Colin Devroe

Photographer. Podcaster. Blogger. Reverse Engineer.

Finally got around to watching Bezo’s Blue Origin presentation. Exciting stuff. An observation: I trust Bezos to pragmatically conquer space while Musk forces his way there. Two different approaches. Both needed.

Speaking of amazing space images, this amateur image of the Large Magellanic Cloud is so cool. Go here and use scroll-wheel to zoooooom in. Or download it. /via samgrover on

Hubble’s Legacy Field

I don’t cover space nearly enough here on my blog. I miss the days of writing Space Bits with my friend Yaron Schoen.

Sometimes announcements of new images of our vast Universe just seem to float by with the deluge of information we’re bombarded with every single day. However, I figured this new image from Hubble worthy of taking the time to note.

The Hubble Legacy Field is yet another unfathomable achievement from that team. In the 90s the Hubble Deep Field showed us thousands of galaxies. It was mind blowing to see so much in one image. In the early 2000s came the Ultra Deep Field images which showed 10,000 galaxies! Then came the eXtreme Deep Field which was a collection of exposures over a 10 year period resulting in a look deep into the Universe’s past by focusing on just a tiny area of the original Deep Field viewport.

Now comes Legacy Field, a 16-year set of 7,500 individual exposures, to show us a wide view of 265,000 galaxies. 265,000 galaxies. Each likely hold billions, perhaps trillions of stars – each likely as big or bigger than our own home star – with countless planets orbiting each.

Only Hubble could accomplish this image. Fascinating stuff. An incredible achievement that took a lot of patience and endurance to pull off.

I wish space research, observation, and exploration had 100-times the funding it does currently.

What I saw this week #56 – February 15, 2019

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Capturing Starman from Earth

Rogelio Bernal Andreo:

Astrophotography can be applied in many different ways. I utilize technology that allows me to capture ancient photons so that I can later process and create my own interpretation of the data captured, effectively blending art and science like not many other disciplines do, but I don’t usually track “small pixels in space” (aka comets, asteroids and yes, even spacecrafts) as some of my peers do. Yet, surely enough, comes the day when someone decides to launch a cool red car “driven” by a dummy in an astronaut costume, I had but to go for it! Yeah, red sports cars make even tiny pixels look cool!

Capturing the Tesla while it speeds through the night sky was no easy task. Read his entire post to see how he did it.

/via who didn’t directly link to his blog. Why do online publications do this? It is evil.

I literally can’t even right now…

I’m so glad I watched the Falcon Heavy launch live. That is a moment I’ll remember for many years.

Shooting a car at Mars

Space X  (watch this video):

The first test flight of Falcon Heavy is targeted for Tuesday, Feb. 6th at 1:30 PM ET from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. When Falcon Heavy lifts off, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two.

With the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)—a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel–Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost.

That’s tomorrow. And what this release doesn’t state is that they are putting a Tesla Roadster (which has a starting price of $250,000 USD) in Falcon Heavy’s cargo bay and, wait for it… are shooting it into orbit around Mars.

A luxury sports car is being shot from Earth to Mars. This is something that is happening tomorrow.

Space X just did a static fire of Falcon Heavy. Fast-forward to 16 minutes.



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