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yesterday by lemonodor
This is the Milky Way Photographed in a Crystal Ball
Photographer and astronomer Juan Carlos Munoz was browsing a flea market in Santiago, Chile, a few days ago when he stumbled across some crystal balls. He bought one for a few dollars and then decided to use it for astrophotography. This “cosmic marble” photo of the Milky Way in a crystal ball is what resulted.
“I went up to Paranal Observatory for an observing shift, and I decided to test the crystal ball as an astrophotography lens,” writes Munoz, who’s a Photo Ambassador for the ESO. “I placed it on the handrails of one of the entrance corridors to the Paranal residencia, and put my tripod and camera below it, at an angle such that the Milky Way was visible through the ball.”
astronomy  photography 
yesterday by rgl7194
APOD: 2018 June 22 - Galaxy in a Crystal Ball
Explanation: A small crystal ball seems to hold a whole galaxy in this creative snapshot. Of course, the galaxy is our own Milky Way. Its luminous central bulge marked by rifts of interstellar dust spans thousands of light-years. On this long southern hemisphere night it filled dark Chilean skies over Paranal Observatory. The single exposure image did not require a Very Large Telescope, though. Experiments with a digital camera on a tripod and crystal ball perched on a handrail outside the Paranal Residencia produced the evocative, cosmic marble portrait of our home galaxy.
astronomy  photography  APOD 
yesterday by rgl7194
Maria Mitchell at 200: a pioneering astronomer who fought for women in science
Richard Holmes:
This is a legacy to reckon with. Her archives are treasured at Vassar, and a museum and an association in her name flourish in Nantucket. Her beautiful Henry Fitz telescope has gleaming pride of place in the National Museum of American History, Washington DC. Above all, she should be remembered for her inspirational science teaching, the passionate ex-Quaker and bold proto-feminist so vividly combined. One of her students recalled: “A chance meeting with Miss Mitchell ... gave one always an electric shock. At the slightest contact, a spark flashed.” We can catch it still.
science  womenscientists  history  astronomy 
3 days ago by madamim
Those grainy Moon photos from the 60s? The actual high-res images looked so much better.
Super-cool photos of the moon taken from the satellites orbiting the moon.
astronomy  moon 
6 days ago by md

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