10 Stunning Cityscapes Without Light Pollution
There are many advantages to city life, from conveniences like 24-hour delis and reliable public transportation to all of the culture that’s right at our fingertips. But there’s one thing that’s sadly missing from our lives — starry skies. In Thierry Cohen’s thought-provoking series Darkened Cities, we get to see what various cityscapes worldwide would look like minus all of the light pollution.
The Paris-based photographer’s work is very precise; the skies that he superimposes into his photos are taken from locations that are situated on the same latitude as the original cities, and shot at the same angle. The resulting images are beautiful. Click through to see what some of the world’s brightest cities look like when the lights are off and the stars come out to play.
- Hong Kong, China
- Los Angeles, California
- Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
- São Paulo, Brazil
- San Francisco, California
- Tokyo, Japan
- Paris, France
- Manhattan, New York
- Ground Zero, New York
- San Francisco, California
Lovely scientific rendition of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Stars” in this Girl Scouts PSA for engaging girls in STEM, reminiscent of the wonderful You Are Stardust – the illustrated story of the universe by a female author and illustrator.
Top with these illustrated biographies of exceptional women scientists.
This is great! I added a few lines:
"When you see the stars sublime,
You’re really looking back in time.
Dwarves and giants from brown to red,
They’ll still be there when you’re dead.
As we gaze up please take my hand,
Hold on to me now before the entropic heat death of the universe occurs as a result of the very fabric of space and time continuing to expand.”
Looks like there’s a rave on Saturn. The (top) ultraviolet image of the southern polar region of Saturn, with its rave-like aurora, was taken on January 28, 2004 by the Hubble Space Telescope’s Imaging Spectrograph.
On Earth, auroral storms may develop in as little as ten minutes and last for no more than a few years. On Saturn, however, the rave lives on - it can last for days.
Saturn’s auroral storms are primarily caused by the pressure of solar wind, a stream of charged particles from the Sun. When the aurora becomes brighter and more powerful, the ring shrinks in diameter.
Unfortunately, the ultraviolet representation is a little misleading - it does not properly represent what you would see if you were flying around up there. The above drawings are an artist’s conception what one might see, but we can be fairly confident that if the ultraviolet was excited that the visible spectra would be excited as well.
Side Note: The two images shown above are mere crop outs from ESA’s recent hit: The 9 Billion Pixel Image of 84 Million Stars. These two focus on the bright center of the image for the purpose of highlighting what a peak at 84,000,000 stars looks like.
Astronomers at the European Southern Observatory’s Paranal Observatory in Chile have released a breathtaking new photograph showing the central area of our Milky Way galaxy. The photograph shows a whopping 84 million stars in an image measuring 108500×81500, which contains nearly 9 billion pixels.
It’s actually a composite of thousands of individual photographs shot with the observatory’s VISTA survey telescope, the same camera that captured the amazing 55-hour exposure. Three different infrared filters were used to capture the different details present in the final image.
The VISTA’s camera is sensitive to infrared light, which allows its vision to pierce through much of the space dust that blocks the view of ordinary optical telescope/camera systems.
Behold, the Milky Way, with the magnificent power of 9 billion pixels. The improvements in the imaging of our universe thanks to modern technology are ceaselessly breathtaking.