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.
There are plenty of epic astrophotos that were taken from Earth. Sometimes even from a photographer’s backyard. Astronomer Jean-Luc Dauvergne visited Pic du Midi observatory in the French Pyrenees and took some photos of Mars. As a result, he created “the best global map of Mars” shot from the surface of our planet.
If you’ve always wanted to own one of the photos taken in space – well, now’s your chance. Christie’s has put a huge collection of space photos up for an auction: there are 700 lots with over 2,400 separate items in total. The collection includes iconic and rare images, such as the only photo of Neil Armstrong on the Moon.
NASA’s gallery is full of astonishing photos of space. If you like them as much as I do, you can now get the selection of astronomy photos to your iPhone every day. NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) project is now available as an iOS 14 widget, all thanks to developer Mark Hambly.
Hubble Space Telescope has been in space for over 30 years and has treated us with plenty of awe-inspiring images. This time, the telescope has captured quite a firework. It took a photo and timelapse of a bright supernova outshining every star in its galaxy and unleashing the energy of 5 billion Suns. [Read More…]
The world’s smallest and lightest full-frame mirrorless camera (no caveats required) is now… space’s smallest and lightest full-frame mirrorless camera? Sigma UK teamed up with Sent Into Space to send a pair of Sigma fp cameras (each attached to a Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art) into the upper atmosphere – one shooting stills and the other shooting video – to capture the view from around 100,000 feet.
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.
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.
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.