“The Planet and the Radio Dish”

Sometimes I just see an image which makes me stop and stare. This is one of those images…


Click to aggrandise (and believe me, you really need to see this image full size!)

I really love images like this. It’s constructed from four individual images knitted together, a bit like a panorama but with fisheye lenses. Taken at the Parkes Radio Telescope in New South Wales, you can see a lot in the sky in this image. Have a look at the full 3D view here!

Image credit: Alex Cherney (Terrastro)

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Molecular astrophysicist, usually found writing frenziedly, staring at the sky, or drinking mojitos.
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6 Responses to “The Planet and the Radio Dish”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Anyone can do this
    Guys its absolutely easy to make a planet-like photo you dont need fisheye lenses at all
    here is a website with a tutorial on how to make it
    http://content.photojojo.com/tutorials/create-your-own-panorama-planets/
    hope this helps you =)

  2. madsophia says:

    well I don’t have a fisheye lens. but perhaps I can fashion one!

  3. invaderxan says:

    Ever thought about trying a picture like this? I reckon you totally could! :)

  4. sandalfon says:

    Whoops! That’s not a spaceship – see what I mean, my screen is too friggin small so I’ll look at it on Fred’s monitor when he’s not using it. The lighted dish is strange in that position.

  5. sandalfon says:

    The 3-d won’t show on my monitor and I also wish I could make it huge so I can investigate every star and detail in it. From further back the spaceship looks more like a weird frog and I first thought your icon was imitating it.
    Great picture and thanks for bringing it to us.

  6. madsophia says:

    that is clever!

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