Frozen in Time

December 31, 2002

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Provided and copyright by: James Kaler, Astronomy Department, University of Illinois
Summary authors & editors: James Kaler

This remarkable icicle photo was taken with a 4X macro lens. Like minutes running out on the current year, this dangling piece of ice is slowly but surely melting, yielding to a thaw one drop at a time. The falling liquid sphere, bright against the dark background of a tree, not only mirrors the seasonal cycle our planet, but also acts as a near-perfect lens that images the Earth and sky beyond, revealing the cosmos in a but a bead of water.

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