What you are looking at is a landscape from the nano world, i.e. at the atomic level. In this case, it is a photo of zinc oxide nanorods being produced in a furnace burning at 600°C (1,100°F). The rods are 50 to 150 nanometers in diameter. In case you’ re still wondering what all these measurements mean, objects in the nano world typically are up to 1,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair.
The photos are the work of Michael Oliveri, University of Georgia digital media professor, who uses a scanning electron microscope to capture these images. He combines up to 40 smaller images to create the panoramas.
Read the article and view more nono world photos at: Scientific American.