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Jeremy Gray -- April 8, 2024 -- Total solar eclipse, Patten, Maine

My Solar Eclipse Experience Gave Me So Much More Than Photos

It's the morning of April 8, 2024. My camera equipment is packed in their bags, and vital Sun rotation information and eclipse timing information are scratched in a notepad. Somehow, despite years of notice about this historic total solar eclipse, the first to hit my home state of Maine since 1963 and the last until 2079, I'm committing the cardinal sin of photography: I'm trying to photograph a once-in-a-lifetime event with nebulous plans and no scouting.

Jeremy Perez SpaceX rocket photos

Explaining the Mystery of These Fiery SpaceX Rocket Photos

On March 30th, SpaceX launched a pair of its Falcon 9 rockets. After these rockets are launched and deploy their payloads, the primary part of the rocket separates from its reusable boosters, which undergo controlled deorbit burns. Arizona-based photographer Jeremy Perez photographed the deorbiting debris, and his images have puzzled and amazed viewers.

Ghostly Stellar Tendrils of the Vela Supernova Remnant

The Detail in This New 1.3-Gigapixel Photo of a Supernova is Incredible

Using the remarkable 570-megapixel Dark Energy Camera (DECam), astronomers have made a 1.3-gigapixel image of the ghostly Vela Supernova Remnant. The beautiful, detailed, and colorful image is the largest DECam image ever at 35,786 by 35,881 pixels, putting even the highest-resolution medium-format interchangeable lens cameras to shame.

The James Webb Space Telescope captures an image of NGC 1559 as part of the PHANGS collaboration. It is the Webb Picture of the Month for February 2024.

A Stunning, Lonely, and Fiery Galaxy Is a Treasure Trove of Data

As scientists continue to use the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) to do incredible things, like find the first direct evidence of a neutron star in a nearby supernova remnant, it also generates many beautiful images that are easy for anyone to appreciate. That's where the monthly Webb Picture of the Month comes in. This month's new photo is of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1559.

NASA SDO Solar Flare video, February 2024, image of the Sun

See the Sun’s Explosive Energy Captured Across Extreme Wavelengths

The Sun has been very active so far this month, with powerful sympathetic solar flares dazzling scientists and viewers alike and recent X-class flares making many wonder about communications network integrity. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) constantly monitors the Sun and captures the recent powerful solar flares in exquisite detail across multiple wavelengths.

Delta Air Lines total solar eclipse flight

Delta Air Lines to Offer Special Flight Along the Solar Eclipse Path

While the hotel brand Days Inn by Wyndham is offering a pair of photographers "2024's hottest gig" and $10,000 by flying them up in a private helicopter to capture the total solar eclipse in April, American company Delta Air Lines is selling a special flight to view the eclipse for other umbraphiles, a fancy word for someone who chases eclipses.

Webb searching for small, bright, and ancient galaxies that could upend cosmological theory.

Webb Can See Far Enough to Test Theories of Dark Matter

The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) upended beliefs about the fundamental nature of the Universe, delivering evidence that the Universe was not slowing down, as gravity seemingly implied it must be, but expanding. 25 years later, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) can help scientists make another breakthrough.