Finally got around to wrapping up this portrait of everyone’s favorite astrophysicist. With his huge impact on new generations of aspiring scientists, I knew I wanted the background to be children’s space drawings. With my 6 year-old niece’s planetary masterpieces as inspiration, I did my best imitation with my left hand. (prints available here)
Today I observed an interesting phenomenon with the SEM. While imaging a radiolarian at 20kv, the sample became completely statically charged. When I switched back to 1kv it behaved as a spherical mirror to electrons, revealing a distorted reflection of the inside of the electron microscope!