Just opened this thread from my dozens of tabs a-waiting a read and it was worth it.
These Are the Highest Resolution Photos Ever Taken of Snowflakes
dug88Member Registered: 12/15/2010 Location: – Mood: – Member was on ATS 43 minutes ago
posted on Jan, 28 2021 @ 04:11 PM
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Came across this and thought i’d share it here. Just because these are some pretty beautiful pictures.
A mathematics PhD has developed a device, part camera, part microscope and captured the highest resolution images of snowflakes ever captured.
nearly two years in the making, Myhrvold has developed what he bills as the “highest resolution snowflake camera in the world.” Recently, he released a series of images taken using his creation, a prototype that captures snowflakes at a microscopic level never seen before.
In simple terms, the system Myhrvold developed is comprised of one part microscope and one part camera, but with a number of parts that work in tandem to complete the arduous task of capturing an image of a snowflake, a subject that’s not only miniscule (most snowflakes measure less than a half-inch in diameter) but also quick to melt. In fact, a snowflake’s tendency to disintegrate was one of the biggest challenges Myhrvold had to overcome with this project. His solution: equipping his 50-pound camera system with a thermoelectric cooling system, a carbon fiber frame and LED lights, which give off less heat than standard lights. Every single part of his Frankenstein-esque device, which stands at about five feet in height off the ground when placed on a table, was built using materials that are less likely to cause melting or sublimation of the subject matter.
“Light could melt the snowflake, so I found a company in Japan that makes LED lights for industrial purposes,” he says. “My camera’s flash is one-millionth of a second and a thousand times faster than that of a typical camera flash.”
How about that?