Curiosity Cabinet

Three Things I’m Curious About This Week #5

  1. The latest photos from the James Webb Space Telescope, featuring the Pillars of Creation. This ethereal looking formation is five light years across.
Clouds of dust stretch across a black and orange background that is dotted with stars. The dust clouds resemble an outstretched hand.
Credits: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI; Joseph DePasquale (STScI), Alyssa Pagan (STScI)

2. This fabric scrapbook from the late 1800s, assembled by Hannah Ditzler Alspaugh, and featuring scraps and descriptions of her clothing.

A page from a vintage scrapbook features swatches of fabric that have been sewn onto the pages. Handwritten descriptions describe each one.
Photo courtesy of Naperville Heritage Society via Slate.

3. This map by cartographer Jeff Allen, which shows Canada’s population by longitude. There sure is a lot of big empty space in the middle of the country!

A bar graph style map that shows peaks of population. The x-axis of the graph represents a cross section of Canada. Peaks can be seen for Canada's largest cities.
Population map by Jeff Allen.