So cool! 3D micrographs of snowflakes

by Stephanie Chasteen on December 30, 2010

Just in time for our first big snow here in Boulder, Wired just published a set of beautiful micrographs of snowflakes, and as a bonus, some of them are in 3D!

Here is one of the 3D images.  It’s a DIY 3D — let your eyes relax and blur, so that you’re slightly crossing them, and you see images.  Then, focus on the middle image.  It takes a bit of practice, but once you get it, you’ve got it, and it’s very neat.

Electron and Confocal Microscopy Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture.

You should really check out the Wired article for a gorgeous collection, and more of the 3D images are available at the Maryland electron microscopy unit.

Take a look at the related posts to see how to superglue a snowflake (keep it for posterity!), myths about snowflakes, and why snow squeaks when it’s cold.

Happy winter!

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Timo Ylhäinen December 30, 2010 at 11:10 pm

It is cool and beautiful!

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