We live in a wondrous world filled with marvels all around us, but sometimes we forget. Getting caught up in our daily lives most people barely stop to smell the roses, much less open the roses to look inside. Well, it turns out that there are beautiful secrets hidden underneath and inside things you would never even think to take a closer look at.
A lions fur is gorgeous on the outside but have you ever seen the intricate pattern that sits beneath? or how about the quarry where they mine the marble for your countertops? The following list is a collection of photos that show the unseen side of things that are all around us. If something catches your eye don’t forget to upvote your favorite!
1 This Is What A Cleaned Heart Looks Like
A ghost heart is obtained by washing away all donor cells until you're left with a protein scaffold. This ghost heart is ready to be injected with a transplant recipient's stem cells so a new heart - one that won't be rejected - can be grown.
2 The Way This Dead Cactus Decomposed, Leaving Only The Spines Behind
According to its owner, it was a wild, not potted cactus, and the spines are 2-4" long. They also say that those spines were so sharp, they stabbed them even when they used oven mitts to repot the plant!
3 The Dark Side Of The Moon Passing In Front Of The Earth, Captured From One Million Miles Away
A NASA camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) has captured a unique view of the Moon as it passed between the spacecraft and Earth. A series of test images shows the fully illuminated “dark side” of the Moon that is not visible from Earth.
4 The Giant Heads Of Easter Island Do Have Bodies
The ancient and mysterious 'Easter Island Heads' were carved from rock between A.D 1100 and 1500 by ancient Polynesians. Their traditional name is 'moai' but most people know them as the giant heads which is why it is often shocking when it's discovered they have bodies. "The reason people think they are [only] heads is there are about 150 statues buried up to the shoulders on the slope of a volcano, and these are the most famous, most beautiful and most photographed of all the Easter Island statues," Van Tilburg, who is also a fellow at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles, told Life's Little Mysteries.
5 Aurora Of Different Planets
Aurora's are breathtaking cosmic light displays that can be seen from various planets in our solar system. An aurora is the finale to a process that begins with the sun. The sun emits a constant stream of charged particles or solar wind into the solar system. When these winds reach a planet they interact with the magnetic field that surrounds it, and compresses the field into a teardrop shape. The way in which the magnetic field change cause the charged particles to accelerate into the upper atmosphere, colliding with molecules such as nitrogen and oxygen which gives off energy in the form of light. A light ribbon of color is displayed across the sky in an aurora.
6 Large Ice Crystals In Switzerland
Ice crystal precipitation vary in shapes, intensity and size, but are found in cold regions around the world. "In the absence of supercooled liquid water, the growth of ice crystals to precipitation size is most likely dominated by aggregation of smaller ice crystals, which depends on the ice crystal number concentration and temperature (Hobbs et al. 1974) ," as you can see in the image below.
7 This Is What A Tiger's Skin Looks Like When It's Shaved
Each tiger has a unique pattern of stripes which are ideal for the camouflage needs of the animal.
"Interestingly, the skin of the tiger is also striped beneath the patterned fur," say Tigers.org. "The darkness of the pigmentation of the skin seems to be directly related to the darkness of the fur."
8 You Can See Every Organ In The Glass Frog
Reticulated glass frogs are found in the rain forests of Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, and Ecuador. The skin on their underside is completely transparent which allows for you to see their internal organs and even their beating heart. Scientists still don't know the evolutionary reason behind their see-through skin, but think the pattern on their backs are meant to resemble eggs and confuse predators.
9 An Agate Shell. Minerals Have Grown In The Voids Of The Shell And Eventually Replaced The Shell Too
Found mostly on West Coast beaches, they're not that rare and usually end up in home collections. But that doesn't diminish their beauty one bit!
10 Snow Covered Net Roof Of The Aviary In The Zoo
The first walk through aviary was built for the St. Louis World's fair in 1904 by the Smithsonian Institute. It was considered to be the largest of its kind at the time and was bought by the Saint Louis Zoo where it remains to this day. Proper aviary construction for zoos requires veterinary involvement due to health and husbandry concerns for the animals.