Photo credit: NASA, ESA, A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center), M.H. Wong (University of California, Berkeley), and the OPAL Team
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captured this stunning image of Saturn on July 4, 2020, when the gas giant was 839 million miles from Earth. It shows Saturn during the summer in the planet’s northern hemisphere. There’s a slight reddish haze over the northern hemisphere in this color composite, possibly due to heating from increased sunlight. This phenomenon could either change the atmospheric circulation or remove ices from aerosols in the atmosphere. Read more for two videos of Saturn and additional information.
On July 21, 1969, Neil Armstrong made history by becoming the first human to step on the Moon, and described it as “one small step for man, a giant leap for mankind.” Buzz Aldrin would join him on the lunar surface approximately 19-minutes later, and together, they planted the US flag and made the iconic phone call with then President of the United States of America, Richard Nixon. Read more to see some footage from that historic mission upscaled by artificial intelligence.
Panasonic’s LUMIX GX85 4K Digital Camera comes with two lenses in this bundle, and you can get it for $497.99 shipped, this weekend only, originally $1,397.19. You get both the 12-32mm and 45-150mm lenses, both capable of shooting stabilized, ultra fast 3-frames-per-second 4K video. Once recorded, you can select and edit frames in-camera to take, create and share the perfect shot, instantly. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
Blackmagic Design has set the bar extremely high for consumer-grade cinema cameras with their all-new Ursa Mini Pro 12K. It may look similar to its predecessor, the Ursa Mini Pro, but is now has a 12,288 x 6480 12K Super 35 sensor, complete with 14 stops of dynamic range. This camera is designed for high-end production and ships with a PL Mount however, while an EF mount will also be available for those who require it. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Photo credit: Solar Orbiter/EUI Team (ESA & NASA); CSL, IAS, MPS, PMOD/WRC, ROB, UCL/MSSL
ESA/NASA’s Solar Orbiter have transmitted the closest pictures yet taken of the Sun. This project is an international collaboration between the European Space Agency and NASA to study our closest star, the Sun, launched on February 9, 2020. It completed its very first close pass of the Sun in mid-June. The images above show campfires, or mini-explosions known as nanoflares, that help heat the Sun’s outer atmosphere to its temperature 300-times hotter than the solar surface. Read more for a video and additional information.
Photo credit: Mark Stone / University of Washington
University of Washington researchers have developed a GoPro for beetles, or in other words, a small wireless steerable camera that can also ride aboard an insect, giving everyone a chance to see an Ant-Man view of the world. This tiny camera streams live video to a smartphone at 1-5 fps and sits on a mechanical arm that can pivot 60°. Viewers would then be able to capture a high-resolution, panoramic shot or track a moving object while expending a minimal amount of energy. Read more for a video and additional information.
Ravi Hongal, a 49-year-old photography fanatic from Belgaum, India, decided to combine his passions into a three-story house. Little did he know that it would become the latest attraction in the city. Why? Well, from afar, it looks like a giant camera with a Nikon lens, Canon flash, and an Epson printer. How much did all this cost? So far, he’s put in $95,000 USD. Read more for a video tour and additional information.
Apollo 16, launched on April 16, 1972, was the tenth crewed mission in the United States Apollo space program, and the fifth to land on the Moon. It was crewed by Commander John Young, Lunar Module Pilot Charles Duke and Command Module Pilot Ken Mattingly. On first drive of the lunar rover, Commander Young discovered that the rear steering was not working, so he alerted Mission Control to the problem before setting up the television camera and planting the United States flag with Duke. Read more to see some of this footage that has been upscaled AI.
Photo credit: MWObs
For those who happen to be in the right regions of the world, you’ll be able to see Comet NEOWISE, a retrograde comet with a near-parabolic orbit, with the the naked eye until the end of July. However, those in the Northern Hemisphere will be able to see the comet until mid-August, when it heads back toward the outer solar system. A telescope is not required, but binoculars are needed to see the long tail. Read more for two videos and additional information.
It’s official, the rumored Canon EOS R5 has been officially announced, and it’s a mirrorless camera designed for professional applications. Featuring a new 45-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor that’s driven by the speedy DIGIC X image processor and capable of capturing uncropped 8K video recording up to 29.97 fps. Read more for two videos, including a hands-on, and additional information,