Frosch beim Photobombing von NASA Raketenstart

Ein Frosch beim Photobombing (Hi-Res) während des Starts der NASA LADEE Rakete zum Mond. YOLO! (via @AndreasSchepers)

A still camera on a sound trigger captured this intriguing photo of an airborne frog as NASA’s LADEE spacecraft lifts off from Pad 0B at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The photo team confirms the frog is real and was captured in a single frame by one of the remote cameras used to photograph the launch. The condition of the frog, however, is uncertain.

Ein Walzer um den Saturn

Vimeo: Around Saturn from fabio di donato on Vimeo.

Fabio Di Donato hat aus Fotos vom Saturn und dessen Ringen einen flotten Walzer koreographiert. Vielleicht hätte „2001: Odyssee im Weltraum“ so ausgesehen, wenn ihn Kubrick während der Stummfilm-Ära gedreht hätte. Die Bilder wurden von der Cassini-Huygens-Sonde zwischen Juni 2005 und 2013 aufgenommen.

Waltz Around Saturn with this video showing highlights from Cassini’s exploration of the giant planet, its magnificent rings, and fascinating family of moons. (WARNING: this video may not be suitable for people with photosensitive epilepsy). The video is dedicated to the memory of Margherita Hack, astrophysicist and popular science writer (2013). She made me love the stars music Shostakovich – Jazz Suite No.2: VI. Waltz 2 – Armonie Symphony Orchestra (thanks to Erica Alberti for suggestion) image from Cassini–Huygens spacecraft mission to the Saturn system by NASA and European Space Agency edit Fabio Di Donato. This video shows a selection from more than 200.000 pictures taken by the Cassini Spacecraft around Saturn’s Rings in a period between 2004 and 2012, published through the Planetary Data System between June 2005 and June 2013 – If you want to know more about the mission please visit RAW images were processed to PNG thanks to the Vicar-to-PNG procedure provided by Jessica McKellar

Die Erde vom Saturn aus fotografiert


Unsere blaue Kugel (der leuchtende Punkt rechts der Mitte) vor ein paar Tagen aus 1,5 Milliarden Kilometer Entfernung von der Saturn-Sonde Cassini fotografiert und der NASA auf Flickr unter CC BY 2.0 Lizenz veröffentlicht. Die winkenden Menschenmassen sind leider ein bisschen unscharf geworden.

In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn’s rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame. It is only one footprint in a mosaic of 33 footprints covering the entire Saturn ring system (including Saturn itself). At each footprint, images were taken in different spectral filters for a total of 323 images: some were taken for scientific purposes and some to produce a natural color mosaic. This is the only wide-angle footprint that has the Earth-moon system in it.

The dark side of Saturn, its bright limb, the main rings, the F ring, and the G and E rings are clearly seen; the limb of Saturn and the F ring are overexposed. The „breaks“ in the brightness of Saturn’s limb are due to the shadows of the rings on the globe of Saturn, preventing sunlight from shining through the atmosphere in those regions. The E and G rings have been brightened for better visibility.

Earth, which is 898 million miles (1.44 billion kilometers) away in this image, appears as a blue dot at center right; the moon can be seen as a fainter protrusion off its right side. An arrow indicates their location in the annotated version. (The two are clearly seen as separate objects in the accompanying narrow angle frame: PIA14949.) The other bright dots nearby are stars.

This is only the third time ever that Earth has been imaged from the outer solar system. The acquisition of this image, along with the accompanying composite narrow- and wide-angle image of Earth and the moon and the full mosaic from which both are taken, marked the first time that inhabitants of Earth knew in advance that their planet was being imaged. That opportunity allowed people around the world to join together in social events to celebrate the occasion…

Der Mond durch unsere Planeten ersetzt

YouTube: If the Moon were replaced with some of our planets (via @peternoster)

Merkur fehlt, weil nur unwesentlich größer als der Mond. Pluto darf auch nicht mitspielen. Aus Gründen. Und ob das Video zufällig oder absichtlich ein Posting von Ron Miller aufgreift weiß ich auch nicht. Aber trotzdem: interessant!

I created an Earth Moon system in 3dsmax, with accurate sizes and accurate orbital distances.. I than matched video of the real Moon with my video camera, against my model. I also researched the correct FOV of my video camera. I used both methods to verify my Virtual camera’s FOV (around 47 degrees). I next modeled up the rest of the planets in proper scale (Real values) set at the distance of the moon (also real values), created the animation of them rotating around, and composited the whole bunch.

Vulkanausbruch aus Perspektive der ISS

Als am 12. Juni 2009 der Vulkan Sarytschew auf der russischen Insel Matua ausbrach und riesige Aschewolken ausstieß, gelangen der Besatzung der Internationalen Raumstation ein paar eindrucksvolle Fotos. Gerne hätte ich mir davon dieses GIF ins Blog geklebt, aber 21MB waren mir dann doch einen Tick zu groß. Stattdessen gibts die Animation als Video nach dem Klick…

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