Physics in Pictures

Compression Waves & Sound

Alternating vortices spawn over an island on the ocean.

Vortex Streets

Clouds form enormous eddies over the Juan Fernandez islands.


A layer of meltwater keeps ice moving through fluid with minimal turbulence

Ice Slips Through Water

A layer of meltwater keeps ice moving through fluid with minimal turbulence.


Low-pressure helium gas glows an eerie, soft pink color

Metastable Helium

Low-pressure helium gas glows an eerie, soft pink.


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Watching Paint Dry

Microscopic patterns form with surprising regularity as colloids dry.


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The "Sunset Egg": Tyndall Scattering

The Tyndall Effect is responsible for the strange optical properties of this physics toy.