The Astrophotography Truck

Because we're just a pale blue dot

We're just a pale blue dot.

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Touching the Milky Way

Cambará do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

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 Daniel Branco is an Astrophotographer born in Salvador and raised in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He started his artistic career in the most unpredictable way: as a Neuroscientist. Daniel used to build color-coded brain maps of patients undergoing brain surgery. Daniel's maps helped neurosurgeons understand the areas of the brain that were related to language and memory, so they could be spared in surgery. What he learned about brain mapping he applied to Astrophotography. There are as many neurons in the brain as stars in our galaxy. Daniel's portraits of the Milky Way help us see not only the vastness of our Universe but also the vastness in each one of us. 

DANIEL BRANCO

Astrophotographer

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Sacred Ground Lit By The Moonset

In addition to providing shelter in the long, cold nights, the AstroTruck also pulls the AstroPod when needed. The truck was built to endure long distances in the desert and go practically anywhere. Lifted 6”, it’s fitted with 34 tires and equipped with water and gas tanks, a winch, recovery tools, front and rear lockers and a bin full of astrophotography equipment.

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The sky is full of red - particularly, infrared. In my technique, I use a modified camera that captures lots of infrared. Because infrared is a light range we cannot see, I need to translate those infrared colors in colors the human brain can actually see. In this picture, for instance, the red car continues to be red, but the green palm trees are now pink. Finding a great color balance to represent a light spectrum we aren't normally able to see is where the art comes in.

I give life to what the camera sees as data