CalTech's Kenneth Libbrecht reveals the sublime beauty of snow crystals when photographed with a specially designed snowflake photomicroscope. The physicist is author of the Field Guide to Snowflakes and The Secret Life of a Snowflake, and recently posted an instructional guide for growing your own snow crystals.
- One used 20-oz plastic Coke bottle
- Three large-diameter styrofoam cups (or something similar)
- A small kitchen sponge (1/2 inch thick)
- A short length of nylon fishing line (thinner is better; 1-pound test is good)
- A strong sewing needle
- Four straight pins
- One paper clip
- Some paper towels
Libbrecht's microscopic images, via New Scientist:
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