Distant World


It’s full of stars!

It's full of stars!

Tonight I wanted to give another try at backyard astrophotography. Being in town, there’s quite a bit of light pollution but 20 seconds with the 14mm still give pretty decent results after some tweaking. It’s really full of stars!


The Moon and Jupiter

Moon meets Jupiter
The Moon meets Jupiter, the closest they will be until 2026

If the sky is clear and you can see the moon, you will see exactly this right now. The bright spot above the moon is Jupiter, the closest the both will appear to be until next time in 2026. I just took this picture from my own backyard in Toronto, fifteen minutes ago. Click the picture for full size.

The transit of Venus seen from space, in HD and pure awesomeness

Yup, NASA, you take better pictures than me.


Transit of Venus


2012 Transit of Venus
2012 Transit of Venus

The transit of Venus from my front porch. Projected from century-old binoculars onto a poster. Bit blurry but you can see Venus very clearly as well as some Sun spots.

[edit] adjusted image for proper orientation – forgot it was projected upside-down in the rush! *facepalm*

What the Space Shuttle booster saw

This video is exceptional for several reasons: it’s a complete flight sequence shot from the Space Shuttle boosters, from take-off to landing, from multiple angles and it’s in HD, and the sound has been remastered by Skywalker Sound. Make sure you watch till the end, when you can see the other booster crashing in the ocean just a few hundred feet from the one the camera’s riding.


via Kottke

Sunset on Mars

Sunset on Mars

WOW… just wow. This stunning picture is composed of many images downloaded from the Opportunity rover that’s been roaming the surface of Mars for several years now. Absolutely beautiful!

The individual frames for this image were taken and downlinked a few weeks ago, but it took Don Davis many hours of meticulous labor to assemble it into this beautiful postcard from Mars. Take a moment to be the rover, standing there, covered with fine red dust, on a cold day in Martian winter, the yellow Sun taking its light with it as it sinks behind you.

via The Planetary Society