Calling all star photographers…this is your time to shine!
For the month of October, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum is hosting an online astrophotography tweet-share. People of all ages — from beginners to experts — are invited to share their photos and stories of the night sky on Twitter!
In addition, we’ll be posting a series of expert tips and lessons learned from several amazing astrophotographers. These tips and lessons will tie in with the following weekly themes:
October 4 to 10, 2021 (Week 1): The Milky Way
October 11 to 17, 2021 (Week 2): Rocky bodies, planets, asteroids, comets, and meteor showers
October 18 to 24, 2021 (Week 3): The Moon
October 25 to 31, 2021 (Week 4): Everything else (neighboring galaxies, aurora, eclipses, nebulae, star clusters, the ISS, and man-made satellites)
How to participate
You can participate in the astrophotography tweet-share in a couple of ways!
You may just be an admirer of astrophotography who wants to follow along on Twitter — and learn from all the wonderful images and stories shared.
Better yet, get outside and try out astrophotography yourself — then tweet-share your results and what you learned in the process! You can SHARE your images and stories by sending a reply-tweet to our Twitter astrophotography thread below. You can also tag your post with: #Astrophotography
World Space Week
October 4 to 10, 2021 marks the international celebration of World Space Week! This week commemorates the launch of the first human-made satellite, Sputnik 1, on Oct. 4, 1957. It also commemorates the signing of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies.
In keeping with this year’s theme, “Women in Space,” many amazing female astrophotographers will share their tips through the tweet-share. We hope they will inspire the next generation!
- For weather and location, visit ClearDarkSky.
- To find out what’s in the sky each night, visit The Sky Today (SkyNews) or Stellarium.
- Check out the Royal Astronomical Society’s magazine, SkyNews. The latest edition offers a feature on astrophotography. In addition, you can join the weekly Photo of the Week challenge.
Key astrophotography dates
Here are a few October dates to keep in mind for great photos of the sky:
October 6, 2021: New Moon, which means you’ll get great shots of the Milky Way!
October 7, 2021: The Draconids meteor shower
October 20, 2021: Full Moon
October 21 – 22, 2021: The Orionids meteor Shower
October 25, 2021: Mercury will be highest in the sky in the morning.
October 26, 2021: Venus will be highest above the horizon in the evening, just after sunset.