Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year has just announced the winners of its 2019 competition. Just like every year, the photos are a real treat for all astronomy and astrophotography geeks. Even if you aren’t one, these amazing photos will make you fall in love with astrophotography.
In 2014, Rosetta spacecraft became the first spacecraft to orbit a comet and bring us stunning images of its surface. In 2016, it made its final maneuver when it hard-landed the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The Rosetta’s comet mission gave us over 400,000 images, and motion designer Christian Stangl and composer Wolfgang Stangl joined forces to turn them into this breathtaking video.
The Hubble Space Telescope has recently captured a new photo of Jupiter, showing its trademark Great Red Spot. NASA has shared the image which shows the gas giant in a more intense color palette and in all its glory, and it could be a step towards a better understanding of Jupiter, but also other planets.
Hubble Space Telescope has been orbiting the Earth since 1990. For almost three decades, it has given us plenty of stunning, colorful images of space. But did you know that all of them started as black and white? This video from Vox reveals how scientists colorize Hubble photos of space. They can make them look as we’d see them with our eyes, but they also use other techniques that provide them with so much more than just beautiful pictures.
Seattle-based photographer Rainee Colacurcio has recently captured a stunning image of the International Space Station (ISS) caught passing in front of the sun. What’s more, the sun is completely free of spots, which makes this photo totally captivating. I personally couldn’t stop staring at it, and NASA recently selected it for Astronomy Photo of the Day, explaining why it is so special.
On 20 July 1969, astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were the first men to set their feet on the surface of the Moon. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, Hasselblad has re-issued the original press release for the 500C cameras that were used to capture these historical moments.
The Independence Day is just around the corner in the US, and it means we’ll get to see (and shoot) lots of epic fireworks. But they can hardly be as epic as the one NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope recently captured. It started exploding 170 years ago and it’s still continuing, and NASA calls it “the galaxy’s biggest ongoing stellar fireworks.”
The European Space Agency (ESA) plans to take photos of a comet that is just starting its journey into the inner Solar System. In the upcoming mission, three spacecraft will photograph the comet from different perspectives, and hopefully, help ESA to spot material from the very dawn of our Solar System.
NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex probe, which is currently orbiting around the asteroid 101955 Bennu, has transmitted the photo taken from only 0.4 miles away. NASA has recently published the stunning image, which is the closest shot of the asteroid yet.
Do you admire breathtaking images of the Earth from space? Would you like to take photos like that with your own camera? Well, now you can, as NASA is opening the International Space Station (ISS) for tourists. For the mere $60 million, you also can go up there and who knows, perhaps shoot another iconic photo of our home planet.