...And these beautiful close-up photos of human eyes by photographer Suren Manvelyan show it. The Smithsonian.com post also includes some of the science behind the human eye.

More of these remarkable photos can be found at Manvelyan's website.

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suelassman says:

I have a question I have been dying to know the answer to. If there was a way to generate a giant storm and if you could get it to spin in the opposite direction of an oncoming tornado or hurricane..would the two cancel each other somewhat like firemen using a backfire to kill a forest fire? has this ever been tried or investigated?

posted on Mon, 11/12/2012 - 1:48pm
mdr's picture
mdr says:

You've posted this question in the wrong spot but since hurricanes have "eyes" I'll give it a shot anyway.

First off, creating a giant storm similar to what nature can produce - like the recent East Coast hurricane named Sandy would be one heck of an undertaking. Sandy was something like 1000 miles in diameter! That's huge. We're puny. But, for the sake of argument, let's say somehow a clever meteorologist had managed to create an equally giant hurricane to take on Sandy. As in nature, because of the Earth's rotation and the subsequent Coriolis effect, the man-made hurricane, would spin counterclockwise just like all low-pressure systems such as cyclones and hurricanes do in the Northern Hemisphere. (In the Southern Hemisphere cyclones spin clockwise, and no cyclones occur within 5 degrees of the equator). So, right there you have a problem. But, again, for the sake of argument, if somehow (even though it defies the laws of physics) the omnipotent weatherman was able to get his storm to spin the opposite direction of the natural storm, there would be just too many variables involved to assure that the two hurricanes would follow predicted courses and confront each other. But, if they did, I would imagine it would produce one heck of a stationary front, where everything within it would get pounded by two hurricanes at once, while other areas would be battered by a single stalled hurricane.

I'm not a meteorologist and I don't play one on TV but having said all that, the simple answer to your question is no, it's not possible to create a counter-spinning hurricane.

However, weather experts in the United Arab Emirates have successfully created rain storms by seeding clouds. But a mere rain storm is a long, long way from a hurricane.

posted on Mon, 11/12/2012 - 2:41pm

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