An Orange Crayon on the Floor or a Photograph from Space?

It took us precisely 3.4 seconds to decide that this photograph, on its own was good enough for an entire Phogotraphy¬†write up. At first glance you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re seeing a crayon laid upon a beige carpet. In fact, you’re looking at a genuine NASA photograph from hundreds of miles above the Earth’s surface.

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So what are we looking at? According to NASA this is the iconic orange external fuel tank as used in the Space shuttle missions Continue reading

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Space Odyssey 2015: Yep, this is a real photograph taken by astronaut Scott Kelly.

Two hundred and fifty miles above the Earth, a group of astronauts are orbiting our planet conducting experiments on the International Space Station. Occasionally they get to relax and have some down time and take photographs. Commander Scott Kelly, like one of his predecessors uses those precious moments in Space to take awesome photographs.

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What you’re looking at is a photograph of (top to bottom) Earth, Jupiter, Venus and the Moon all lined up in the same image. The photograph was taken from the ISS on the 19th July this year and retweeted almost 10,000 times. Frankly I’m appalled at myself for not picking this up earlier, but better late than never.

The image strikes an uncanny resemblance to Stanley Kubrik’s opening title’s sequence to the 1968 film Space Odyssey 2001 or more likely, later in the film when we’re treated to a stunning view of the Jupiter & its moons suddenly¬†aligning.

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Kubrik’s Space Odyssey 2001 (1968)

Don’t be fooled either into thinking Kelly’s image is anything more than a beautiful photograph of a conjunction of Solar System from his vantage point. This alignment has absolutely no effect on us, planets, our gravity whatsoever. In fact they happen quite frequently. If you’re interested in finding out more about our place in the cosmos and planning your next starry night photoshoot, check out Stellarium.org, a great tool for tracking objects in the night sky.


Via PetaPixel.