Posts Tagged ‘astronomy’

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…

New Telescope Cam Takes Highest-Ever Resolution Photos of the Night Sky

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When it comes to visible light photos of the night sky, Hubble has been king. That’s because Earth-bound telescopes — even those with much higher-quality optical systems than Hubble — must deal with the blurring effects of our planet’s atmosphere.

A newly developed camera called VisAO, however, has done away with that problem, and in the process enabled astronomers to take the highest-resolution visible light photos ever captured of the night sky. Read more…

Photographer Captures Amazing Meteor Explosion Mid Time-Lapse

It’s a day of awesome astronomical phenomenon on PetaPixel. We started off the day by sharing a stunning time-lapse by photographer Maciej Winiarczyk in which he captured noctilucent clouds and the aurora borealis at the same time.

And now, as you get ready to hit the home stretch and finish Monday on a good note, we have yet another amazing (and accidental) time-lapse capture: While photographing the 2013 Perseids Meteor Shower last week, photographer and designer Michael K. Chung was fortunate enough to capture an actual meteor explosion. Read more…

Cassini Snaps New Photographs Showing Earth Next to Saturn’s Rings

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Were you smiling a lot Friday afternoon? Hope so, because that’s when you and your 7 billion planetary neighbors got a rare portrait session from the Cassini spacecraft. Orbiting above Saturn almost a billion miles away, the craft turned its camera towards to Earth to capture some spectacular images of our planet foregrounded by Saturn’s rings.

It was the first time in nine years that Cassini has been in orbit and taking scheduled photos of our planet, prompting NASA and friends to promote a “The Day That the Earth Smiled” event via social media.
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