Dark Sky is a popular weather app among astrophotographers, but it’s soon to become unavailable for Android. Apple has acquired Dark Sky and as of July this year, it will become available for iPhone users only.
Finding somewhere truly dark for astrophotography becomes more and more difficult with each passing day. Light pollution always seems to be increasing. Towns and cities are ever expanding, getting larger and brighter. And many astrophotographers guard the secrets of their favourite spots to shoot. For those just getting into it, finding somewhere dark can be quite the challenge.
Now, though, America has a designated 1,400 square mile (3,600 square km) area of Central Idaho set aside for stargazing and astrophotography. Designated as America’s first International Dark Sky Reserve, the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve joins only 11 other such locations around the world.
The Skyglow Project took filmmakers Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinović on a journey covering more than 150,000 miles. Their goal is to highlight the issue of light pollution. Dark skies around our planet are disappearing, and the truly dark skies are very few and far between. More than just the photographic opportunities, dark skies play a vital role in the planet’s ecosystem, too.
After a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, which became the fourth highest earning Photobook campaign ever, Harun and Gavin begun their three year quest. They shot over three million photos of some of the world’s most amazing sights. From the active Kilauea volcano in Hawaii to Alberta’s Northern Lights, we are taken on an amazing visual journey.
Of all the planets found in the Solar System, only five of the brightest planets – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, can be seen with the naked eye.
While all five of these planets can be seen throughout most of the year, as of this morning they can all be seen simultaneously as they (mostly) align diagonally in the early morning sky.
Last time this happened was over a decade ago, so ready your cameras and plan your shots.