Stunning and intricate designs in snow by Simon Beck

Just like crop circles, but in the snow and, a lot more complex and beautiful.

Artist Simon Beck creates this amazing artworks on snow and sand, though first each design is carefully planned and mapped out on a computer. The temporary artwork has a lifetime until the next snow fall or until the sun melts it or the beach waves washed it away.

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Zhangjiajie National Park – Avatar’s Hallelujah Mountains on Earth

The Zhangjiajie National Park is a scenic area in China comprised of precipitous stone pillars some of them as high as 1000 meters, and it all reminds us of Avatar.

Halelujah Mountains on PandoraOne of the pillars is even officially renamed to Avatar Hallelujah Mountain in honor of the film, apparently according to the director James Cameron this place was the original inspiration for the floating mountains on the fictive moon Pandora.

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Beautiful nacreous clouds appear over England

Yesterday rainbow clouds were spotted over Northumberland, England. Scientifically known as polar stratospheric clouds, the colourful cloud formation appeared a bit more southern than usual.
This kind of a phenomenon is also known as nacreous clouds.

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What is really cool is that this type of clouds will linger on for this week as the UK is having some really cold weather.

Spectacular new hi-res images from the Moon shot by Chinese lander Chang’e 3

The Chinese space agency just made public hundreds of images made by their lunar lander Chang’e 3.

The images are shot in December 2013 and January 2014. The rover Yutu (Jade Rabbit) which landed with Chang’e 3 appears on the images is currently stuck but still communicative.

Click the images for larger view or to save them.

Rover Yutu driving off lander Chang'e 3Below you can find some of the most interesting images from the entire pack, and Emily Lakdawalla from The Planetary Society claims there are even more behind because not all of the images were made public.

Chang'e 3 and Yutu images of the Moon
Moon dust on the solar panels of Chang’e 3.
Panoramic iamge of a rock on the Moon Chang'e 3 lander
Larger rock formation shot by the lander with nice details. The images is stitch form three images.
Chang'e 3 and Yutu images of the Moon
Yutu rover shot when still close to the lander, with open solar panels.
Chang'e 3 and Yutu images of the Moon
There was green lens reflection on some of the images, it looks artistic :).
Chang'e 3 lander on the Moon in colour
The Chang’e 3 lander on the Moon, in colour.
Chang'e 3 and Yutu images of the Moon
Yutu’s “tire” tracks on the Moon’s surface
Chang'e 3 lander on the Moon
A stitch of two images. Size 2560×1600.
Panoramic view of the Moon - Chinese lander
Panoramic view of the Moon’s surface, rocks, pebbles and lots of lunar dust.
Rover Yutu or Jade Rabbit
Yutu rover in colour.
Chang'e 3 and Yutu images of the Moon
A small crater on the Moon.

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10 mesmerizing HD images of the Milky Way

The stars have always been an inspiration for the human kind and also an object of a constant wondering what are they, when we didn’t know. Today we know what the stars are, but we wonder what worlds they hide billions and billions (light) years away.
Below you will find ten beautiful images of the Milky Way looming over various landscapes all over the world. It has become quite easy to photograph the night sky these days, all you need is a decent enough camera and a bit of knowledge which you cam find it for free on the internet.

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Milky Way over Coral Sea. Photo by Wayne Pinkston
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The Milky Way over Murphy’s Haystacks, Australia.
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Stars reflection in a placid lake at night. Photo by Craig Goodwin
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The nights sky over Bryce Canyon National Park, USA. Photo by Wayne Pinkston
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In between Two Towers. Photo by Craig Goodwin
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The Milky Way over Mount Fuji, Japan.
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The Milky Way with Wat Pa-Phu-Kon, Thailand. Photo by Nanut Boworn.
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Milky Way above Shenandoah National Park. Photo by William McIntosh

Milky Way HD Wallpapers Take a look at 50 high resolution images from the Hubble Space Telescope.