The Pleiades (M45) is an open star cluster in the constellation of Taurus visible to the naked eye as a small, foggy patch in the sky from which six or seven individual stars can be faintly seen of the hundreds of stars that make up the cluster. A Greek myth about seven sisters is the origin of the name. The Pleiades are visible from the backyard even in my light polluted sky from where these images were made. A wide […]
Pinewood Estate was built in 1932 in Lake Wales, Florida, as a winter retreat for Bethlehem Steel Vice-President Charles Austin Buck before being acquired by Bok Tower Gardens and opened to the public in 1970. The mansion is decorated for Christmas every year with a different theme. The theme for Christmas 2016 is Christmas 1944. Reminders of the World War II years are scattered throughout the rooms with the decorations being a little ostentatious as a reflection of the wartime […]
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launches EchoStar XIX at 2:13 p.m. from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station 18 December 2016. EchoStar XIX will be the world’s highest capacity broadband satellite in orbit, dramatically increasing capacity for HughesNet high-speed satellite Internet service to homes and businesses in North America. Click here to view more launch photos.
The Orbital ATK L-1011 Stargazer aircraft is seen overhead with the Pegasus XL rocket nestled along its belly in this view from Jetty Park at Port Canaveral. Pegasus XL launched the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) consisting of a constellation of eight microsatellite observatories that will collectively provide a measure of ocean surface wind speeds within the core of hurricanes from space. Stargazer is returning to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station after a hydraulic pump problem with the rocket […]
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A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket launches the eighth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-8) mission for the U.S. Air Force on 7 December 2016 at 6:53 p.m. from Space Launch Complex 37 (SLC-37) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Click to view more from the launch.
While an unexpected bust for seeing any birds during one of this winter’s coldest days so far, a visit to Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida, led to a lot of other photo opportunities, like this view looking back at Bok Tower and its reflecting pond image. The brochure map says it best about this stop on the tour: “This iconic view of the Singing Tower is the perfect place for a photo with friends or family while visiting […]