The most beautiful Facebook page

If you haven’t had a look at the Milky Way Scientists page, go over and see—and subscribe immediately.  It regularly posts some of the most fantastic landscape and astronomical photography I’ve ever seen. I’ll restrain myself and post a few specimens (click to enlarge).

Venus Transit. Photo was taken on June 6, 2012 using a Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Copy Credit : Alex Conu

Earth and Sun: The Setting of the Sun Over the Pacific Ocean and a Towering Thundercloud, July 21, 2003 As Seen From the International Space Station (Expedition 7); Image Science and Analysis Laboratory, NASA-Johnson Space Center. “Astronaut Photography of Earth – Display Record.”

Mount Rinjani ~ Indonesia

Beautiful Morning Glory Cloud. The Morning Glory is a very rare meteorological phenomenon. It can be observed in Northern Australia’s Gulf of Carpentaria. A Morning Glory cloud is a roll cloud that can be up to 620 miles (1000 kilometers) long, 0.5 to 1.2 miles (1 to 2 kilometers) high, and can move at speeds up to 37 mph (60 km/h).— with Charrie Benedetti, Blair Ferguson, Pilar Rodríguez, Connie Coulter and Ornella Michelini.

I believe that’s a hang glider over the cloud. What a view!

Battle between light and dark.  Sunrise light creeps over the Palouse River canyon as the 200ft Palouse Falls rages with winter run-off. Photo by Ryan Dyar, used with permission.

And their “about” information is great:

Milky Way scientists is for humanists with an active interest in science. We believe that science is a fundamental part of humanism but also that it should be directed to humane and ethical ends. Science is, in our view, more a method than a body of facts.


  1. Kevin Anthoney
    Posted July 2, 2012 at 5:43 am | Permalink

    Have you got a version of the top one without the mouseover text?

  2. Posted July 2, 2012 at 5:46 am | Permalink

    I wish I were on Facebook; the Milky Way Scientists is the first time I found a good reason to join.

    • HaggisForBrains
      Posted July 2, 2012 at 6:07 am | Permalink

      Rare and welcome sighting of a subjunctive. I though they had become extinct.

      • Dominic
        Posted July 2, 2012 at 6:24 am | Permalink

        I would they were! Only joking.

        • Bruce S. Springsteen
          Posted July 3, 2012 at 6:25 am | Permalink

          I would I were in Dixie.

          • Posted July 3, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

            Perish the thought!

            (That’s the jussive [pronounced yussiv] subjunctive.)

  3. alexandra moffat
    Posted July 2, 2012 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    Want to take this on? Just saw it on a blog

    Don’t trust the Godless
    Even as an atheist, I have more confidence in religious people. And now science is backing me up

    One of his claims is that since the godlies think they are being watched by god they will behave better. Yah, right…..

  4. David T.
    Posted July 2, 2012 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    Looks great, following now.

  5. Cathy
    Posted July 2, 2012 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    Thanks for posting. Didn’t know about Milky Way Scientists, am now subscribing. For those who think we need God to appreciate the beauty and wonder of the world or that science is cold–send them there!

  6. Posted July 2, 2012 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    That third picture is the one I chose as the header for my blog 3 years ago. Truly breathtaking.

  7. Posted July 2, 2012 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    At first glance it looks like someone is surfing the morning glory cloud.

  8. Posted July 2, 2012 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    Very beautiful. Thanks for posting.

  9. Mary - Canada
    Posted July 2, 2012 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    Thanks for posting. Definitely subscribing

  10. Posted July 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    A great find. Liked!


  11. Marella
    Posted July 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    Like and “Liked”. 😉

  12. gravelinspector
    Posted July 3, 2012 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    The 5th photo (of the waterfall and plunge pool) looks to me very much like it’s been done as a “HDR” style combination of images. Which is not necessarily “cheating” – I’m trying to learn the technique for myself, because cliffs and dramatic skies are difficult to “get” in the same exposure of a digital camera. But I note that the author has signed the image as a piece of artwork.

    • gbjames
      Posted July 3, 2012 at 6:41 am | Permalink

      Just looks like a long exposure to me. Why do you think it needs multiple images?

      • ryandyar
        Posted September 8, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

        It was two exposures blended by hand manually in post production to maintain detail in the dark shadows of the canyon also in the bright highlights of the sky. And yes, the exposure used for the dark canyon was a long exposure… 10 seconds if I remember correctly. This helped give a sense of motion to the swirling pool below.

        The canyon is about 300ft deep from where I was positioned to the floor below.

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