Posts Tagged ‘telescope’

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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How I Shot a Triple Transit of Jupiter’s Moons from My Driveway With My DSLR

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A few days ago I was lucky enough to capture Jupiter’s triple moon transit right from my driveway in Denver.
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NASA Recreates the Iconic ‘Pillars of Creation’ Hubble Photo 20 Years Later

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On April 1st, 1995, the Hubble Telescope captured a photograph that became one of the most iconic space photos ever captured. Titled, “Pillars of Creation,” the image shows the gigantic columns of interstellar gas and dust of the Eagle Nebula 6,000 light years away.

Now, 20 years after that image was created, scientists have recreated that image using the same space telescope (shown above).
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NASA Packs 17-Ton Telescope in a Boeing 747 to Solve Catch-22 of Astrophotography

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NASA is known for using some impressive optics for its telescopes. But with amazing optics come some logistical limitations.

Ground-based lenses used by NASA can be as massive as needed, but are limited due to atmospheric distortion. Those used in space-based telescopes such as Hubble, on the other hand, must be much smaller, capable of being launched into space and fixed on-the-fly. This leaves NASA with a little Catch–22.

A Catch-22 they’ve managed to find an answer to in the form of SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy): a Boeing 747 with a 17-ton telescope packed inside. Read more…

Amateur Astronomers Recreate Voyager 1 Time-Lapse of Jupiter 35 Years Later

In 1979, as Voyager 1 made its final approach towards Jupiter, it snapped a series of beautiful black-and-white images of the massive planet that, when converted into a time-lapse, showed the movement of Jupiter’s cloud bands for the very first time.

It’s iconic footage, astronomically speaking, which is why 7 Swedish amateur astronomers and astrophotographers set out to recreate it using their own ground-based telescopes. Read more…

Time-Lapse Captured with Solar Telescope Shows a Sunset in Magnificent Detail

Swedish astrophotographer Göran Strand uploaded a time-lapse to YouTube today that is anything but your run-of-the-mill sunset lapse. For one, he’s waited almost a full year to shoot this footage. For another, it was shot using a solar telescope, and so magnificently captures the sun in striking detail as it dips below the silhouette of the foreground landscape. Read more…

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…

Behold the First Ever Image of a Planet and Its Star Over 63 Light Years Away

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Although it might not seem like much, the photo above might just be the most extraordinary image you have ever seen. Not because of crazy high megapixel count or amazing composition or even subject matter — we’ve seen images of planets orbiting stars before — but because it is the first ever image of a planet and its star over 63 light years away. Read more…

Spectacular Horsehead Nebula Photograph Almost Good Enough to Rival Hubble

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Photography is hardly a cheap hobby to pick up, but even within photography, some branches are more expensive than others. And ranking pretty close to the ‘most expensive’ side of that line is astrophotography… at least the kind that will yield incredible photos like the one you see here by photographer Mike Hankey. Read more…

Time-Lapse Captures the Gorgeous Skies Over the Island of La Palma

There’s been a lot of gear talk today — both serious and comical in nature — so we thought we’d shift gears and share a little bit of inspiration in the form of a gorgeous time-lapse of the night sky over the Canary Islands. Read more…