The two plug-ins we will focus on are the Background Gradient and Rounds Stars functions, to first flatten an uneven background and then control bloated or trailing stars. Use the ‘Background Gradient’ filter to flatten the uneven backgroundFirst, right-click on the base layer and select New from Visible. Now to reduce the appearance of the background stars that currently overwhelm the image and detract from the main target. Apply Rounds Stars to control these (click Filters > Astronomy). After applying ‘Rounds Stars’, use a black layer mask to paint through any bright stars you’d like to keep.
This solar eclipse was visible from much of Europe, as well as north Africa, the Middle East and western Asia. The 25 October partial solar eclipse favours those living further east and to a lesser extent, further north. the 10 June 2021 partial solar eclipse, photographed by Stuart Wilson, Falkirk, UK. How to watch the solar eclipse onlineThe Royal Observatory Greenwich will be live-streaming the partial solar eclipse via the Annie Maunder Astrographic Telescope. AdvertisementFor full advice on what you'll see and a variety of safe viewing methods, read Pete Lawrence's fantastic guide to observing the 25 October partial solar eclipse.3 months ago BBC Sky at Night Magazine
AdvertisementChris Bramley Hello and welcome to Star Diary, the podcast from the makers of BBC Sky at Night Magazine. You know, we've had that in December and Ezzy, amazingly through cloud, I actually saw it and we've always said about getting up haven't we? So if you can't see the moon, that's a bad job. Now, the good thing with the Quadrantids is they are circumpolar. AdvertisementChris Bramley Thank you for listening to this episode of Star Diary, our podcast from the makers of BBC Sky at Night Magazine.1 month ago BBC Sky at Night Magazine
In this guide we’ll show you how to photograph the Mars occultation for yourself. For more info, read our complete guide to the lunar occultation of Mars. If you plan to use just a phone camera, consider mounting it on a tripod with an inexpensive phone holder. Aim to take shots when the Moon is near to Mars either before or after the occultation – this should give the best results. Photograph the Mars occultation, step-by-step2 months ago BBC Sky at Night Magazine
AdvertisementThe best violin concertos of all timeBacewicz: Violin Concerto No.3The Polish composer Grażyna Bacewicz wrote no fewer than seven violin concertos, although the Sixth was not published or performed during her lifetime. Bartók: Violin Concerto No.2If you listen closely enough, you'll be able to detect that Bartók's second Violin Concerto is, in fact, an extended sequence of variations across three movements. The greatest violin concertos of all time - BeethovenThe concerto's first movement is long and relatively peaceful, and the Larghetto verges on the ethereal. Korngold: Violin ConcertoFew violin concertos open in as unashamedly romantic a manner as Erich Wolfgang Korngold's of 1945. Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No.1Shostakovich wrote two Violin Concertos: the Second is an understated piece that offers up its rewards slowly, but the First is immediately apparent as one of the greatest works ever written for violin and orchestra.29 days ago BBC Music Magazine
(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)Viewers have recently accused late night of failing to criticise Joe Biden for his frequent mishaps and public embarrassments. It is unbelievable.”Another user posted a resurfaced clip of Johnny Carson, suggesting today’s late night hosts stray away from mocking the current president. In the four-year term of Donald Trump, late night television was the breeding ground for his humiliation. Is this the way that viewers want the realm of late night to go? Do you think late night hosts are being too soft on Biden?3 months ago Last Night On
The yearly saving event can often provide you with some Black Friday Apple deals, saving you a few quid here and there on both older and brand-new products. The Black Friday Apple deals to look out forSmartphonesiPhone 14 seriesAs Apple's latest roundup of devices, the iPhone 14, 14 Plus, 14 Pro, and 14 Pro Max will be Apple's most powerful handsets available right now. Apple Watch Series 8A slight step down from the Watch Ultra, the Apple Watch 8 is the option that most people will have their eye on this Black Friday. It is also worth keeping an eye out for older versions of this device like the Apple Watch 7. Apple Watch SEApple's budget smartwatch, the Apple Watch SE is already quite affordable (by Apple's standards at least).3 months ago BBC Science Focus Magazine
How is RNA used in CRISPR? Infographic showing how RNA is used in CRISPR © Getty imagesEnzymes, such as Cas9, are guided to their target by an RNA copy of the CRISPR sequence, crRNA, which pairs with another molecule, tracrRNA. Infographic showing how mRNA vaccines work © Getty imagesAn mRNA vaccine works in a more roundabout way, providing genetic instructions for your body to make the antigen protein itself. CRISPR tools and mRNA vaccines have revolutionised biotechnology, but they've also led to legal battles over who invented them and therefore has the right to exploit those breakthroughs. Whoever wins, there's little doubt that scientists will continue to harness the versatility of RNA molecules to improve our health.3 months ago BBC Science Focus Magazine