Awesome Photo of the Solar Eclipse from International Space Station is NOT Real

Yesterday the world experienced a beautiful annular solar eclipse that was witnessed briefly by those of us in the Eastern United States. The Internet was immediately flooded with thousands of beautiful dramatic photos of the eclipse. Unfortunately, the one that seems to have garnered the most attention was not even a photograph at all:

"Eclipse" by artist A4size-ska
“Eclipse” by artist A4size-ska

This stuning piece was created by an artist who goes by the name A4size-ska on It’s beautiful, but unfortunately there are some folks out there who took this image and passed it off as an actual photograph of yesterday’s eclipse as seen from the International Space Station. Sadly, this isn’t the first time this has happened and probably won’t be the last.

This is in no way meant to detract from A4size-ska’s amazing work. I do feel bad for him though as it’s pretty clear he’s not behind the attempts at fooling the public.

Now, if you want to see an example of what it really looked like from Earth, my friend Mark Kochte snapped this beautiful image of the partially eclipsed rising Sun from the Chesapeake Bay:

A crescent sunrise captured by Mark "Indy" Kochte.
Now that’s what I’m talking about! A crescent sunrise captured by Mark “Indy” Kochte.

The universe is a beautiful and amazing place, and worth appreciating in both fantasy and in reality. But it’s important to know which is which.

Symphony of Science – Climate Change

John D Boswell at Symphony of Science created a beautiful video that describes our greatest challenge to date – climate change. Yes, the subject is a downer, and I would love to believe that it really isn’t happening as much as the oil industry would like us to. But the reality is that it is happening, and it’s getting worse.

Boswell’s video features the late Isaac Asimov, speaking out on climate change way back in the 1980’s. It’s a reminder of the fact that human-caused climate change is nothing new; we’re only now starting to feel the worst effects of it.

There is, however, some hopeful news. The climate change we are experiencing is caused by us, and that means we can do something to reverse it. Boswell emphasizes this point in his video, and turns what could have been a depressing commentary on rapidly diminishing polar ice into a message of hope; we can correct this problem.

If we choose to.