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This has to be the most awesome time-lapse photo ever taken in my opinion, mainly because it was taken from the International Space Station by Flight Engineer, Don Pettit as it orbited the Earth…here’s what he had to say on the subject:
“My star trail images are made by taking a time exposure of about 10 to 15 minutes. However, with modern digital cameras, 30 seconds is about the longest exposure possible, due to electronic detector noise effectively snowing out the image. To achieve the longer exposures I do what many amateur astronomers do. I take multiple 30-second exposures, then ‘stack’ them using imaging software, thus producing the longer exposure.”
More of these stunning images are available on the official NASA Flicker page.
The recent images and trailers coming from the New ‘Judge’ Dredd movie are quite spectacularly gritty ‘and’ in some cases the ‘Red-Band’ trailers are quite gruesome: but this is what I’d come to expect from Judge (Joseph) Dredd from my early Comic Book Days. After all, he is the most badass and famous of ‘all’ the elite corps of Street Judges that ran Mega-City One. Some of the best imagery to be released from the new film is their ‘Future Noire’ vision for Mega-City One, which personally I think they’ve got absolutely spot-on. Almost precisely how Ridley Scott nailed the visual landscape proscenium for Bladerunner
But with such a back story…what is Mega-City One? :Well..Mega-City One is this huge fictional city-state covering much of what is now the Eastern United States in the Judge Dredd comic book series. The exact boundaries of the city depend on which artist has drawn the story. The city seems to have grown outward from the present-day Northeast megalopolis, extending down to the Atlanta metropolitan area southwards, and the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor northwards.
The origin of Mega-City One evolved out of a growing urban conurbation stretching from Boston to Washington, which took form in the 21st century to cope with the escalating population crisis in America and – due to the high crime rate – led to the introduction of the Judge system. Originally centered on New York City, eventually Mega-City One stretches all the way from Washington to Toronto, and down to Miami, Florida. Mega-City One was one of three major areas to survive the nuclear war in 2070, due to an experimental laser missile-defence system built not long before. Quickly growing outwards, Mega-City One swelled to hold most of the population of the East Coast, reaching 800 million by the end of the century. The population and city sprawl was halved by nuclear attack and Soviet invasion in 2104 (in the 1982 story The Apocalypse War), with the loss of the entire south in a saturation nuclear strike. It remained at around 400 million until it was reduced to 50 million in 2134 (the 2012 story Day of Chaos).
Mega-City One has a far greater population density than any city in the present-day world. Most city dwellers (citizens) live in huge apartment blocks (50,000+), and due to this close habitat living it sometimes escalated into the notorious Block Wars, though many of the Mega City One citizens lived a perpetually nomadic existence in vehicular mo-pads (mobile homes) due to this inadequate and crowded housing provisions. These citizens travel the city via the many futuristic public transport routes available, rarely stopping. I was quite envious of some of these quite luxurious mo-pads, complete with swimming pools and countless gadgets.
Much of the city was destroyed by nuclear warheads in the Apocalypse War. A small part of the city, known as the North West Hab Zone, became separated from the rest of the city by a stretch of radioactive wasteland called Nuke Alley. The Hab Zone is connected to the main city by a bridge. A tunnel is under construction.
For administrative purposes the city is divided into 305 sectors, most of them renamed to fit the new size of the city after the Apocalypse War. Sectors 1 (the centre) to 300 constitute the main city. Sectors 301 to 305 form the North-West Hab Zone; Sector 301 is disparagingly nicknamed “The Pit” due to its high crime rate.
Outside of Mega-City One, most of the United States has been reduced to the Cursed Earth after a nuclear war.
All we do now is wait for Dredd 3D The Movie to be released in the UK on the 7th September to see if they’ve captured the true essence of Mega-City One.
[Reference] Wikipedia & Comics from the Attic 🙂
You probably already know my love for the re-emergence of
Animated GIF’s in the Digital form, but check out these truly cutting edge
animated gif’s by Brooklyn-based trio The Saline Project.
They’ve created this new art project that sees them looking to evolve
the gif format to something they’re now calling 3D lenticular…
Image Credit & Copyright: Cristian Fattinnanzi
The term ‘Occultation’ is used to describe occasions when the Moon passes in front of a star during the course of its orbital motion around the Earth.
Although I missed this celestial event, many skygazers around the planet enjoyed this Close Encounter of the Planet Jupiter and the Moon on July the 15th, in predawn skies. And while many saw the bright Jupiter next to the slender, waning crescent, in England we had the opportunity to watch the ruling gas giant pass behind the lunar disk, occulted by the Moon as it slid through the night. In this stunning image by Cristian Fattinnanzi with clouds threatening to hamper his telescopic view from Montecassiano, Italy, but in this frame he still manages to capture Jupiter after it emerged from the Occultation along with all four of its large Galilean moons. The sunlit crescent is perfectly overexposed by Cristian with the Moon’s night side faintly illuminated by Earthshine. Lined up left to right beyond the dark lunar limb are Callisto, Ganymede, Jupiter, Io, and Europa.