This takes some serious rigor to get shots like this. Titled “Tempest Milky Way”, Randy Halverson’s masterpiece won Best Overall at the 2011 Chronos Film Festival.
Incredible photo by “ESA/A. Kumar & E. Bondoux”
Excellent shot by Doug Kiesling in Saint Cloud, MN this July. On the left of the photo is the faint aurora in pink while on the right of the photo you can see Jupiter, Venus, and Pleiades, a cluster of young stars. By young I mean 100 million years old.
If you haven’t seen History Channel’s “The Universe” I highly recommend the first few episodes that cover the planets in our solar system. My personal favorite is the first episode about the sun. Here’s a clip to get you intrigued.
This “sunquake” was caused by a solar flare so massive that the opposing force of the discharged particles slapped the surface of the sun. Cooooool. I mean… Hotttttt.
If you’re wondering, yes this is photoshopped. If you take a look at the right side of the cloud you can tell that Jeffery stacked pictures of clouds on top of each other to create the massive lightning effect.