Even galaxies can get locked in destructive relationships. 70 million light years from Earth in the direction of the Sextans constellation, the two cosmic behemoths pictured here are pulling each other apart, spiral arms fraying into sweeping tidal tails that stretch across the light years. »
Astrophotographer Adam Woodworth’s exquisite shots of the aurora borealis and the Milky Way have lit up Gizmodo before. But he’s outdone himself with his latest reminder that Earth is the most goddamn beautiful planet you’ll ever live on: An electric blue strip of bioluminescent coastline under a dazzlingly starry… »
These photographs of Yellowstone National Park by Dave Lane are so gorgeous it’s difficult to believe they’re from real life. »
Want to get outside and snap some amazing photographs of the night sky, of some stunning moonlit landscapes and time-lapse starlight trails? Here are six key tips you need to know. »
Did you know you could spot the International Space Station from an airplane? Neither did I! But photographer and aspiring astronaut Trevor Mahlmann had an inkling on a Southwest flight last week. So, he got out his gear and managed to shoot this gorgeous, long-exposure photo of the space station zooming by like a… »
If you’ve never seen the night sky shimmer and glow like this one does, don’t feel bad: your human eyes simply aren’t good enough. But with technology, skilled astrophotographers are able to pull back the veil and reveal the unseen glory of the cosmos. »
Aurorae are rare. Pulsating aurorae, whose structures fade in and out of existence, are rarer, still. But rapidly pulsating aurorae, like that featured in this video by French astrophotographer Stéphane Vetter (previously), are among the least common of all. This footage is not a time-lapse; the colors in this video… »
Nicholas Roemmelt’s photography is enough to make any person whose day job involves a computer and a desk question his or her life choices. In addition to shooting just plain stunning photos of nature, he sometimes makes us extra envious of his adventures by adding himself or his wife to a jaw-droppingly beautiful… »
If you live in LA, or any major city for that matter, you’ll know there’s something very unusual in the image above. It’s called the Milky Way, and it’s about as exotic as a cougar sighting. »
Living on the East Coast, I sometimes feel like California’s got it all: nicer weather, stunning seascapes and mountains, cheap avocados. But every now and then, something will come along and remind me how goddamn beautiful New England is. These photos did the trick this time.
It looks like the sky of an alien world, or a portent for the coming apocalypse, but this photo is actually a day and night composite—two images taken in the same spot along the coast of Östersund, Sweden, roughly ten hours apart.
Not too long ago, most people on Earth could look up at night and see the Milky Way's stunning ribbon of stars. But if you live in a modern city or suburb awash in light pollution, that dazzling view of the night sky is about as rare as a wild predator sighting. »
You might spend a few thousand dollars on a telescope that can see the moon's surface in detail, but a team of astronomers at University of Sheffield spent just a fraction of that. Using a 3D printer and a Raspberry Pi camera module, they built a telescope that can shoot 5MB images of sky. »
Astrophotography is one of the most complex types of photography, blending artistic talents with deep scientific understanding and technical ability. So, if you're just starting out, it can be a complicated topic to get a handle on—but this video should help. »
How do photographers get those absolutely stunning photos of the stars? Not by aiming a point-and-shoot at the sky. To zoom into galaxies far away you not only need specialized glass—you need the right type of image sensor in your camera. And while they don't come cheap, at least now they come… cheaper. »