,000 miles away from them.
- Modifying your circadian rhythms may help treat disorders such as insomnia, obesity, diabetes, and even cancer.
- Songbirds in Southern Arica live in complex apartment-like nests built into hay bales thrown over telephone poles.
- There are over 10 million times more viruses on Earth than there are stars in the Universe.
- What do soap, TV screens and kevlar have in common? Liquid crystals.
- Bees aren’t only drawn to flowers by color and nectar, they sense and respond to a flower’s electric field.
Have a geeky week and see you next Sunday. @Summer_Ash