NASA High-Res Photos Organized Into A Huge Creative NASA Pack (First Of A Series)

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If you are like me and just LOVE space images this is going to be some very sweet news. Creative Reid Southen  went through the tedious job of organizing the many photos NASA releases into a creative Pack.

This is a huge pack consisting of 2,400 high-res photos from the Expeditions 30-42 to the International Space Station. They are mostly sourced from Flickr.

Those 8 expeditions provide plenty of eye opening images that NASA distributes under the Creative Common License (and they are usually marked CC-by, which means that you can use the photo however you would like as long as you attribute them back to NASA, or or CC-by-nc which means that you can use it but not make money out of it ).

Reid makes no claims on originality and has simply organized the photos into a usable pack, which is totally OK under the CC-by license. He also included an attribution folder which will help you to verify that you are using the image correctly without infringing on NASAs copyrights:

Being Creative Commons though, the licenses will vary, so it’ll be up to you to abide by them. I’d include a text file for each photo with the link to the source to make attribution and getting license details easy

The package is ordered by topics:

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In Santa’s Sleigh Tracks: Watch The International Space Station Crossing The Moon

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The ISS crossing the moon. Eidelheit extracted this frame from the video he shot.

How high must your shutter speed be in order to photograph an object traveling at 17,500 mph while crossing another object moving at 2,288 mph? Not very high actually, when the nearest of the two objects is over 200 miles away and the other is over 225,000 miles away. However, you must be prepared well in advance and ready for the action as you will have less than one second to get your shot!

Gadi Eidelheit of Venus Transit did just this when he captured some rather rare footage of the International Space Station crossing in front of the moon.

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Magnificent Milky Way Photography Made Easy(ish).

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Have you ever found yourself lifting your jaw off the keyboard, completely stunned by an out-of-this-world photo of the Milky Way?

This is one of those subjects were you can either get an “Eh” shot that will accumulate a few likes on social media websites, or you can create a potentially viral piece of art that will make E.T. wish he had stayed on Earth simply to enjoy the view.

More often than not, the difference seems to boil down to planning and hard work rather than equipment. This is not to say that equipment isn’t important, but we’ve already seen what a pro can do with even the cheapest gear.

A new and exceedingly comprehensive tutorial called “How To Shoot Truly Contagious Milky Way Pictures” will significantly help with your planning and cut back on wasted nights outdoors.

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Interview with with ISS Astronaut Don Pettit (from smugmug’s From Above)

Astronaut Don Pettit has become one of the most prolific astronaut photographers during his expeditions aboard the International Space Station. He could (and did) saturate downlink transfers with photos for three full days from just one 30-minute photographic session in space. While photography is part of an astronaut’s job requirement, Pettit’s engineering ingenuity and natural curiosity has led him to create photos that are as stunning for their artistic beauty as they are for their scientific value.

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A Quick Pre Shoot Checklist For Shooting The Lunar Eclipse Tomorrow

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This october is quite a fest for astronomers having both a FULL lunar eclipse tomorrow (Oct. 8th) and a partial solar eclipse on the 23rd.

While the two events are somewhat different in nature, there are some similarities in preparing for both. We asked photographers Josh Bury and Alan Erickson what should we be aware of before going ahead and shooting any of those eclipses?

Like most things in life, the secret is with preparation and Josh and Alan were kind enough to prepare a list for us:

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A Rare ‘Little Planet’ Photograph Featuring The Aurora and The Milky Way

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We have seen many Little Planet photos before, but this little plant is one of the best I’ve seen of our little planet. Photographer Göran Strand took this photo around the autumnal equinox night (September 24th) over Lake Storsjön in Jämtland, Sweden.

This specific time of the year is more prone to Geomagnetic storms (and thereby to Northern lights). Göran’s took a 360° panorama with the Milky Way correctly exposed in the east sky and the Aurora reflecting in the lake to the north. Here is the twist though, before doing the little planet conversion, Göran flipped the photo, putting the skies at the center and the land as the perimeter.

You can follow more of Göran’s work on his website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

[Aurora and Milky Way in a Little Sky | Göran Strand via APOD]

ESO Used A Galaxy-Sized Magnifying Glass To Capture Two Galaxies Collide 7 Billion Years Ago

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If you thought that the Canon 1200mm is big, wait till you see what the ESO (European South Observatory) used to capture two galaxies collide.

Turns out  that if you have the means you can use another galaxy as a lens in a process called gravitational lensing. A gravitational lens is a big (I mean galaxy-big) object in space, when a celestial object aligned behind it, it acts as a lens, bending the light that goes around it, creating a defacto lens.

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Take Your Night Sky Photography To The Next Level With This Helpful Tutorial

If you have been wanting to try your hand at night sky photography, or just want to improve on the star photos you’ve already taken, you’re in luck. Canon Australia has teamed up with Phil Hart, winner of an Astrofest David Malin Award and creator of some truly brilliant astrophotography shots, to put together a video tutorial that will help you out with everything from selecting the right tripod to exposure settings.

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After Watching This Timelapse You’ll Be Lining Up For Tickets To Next Years Burning Man

burningman_timelapseI recall a friend once passionately trying to convince me of the greatness of their favorite musician by explaining how the music was so good it caused my colleague existential despair by thinking nothing he ever created would be able to transcend, surpass, or even just achieve the same level of magnificence as the musicians work. Now, having watched this timelapse fresh out of Burning Man, I can honestly say I know what it’s like being able to relate to that feeling.

The photography of Roy Two Thousand and his second shooters, August Winkelman and Connor McNeill, is outstanding. This, of course, isn’t entirely surprising considering some of the other gems that can be found in Roy Two Thousand’s portfolio, including The Fertile Desert, which served as an inspiration to make Lake of Dreams.

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