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Venus and Jupiter at dawn

On Monday morning, Venus and Jupiter gathered close in dawn skies, for some separated by about half the width of a full moon. It was their closest conjunction since 2000, captured here above the eastern horizon before sunrise. The serene and colorful view is from Istia beach near the city of Capoliveri on the island of Elba. Distant lights and rolling hills are along Italy’s Tuscan coast. Of course, the celestial pair soon wandered apart. Brighter Venus headed lower, toward the eastern horizon and the glare of the Sun, while Jupiter continues to rise a little higher now in the sky near dawn. The two brightest planets meet again next June 30th, in the evening twilight above the western horizon.

Image credit & copyright: Stefano De Rosa



Well, I’ve been sick all week so for the first time in 8 months I took a week off from #TimelapseTuesday.

I just couldn’t leave you guys hanging so here are some awesome #startrails from a #milkyway #timelapse at Legend Lake around July 4th. I believe this is 400-500 photos combined for this epic #astrophoto.

The next couple weeks are going to be awesome, I will make sure to have some cool content coming, and in 2 weeks I’ll be in Italy and France! Can’t wait to take my timelapse game to Europe for the first time! by kylelawso


Voyager’s Neptune:

Cruising through the outer solar system, the Voyager 2 spacecraft made its closest approach to Neptune on August 25, 1989, the only spacecraft to visit the most distant ice giant planet. Based on the images recorded during its close encounter and in the following days, this inspired composited scene covers the dim outer planet, largest moon Triton, and faint system of rings. From just beyond Neptune’s orbit, the interplanetary perspective looks back toward the Sun, capturing the planet and Triton as thin sunlit crescents. Cirrus clouds and a dark band circle Neptune’s south polar region, with a cloudy vortex above the pole itself. Parts of the very faint ring system along with the three bright ring arcs were first imaged by Voyager during the fly-by, though the faintest segments are modeled in this composited picture.

Composite Image Credit & Copyright: Assembly/Processing - Rolf Olsen,
Data - Voyager 2, NASA Planetary Data System


NASA’s Maven orbiter enters into Martian orbit 

NBC News: NASA’s Maven orbiter entered into the orbit of Mars after a 10-month, 442 million-mile journey on Sunday, mission managers reported.

Over the next several weeks, additional maneuvers will put Maven into position for a yearlong mission to monitor Mars’ upper atmosphere where its observations are expected to help scientists determine how the planet lost its air. 

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Photo: An artist’s conception shows NASA’s Maven orbiter with Mars in the background. (NASA / GSFC)


The starry sky under Hollow Hill

Look up in New Zealand’s Hollow Hill Cave and you might think you see a familiar starry sky. And that’s exactly what Arachnocampa luminosa are counting on. Captured in this long exposure, the New Zealand glowworms scattered across the cave ceiling give it the inviting and open appearance of a clear, dark night sky filled with stars. Unsuspecting insects fooled into flying too far upwards get trapped in sticky snares the glowworms create and hang down to catch food. Of course professional astronomers wouldn’t be so easily fooled, although that does look a lot like the Coalsack Nebula and Southern Cross at the upper left.

Image credit & copyright: Phill Round



I need warp speed in 3 minutes or we’re all dead

Is Earth going at warp speed in this image? This is a composite of two photographs, one for the foreground and one for the sky. The photographer zoomed in on the image of the Milky Way for the last 10 seconds of the exposure to give it a ‘warp speed’ look.

Image credit and copyright: Mike Taylor/Mike Taylor Photography



Aurora over Maine

It has been a good week for auroras. Earlier this month active sunspot region 2158 rotated into view and unleashed a series of flares and plasma ejections into the Solar System during its journey across the Sun’s disk. In particular, a pair of Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) impacted the Earth’s magnetosphere toward the end of last week, creating the most intense geomagnetic storm so far this year. Although power outages were feared by some, the most dramatic effects of these impacting plasma clouds were auroras seen as far south as Wisconsin, USA. In the featured image taken last Friday night, rays and sheets of multicolored auroras were captured over Acadia National Park, in Maine, USA. Since another CME plasma cloud is currently approaching the Earth, tonight offers another good chance to see an impressive auroral display.

Image credit & copyright: Jeremy P. Gray


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