Look sometimes you just want to see if something will melt. It’s a similar impulse to seeing if something can be crushed or broken when dropped from great heights. Bascially, we all like a little destruction in our lives.
And this is one of the most satisfying bits of destruction you’re likely to see today.
The YouTube channel Beyond the Press brought a “super sized red hot nickel ball thing” and dropped it on a frozen lake. The ball, essentially, melts the shit out of the lake before disappearing into the icy water below.
In December 2014 and June 2015, as an astronomer I was lucky enough to to visit La Silla Observatory in Chile. Part of the European Southern Observatory, La Silla is home to dozens of working telescopes, including the 1.2m Swiss Telescope, on which I worked. While there I turned my camera to the skies, taking nearly 10,000 photos. This video is the result.