In 1611 Kepler published what is probably the first scientific review of the snowflake, paying particular attention to the six-sided nature that virtually all snowflakes exhibit. Almost 400 years later, we have the latest research results regarding snowflakes in the form of these extreme close-up photos. They are the work of talented photographer Patricia Rasmussen. More photos and additional info is available.
She follows in the footsteps of many scientists who have worked to capture the detail present in these very small and unique marvels of nature. Here’s a drawing from the 1660’s by Robert Hooke, who made very extensive use of the then new device known as the microscope.