If you’re into astrophotography or just enjoy sky-gazing, there’s a real treat ahead. On 26 September, and a few days before and after that, beautiful Jupiter is going to be easy to spot and shoot. It will be so close to the Earth that a good pair of binoculars will be enough to see it. And it’s a truly unique opportunity as the planet will be the closest to us in 70 years.
Astronomy Photographer of the Year has announced the winners of its 2022 contest. The overall winner is Gerald Rhemann from Austria. His photo Disconnection Event is a rare image of a piece of Comet Leonard’s gas tail being disconnected and carried away by the solar wind.
Other than Rhemann’s impressive photo which won the overall prize and the Planets, Comets and Asteroids category, the contest has also announced winners and runner-ups in all of its categories. They kindly shared it with DIYP, so we bring you the best of the best from the 14th Astronomy Photographer of the Year.
One of the most marvelous things about photography (and there are many) is the collaboration with other artists. You get to meet new people, you inspire each other, and together you make something extraordinary.
So, when two incredible astrophotographers get together, what can you expect? An equally incredible image. Andrew McCarthy and Connor Matherne got together and combined over 200,000 shots to create a single moon photo. The result: a super-detailed 174-megapixel image that lets you zoom all the way in and see all the details you wish.
Astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy is one of those people whose each and every photo always makes me go “wow!” After buying his first telescope only five years ago, he rapidly grew to become a master astrophotographer, getting better and better with every new image.
But even while he was still fairly new to astrophotography, Andrew captured a photo that will knock your socks off. He recently shared one of his very first astrophotos showing two of the Sun’s atmospheres, including the “corona” – the one we normally only see during an eclipse. Blending it with his later photo, he created a piece of art that’s a wonderful homage to the first five years of his astrophotography journey.
When I was little, I would always color the sun yellow in my drawings and I can bet you did as well. While it’s actually white, we can see it in many different hues here on Earth.
Italian photographer Marcella Pace captured all of these colors that we can observe through our eyes and our cameras. They cover many warm hues of orange, crimson, and every child’s favorite: yellow. But you’ll also see it in an unexpected cold shade of blue. Marcella shared with us her amazing composite Colors of the Sun and told us a bit about how she made it.
Pillars of Creation is undoubtedly one of the most iconic photos that NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has ever taken. The Hubble mission has cost approximately $16 billion, so have you ever thought that the magnificent Eagle Nebula could be captured from your own backyard, with a modest telescope?
Astronomy Photographer of the Year has a real treat for all astrophotography fans. The 2022 contest has just announced its shortlists, and just as always, there are so many stunning photos in the selection.
The Harvest Moon rising behind Glastonbury Tor in the United Kingdom, the Milky Way mirrored by the highest national highway in the world in Tibet, a partial solar eclipse over Italy, the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy captured exactly 270 years after its discovery… You’ll see all of that and more among this year’s shortlists!
If you live in a city, photographing night skies is a challenge, to say the least. Light pollution affects our photos and makes the sky suck, coming from the ground and even from the sky. Even though we can’t lower light pollution on a global level, at least we can do something to minimize its impact in our photos. In this video from B&H, astrophotographer Jess Santos will tell you how.
Jess helps you get past light pollution and raise your night sky photos to a higher level. But she also shares some important facts about light pollution that affect more than just our photos.
If you love astrophotography, here’s a real treat. Royal Observatory Greenwich has just announced the magnificent shortlisted images of its 2021 Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest. The photos were taken all over the globe, and even beyond: there’s even a photo of the sunset on Mars. So without further ado, let’s dive in and enjoy this gorgeous selection of images.
The International Space Station orbits the Earth about every 90 minutes. However, capturing it as it transits in front of other objects requires meticulous planning and perfect timing. Germany-based photographer Mehmet Ergün caught the ISS as it transits the Sun, and shared his absolutely stunning photo with DIYP.