Posts Tagged ‘astrophotography’

The Closest Color Photo of Pluto Ever Shot

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After a nine year journey towards the outer edge of our solar system, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has beamed back its first color photo of Pluto and its largest moon Charon. The photo above, captured “just” 71 million miles away from the dwarf planet, is the closest color photo ever made of Pluto.
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A Six-Hour Long-Exposure of the Celestial North Pole

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Polish photographer Bartosz Wojczyński pointed his camera straight at the north celestial pole and exposed his camera for a total of six hours. The photograph above is what resulted.
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What the Naked Eye Sees in the Night Sky Compared to What the Camera Can Capture

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The Internet is teeming with photographs and videos of the starry night sky that dazzle the eyes and tickle the imagination, but have you ever wondered how the imagery compares to what photographer’s naked eye actually saw while the camera was taking a picture?

Photographer inefekt69 recently decided to answer that question by creating the photos above. On the left is what the human eye could see in the dark, outdoor field, and on the right is the photo he shared online.
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How Astrophotography Has Improved Over the Past 135 Years

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Want to see how much our ability to photograph space has improved over the past 135 years or so? Just check out the side-by-side comparison above. On the left is a photo of Jupiter from back in 1879 as it appeared in the book “A History of Astronomy in the 19th Century” by Agnes Clerk. On the right is a photo NASA shot in 2014.

What’s more, amateur astrophotographers can now capture photos of Jupiter and moon transit events from their own backyard using ordinary consumer cameras and smartphones.

(via Universe Today via Reddit)

Iconic Space Photos Are Actually B&W: Here’s How NASA Colorizes Hubble Shots

Did you know that the Hubble Space Telescope is only able to capture black-and-white photos? In order to capture a maximum amount of information in their space photos, NASA captures multiple black-and-white images using different filters in the camera. These images are then combined in post to create the iconic color photographs that you see published by the space agency.

The video above shows how NASA goes about colorizing the photos by compositing the individual shots.
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These Space Photos Were Made by Scanning Things Found in a Kitchen

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For the past couple of years, photographer Navid Baraty has been experimenting with the idea of creating photographs of the universe without having to leave his home… and without having to point a camera up at the sky. His WANDER Space Probe series of images may resemble photos captured by NASA using its Hubble telescope camera, but the photos were actually created by putting ordinary kitchen items on an Epson flatbed scanner.
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One Supernova Seen Four Times in Single Photo Due to Gravitational Lensing

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Astronomers have captured the first photo of a single supernova showing up in four different places of a single image due to a phenomenon known as gravitational lensing. The “lens” in this case was a massive galaxy that is capable of using its gravity to bend and magnify light.
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World’s Most Powerful Camera Accidentally Captures a Picture of Comet Lovejoy

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Until the 3.2-gigapixel LSST camera is launched in Chile, the 570-megapixel Dark Energy Camera (also in Chile) is the world’s most powerful camera. While photographing the southern sky recently to study the nature of dark energy, operators of the telescope camera accidentally captured the photo above showing Comet Lovejoy.
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A Photo of the Starry Night Sky From Inside a Tent

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Photographer Mark Gee shot this photograph of the night sky while camping in the great outdoors in New Zealand. It’s a view of what his camera was able to see while looking up through Gee’s tiny tent with the outer flysheet removed. You can find more of his gorgeous night sky shots in his 500px account.

Smartphone Astrophotography: How I Capture the Moon and Planets with My Phone

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I’m often asked how I am able to take high-quality images of the solar system using my iPhone. In short, the quality of today’s smartphone cameras makes it possible to take very respectable images of the Moon and planets through a telescope with your phone – but it takes some work.
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