You’re not looking at a specimen placed under a microscope, but rather NGC 2022, a jellyfish-like planetary nebula. How do these form? When stars like the Sun grow advanced in age, they expand before glowing red, and then these red giants begin to lose their outer layers of material into space. Since over half of a star’s mass can be shed in this manner, a shell of surrounding gas is formed, while causing the star’s core shrinks and grows hotter, thus emitting ultraviolet light. Read more for a video on nebulae and additional information.
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GoPro’s new flagship cameras, the Hero 8 and Max 360, have leaked ahead of schedule. The former has double the maximum frame rate of its predecessor, and gains the ability to shoot 4K footage at up to 60 fps or in HD at up to 480 fps. As you can see in the image above, the camera supports a wide variety of new accessories, including a mini screen of sorts that makes it easy for vloggers to capture footage of themselves as well as an LED light. Read more for images of the Max 360 and additional information.
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The last thing you’d expect as a diver is for a great white shark to breach your cage while you’re still inside, but that’s exactly what happened here off the coast of Mexico. What exactly happened? Well, as it lunged for a piece of bait, the shark hits the side of the cage where it thrashed around, breaking through the bars and into the shark cage. Read more for a video and additional information.
Samsung in close collaboration between Xiaomi today officially introduced the world’s first 108-megapixel ISOCELL Bright HMX mobile image sensor. It’s the first to go beyond 100 million pixels, and it expands its 0.8μm image sensor offerings from its recently announced ultra-high 64Mp to 108Mp, a resolution equivalent to that of a high-end DSLR camera. Read more for another picture and additional informationn.
Blackmagic Design officially reveals the Pocket Cinema Camera 6K, a new handheld digital film camera with a full Super 35 size 6K HDR image sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range, an EF lens mount and dual native ISO up to 25,600 for incredible low light performance. This followup to the 4K model builds upon its predecessor, and the EF lens mount model is compatible with a wide range of lenses from companies such as Canon, Zeiss, Sigma and Schneider. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
NASA has just released a new portrait of Jupiter as captured by the Hubble Space Telescope on June 27, 2019. We get a stunning look at gas giant’s famous Great Red Spot, and an intense color palette in the clouds swirling above Jupiter’s turbulent atmosphere than. The bands, which flow in opposite directions at various latitudes, are created by differences in the thickness and height of the ammonia ice clouds. Read more for a video and additional information.
The Florida harvester ant, also known as the Pogonomyrmex badius, basically increase seed dispersal and protection, while providing nutrients that increase seedling survival of the desert plants. They also provide soil aeration through the creation of galleries / chambers, mix deep / upper layers of soil, and incorporate organic refuse into the soil. Dr. Adrian Smith from the Evolutionary Biology & Behavior Research Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences shows how its venom injection works. Read more for a slow-motion video captured at 1,000 frames per second.
Many familiar with the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus’s camera have probably fooled around with the Super Slo-mo mode, but this is what happens when you use that function on the busy streets of New York. Before we get into that, Samsung engineers had to work on creating an image sensor that’s four times faster than conventional sensors to make Super slow-mo even possible, complete with a sensor supported by a dedicated memory chip for quickly processing these intensive videos. Read more for the clip and additional information.
Iranian photographer Alireza Rostami didn’t want to throw out his very first computer, acquired 20 years ago, after it decided to stop working. So, he wanted to give it a second life not in a junkyard, and this camera was born. The project required that he construct a light-sealed box for the camera body using parts from the old computer, along with a few others, and then some light-blocking paper. Read more for additional pictures and a sample image captured by the camera.
The Hubble Space Telescope has been in service for nearly three decades and has snapped many iconic images of the cosmos, but did you know that when it beams down images, astronomers have to make many adjustments,like adding color and patching multiple photos together? That’s right, the raw data is in black and white, since the telescope uses CCD (charge-coupled device) to record incoming photons of light. Read more for a video showing the process scientists have to go through to colorize each photo.