Titan on Shadows of Saturn’s Rings

It gives and interesting perspective on size. Our atmospheric glaze is quite thicker looking if you were to overlay a close up and make the curvature of the two planets “surface” match up. Edit: I don’t mean thicker density wise as much as how

Stardust in Aries

Yeah, I’m pretty sure they do, but just like how other creatures in the universe can’t see the same way we can see (dogs), it doesn’t make what we can perceive with the naked eye any less impressive, IMO.

The Eagle and The Swan

I predict this is going to get reposted on facebook with the following title in ~3 days with the following caption: “Look, God put Mary’s face in the stars!”

Milky Way

They are nice, I have a Mac and I guess I just never bothered to look at the default ones. I knew it came with the Andromeda one (I think it’s Andromeda) but that is it. I’ve always used my own. I love the

The Medusa Nebula

I don’t know about the Very Large Telescope which took this photo, but I can tell you how amateur astronomers make colors come out in nebula photographs. They use what are called filters, which let some light through, and block others. Some use simple

Seasonal Streaks Point to Recent Flowing Water on Mars

Of which none have contained any firm evidence of fossilized microbes…. There’s simply not enough evidence yet for a solid, scientific claim. Your belief which you seem to cling to so dearly is entirely hypothetical until proven true. It doesn’t seem like you’re the

Eclipsed Moon in the Milky Way

I keep looking for an eclipsed moon. Is it that bright star? Is that the moon from the other side? I feel stupid not being able to see it. EDIT: Wait, is this an exposure thing? Is the black, eclipsed moon that bright when

Standing Above The Clouds

This picture makes me feel so at peace and a little sleepy even, it looks like a wonderful dream. If I was that person I don’t know how I would stop myself from just letting go and falling in… [l’appel du vide…](http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m07a8tJXDK1qgszzso1_500.gif) but in

Montana sunrise

My parents, my sister and me have gone to Montana every 4 years since 2003 for our summer vacation (started out as a grad-present to me) , and in 2010 for a Christmas vacation. We’re from Ohio, which is by no means ugly, and

The (not so) Blue Moon

At the speeds these objects are flying, even say a glancing 45 degree impact has enough kinetic energy to cause a massive explosion that is powerful enough to annihilate the rest of the meteor. This explosive force radiates outward, creating a spheroid shape, vaporizing

Two galaxies in the process of colliding

[This will explain the colors in a fun little walkthrough.](http://hubblesite.org/gallery/behind_the_pictures/meaning_of_color/) I’m not actually aware of how the above image was colorized, though it appears to just be augmented true coloration. The telescope collects data on the light wavelengths coming from the galaxies and colors

Martian landslide caught mid fall

Depends, I guess. If you are referring to guys like Messner, who climb eight-thousanders without oxygen, then it’s true. But they usually spend a couple of weeks on a plateau level, maybe 5000m or so, to get acclimatized to altitude, before they try to

Space Shuttle Endeavour docked at the ISS

They almost didn’t manage to get this opportunity to get a picture of Shuttle with the ISS. STS-134 was the second to last flight and those flights were super busy. So busy that they considered the time they would have to set aside to

Milky Way Through a Derelict Pier in Florida

ISO is highly dependent on the camera you are shooting with. Newer sensors enable users to get up into the ISO 5000 range with very little noise in the shadows. As far a star trailing goes, exposure length is best determined by your focal
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