Mathematical Snow Art And Other Amazing Photos From This Week

Snow Fractals
Simon Beck tramps through the snow at Les Arcs ski resort in France, slowly making these beautiful snowflakes. They're so complex, he regularly models them on computers before attempting them on foot.Simon Beck via This Is Colossal
Car, Park
At this "car park" in Taiwan, an installation makes the cars look like they're submerged under grass.Toni Wang and Tao via enpundit
Abandoned Amusement Park
Dark Roasted Blend posted a collection of photos from an abandoned Soviet amusement park. They're eerie, obviously, but also fascinating.Gregor via Dark Roasted Blend
Rigid Aircraft
Meet Aeroscraft. It's ... a kind of aircraft that's not a blimp or an airplane. Either way, it looks awesome.Aeroscraft via Gizmodo
Zipper Furniture
Korean design studio The Zoom created a series of these odd (suggestive?) pieces of zippered furniture.project [zip:per] via designboom
Cornelia Crater
NASA's Dawn mission beams back images of the giant asteroid Vesta, like this composite-color view of the Cornelia Crater. Photos like this help scientists examine mysterious, black material covering the surface.NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
Firefighters
During a fire in China, a photographer caught this perfectly framed shot of the wreckage. You can check out more photojournalism from this week over at American Photo.China Daily China Daily Information Corp - CDIC / Reuters
Helpful Planets
This is a first-ever event: astronomers caught a glimpse of planets helping their star grow. When the ALMA telescope looked, this is the image it saw. Read more about the discovery here.ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), S. Casassus et al.
Ruined Cars
If you can't tell, those are all cars. When Sandy blew through the East Coast, it totaled a lot of rides in the process. A lot of those were moved to Long Island's little-used Calverton Executive Airpark. See a fly-over video here.Phil DIg via Jalopnik
Cities By Starlight
What would cities look like without all that light pollution? Photographer Thierry Cohen tried to find out by photographing metropolises by day, then digitally darkening them and adding in vibrant night skies.Thierry Cohen via Architizer
Imaginary Cities
And speaking of different ways to look at cities, photographer Dan Tobin Smith and designer Rachel Thomas set up polystyrene cities like this above eight-square-meter "lakes" of milk. They're all unreal.Dan Tobin Smith and Rachel Thomas via It's Nice That
Omega Centauri
For New Year's, NASA and Penn State released a ton of new space images, like this one showing the stars of Omega Centauri. It might not take you a year to see them all, but it's something to tie you over until next week.NASA and Penn State