Kennedy Space Center Sunrises – A Photo Book by Jen Scheer

August 17, 2010 16:47 by scibuff

If you follow @flyingjenny, the incredible Space Shuttle Technician who’s started the Space Tweep Society, or if you’ve seen her daily entries in the Astrophoto gallery, then you know she’s been taking amazing photos of sunrise not far from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). What you might not have known (I only found out myself a few days ago) that she is going share this amazing photo collection with all of us:

I have amassed a nice collection of sunrise photos, some of which have elements that are unique to this location, such as plumes from pre-dawn launches that resemble fire-breathing dragons. I am going to combine the best of these photos into a book, and then pepper it with little bits of historical information about the structures that appear in some of the photos.

The book funding project is hosted on The Kickstarter and at the time of writing the project had 72 backers who had pledged almost $5,000 (see the details below).

Kennedy Space Center Sunrises - A Photo Book

Kennedy Space Center Sunrises - A Photo Book

The best part is that you’ll get your money back in the form of an e-book. Those who donate ($50 or) more will receive a hard-copy signed by the same hand that signs shuttle banners. And, of course, the higher your pledge the better the goodies that come with the book.

To make a pledge, simply visit the project website. As a freebie you can have a look at Jen’s amazing sunrise photo collection on flickr

Spot of light - Credit: Jen Scheer

Spot of light - Credit: Jen Scheer

APOD celebrates 15 years

June 16, 2010 09:23 by scibuff

On June 16, 1995 NASA and Michigan Technological University (MTU) launched a new website called The Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD). APOD was presented at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society in 1996. It received a Scientific American Sci/Tech Web Award in 2001.

APOD is 15 years old

Whimsical Vermeer composite that ran on APOD's fifth anniversary now digitally re-pixelated using many of the over 5,000 APOD images that have appeared over APOD's tenure

As during each of the 15 years of selecting images, writing text, and editing the APOD web pages, the occasionally industrious Robert Nemiroff (left) and frequently persistent Jerry Bonnell (right) are pictured above plotting to highlight yet another unsuspecting image of our cosmos. Although the above image may appear similar to the whimsical Vermeer composite that ran on APOD’s fifth anniversary, a perceptive eye might catch that this year it has been digitally re-pixelated using many of the over 5,000 APOD images that have appeared over APOD’s tenure.

It was a great honor to have a link to my blog post appear in the APOD website on October 15, 2009; you may remember:

Extremely bright fireball seen over the Netherlands

The brilliant fireball meteor captured in this snapshot was a startling visitor to Tuesday (October 13, 2009) evening's twilight skies over the city of Groningen - Credit: Robert Mikaelyan