There’s a wonderful irony to the fact that every single snowflake is a unique masterpiece, but they’re too small for the human eye to enjoy. Thankfully they can also be grown in a lab, by scientists like Dr. Kenneth Libbrecht, the “Snowflake Consultant” for Disney’s Frozen, who also films his microscopic creations so…
You might say Ken Libbrecht is into snowflakes. In fact, he’s made a career of studying them in his lab at Caltech. He’s even got a high-tech snowflake machine, which he uses to grow dazzling designer flakes of all shapes and sizes.
As winter settles in, many of us are getting an up-close look at more snowflakes than we might care to. Let's take a moment to look at just what forces are shaping (literally) our winter weather.
These are the best kinds of snowflakes: the kind that are under the lens of a camera and not piled up outside my door. A Russian photographer uses a set up he made himself to take these photos. See more below!
Krystal Higgins has come up with a series of paper snowflake designs inspired by the great houses of Game of Thrones. Just print out the designs on Higgins' site, cut along the lines, and paste a flurry of your favorite house sigils to your windows.
Researchers at the University of Utah have teamed up with the NSF to understand better just how fast and in what form snowflakes truly fall. To do it, they're using a high-speed Multi-Angle Snowflake Cam (aka "MASC") to capture real-time 3D images of snowflakes in freefall at Utah's Alta Ski Area.
Most of us spent part of our youth cutting up construction paper to make snowflakes which tended to look nothing like the globs of white moving past our windows. Check under a microscope, though, and you'll see that snowflakes are beautiful six-sided crystals. Why is this?
The Electron Microscopy Unit has been photographing and studying the structure of snowflakes under an electron microscope. Now you can reap the benefits — check out this amazing gallery of the tiny kingdoms in each falling piece of snow.