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Orchestral composition and data visualization of seismic data

The Poseidon Ensemble, a project that generates an orchestral composition and data visualisation from over 100 years of global seismic data using Processing, Python, and Ableton Live. The procject is made up of over 780,000 data points and runs for nearly 8 days. The only thing left to say: incredible! There 3 videos out there so far!

1989 San Francisco Earthquake:

2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake:

Mumuration / Swarm behaviour

I really like crowd behavior but birds are showing by far the most amazing formations of all creatures on earth. If you agree then type “mumuration” in your favourite search bar. Read a scientific investigation of this phenomena published in PNAS here or the short version here.

Credit: Neels Castillon

Check the BBC Wildlife Special about Swarming with plenty of more swarm recordings!

Aurora/Northern Lights

It is almost too cheesy to be true but Northern Lights/Aurora are in fact real and caused by charged particles, mainly electrons and protons, entering the atmosphere from above causing ionisation and excitation of atmospheric constituents, and consequent optical emissions. Click here for more information. Thanks to high-resolution recordings we can enjoy them from home.

Source: National Geographic / Ron Murray

New high-resolution galaxy shots

ESO, the European Southern Observatory has published new impressive pictures made by the VST-Tube-System showing star-forming region Messier 17, also known as the Omega Nebula or the Swan Nebula and the best portrait of the globular star cluster Omega Centauri ever made. Full resolution(!) and plenty of beautiful outer space pictures are available on the ESO page.

eso1119a New high resolution galaxy shots

eso1119b New high resolution galaxy shots

Credit: ESO/INAF-VST/OmegaCAM

What a reentry into the atmosphere looks like

Fantastic footage, once again from NASA. A 10 minute video of “Orion’s flight test show the plunge through Earth’s atmosphere, when searing plasma so hot it appears purple (upper left) surrounds Orion.A few minutes later you can witness the jettison of the forward bay cover, followed by the release of the drogue chutes and then the main chutes (lower left). It’s all right there before your eyes just as it happened on Orion and how future astronauts will see it when they return from deep space missions and one day coming home from Mars.”


Credit: NASA

Wind visualizations & forecast

The kick-ass website windyty.com automatically locates you and delivers information about the current wind, temperature, humidity and cloud situation in a very appealing way. Check it out!

wind art in science Wind visualizations & forecast

This website is also quite nice but is limited to the north american territory:
windmap may21 Wind visualizations & forecast

And last but not least the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has its own visualization lab that provides some wonderful perspectives of wind and clouds:

Hurricane Isaac Super Rapid Scan Imagery August 24-29, 2012 (credit: NOAA)

Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)

Carrying a 2.5-metre telescope inside a modified Boeing 747SP, the airborne observatory performs astronomical observations in the infrared and submillimetre wavelengths, high above the disturbance of Earth’s atmosphere. Watch the video here for more details.

 Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)

Results: Age of star nursery precisely determined for the first time
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Credit: NASA, DLR

Found meteorites between 1900 & 2000

Mr. Kim Albrecht seems to be right up my alley merging scientific facts and phenomenas in very nice and meaningful visualizations. His website reveals a lot of very interesting stuff, for example a very detailed map wit hall meteores found from 1900-2000. He also explains “how the USA are constantly searching for meteorites over the last 100 years. The strategic searches in Libya the North and South Pole over the last 20 years show up as clusters.”

6 6 Found meteorites between 1900 & 2000
Click the picture for the zoomable full screen on his website.
credit: Kim Albrecht