"Milky Way Over the Medora Covered Bridge"
As evidenced by the barren trees, I've been sitting on this image for a few months now. It was taken on March 18th, this year a few minutes after the start of astronomic dawn when the sun was less than 18 degrees below the horizon. I'd thought about shooting this location for a few years now, but never made it down for one reason or another until this past winter.
The morning I took this image was cold and the sky had little in the way of disturbances that would hinder any attempts at imaging the heavens above. Evidence of this can be seen in the colors and nebulosity in the Rho Ophiuchi region surrounding the star Antares which sits about a third of the way down from the top and a third of the way from the right side of the image. Light pollution is still rampant in the image, but good viewing conditions at least allowed for reasonable detail that kept my swearing to a minimum while processing! *** The subject matter of this image is the Medora Covered bridge which parallels SR-235 about a mile east of the small town of Medora, IN. Like the recently renovated Shieldstown Covered Bridge near my house, this one was also built in the mid-1870s by J. J. Daniels. Depending on who you ask, the Medora Covered Bridge can be considered the longest historic covered bridge in the United States.
SpaceX Crew Dragon for NASA Astronauts
Elon Musk: "SpaceX Crew Dragon ship in anechoic chamber for EMI testing before being sent to NASA's Plum Brook vacuum chamber." Crew Dragon, SpaceX’s "next-generation spacecraft designed to carry humans to the International Space Station and other destinations." "With four windows, passengers can take in views of Earth, the Moon, and the wider Solar System right from their seats, which are made from the highest-grade carbon fiber and Alcantara cloth. Crew Dragon features an advanced emergency escape system (tested in Spring 2015) to swiftly carry astronauts to safety if something were to go wrong, experiencing about the same G-forces as a ride at Disneyland. Crew Dragon’s displays will provide real-time information on the state of the spacecraft’s capabilities—anything from Dragon’s position in space, to possible destinations, to the environment on board. Crew Dragon has an Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) that provides a comfortable and safe environment for crew members. During their trip, astronauts on board can set the spacecraft’s interior temperature to between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Crew Dragon will be a fully autonomous spacecraft that can also be monitored & controlled by on board astronauts and SpaceX mission control in Hawthorne, California, USA." Credit: Elon Musk/SpaceX
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You and the Sun are both parts of the unseen whole. And like the death of a star can morph into an interstellar masterpiece splayed out on a black canvas, almost resonating as an ontological analogy for our own story, so are we an org-cosmic work of art. The stars are in us, our bodies are fusers of malaise and ecstasy, of benevolence and malevolence. The human paradigm of existence follows that of the stars, on a vaguely ambitious level. You are not otherworldly, we all belong here, and this is home.
GIF: Balbutiante / Despise (2017)
Mars, Saturn and Jupiter -- Today I practically spent my whole night at our balcony trying to capture some sky objects after almost a week of rain and clouds. Between 1AM and 4AM I could manage to capture 3 planets 🤘Most of my time was spent with searching needle in a haystack and suffering at this extreme focal lenght I am not really got used to yet. I used Rubinar 1000mm/f10 mirror lens with 2x TCx2 (KOHBEPTEP ussr TC) with my 1,5 crop Samsung NX500 --> 6000mm/f40...while I was able to locate my target relatively easily without TC, after mounting the TC-s the stars were gone 😩😠 This went over and over almost 20-30 times...conclusion: I need a precisely calibrated finder on my Rubinar, and some mechanism to fine tune the FOV, because a ballhead is not designed for this! I was using my DIY "Voyager Star Trekker Mk3" to keep my FOV. It did a great job! 👏 Without tracker I would have been lost! Best 15% of 240 frames were stacked with AutoStakkert!2 for each planet from dozens of 4K videos. Postprocessing in PS. Rubinar 1000mm/f10 + 2xTCx2 @ ISO1600 1/25" 24FPS 4k Samsung NX500 #stargazing#science#nightsky#astro#astrophotography#astronomy#night#nightscape#planets#mars#saturn#jupiter#rubinar1000#samsungnx500#diy#diyproject#engineering#engineer#picoftheday
The Tarantula nebula captured by the Hubble space telescope
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Meeting of the Galaxies~ 😬 Couldn’t help think it looks like these Goblins all assembled for a meeting under the stars. This will probably be the last shot I post for about a week. Leaving for Norway and will definitely have some new work out along the way. See ya soon and have a great Memorial Day weekend! 🤙🏽👊🏽