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This Real-Time Visual Shows How Slow Light Travels in the Vastness of Space

In this brilliant real-time visualization, we start with our planet to grasp just how fast light travels (300,000 km per second/186,000 miles per second). However, things quickly get mind-boggling when we use nearby objects in space like the moon, mars, and sun. The visualization was created by Dr. James O’Donoghue who is a Planetary Scientist at the Japanese Space Agency, JAXA. Before that, the good doc worked at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. I love how elegantly a simple visualization can explain concepts like these. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/real-time-visual-of-how-slow-light-travels-in-space/

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Visualizing the Earths Rotation With a Timelapse of the Milky Way

In this intriguing timelapse by Aryeh Nirenberg, the Earth’s imperceptible rotation is visualized by keeping the Milky Way Galaxy centered for the timelapse’s duration. As Aryeh described on YouTube: A timelapse of the Milky Way that was recorded using an equatorial tracking mount over a period of around 3 hours to show Earth’s rotation relative to the Milky Way.   I used a Sony a7SII with the Canon 24-70mm f2.8 lens and recorded 1100 10″ exposures at a 12-second interval. All the frames were captured at F/2.8 and 16000iso. Read…

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The Aerosols of Earth

Image Credit: NASA/Joshua Stevens/Adam Voiland [NASA, Yvette Smith] Take a deep breath. Even if the air looks clear, it is nearly certain that you will inhale millions of solid particles and liquid droplets. These ubiquitous specks of matter are known as aerosols, and they can be found in the air over oceans, deserts, mountains, forests, ice and every ecosystem in between. If you have ever watched smoke billowing from a wildfire, ash erupting from a volcano or dust blowing in the wind, you have seen aerosols. Satellites like NASA’s Earth-observing…

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A Phonetic Map (English) of the Human Mouth

Infographic by Language Base Camp In this fascinating infographic by Language Base Camp, we see the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) symbols, the places of articulation, and a corresponding word in English. Try pronouncing the words from left to right and see if you can feel where the sounds are being produced! To learn more about the International Alphabet (a great tool for language learners) check out this three-part series by Language Base Camp!   PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 Language Base Camp via Kottke.org Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/2019/04/phonetic-english-map-of-the-human-mouth/

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Amazing Map Uses GPS Locations to Show How Territorial Wolf Packs Are

Map by Voyageurs Wolf Project In a recent post by the Voyageurs Wolf Project, they demonstrate how territorial wolf packs are through the mapping of 68,000 individual GPS locations from 7 wolves in different packs from the summer of 2018. They explain: Each wolf’s collar took locations every 20 min (with the exception of the northernmost pack which took locations every 4 hr starting in October) for the duration of the summer. The last photo of the post shows the name and territory of each pack. There are a few…

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This Guy Printed out the Terms of Service for the Worlds Most Popular Apps

Dima Yarovinsky “I Agree” is a project by designer Dima Yarovinsky that visually showcases the lengthy ‘terms of service’ we agree to in order to use the world’s most popular online services like Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and Tinder. The project was part of an artist’s showcase on display at the Visualizing Knowledge 2018 Conference earlier this month in Helsinki, Finland. [h/t DesignBoom] Dima Yarovinsky I took the content of the “terms of service†of the leading online services that we use on a daily basis (including Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Tinder…

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The 5 Most Accurate Pie Charts Ever

Pie charts can have an elegant way of transforming data into a something that is easy to understand and visually appealing. Sometimes, they go one step further—literally looking like the thing they’re trying to represent. Okay that last sentence was clunky and confusing. Better to use pie charts to get my point across! 1.   2.   3.   4.   5.   *Double Bonus*   Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/2018/04/the-most-accurate-pie-charts-ever/

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World Map of Countries With Smaller Population Than Uttar Pradesh, India

Map Created by Aron Strandberg Uttar Pradesh, often abbreviated as UP, is a densely populated state located in the northern region of the Indian subcontinent. With a 2012 reported population of 204.2 million and an estimated 2017 population of 219 – 224 million people, the map above shows all of the countries (in purple) in the world with a smaller population than Indian state of UP (in orange). UP covers 243,290 square kilometres (93,933 sq mi), equal to 7.33% of the total area of India. If it were a separate…

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