When the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society first posted this image by John Reed on our Facebook page, many asked if it was a real image, or if it was photoshopped. Here’s the reply:
It is indeed a real image. John doesn’t use a telescope for his images, just a telephoto lens. You can see more of his pics here.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.