GIF Of Pluto Shows How Camera Technology Has Improved Over The Last 85 Years

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NASA just released this sweet GIF of Pluto that uses photos taken between 1930 through 2015. The first photo (courtesy of Lowell Observatory Archives) was taken by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930 when the planet was first discovered. NASA digitally zoomed in on the image for the GIF. The following images were all taken form NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope between 1990 and 2014. The only exception being the last image in the series, which was snapped from the New Horizons spacecraft this year.   [Read more…]

Nasa Shares First Photo of Pluto Taken With A Camera Named Ralph


If you are a space fan, this is your day. NASA just released the first surface image of Pluto.

The photo is the closest photo of Pluto ever taken at about 7,800 miles. This is quite amazing, especially compared to the roughly 3 billion (3,000,000,000) miles New Horizons had to travel to get there.

Another interesting fact is that we did not see the photo as soon as it was taken. It took the transmission about 4.5 hours to get to earth.

This could also be the most expensive photo taken at roughly $700 million to build, equip and fly the probe.

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This Timelapse From Mars Shows Rover’s 42Km, 12 Years Journey


Usually we share timelapses of the most beautiful places on earth, resolution goes up to 8K, and sound design is spectacular. This next movie however, was not shot on earth, sound is crap and resolution looks like something from the 80’s.

This 8 minutes timelapse documents NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover – Opportunity traveling 42.2 kilometers (a full marathon if you will), over roughly 12 years. The Rover started it journey on January 2004 and the footage goes up to 2014 (the rover is still going though).

The photos are not coming from a high-end camera, but rather from the hazard-avoidance cameras mounted on the little vehicle and used to…. avoid obstacles while zooming through. Those are “two B&W cameras with 120 degree field of view, that provide additional data about the rover’s surroundings“.

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Awesome Photo of the International Space Station Over a Full Moon


Moving at 27,600 km/h the International Space Station orbits Earth every 90 minutes or so, making it relatively easy to spot the spacecraft.

Dedicated websites and apps make visible passes incredibly easy to view, but seeing the ISS cross the moon is a whole nother story; let alone a full moon.

In the case of Australian amateur photographer Dylan O’Donnell he had to wait 12 months to finally get a 0.33 second long window to capture this image. Obviously he nailed it.

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Amazing 4K Time Lapse Created Using 109GB of NASA Space Photos

Source: screenshot (Vimeo/NASA)

Source: screenshot (Vimeo/NASA)

The International Space Station is a joint venture run by NASA, the European Space Agency and the equivalent agencies from Russia, Japan and Canada.

I don’t know about the other agencies, but NASA and ESA do an excellent job releasing their outlandish footage to the public, and some of the public puts the footage to great use.

One of these people is Dmitry Pisanko, who collected 95,623 of the publicly accessible raw images, and after lots of editing and working his magic put together a 4K time lapse showing some of the best views seen from space.

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This Photo of a Sunset Was Captured By a Robot. On Mars.


The Mars Curiosity Rover snapped this photo of a Martian sunset several weeks ago, on SOL 956 to be exact, and beamed it back to Earth.

Never mind the Rover’s impressive photographic skills, I still find it mind blowing that such a high-res image travelled 225,300,000 km and made it with all the pixels in the right order.

The photo was taken using the left Mastcam, one of several camera systems found on Curiosity.

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NASA 2,540mm F/8 Lens for Sale on eBay

Source: eBay

Source: eBay

Joining the list of cool and rare photography gear for sale on eBay is a gigantic 2,540mm lens, of the kind NASA used to track the Saturn V rocket launch in the Apollo and several other programs.

Weighing in at 180 pounds, original case included, you might need a rocket of your own to lug this lens around.

The seller does not mention which footage was captured with this specific lens, but the manufacturer’s grandson told him that the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster was tracked and filmed with one of these Jonel-brand lenses.

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Watch This Time Lapse Montage of the Sun’s Atmosphere Captured over Four Years


NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft has been observing the sun since 2010 with the goal of understanding its influence on the Earth and near-Earth space.

Using time lapse footage captured by the SDO’s Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) between 2011 and 2015, Michael König edited this cool video.

This joins a previous video he created using time lapse sequences taken by the crew of the International Space Station which reached over 10 million views and was a 2012 Lyrical Vimeo Awards Finalist.

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NASA Captures Massive Solar Flare; May Amplify Northern Lights



NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captured photos and video of the first super-powerful solar flare of 2015.

The X-class solar flare was directed at Earth, and while the Earth’s atmosphere protects us from the harmful radiation, it caused a strong radio blackout. More importantly for us photographers, though, such massive radiation bursts may lead to spectacular displays of the Northern Lights.

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