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Taking something inconceivably large and making it look like something extraordinarily small is an awesome feat. After viewing a bunch of tilt-shift photography, Italian artist Haari Tesla was inspired to experiment with applying the same photo manipulation technique to publicly distributed photos of celestial objects. Her efforts produced a captivating series entitled Illuminated Code From Space, in which stunning photos of galaxies, nebulae and supernovae look like beautiful microorganisms. Instead of looking out into space we’re peering down into a microscope.
"The initial idea for the series came from the Greek Neo-Platonic schema of macrocosm and microcosm. Essentially, this is the recognition that the same traits appear in entities of many different sizes. Plato wrote about how we see these patterns reproduced in all levels, from the largest scale (macrocosm, or the universe) all the way down to a microscopic level (also know as microcosm)."
Visit Haari Tesla’s Behance page to check out more of her artwork.
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The floodwaters of Mars
Dramatic flood events carved this impressive channel system on Mars covering 1.55 million square kilometres, shown here in a stunning new mosaic from ESA’s Mars Express. The mosaic features the spectacular Kasei Valles.
Kasei Valles is one of the largest outflow channel systems on Mars – from source to sink, it extends some 3000 km and descends by 3 km in altitude. The channel originates beyond the southern edge of this image near Valles Marineris, and empties into the vast plains of Chryse Planitia to the east (right).
Kasei Valles splits into two main branches that hug a broad island of fractured terrain – Sacra Mensa – rising 2 km above the channels that swerve around it.
Zooming into the valley floor reveals small craters with bright dust ‘tails’ seemingly flowing in the opposite direction to the movement of water. In fact, these craters were formed by impacts that took place after the catastrophic flooding, their delicate tails created by winds blowing in a westwards direction ‘up’ valley.
Kasei Valles has likely seen floods of many different sizes, brought about by the changing tectonic and volcanic activity in the nearby Tharsis region over 3 billion years ago.
Image credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)
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