Exploring the Martian surface in 4K is cool, but The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is about to raise it to an even higher level. Teaming up with broadcaster NHK, JAXA is developing 4K and 8K cameras that will be sent to Mars and take photos of its surface, but also explore its moons Phobos and Deimos.
The Earth hasn’t really been the best place to live for the past year or so. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been fantasizing about moving to some other planet. Stunning photos from the Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest definitely make these fantasies even more vivid, and I’m happy to share with you this year’s winning photos.
Over July and August, comet NEOWISE became the “Holy Grail” of many photographers out there. I also had my own attempts to capture it before it goes away for another 6,800 years. It was uncertain whether or not the comet will survive its Sun flyby and return for our descendant to observe. But according to a recent image made with Hubble telescope, NEOWISE has survived and will be here for our children’s children’s children’s… children to observe.
I believe your social media timeline is covered in photos of the comet Neowise. Perhaps you’ve taken some photos yourself, too. But here’s something a little bit different. The astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) have captured photos of the comet from some 254 miles above the Earth. And then, Seán Doran turned them into this beautiful 7-minute video.
Most of the cameras that have been on the Moon have reportedly stayed there. So, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll find one here on Earth. Or is it? Photographer and space camera maker Cole Rise managed to find Gene Cernan’s missing camera from Apollo 17. And no, he didn’t have to fly to the Moon to get it – it has been in a museum in Switzerland.
A few weeks ago, The European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT) captured a groundbreaking image. For the first time ever, we can see not one, but two exoplanets orbiting a star similar to our Sun.
Considering the current events, no place in the world seems safe to me. I’ve been fantasizing about immigrating to another planet, and this video from ElderFox Documentaries makes it possible. Well, at least virtually. It takes you across the surface of Mars, and it’s the first time that footage from the red planet has been rendered in 4K. It’s not only impressive and calming to watch, but you’ll learn some interesting information about Mars and NASA’s rovers.
In February this year, ESA and NASA launched Solar Orbiter to study the Sun from up close. The probe has returned the first images, and they are the closest photos of the Sun that have ever been taken. They reveal miniature solar flares or “campfires,” a phenomenon that has never been observable in detail before.
Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year never fails to present us with some extraordinary images of space. It’s no different this year. The shortlisted images of the 2020 competition have just been announced, and as always, they’re just splendid! I’m sure they’ll take your breath away just like they did mine.
We’ve already seen that astronauts can be darn good photographers. They show us what our world looks from “out there,” but it’s not just about the photographic skill. They feel the responsibility and motivation to document it. In this great video from MotivationHub, Canadian astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield talks about his images from space. He shares his motivation behind them and some more life wisdom that we all should listen to.