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The image shows thousands of stars covering an area three times the size of the full moon. This swath of the sky is located in the constellation Perseus. In the upper left corner, a faint wispy cloud can be seen bending around a pulsating star called EV Persei.

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During its brief 13 months in operation, WISE scanned the sky 1 1/2 times, taking about 1.8 million images of asteroids, stars and galaxies. The spacecraft spotted 19 previously unseen comets and more than 33,500 asteroids, including 120 near-Earth objects, which are objects with orbits that pass relatively close to Earth's own orbit around the sun.

Astrophotography with just a phone camera may sound a bit far-fetched, but there are certain subjects that can be captured with an iPhone, Android or other smartphone. You can take photos of the stars or capture planets, sunsets and other astronomical phenomena like Noctilucent Clouds.

After importing my files in Lightroom and selecting my favourites, the first thing I do is to apply lens corrections. Just by ticking a box, you will remove chromatic aberration in your image. All those ugly blue, green or purple haloes around brighter stars will vanish.

If I add any clarity to my photos it will always be less than 15. Above that value, I believe that stars start looking unnatural. On the other hand, Dehaze is a tool that can enhance some details in the Milky Way. I prefer to use it for local adjustments, though, and at low values.

Go to Filter > Other > Minimum. First, check that Preserve Roundness is selected. Set a pixel radius between 0.3 and 0.8. I would recommend sticking to 0.5. You might like a sky with even more reduced stars, but I believe that after a certain value it starts looking weird.

"We like viewing and photographing the comet because bright ones are not only rare, but beautiful like this one. The tails of comets are never two alike," Chris Schur, an amateur astronomer and night-sky photographer in Arizona, told Insider in an email. "[Comets] move amongst the stars from night to night, making them a challenge sometimes to just find."

The SkySafari astronomy app, which starts at $2 on iOS and free on Android, lets you hold your phone to the sky to identify planets, constellations, stars and satellites. You can also use the app to see what the sky might've looked like thousands of years ago, or what it will look like in the future.

The International Space Station (ISS) app, available free on iOS and Android, doesn't technically show you stars, but you can check out planets and the ISS itself. The app tracks where the in-space laboratory is currently located above the world at any given time.

The Skyview app is $3 on iOS and $2 on Android, but both platforms have a free lite version. To use Skyview, just point your device at the sky and you can get started identifying galaxies, stars, constellations, planets -- even the International Space Station. The app has night mode and an AR feature, so you can use it comfortably any time.

Star Walk 2, $3 for iOS and free for Android with in-app purchases, uses your phone's sensors and GPS to show you a map of the night sky in real time, pinpointing the location of stars, planets, constellations, comets, the ISS and satellites.

Since the dawn of humanity, people have looked to the sky and marveled at the glittering lights above. With the advent of modern telescopes, scientists came to understand the intricacies of stellar evolution and how these great balls of fire live, grow and die. More often than not, their research produces spectacular images of stars and their related phenomena that invoke awe and wonder. In this gallery, we take a look at some of the best examples from recent years.

A river of stars 1,300 light-years long and 160 light-years wide winds through the Milky Way in this incredible photo. Made using the European Space Agency's (ESA) 3D-mapping Gaia satellite, the image shows a stellar stream (in red) that was hidden to astronomers before the mission's launch.

A schematic shows 20 hypervelocity stars racing toward our galaxy at millions of miles per hour. Even crazier? These stars appear to be foreign renegades flung toward the Milky Way from a distant galaxy by an unknown process.

The galaxy NGC 3079, located 67 million light-years from Earth, is blowing bubbles. Seen here in X-rays and optical light, the spherical structures are formed when powerful shock waves shove gases released by stars far into space. It's possible that these bubbles are sending highly energetic cosmic rays in the direction of Earth.

So we decided to take some time to look up to the sky and focus on the stars, in honor of our upcoming Night Photography field excursions. We asked local night sky photographer, Andy Porter to take over our instagram account and share some of his favorite images, tips and camera settings on how to capture that perfect night sky photo.

The Washington Pass Overlook, on Highway 20, is an ideal spot for night sky imaging due to its remote location and south facing view. Liberty Bell Mountain and the great loop of the North Cascades Highway also provide a dramatic canvas for the stars.

Park Butte Lookout is perched precariously on a ridge just south of Mt Baker. The orange glow from inside the lookout was done with an old cheap flashlight, with an incandescent bulb which was very dim. Mt. Baker is slightly aglow from the lights of Bellingham and the stars that seemingly emanate from its crater.

But, for humans, there is another consequence of light-pollution. Only a few generations ago the night sky was an intimate part of every human life. Orion, the hunter, stalked the winter skies while Scorpio pursued him six months behind in the summer sky. For our more distant ancestors, the night sky was clock, calendar, compass, and Netflicks as they hung stories of their gods, heroes, and villains on the patterns they saw in the stars. Today, in our daily lives, a veil of light separates us from the reality of our place in the universe.

"Jan was very informative and a great guide on our visit. The little snacks and cold weather gear really showed she wants everyone to enjoy their night and be comfortable. Super knowledgeable and impressively efficient in finding stars, planets, and constellations. Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting Maui!"

I'm an experienced science, travel and photography journalist and stargazer writing about exploring the night sky, total solar eclipses, moon-gazing, astro-travel, astronomy and space exploration. I'm the editor of, and the author of \"A Stargazing Program for Beginners: A Pocket Field Guide\" (Springer, 2015) and \"The Complete Guide To The Great North American Eclipse of April 8, 2024.\" I write for, The Planetary Society, Live Science, Sky & Telescope magazine, BBC Sky At Night magazine, Astro Gear Today, Travel+Leisure, T3 and Digital Camera World. 041b061a72


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