astronomy

A 10-Minute Guide to Getting Started in Astrophotography – Photography Article

Photographer Trevor Jones of AstroBackyard started doing astrophotography back in 2010 using his smartphone and point-and-shoot camera. After working on his craft for nearly a decade, Jones just made this 10-minute video guide sharing what he would do if he were starting out in astrophotography all over again today. Jones knows what it’s like to start out with a blank slate, as he knew nothing about either astronomy or photography when he first started out. But this is the kind…

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Scientists Who Took the First Picture of a Black Hole Awarded with $3M Prize – Photography Article

The world’s first photo of a black hole, revealed this past April, was the result of years of collaboration between 347 astronomers from around the world. Today, those astronomers get to figure out how to split $3,000,000 in prize money for their hard work. In case you missed the news in April, an international consortium of over 300 astronomers were able to achieve something previously believed to be impossible: they captured a photograph of a black hole using a planet-scale…

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This Photo of Saturn Was Shot from a Backyard with a Red Filter – Photography Article

Did you know that you can capture clearer photos of planets by using a red filter? Photographer Andrew McCarthy captured this view of Saturn from his backyard in Sacramento by doing just that. “By putting a red filter over a camera, you can reduce the effects of Rayleigh scattering on an image, giving you crystal clear views of planets,” McCarthy writes. Here’s a side-by-side comparison the photographer made between the same view captured with blue and red filters “to show…

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NASA Captures the Galaxy’s Biggest Fireworks Show – Photography Article

As photographers in the US are gearing up to capture photos of 4th of July fireworks, NASA has released a gorgeous “fireworks” photo of its own. It’s a shot of a “the galaxy’s biggest ongoing stellar fireworks show” that started 170 years ago. Eta Carinae is a doomed super-massive star 7,500 light-years away that went through a “Great Eruption” in the 1840s that made it the second-brightest visible star in the sky for over a decade — it was so…

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ESA Spacecraft to Be First to Intercept a ‘New’ Comet for a Photo Shoot – Photography Article

The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced a new mission that will have the goal of intercepting a comet with a special composite spacecraft in order to shoot photos of it. Called “Comet Interceptor,” the spacecraft “will be the first spacecraft to visit a truly pristine comet or other interstellar object that is only just starting its journey into the inner Solar System,” ESA writes. The plan is for the spacecraft to wait around at the Sun-Earth Lagrange point L2…

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NASA’s Starshade is a Flag for Blocking Starlight in Space Photo Shoots – Photography Article

Photographers use tools called flags to block and control light. NASA has detailed a new technology called a starshade that’s essentially a gigantic flag in space for doing photo shoots with space telescopes. “Although starshades have never flown in space, they hold the potential to enable groundbreaking observations of planets beyond our solar system, including pictures of planets as small as Earth,” NASA writes. A starshade mission would involve two spacecraft working together with extreme precision. One would be a…

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