The hovering sculptures featured in this ongoing series of photographs are inspired by self-organizing, ‘emergent’ systems in nature such as termite mounds, swarming locusts, schooling fish and flocking birds. The images attempt to tap the mixture of fear and fascination that those phenomena tend to evoke, while creating an uneasy interplay between the natural and the manufactured and the real and the imaginary.
Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys reveals individual stars and star clusters in the spiral galaxy NGC 300 around 7 million light-years from Earth. A dense swarm of stars, patches of dust, and a bright star cluster are visible near the nucleus of the galaxy. Similar clusters are thought to be involved in the formation of supermassive black holes
This stellar swarm is M80 (NGC 6093), one of the densest of the 147 known globular star clusters in the Milky Way galaxy. Located about 28,000 light-years from Earth, M80 contains hundreds of thousands of stars, all held together by their mutual gravitational attraction. - Courtesy Photo | NASA
New observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have revealed the intricate structure of the galaxy NGC 4696 in greater detail than ever before. The elliptical galaxy is a beautiful cosmic oddity with a bright core wrapped in system of dark, swirling, thread-like filaments. ESA/Hubble
"Fish-hook ant (Polyrhachis bihamata) - observed on a expedition to the Virachey National Park, Cambodia, 2007. think twice before messing with this large (1.5 cm) ant in the forests of Cambodia. The curved spines can easily slice through skin and tend to hold on for a while. These ants live in large numbers in nests in dead tree trunks on the forest floor, and when attacked they swarm out and hook onto each other, making extracting an individual ant by a predator difficult.
This cluster of stars is known as Messier and is located some light-years away in the constellation of Pegasus (The Winged Horse). It is one of the oldest globular clusters known, with an age of around 12 billion years. ~ Photograph by NASA/ESA.