Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Scientific Visualizations

I am a big fan of looking at images that are meant to visualize scientific research. Everything from antique scientific atlas images to contemporary three dimensional animated modeling are big influences on my artwork. They can often be absolutely beautiful images without ever thinking about aesthetics. Wired magazine has put together a web gallery the top ten winners from SciDAC 2011's "Visualization Night" challenge.

From Wired magazine:
Active Galactic Nuclei Magnetism

Churning at the heart of roughly one in few thousand galaxies is a supermassive black hole that gobbles matter from a spinning disk of gas and dust. Astronomers call the most energetic of these objects active galactic nuclei, or AGNs, after the powerful jets of radiation they spew.

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