Astrophotography enthusiasts, you’re in for a treat today. The Astronomy Photographer of the Year has announced its 2023 shortlists, and they’re as gorgeous as the starry sky on a warm summer evening. Speaking of starry skies, you’ll see some of them among this year’s shortlists. But of course, there are plenty more photos revealing what’s far beyond what meets our eye.
Who among you likes fireworks? Today, we’re diving into the captivating image of the Trifid Nebula, and it’s like colorful cosmic fireworks. If you ask me – it looks way better than the real thing! It was captured by the talented astrophotographer Martin Pugh, who kindly shared this stunning photo with DIYP.
Sunsets will forever be my favorite part of the day. Some argue that they’re all the same, but I say it’s exactly the opposite. Creative photographer Dario Giannobile observed the sky in the sunset, recording its changes day after day. And he came up with an idea. Combining time sequencing and 360-degree photography, he has created unique “stellar flowers” that will leave you speechless.
Pillars of Creation is certainly one of the most iconic space photos we know. Originally shot by Hubble in 1995, it was reshot 20 years later, and seven more years later with NASA’s brand new tool, James Webb Space Telescope, or JWST for short.
In its most recent photo, JWST brings us an entirely new look at the famous gas and dust pillars. Thanks to its infrared cameras, we get to see this star-forming region with details we’ve never seen before.
It looks like today is all about space photography and space photographers. And if you ask me, I’m not complaining. While we take a break between the first and the rest of the James Webb Telescope’s photos, NASA has another announcement – for the fourth year in a row, its Photographers of the Year have been selected.
The photos are somewhat unusual for those we usually see as contest winners. They give us a glimpse into the NASA scientists’ world, taking us behind the scenes of some of the agency’s most ambitious research projects.
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?
This summer, astrophotographers and astronomy enthusiasts are up for a real treat. If you point your camera up to the sky before the sunrise, you’ll find five planets of our solar system lined up. Add the moon to the equation, and there’s an opportunity for some stunning photos.
One of those photos was kindly shared today with DIYP. Photographers from Italian astronomical society Gruppo Astrofili Palidoro took it, and they have shared some details and the photo with us.
How often can we see, with our naked eye, five planets of our solar system lined up in the sky at the same time? And what’s more, see them lined up in order of their distance from the sun? You’re right – it’s pretty rare. But this unique opportunity is now ahead of us!
Starting today and for the next few weeks, we’ll be able to see Mars, Jupiter, Saturn Venus, and Mercury lined up in the night sky, along with the Moon. If you’re into astrophotography, don’t miss this opportunity to take some amazing shots, and I’ll share some info and tips to hopefully help you on this mission.
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.