Nice Sagan reference there: “…picture of a small, pale blue dot.”
Can someone please explain the mechanism behind how this single atom is appearing as emitting pale blue light?
The original photographer pointed to this comment as a good explanation: https://www.reddit.com/r/interestingasfuck/comments/7x4o27/picture_of_a_single_atom_wins_science_photo/du5pn7t/
The most frustrating aspect of this photograph competition is that the only images published on the official site are low resolution. Downscales like this just don’t give appropriate credit to the photographer: https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/epsrc/cache/file/504AC1E7-3623-4C88-AB2D3FF808A296C1.png
Has anyone located the originals online?
The largest version of the linked photo I could find on Tineye is at The Guardian’s page here (direct link here - 1920x1440).
The other contest winners are on that page, likely in similar dimensions.
I’ve not been able to find higher res versions of that photo, but I did find this one: http://content.assets.pressassociation.io/2018/02/11175054/f7f7c86b-dc52-4355-a622-9e3cb9a876fc.jpg
They should all be on The Guardian at ~1920x1440: https://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2018/feb/12/single-atoms-soap-bubbles-and-soil-scientists-capture-their-research-epsrc-in-pictures
It’s possible they only post low res to give the photographer a chance to sell higher quality versions. I would easily pay for a high quality poster.