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Hypnotic Photographs of the Milky Way Over Yellowstone National Park

After a storm passed through Yellowstone National Park, astrophotographer David Lane captured the stunning beauty of the Milky Way covered sky above the Abyss Pool region. Although the photographs were taken at night, the illuminating beauty from the Milky Way gave the landscape sufficient light and a magical element to deliver this stunning sight. This natural phenomenon is defined as an airglow impedes the sky from becoming completely dark. To assure that the images match the park’s vision during the day time, Lane spent four extra months on color correcting his collection. 

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Astrophotography Basics - The Blue Moon

Astrophotography is one of those things that sounds challenging but is really easy to jump into. All you need is a basic telescope and a smart phone, a DSLR camera, or a smart telescope like neogalactics.com.

The first 2 images of the moon were taken with a smart phone and a basic telescope - the non-remote version of the elon1 with the same specs as a celestron 1st scope. Simply holding a camera up to the eye piece is enough for quality images of the Moon or planets.

The photos of the stars and the last photo of the moon were taken with an Olympus OM-D E-M10 with a 14-42mm, F3.5-F22. The settings used to take these pictures were ISO 200, F3.5, and a shutter speed of 15 seconds. Shout out to leenabee for helping with the photography - she has a new photography blog at leenabee.tumblr.com. More astrophotography basics coming soon!

😎: I bet I can build a model showing the position of solar system objects at any time.

😏: Orrery?

😎: Yeah, really.

(🌍🌞click here to play with an awesome interactive version of what you see up top, by designer Jeroen Gommers 🔭)

Bonus: Will the planets ever be aligned? The closest that the eight planets will come to alignment will be on May 6, 2492… and even then they won’t be *totally* lined up one after another. Here’s what that will look like:

There’s just too many ways to arrange the eight planets. But our future selves are gonna have one cool evening sky in 2492, eh?

From a tweet by Nasa. This is an artists depiction of a black hole. Ive always found black holes amazing; theyre like parts of the universe where the universes game engine bugs out and makes weird errors.

The black half circle in the center is the black holes event horizon, where gravity becomes so strong that the escape velocity exceeds the speed of light. Its termed the event horizon because any event that occurs within it cannot be seen by nor measured by nor can it affect the outside universe.

Surround it is the accretion disk, matter spiralling into the black hole that begins to heat up due to tidal forces and friction. Finally, the expanding beam shooting out of the top is the relativistic jet: particles flung out before reaching the event horizon at absurdly high speeds.

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