Our planet consists of around 71% of water. Still, most photos of the Earth we’ve seen so far show some of those 29% of land. French astronaut Thomas Pesquet recently captured the Earth in a photo that reminds us what it’s mainly made of. In fact, in his magical image, it looks like it was made entirely of water.
The great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn has been all over the news over the last few days. And if you were lucky enough to have clear skies, you could have observed it or take some photos. Photographer Jason De Freitas used this rare opportunity to take some photos, and he created something quite unique. He managed to capture the ISS trail between Jupiter and Saturn during the conjunction – and he did it on film.
Exploring space requires a whole lot of high-tech gear. But there’s something you’ll find on space missions that also connects all of us on DIYP: cameras. In this video, Scott Manley guides you through the history of cameras in space. From 1961 to the more recent years, these were the cameras astronauts used to capture iconic space photos.
2020 has certainly not been the best year of our lives, but it still has some bright moments now and again. In December, all astrophotographers will get a pretty unique Christmas present: Jupiter and Saturn appearing as double planets. This phenomenon is pretty rare as is, but conjunction like this one hasn’t been since the Middle Ages.
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.
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.
I believe there are two kinds of people in this world: those who claim every sunset is unique, and those who claim they’re all the same. If you belong to the second group, here’s something that isn’t a “boring” sunset you see every day. Astronomer Alexander Gerst gives you a new perspective with two photos that show what a sunset looks like from space.
Did you dream of flying to the moon when you were a kid? I know I did. It seemed impossible back then, but in a few years’ time, the first civilian will travel to the moon – and he has decided to bring a photographer along.
Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa will be SpaceX’s first space tourist who will fly to the moon in 2023, and he will soon announce the artistic crew who will follow him on this journey. Among other artists, he also plans to bring a photographer to capture this incredible journey.
Chris Hadfield is a retired Canadian astronaut who was on three spaceflights and is now back on Earth. As if that weren’t cool enough, he also has some awesome artistic talents – and photography is one of them. He has taken around 45,000 photos from space, which is pretty impressive. In this video from Big Think, he will tell you more about what it’s like and what it takes for an astronaut to take photos from outer space. He also goes through some of his favorites, He goes through some of his favourites, all of which show off the beauty of our home planet.
Next in our Photographer Spotlight series is Sara Wager.
Sara is a British astrophotographer currently based in Spain. She creates fascinating photographs of Deep-Sky Objects from our universe, including galaxies, areas of nebulosity and planetary nebulas.