Swedish Sun Shot

The solar eclipse passed over a cloudy UK yesterday, annoying many would-be observers and photographers. When it passed over Umeå in Sweden, however, things were a bit different – giving us stuff like this:

16871384241_87ae93a7fc_bI’m not sure if this was a planned shot, or if Joakim Poromaa Helger (for it was he wot took it) meant to catch the moment.
A quick look at his photostream suggests it may well have been the latter. It’s a bit wow. Check out his shots from South Africa in particular.

What makes this shot even more incredible is the fact that the crew at flightradar24 got hold of it, did some calculations, and worked out that this was flight SK5:

SK5 is the daily SAS flight from Luleå to Stockholm.

Now we know.

Space Station eclipse photo isn’t real

After the asphyxiated Capetonian dog, I’ve discovered that there’s even more fakery and hoaxism on the internet.

Here’s one of the culprits:
Tweet: Solar eclipse at the International Space Station. #eclipse #eclipse2015


But no.

Says Gizmodo’s Jesus Diaz:

It’s a 3D rendering made in Terragen 2 by DevianArt user ~A4size-ska. It took 38 hours to render. The image of the Milky Way was added later in Photoshop. You can get the high resolution original here. It’s beautiful anyway.

Think first, share second, people…

I knew it the moment I saw it. It was just too similar to this astronomically impossible “Summer Solstice at the North Pole” image, which is obviously also not what it claims to be, but was also a digitally constructed picture, built in Terragen


Thankfully, Jesus does share an REAL image of the moon’s shadow on the earth, taken from the International Space Station. Sadly, given the unlimited imagination and lack of astronomical restrictions of the images above, dare I suggest that it’s a little underwhelming:


Did I really just say that about a photo from the ISS? I think I did.

It’s all good though, because space ‘tog Don Pettit has previously given us this amazing stuff.