March 18, 2024

Dark Energy Camera Captures a Breathtaking 1.3-Gigapixel Photo of the Remains of a Dead Star

The Vela Supernova Remnant tells the story of what happens after a star dies. Described as the cosmic corpse of a gigantic star, it's an expanding nebula made of from the remains from a massive star that exploded about 11,000 years ago. Now, this stellar structure is the subject of a record-breaking photo. The Dark Energy Camera (DECam), which is mounted on the Victor M.

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January 29, 2024

400-Megapixel Photo of the Sun Made From 100,000 Photos

Astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy has outdone himself with his 400-megapixel image of the Sun. Comprised of over 100,000 individual photos, it's McCarthy's highest-resolution photo of this celestial body. It only took McCarthy 30 minutes to capture the individual shots after shooting 80 frames per second.  From there, it was all about processing the frames to put together the 40-panel mosaic that makes up the final shot.

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January 18, 2024

All 13 Full Moons From 2023 Together in One Brilliant Photo

Photographer Ivana Fanti is fascinated by the Moon. Believing it to be a source of creative energy, it's often the subject of her astrophotography. Her Instagram feed is filled with incredible images that are a testament to her determination and dedication to photographing the Earth's satellite. To close out 2023, she posted one image that sparked the public's imagination and racked up over 1.8 million likes.

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December 4, 2023

Stars Align for Photographer in this Rare Photo of an Aurora, STEVE, and the Milky Way

When British photographer Stephen Pemberton heard reports that the Aurora borealis would be visible in his area, he quickly gathered his camera equipment and headed out the door. He made his way to his favorite location in Northumberland—the Howick Bath House. Free from light pollution, the structure makes for an interesting setting. Once he arrived, he was pleased to see that the Aurora was active, but he certainly didn't expect what came next.

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