It’s been very cold and windy here in Maryland lately – but not quite THIS cold. I guess the upside to extreme temperatures is that you can do experiments like this one, done at Mount Washington Observatory when it was nearly -35 degrees F. Do you know what happens when you throw boiling water in the air when it’s that cold? Watch the video to find out!
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Snowflake made by Jenny Lee Fowler
As you may or may not know, NASA and Etsy (the marketplace for all things crafty) recently teamed up to have a space-themed craft contest. The voting period for this contest was extended through December 6, so please go check out all the cool things people have made and vote!
We liked the idea of a space-themed craft contest so much that we wanted to do our own version of it. But we wanted to go seasonal. So here is what we are going to do:
Send us a photo of your space-themed paper snowflake or garland! It can be an actual cut-out like our above example, or a template/design for one. We’ll choose our three favorites and award some extra-crafty prize packs of NASA goodies to the winners! Trust us when we say it’s some pretty exciting stuff – we really just wanted to keep most of it for ourselves when we saw it.
Submit your photo to: blueshift @ bigbang . gsfc . nasa . gov (just remove the spaces)
So that we know that you actually took the photo yourself, please include a handwritten slip of paper in your picture that says something like, “Happy Holidays, NASA Blueshift!” We just want to make sure that you’re not in competition with someone else who stole a photo and entered it as their own original creation.
We’ve extended the deadline! Entries are due by December 22, 2010, at 11:59PM EST.
We will announce our winners during the first week of 2011. Please hang on to your actual paper entry until after the winners have been announced.
Be sure to check out the Flickr Paper Snowflake group for inspiration (but please don’t copy any designs!). That’s where we found Jenny Lee Fowler’s snowflakes – and we think all her paper cuttings are amazing! She designed the spectacular custom snowflake at the top of this entry, which features both the James Webb Space Telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope! We were speechless when we saw the first photos she sent to us.
Need a refresher on making paper snowflakes? The above Flickr community posted this helpful resource on making 6-pointed paper snowflakes.
(And maybe we’ll be giving this a try too – it sounds like fun!)
We do have some really simple rules:
- Please photograph your snowflake on a contrasting background!
- Don’t use copyrighted material.
- Don’t use any offensive imagery.
- We reserve the right to reject submissions that violate the second two rules.
- You retain copyright to your own design – but your entry gives us permission to repost your work on NASA sites and associated external social media.
Any questions? Leave a comment or drop us a line through our feedback form (at the top of every page)!
And after the break, we’ve got the obligatory legalese!
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