Posts Tagged ‘astrophotography’

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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A Laser Can Turn Off Streetlights That Interfere With Your Astrophotography

Streetlights polluting your shots of the starry night sky? A strategically placed laser might be just what you need.

Destin Sandlin of the YouTube channel SmarterEveryDay recently paid a visit to the house of NASA astronaut (and photographer) Don Pettit, who showed Sandlin a trick that he uses to temporarily disable an annoying streetlight just down the street. You can see this “life hack” in action at 1:04 in the video above.
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The Nikon D810A is the World’s First Full Frame DSLR for Astrophotography

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Today Nikon officially announced its special D810 version for astrophotography that had been talked about starting a couple of weeks ago. Called the D810A, the camera is the world’s first full frame DSLR that’s optimized for astrophotography purposes.
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Nikon D810a Leaked Briefly on a French Website

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Rumors say we will be seeing a special version of the Nikon D810 for astrophotographers announced sometime this week. Those rumors appear to have been confirmed by a French website that accidentally published a news article about the camera early before pulling it offline.
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A Close-Up Hubble Photo of the Rare Triple Transit of Jupiter’s Moons

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On January 23rd, 2015, there was a rare triple transit of Jupiter’s moons, during which observers here on Earth were treated with the sight of three moons crossing the face of the planet at the same time. This event happens only once or twice every ten years.

The Hubble Space Telescope was pointed at Jupiter during the triple transit and captured the beautiful photo above. It shows, from left to right, Europa, Callisto, and Io.
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