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John Chumack
Works at University of Dayton Research Institute
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While  on my way to lead my Annual  Expedition In Alaska,
I was notified via e-mail  about my Winning 1st Place in the Comet ISON Photo Contest Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, & Discover Magazine, as well as Astronomy Magazine!!!

This was an International Contest and I won 1st place for the “Piggyback Category” with my Comet ISON Gossamer Tail & Disconnection Event Image!!! Capturing this type of Disconnection event in a comets tail is rare and difficult, and requires a bit of luck, but the timing was perfect that brutally cold morning!!!

I was just waiting until the Public release came out in the June Issue of Astronomy Magazine before I announced it on Google+,….But it sounds like the cats out of the bag,…as one of my favorite Space websites Universetoday published all the winners including my name as winning a 1st Place Prize….http://www.universetoday.com/111217/comet-ison-photo-contest-winners-rock-the-house/#ixzz2yspfJ7MB

It was announced  by CBS & NBC , and on the NSF’s websites
http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?org=NSF&cntn_id=131090&preview=false
http://www.nbcnews.com/science/space/comet-ison-makes-comeback-photo-contest-n80446
http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/a-comets-last-gasp/

Thank You National Science Foundation, Discover Magazine & Astronomy Magazine!!!  Thanks to all my Google+ Friends / Followers, I'll keep images coming your way whenever I have clear Skies!!!

Best Regards,
John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com
Comet ISON's gone but positively not forgotten. The National Science Foundation today shared the results of their Comet ISON Photography Contest. You'll recognize many of the names because so many of their photos have graced stories written for Universe Today.  Come take a look back at the high points of one of the most highly…
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Congrats!
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Thanks Stanley!
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Is this on your Bucket List???
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Yes, it is :-)
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thanks Terry!
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The Moon, Mars & Spica this Morning!
Well things have warmed up a bit here in Dayton, all the snow has melted, and lots of rain & wind last night!! Now that the Front has blown through and skies are clearing this morning, it was just in time for me to see the Waning Crescent Moon behind some clouds in the South and (Red-Orange) Mars above Spica - Alpha Virgo in the Southwest. I captured this shot on my way to work this morning 02-21-2014 around 6:45am.

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Canon Rebel Xsi DSLR & 30mm lens on tripod, ISO 400, 4 second exposure.

Also my Blog is back up and running http://www.galacticimages.com/blog/

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John Chumack
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Beautiful. I will be practicing sky shots once winter is over and I can stay outside longer.,
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Hi Everyone,

After a severe winter at my home in the Midwest, it was a much needed break to have an Art Exhibit in Warm & Sunny Florida!

I just could not resist this shot, (one day past Full Moon) of The Waning Gibbous Moon Rising on 02-15-2014 taken at “The Palms” Hotel in Hobe Sound, Fl.

I met up with another Great Artist Friend, a Master Painter, my buddy Tom from Michigan…We drove up US1 North sampling a different restaurant each evening!

Kobe Steak House, Harry & The Natives, and Catfish are the three wonderful restaurants, with excellent Food and Service!!!

Great dining experiences can be had on that US1 North stretch from Jupiter, Florida to Hobe Sound.

I will be returning to area for several more business Exhibits in the weeks to come, so I will try to shoot more of the night sky in Florida!

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John Chumack
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Balto The Alaskan Dog is jumping across the sky in One of my Best Fisheye Lens Shots of the Aurora Borealis from Mt. Cleary outside of Fairbanks, Alaska the night of the 21st of March 2014!!! It really looks like a dog with a curly tail jumping across the sky!!!
I used my Baader Modified Canon Rebel Xsi & 8mm Lens, ISO 1600, for this 15 second exposure. The Aurora was stretching across the sky and was amazing to watch as it changed shapes. Mars was just clearing the Trees in the East, but Spica was still below the treeline.

I included an illustrated version showing Cardinal directions and labeled so you can ID the brighter stars and planets, The Gemini Twins Castor & Pollux are in the Dogs Mouth, upper left of Jupiter. The constellation of Leo is completely covered by the Aurora. The Dome glow at the SW above top of Trees is the Light Pollution from Fairbanks, 40 miles away!

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John Chumack
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Thanks Jason!
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That is really beautiful!  Never seen it captured as practically a full rainbow before!!!
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Do you have this on your Bucket List? Then consider joining me next year for my 2015 Aurora Photo Tour & Workshop!!! 
Absolutely Amazing Aurora Last Night 30 minutes outside Fairbanks, Alaska!!!! I took over 450 photos of it, I watched it dance and sway from 9:30pm until 4:00am!!! It got so Bright at times it turn the snow Green, to Red to Purple too! All images Canon 5D Mark II DSLR , Various ISO 800 to 3200, 24mm F1.4 lens, 5 second to 15 second exposures.
My friend John Slonina operates
Slonina Nature Photography Tours, and I co-lead the tour to get you on the lights...and teach you how to capture it for more info see...
http://www.sphotography.com/alaska-northern-light-aurora-photo-tour/   

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John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com
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A Winters Aerial View of Dayton, Ohio taken with my Ipad 3 out the Jet Window on my way back from a business trip to Florida Last Tuesday!!! Glad the temps have warmed up today and melted all that snow & Ice! You can see US 35 in the lower left corner and many High rise buildings Downtown!!!

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John Chumack
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Very cool shot. I'm looking forward to the next time I get to fly somewhere. I have never had a camera on a plane yet.
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