How Earth looks from outer space – EarthSky

Astronomy Essentials If you were looking with the eye alone, how far away in space would our planet Earth still be visible? Here is Earth from 900 million miles away, from the vantage point of the rings of Saturn. Image via the Cassini spacecraft, which has been orbiting Saturn since 2004. This image was acquired … Continue reading How Earth looks from outer space – EarthSky

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Total Lunar Eclipse On Wednesday Will Be a Rare ‘Selenelion’

Observers of Wednesday morning's total lunar eclipse might be able to catch sight of an extremely rare cosmic sight. On Oct. 8, Interested skywatchers should attempt to see the total eclipse of the moon and the rising sun simultaneously. The little-used name for this effect is called a "selenelion," a phenomenon that celestial geometry says cannot … Continue reading Total Lunar Eclipse On Wednesday Will Be a Rare ‘Selenelion’

Satellite likely incinerated as it returned to Earth

The satellite ran out of fuel Oct. 21 and had been steadily losing altitude since, tugged by Earth\'s gravity.The 1.2-ton GOCE satellite is small in comparison to other spacecraft that recently crashed back into the atmosphere.In January 2012, Russia\'s failed 14-ton Phobos-Grunt Mars probe returned. In 2011, NASA\'s 6.5-ton Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite and Germany\'s … Continue reading Satellite likely incinerated as it returned to Earth

One Day, Two Camera Shows

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So this weekend started out on a bad note.  Well, bad for my wallet at least, great fun for me!

Night Sky Photo Workshop flier (GMARS-2013)

I was looking around for a good low light lens for the upcoming Night Sky Photography workshop that my astronomy club is putting on September 7-8 (if you are in the area you too can participate…its $120 to learn from one of the masters of the craft Dennis Mammana).

20130824_132934_5So as I was perusing the Samy’s Camera store ads, I noticed that they were having a Photo Expo at the Pasadena Convention Center…Yeah!!

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Right as you walked in to the Expo, there they were…my dream lenses!  No, those aren’t telescopes (although they could be), they are just really long lenses.  The Sigma above what their 400mm F2.8 monster.  The Canon 400mm was surprisingly light for all the glass in the lens.   Both were sharp edge to edge.  However, I…

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