The header image is part of a photo of an auroral display taken from my backyard just outside Kirksville, MO on 8 November 2004.
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Fun with Optics
Question: What is producing the difference between the left photos and the right photos? Although the two pairs of photos were taken years apart, the individual photos in each pair were taken within minutes of each other. The answer is at the bottom.
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- Physics Educational Resources
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- On Being A Scientist: Responsible Conduct In Research
- Responsible Science, Volume I
- Responsible Science, Volume II
Answer to question: The pictures on the left were photographed with a polarizing filter oriented to block vertically polarized light and the photo on the right had the filter oriented to block horizontally polarized light.