The Moon cramps Saturn’s style — early morning lunar occultation as a bright Moon passed in front of Saturn on September 18, 1997. And no, occultation doesn’t mean the Moon worships the devil. (NASA/APOD)
More like “cramping Saturn’s SPACE"…amiright?
Props to David Ruck, Director of ‘I want to be an Astronaut’ for the brief photo shoot. This guy is a fantastic wizard of photography, art and filmography. Above are samples of his astrophotography, but you can explore his archive of press features and other works HERE.
redcloud16 asked: I've seen pics from the moon, and videos of spacewalks but why aren't the stars visible? On Earth, away from light pollution you can see the Milky Way. Shouldn't you be able to see even more in space and the moon?
The light reflected off of the moon and the Earth overcompensates in photographs. When you watch time-lapse videos taken from the ISS, the light from other stars is detected, producing star trails, just as an over exposure does via astrophotography.
Credit: David Ruck
NASA explains: The reason you can’t see stars in high oblique photos is that the film speed is too slow and the shutter speed is too fast. Most of the films used are 100 ASA color positive. Fast shutter speeds are used to eliminate blur from the motion of the spacecraft. These films and shutter speeds would not be suitable for photographing stars from the Earth either. One exception to this rule is when astronauts use films and camera settings specifically to photograph features such as the Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis. In these cases stars also show up in the photograph. The photos are also slightly blurry because very long exposures are needed to capture these dim nighttime features.
Adding to that, the sun is also extremely bright, and we don’t have any atmosphere to buffer the rays coming through. You’re exposed out in space, along with the bright reflectivity of Earth and the moon. During the shaded sides of the Earth or moon, the stars are much more clearly visible. Another reason why a lunar observatory is important for further space astronomy.
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Major props to Mike V. These are fantastic.