Category: photography

Cloud streets over the Labrador Sea.

Via  NASA Earth Observatory

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Lunar south pole

by Pascal Paquereau

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The image was taken with good conditions on February 5, 2020. The play of shadows near the south lunar pole gives relief to the craters. Equipment: Skywatcher 254/1200 telescope (0.18 “/ p), ASI178M, Baader Q-Turret X2.25 barlow and Baader green filter. Stack of 300 images with AS!3. The final image is presented with its acquisition size. Best regards.

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From this tweet from astrophotographer Marc Leatham.

Over the last five years I’ve collected eclipses with this single composition in mind. I call it “Cyclipse”. It’s made of a total solar eclipse, partial solar eclipse, total lunar eclipse, and waxing crescent Moon. It feels so good to see it come together over the years. #eclipse

Fantastic science themed pictures.

See them all in Science: Our favorite Science photos of 2019

Awesome star trail photos by Lincoln Harrison

Read about the technic in his blog.

First Photo of the Lunar Farside

(1959)

The far side of the Moon is surprisingly different. The most striking difference evident in the Luna 3 pictures is the absence of the large, dark seas of cooled lava, called maria, that cover a substantial fraction of the Earth-facing near side. The far side is instead densely peppered with impact craters of every size and age.

(Via NASA)

h-t kottke.org

North polar dunes on Mars

Credits: ESA/Roscosmos/CaSSIS, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Dunes come in various characteristic shapes on Mars just as on Earth, providing clues about the prevailing wind direction. Monitoring them over time also gives us a natural laboratory to study how dunes evolve, and how sediments in general are transported around the planet.

Circle of life

Alex Mustard, UK

Nikon D850 + 28–70mm f3.5–4.5 lens at 31mm + Nauticam Wide Angle Conversion Port; 1/60 sec at f11; ISO 500; Subal housing; two Seacam Seaflash 150D strobes

In the clear water of the Red Sea, a shoal of bigeye trevally circle 80 feet down at the edge of the reef. For the past 20 years Alex has travelled here, to Ras Mohammad—a national park at the tip of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula—to photograph the summer-spawning aggregations of reef fish. This time, it was the high numbers of bigeye trevally. Their circling behavior is a dating exercise prior to pairing up, though it also deters predators. Alex captured the shape of the shoal against the deep blue water below, the iridescent angled fish reflecting the light from the sun and his strobes.

See more beautiful pictures:

  • The best wildlife photos of the year remind us that nature is amazing—and brutal (Popular Science)

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The solar eclipse that occurred in Chile on July 2, 2019 photographed by Dan Marker-Moore. Great job!

Via Colossal

Drone Awards 2019