Night stacking by Thomas Pesquet Bright lights, big cities (and stars)! This image was made from many images stacked together, with the brightest pixel of each image superimposed on the other one. Each picture was a 30-second exposure, and there are 59 shots. If you are quick at maths you will work out that the whole process took about half an hour, or roughly a full night pass over our planet. Each star leaves a small trail in each photo, and combining all of these trails you get the circles you see. They form circles because the International Space Station rotates to keep its belly pointing down to Earth (we call the down direction nadir, and the up direction zenith – which sounds poetic to me still to this day), so the Station continuously revolves as it circles our planet. If you point the camera down the pitch axis of rotation (so perpendicular to the travel direction, to the side) the Universe seemingly revolves around us. I didn't do all the stacking and legwork for this image, thanks to Andrea Conigli @ESA who put it all together! Des lumières brillantes, des grandes villes et des étoiles : je suis particulièrement fier de cette image ! Elle a été faite à partir de 59 photos empilées ensemble. Chaque photo est une pose longue : on garde l’objectif ouvert pendant 30 secondes, on referme, on fait la prise suivante, etc. Avec un calcul rapide, vous pouvez évaluer que l’opération complète a pris une trentaine de minutes, environ un passage entier dans l’ombre de la Terre. Chaque étoile dessine un minuscule trait sur chaque photo, et en les empilant on obtient les arcs de cercles que vous voyez là. Ils se forment à cause du mouvement de la Station spatiale : au fur et à mesure de sa rotation autour de la Terre, elle pivote également sur elle même afin de pointer toujours la même face vers la planète. Lorsqu’elle fait une orbite autour de la Terre, la Station fait donc aussi un tour sur elle-même en tangage. Si on pointe l’appareil photo vers un point lointain le long de l’axe de rotation (donc, sur le côté pour ceux qui suivent ;)), l’univers semble tourner autour de nous. Un grand bravo à Andrea Conigli ESA qui a travaillé à partir de mes photos pour créer cette superbe image ! Credits: ESA/NASA–T. Pesquet/A. Conigli GMT153_23_00_For ESA_Thomas Pesquet_Long exposure without NR_421D https://flic.kr/p/2m6wBAe
It was exactly 3am and I was sitting on a Nipa Hut. Because it was made of materials such as bamboo, coconut wood, cogon grass, and nipa palm leaves, the air freely billows and touches my skin. The sky is clear; the moon is in gibous phase and the clouds ain't covering the celestial bodies. It was an amazing view. The mountains are at peace and the Laguna Lake is very calm.
While looking at the stars and enjoying the ambience of the night. There, the falling star appeared. My amazement comes first before I realized that I need to wish. To be honest, I am not that someone who really believes that falling stars can grant wishes, but I still wanna try. Because for me, falling star is a reminder to wish what we desire. So just wish whenever it appears. To be granted or not, we never know. But a "maybe" is still a chance, right?
So I close my eyes after the falling star disappeared. And I deeply wished that whoever that someone fated to me, I hope he also love the stars. For I know, those who love stars are good in touching the feelings of other people. For I know, he'll always understands me. Like how complicated the universe is but still believing in it. Like how hard it is to understand the heavenly bodies but still mesmerizing, captivating, still attractive and still lovable.
I don't know how but stars have the power to bring out our true feelings while staring at them but I just realized few things: they aren't just stars, they are something that placed up there to be our guide, to give hope, to help us assess our personality, to remind us what do we really want in life, and helps us to bring back our true selves whenever we got lost.
To whoever reading this, I hope you also do wish with falling star. And wish that someone who's fated to you will always look at you the same way. Who will always tell that you are beautiful, like how the stars are shining up in the sky. ❤
my part of an art trade with @raul_thatcartoonguy on instagram of his character, BINAX! this was a lot of fun to do, and I'm pretty happy with the result, especially considering it's something I don't normally draw. (:
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