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Artistic Lollipops Are Glazed With The Galaxy And More

LIQ NYC is a boutique lollipop maker which turns the delectable balls of candy into edible works of art. The sugary globes feature vivid imprints of the planets, famous portraits and artworks, floral blooms as well as many other psychedelic imagery. The radiant swirl of bright colors and clean images are magical- similar to peering inside a glass sphere screening modern and contemporary art.

The artistic orbs are a unique canvas to portray art, and although it’s longevity dwindles down to the sugar encased goodies, the technique and the perfect reflection of the original art and textures reveal a depth on a truly inspired piece of art. The delicious assortment of lollipops can be viewed and purchased on their Etsy shop.

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Northern Lights above Lofoten : The Aurora Borealis or northern lights are familiar visitors to night skies above the village of Reine in the Lofoten Islands, Norway, planet Earth. In this scene, captured from a mountaintop camp site, the auroral curtains do seem to create an eerie tension with the coastal lights though. A modern perspective on the world at night, the stunning image was chosen as the over all winner in The World at Night’s 2016 International Earth and Sky Photo Contest. Selections were made from over 900 entries highlighting the beauty of the night sky and its battle with light pollution. via NASA

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This awesome image from NASA reveals what Jupiter looks like when viewed from its south pole. And it looks like the biggest spin art ever.

This incredible sight is a polar stereographic projection captured by the Cassini spacecraft on December 11th and 12th during its Jupiter flyby en route to Saturn.

NASA describes some of Jupiter’s features in this image:

“The map shows a variety of colorful cloud features, including parallel reddish-brown and white bands, the Great Red Spot, multi-lobed chaotic regions, white ovals and many small vortices. Many clouds appear in streaks and waves due to continual stretching and folding by Jupiter’s winds and turbulence. The bluish-gray features along the north edge of the central bright band are equatorial “hot spots,” meteorological systems such as the one entered by NASA’s Galileo probe. Small bright spots within the orange band north of the equator are lightning-bearing thunderstorms. The polar region shown here is less clearly visible because Cassini viewed it at an angle and through thicker atmospheric haze.”

[via Twisted Sifter]

NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day 2016 July 24 

M2-9: Wings of a Butterfly Nebula 

Are stars better appreciated for their art after they die? Actually, stars usually create their most artistic displays as they die. In the case of low-mass stars like our Sun and M2-9 pictured above, the stars transform themselves from normal stars to white dwarfs by casting off their outer gaseous envelopes. The expended gas frequently forms an impressive display called a planetary nebula that fades gradually over thousands of years.

M2-9, a butterfly planetary nebula 2100 light-years away shown in representative colors, has wings that tell a strange but incomplete tale. In the center, two stars orbit inside a gaseous disk 10 times the orbit of Pluto. The expelled envelope of the dying star breaks out from the disk creating the bipolar appearance. Much remains unknown about the physical processes that cause planetary nebulae.