Saturn was really close in the sky to the Moon tonight! Here’s what I got with my ‘scope and phone camera.
Have you seen the moon or the planets like this? We have a window above our heads which peers into space and time…
Related: my astronomy equipment and recommendations
“So you’re made of detritus [from exploded stars]. Get over it. Or better yet, celebrate it. After all, what nobler thought can one cherish than that the universe lives within us all?”
―Neil deGrasse Tyson
These photos are on the shortlist for Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014, a competition and exhibition run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich. The winning images will be posted here on September 18.
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Breathtaking views show the stars, Milky Way, airglow, and light pollution over New Zealand skies.
"Here are images I captured during last months from New Zealand. Great country to catch colors of airglow almost everywhere…" - Petr Horálek
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lunasanguine said: That thing you posted that had all the photos of nebulas that asked "Do you like the color of the sky" is actually perpetuating misconceptions as 99% of photos of space have been shopped to have beautiful colors and stuff by NASA.
That “colors of the sky" post you’re referring to simply serves as a tribute to the multicolored palette of diversity we see amidst the cosmos. It in no way states: those are the raw images; nor does it infer that those images are what one would see when looking through a telescope, so I was in no way aiding to any perpetuation of misconceptions about astronomical image data.
You’re absolutely correct in that most photos we see of the observable universe are “shopped to have beautiful colors and stuff”…but this isn’t to mislead the public. It’s called image processing:
Image processing serves as a means to reduce and analyze data. Because humans are limited to only a small fraction of the electromagnetic spectrum which permits “visibility”, the tools we’ve developed to enhance the visibility of other parts of the spectrum are necessary to understand what’s going on in the universe, which also includes our day to day lives on Earth as well.
Here’s a PBS Learning Media “Tour of the Electromagnetic Spectrum” to support this; an introduction to the Electromagnetic Spectrum via NASA’s Mission Science Directorate; and this ESA/HubbleCast’s “Hubble Telescope’s Hidden Treasures" episode.
Ooh’ing and Ahh’ing at image processed data from across the light years and sharing it with others is not fueling misconceptions. It’s a cause for celebration regarding scientific ingenuity and innovation which has permit our species to see the beauty of the past and distant universe around us.