1. that-darned-sock:

    Meet the Mona Lisa of the Prado, the earliest known copy of Da Vinci’s best portrait. Similarity in the undersketch of the painting indicates that this was very likely painted concurrently with the original Mona Lisa, by a student of Da Vinci.

    There is much controversy in the art world over the question of whether or not to clean the fragile Mona Lisa, but her sister has been restored and some fairly odd later alterations removed to show the original vibrant colors and lighting. Some details, such as the sheerness of her shawl and the pattern on the neckline of her dress, have become utterly obscured in the original, but in the restored copy they’re perfectly clear.

    It blows my mind a little bit to look at these two sisters side-by-side and imagine how much vivid detail could be hiding in the Mona Lisa under 500 years of rotten varnish. 

     

  2. mmkayn:

    vastderp:

    lalaland1212:

    theatre-whovian:

    vastderp:

    Meet the Mona Lisa of the Prado, the earliest known copy of Da Vinci’s best portrait. Similarity in the undersketch of the painting indicates that this was very likely painted concurrently with the original Mona Lisa, by a student of Da Vinci.

    There is much controversy in the art world over the question of whether or not to clean the fragile Mona Lisa, but her sister has been restored and some fairly odd later alterations removed to show the original vibrant colors and lighting. Some details, such as the sheerness of her shawl and the pattern on the neckline of her dress, have become utterly obscured in the original, but in the restored copy they’re perfectly clear.

    It blows my mind a little bit to look at these two sisters side-by-side and imagine how much vivid detail could be hiding in the Mona Lisa under 500 years of rotten varnish. 

    THE COPY HAS EYEBROWS

    Your response to a beautiful piece of artwork done by Leonardo Da Vinci himself is “SHES GOT EYEBROWS”. Alright. All intelligent life has been lost.

    Yo Snooty McSnotwhine, the Mona Lisa’s vanished eyebrows have been the subject of debate and analysis in the art expert community for hundreds of years, long before your parents squirted water at each other from across the clown car and then honked their bicycle horns to indicate they really wanted to make a smug, insufferable little clown baby together. 

    this continues to be the best reply to a criticizing comment on this site

    (Source: that-darned-sock, via cosmo-nautic)

     

  3. kenobi-wan-obi:

    Globules in IC 2944 by Fred Vanderhaven

    The above pictured emission nebula, cataloged as IC 2944, is called the Running Chicken Nebula for the shape of its greater appearance.

    The image was taken recently from Siding Spring Observatory in Australia and presented in scientifically assigned colors. Seen near the center of the image are small, dark molecular clouds rich in obscuring cosmic dust.

    Called Thackeray’s Globules for their discoverer, these “eggs” are potential sites for the gravitational condensation of new stars, although their fates are uncertain as they are also being rapidly eroded away by the intense radiation from nearby young stars.

    Together with patchy glowing gas and complex regions of reflecting dust, these massive and energetic stars form the open cluster Collinder 249. This gorgeous skyscape spans about 70 light-years at the nebula’s estimated 6,000 light-year distance.

    (via thescienceofreality)

     

  4. thedemon-hauntedworld:

    M8: The Lagoon Nebula
    Image Credit & Copyright: Ignacio Diaz Bobillo

    This beautiful cosmic cloud is a popular stop on telescopic tours of the constellation Sagittarius. Eighteenth century cosmic tourist Charles Messier cataloged the bright nebula as M8. Modern day astronomers recognize the Lagoon Nebula as an active stellar nursery about 5,000 light-years distant, in the direction of the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. Hot stars in the embedded open star cluster NGC 6530 power the nebular glow. Remarkable features can be traced through this sharp picture, showing off the Lagoon’s filaments of glowing gas and dark dust clouds. Twisting near the center of the Lagoon, the small, bright hourglass shape is the turbulent result of extreme stellar winds and intense starlight. The alluring color view was captured with a telescope and digital camera while M8 was high in dark, rural Argentina skies. At the nebula’s estimated distance, the picture spans over 60 light-years.

    (via aimlessinspace)

     


  5. "When you think about it, photography is a kind of time travel…. a ghost preserved by light."
    — Cosmos (via megthemountain)
     

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  7. animefan94:

    Watching cosmos on fox atm, fucking amazing show. It really gets u thinking about life, our world and beyond. The universe is a beautiful place yet untapped by humans. It’s a bit depressing that these we’ll never get to see these distant objects with our own eyes….but even so, we still have a great night sky filled with wonders. One of these days I’m gonna get out of the city and see the full night sky just like our ancestors did those centuries ago

     


  8. lookatthesefreakinghipsters:

    Calling all Canadians (and anyone who values democracy)! The Canadian government has tabled and is currently trying to push through legislation (Bill C-23) which will fundamentally undermine democracy in Canada.

    The insultingly titled "Fair Elections Act" stands to disenfranchise hundreds of…

     

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  10. coolsciencegifs:

    dapplejack:

    Numbats are an Australian marsupial found in the continents west. They primarily eat termites, and as such need a well adapted tongue to do so. The Numbat needs to keep its tongue well coated in a sticky saliva, allowing them to catch up to 20,000 termites in a day.

    I’m sorry, but in my scientific opinion this has to be a Pokemon.

    (via galaxyclusters)