Zeta II Reticuli

Prometheus Origins FeaturetteToday saw the release of the new Prometheus featurette titled “Origins,” thankfully it doesn’t spoil anything in regards to the mystery of how the movie will play out for the crew of the spacecraft Prometheus. What it does confirm is that the lifeforms they track down, is on what Ridley Scott calls the Planet Zeta II Reticuli which is quite interesting as this is where the crew of the Nostromo say they’re in the vicinity of when they picked up the so-called distress signal in “Alien
Prometheus Zeta II Reticuli
Prometheus Landing on Zeta II Reticuli

Alien Fact 1 | The Planets

Zeta Reticuli (ζ Ret, ζ Reticuli) is an actual ‘REAL’ binary star system in the southern constellation of Reticulum. From the southern hemisphere the Zeta Reticuli 1 & 2 can be seen with the naked eye as a double star in very dark skies. Based upon parallax measurements, this system is located at a distance of about 39 light-years (12 parsecs) from the Earth, also quoted in the original Alien movie.
Zeta Reticuli (ζ Ret, ζ Reticuli) is a binary star system in the southern constellation of Reticulum
Zeta Reticuli is circled in Red

Alien Fact 2 | The Robots

A nice little touch I came across today was that the synthetic robots’ names in the series are in alphabetical order, according to film release dates: Ash is in “Alien” (1979), Bishop is in “Aliens” (1986) and Alien 3 (1992), Call is in “Alien: Resurrection” (1997) and now David, played by Michael Fassbender in “Prometheus.”.

Liberty Enterprise Empire & Nasa

Liberty Enterprise Empire Nasa
A recent shot of the Space Shuttle Enterprise been transported to its final resting place in New York has to be one of my ‘all-time’ favourite iconic images, as it truly is a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ photograph by NASA’s photographer Bill Ingalls.

Two of New York’s famous icons stand so tall and proud in this shot with the Statue of Liberty, a true American symbol of freedom, while on the right rises the classic Empire State Building, and then… high in the sky in the background flies NASA’s Space Shuttle Enterprise sat atop a 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft from Dulles International Airport, near Washington, D.C. en-route to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, and then onto its final home at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on the West Side of Manhattan.

Recently I got in a few conversations with some Twitter followers from New Yorker about this classic shot, most of them were saying it’s not possible to get ‘that’ shot, as the Skyscrapers from the Financial District, Tribeca and Soho would obscure the view between Liberty and the Empire and that it was ‘Photoshopped’ image. Not been a New Yorker, I couldn’t dispel these claims, but deep down I had to believe it was real ‘in-camera’ shot. So with the help of Google Earth Pro I managed to plot a path and find the exact spot NASA’s Bill Ingalls was positioned.
Enterpise New York Shot Camera Path
Bill was actual positioned 7 miles away from the Empire State Building on The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbour in New Jersey, just off the Port Jersey Boulevard
Peninsula at Bayonne Harbour in New Jersey, just off the Port Jersey Boulevard
When you now realise how far away Bill was, it makes the enormity and beauty of his capture even more incredible, and rightly deserved to be classed as one of the All Time NASA iconic Space Shuttle images.

The Avengers USB

At first I thought this was another cool ‘concept’, but instead its a ‘real’ and brilliant idea that’s available from Mighty Ape with the release of these Marvel The Avengers USB Drives. The superb 8 GB flash drives come in the form of Captain America, The Hulk, Thor and Iron Man…which one will you buy? Iron Man is available on Amazon
The Avenger USB Drive

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The SuperMoon

I have to say I have a bit of a fetish for photographing the moon, and last nights Super Moon, scientifically know as the Perigee moon was no exception, as it appears 14% bigger and 30% brighter as it passes closer to Earth. It this apparent increase in size, as it comes within 221,457 miles of the big blue marble, that is most striking and is like a ‘moth to a flame’ for us photographers.

Super Moon over Leeds 6th May 2012
I captured this early evening time, just as Luna was rising through the clouds. I tweeted it saying ‘Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s SuperMOON! over Leeds’

As usual much of the UK was swaddled in the traditional bank holiday blanket of rain and even snow clouds, so it wasn’t the greatest of sky watching weekends. However!!, after last years ‘no-show’ Leeds saw one of the natural world’s most spectacular light shows, and I was there ready with ‘old trusty’ the camera. Continue reading The SuperMoon