Wednesday, 30 November 2011


In my real life, I'm a member of the Cloud Appreciation Society (started by Gavin Pretor-Pinney, who just won the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books for his second book, The Wave Watcher's Companion).

So as a diversion, for today's here's two sky-related videos. The one above is a visualization of the noise (recorded at 20Hz, hence its name) of a geo-magnetic storm in the upper atmosphere. Really very beautiful (and sort of cloud-related). Termed "A Semiconductor work" and by Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt, on Vimeo, here.

This collection of 360 San Francisco skies of the year is by Ken Murphy. (He made 365, but 360 fit the rectangle.) It's definitely better experienced full-screen – and I imagine, better still experienced in a gallery or projection – but we can get an idea of it online. Great fun and a lot of work – 3 million stills used for the stop motion. (As an aside: I'm never a fan of new-age music by Moby or anyone else and wish people wouldn't accompany nature videos with it!). Detailed in his blog post here.

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