Posts Tagged ‘astronomy’

Your Ordinary DSLR Can Be Used to Detect Planets Orbiting Other Stars

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Did you know that your ordinary DSLR camera has the power to detect planets orbiting other stars? You don’t need a high-powered telescope to look through either. All that’s required is a DSLR, a telephoto lens, and a special contraption that helps your camera track stars.
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This is What Photos of the Night Sky Would Look Like if the Andromeda Galaxy Were Brighter

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What would the night sky look like if the closest spiral galaxy to us were as bright as the moon and visible in its entirety to the naked eye? The photo above offers a pretty accurate look (Click the image for a larger version).

Created by Tom Buckley-Houston, the composite image shows the Andromeda galaxy’s actual size in the night sky with a huge boost in brightness.
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Video Profile of Mark Gee, 2013 Astronomy Photographer of the Year

2013 was a fantastic year for astrophotographer Mark Gee. First, barely one month into the year, he went from amateur photographer to Internet sensation when his gorgeous video “Full Moon Silhouettes” went viral. And then, to finish out the year, he took home the top prize at the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013 competition with his beautiful “Guiding Light” photograph.

In the video profile above by New Zealand’s The Learning Connection, we get to know Mark and his history, hear about his meteoric (pardon the pun) rise to astrophotography stardom (there’s another one), and pick up a little bit of inspiration on the way. If you have 17 minutes to spare and you love astrophotography, you won’t regret spending them this way.

A Starry Time-Lapse of the Milky Way, as Seen From the International Space Station

We’ve come across and shared a number of time-lapses that show off the beauty of the Milky Way in spectacular fashion, but the video above is different than all of them. That’s because this Milky Way time-lapse was actually created using photos taken from the International Space Station.

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Mark Your Calendars: The Next Blood Moon Will Take Place Wednesday, October 8th

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For those of you who missed the blood moon this past April, have no fear, Mother Nature is giving you a second chance. On Wednesday, October 8th, the next blood moon will reflect bright in the sky. Read more…

This 4K Time-Lapse of the Night Sky Focuses on the Sheer Scale of the Milky Way

If you enjoy gazing up at the heavens and being in awe of how expansive the universe is, then here’s a time-lapse project you have to check out. It’s a beautiful time-lapse of the Milky Way by Greek photographer Konstantinos Vasilakakos (be sure to watch it in high definition).

While it’s not radically different from other Milky Way timelapse out there, it does a great job at capturing the scale of the night sky.
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Two Photos of the Orion Nebula Show Just How Far Photography Has Come

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The saying goes, “your cell phone has more computing power than all of NASA in 1969. NASA launched a man to the moon. We launched a bird into pigs.”

Thankfully, in addition to launching furious balls of feathers into evil swine, we also use our phones for taking photographs. And just as our phones have more computing power than all of NASA in 1969, our phones also have better imaging capabilities than many of the astrophotography endeavors of the past. Read more…

NASA’s Iconic ‘Blue Marble’ Photo of Earth Turns 41 Years Old

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Backlighting can be all moody and subtle, but you can seldom go wrong with full-on, straight-behind illumination. Especially if your subject is the planet on which your family, friends and all of humanity happens to reside.

That’s what the trio of Apollo 17 astronauts — and soon, the whole world — discovered 41 years and two days ago today. Navigating towards the moon on Dec. 7, 1972,  the spacecraft had the sun behind it, providing a rare, fully illuminated view of the Earth. Read more…

Stunning Time-Lapse of the Mauna Kea Observatories and the Milky Way

Nothing starts your weekend off on the right foot like an epic time-lapse, and that’s exactly what we have for you here. Put together by an astronomy grad student at the University of Hawaii, this beautiful film captures the goings on at the Mauna Kea Observatories, one of the best places to study astronomy (and take some stunning astrophotography) in the Northern Hemisphere. Read more…

Introducing the Winners of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013 Contest

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Too many of our recent posts regarding photography competitions have been about fraud or controversy, so here’s to an international photography competition with some honest to goodness winners that will absolutely blow your mind.

The competition in question is the Astronomy Photographer of Year 2013 contest, and we have seven outstanding winners from different categories to share with you. Read more…