Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2007 February 5 Comet Between Fireworks and Lightning Credit & Copyright: Antti Kemppainen
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To do and notice: Click in the window to start a particle in motion around the two strange attractors. Click again very near to where you clicked the first time. You should see a new particle following the first very closely for a while, but as time goes on the small difference between the paths of the particles increases until they are following completely non-related paths. The Lorenz butterfly is significant becasue it illustrates the concept of "sensitive dependence upon initial conditions." Click in the window to start a Lorenz Butterfly.