For the last week, Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) has been rising before dawn in the northern sky and some have made the most of the morning display. To wit:
Up before sunrise, the featured photographer was able to capture in dramatic fashion one of the few comets visible to the unaided eye this century, an inner-Solar System intruder that might become known as the Great Comet of 2020. The resulting video details Comet NEOWISE from Italy rising over the Adriatic Sea. The time-lapse video combines over 240 images taken over 30 minutes. The comet is seen rising through a foreground of bright and undulating noctilucent clouds, and before a background of distant stars. Comet NEOWISE has remained unexpectedly bright, so far, with its ion and dust tails found to emanate from a nucleus spanning about five kilometres. Fortunately, starting tonight, northern observers with a clear and dark northwestern horizon should be able to see the sun-reflecting interplanetary snowball just after sunset.
Word to the NEOWISE.
(Video: Paolo Girotti)
Another thought-provoking video essay from German educational design studio Kurzgesagt. To wit:
Humans are proud of a lot of things, from particle accelerators, to poetry to pokemon. All of them made possible because of something humans value extremely highly: intelligence.
Previously: Climate Change: Who’s To Blame?
a meditative short film in which Japanese sculptor Etsuro Sotoo talks about how 41 years working as a sculptor culminated in a celebrated attempt to finish Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família basilica in Barcelona. To wit:
In 1978 Etsuro Sotoo arrived in Barcelona. He had just graduated in Fine Arts, he had just one year of experience as an Art teacher. When impressed by the unfinished temple: “It was the most fabulous pile of stones I had ever seen” …He asked for a job as a stonecutter. He wanted to continue the Nativity façade (the only façade that, thanks to his work, would be declared by Unesco World Heritage). He did a test and they gave him the position. Since then, he has completed what Gaudí did not even have time to think about. When he finished with the gaps, he started with the architect’s notes. When the tracks are over, it’s up to him to make decisions (source).
An increasingly chilling time-lapse visualisation of every COVID-19 death worldwide from January to June 2020 (Inspired by Isao Hashimoto’s “A Time-Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945”) created by James Beckwith, who admits a follow up may be necessary. To wit:
Each country is represented by a tone and an expanding blip on the map when a death from Covid-19 is recorded. Each day is 4 seconds long, and at the top of the screen is the date and a counter showing the total numbers of deaths. Every country that has had a fatality is included.
Needless to say, the cacophony builds relentlessly.