Edmonton Photographer’s Photo of Jasper Avenue Makes it Onto NASA’s “Astronomy Picture of the Day”

Edmontonian Luca Vanzella has been featured in NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day.

EDMONTON — Luca Vanzella took a photo while standing dead-center of Jasper Avenue; Edmonton’s downtown core’s main street, on September 18th of this year.

NASA took notice of the photograph, and featured Luca’s “Sunset at Edmontonhenge” photograph on their “Astronomy Picture of the Day.”

NASA writes:

On September 18, the setting Sun illuminated both sides of the steep brick and steel canyon otherwise known as Jasper Avenue in downtown Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, planet Earth. The Stonehenge-like alignment is captured from the middle of the road in this daring snapshot.nasa.gov


Before continuing with the article, here’s the photo itself:
Luca Vanzella's photo, Featured on NASA's APOD
Luca Vanzella’s photo, Featured on NASA’s APOD

The photo was featured on NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day two days ago; on September 22, 2016.


Looking at the photo above, something you wouldn’t realize right away is that, this is a shot that can only be captured twice-yearly. This is because Edmonton’s city grid is laid out essentially along the cardinal geographic directions required to do so.

Luca, the photographer writes:

Jasper Avenue is as close as we get to a “brick and steel canyon” and so it was that on Sunday, September 18, 2016 I ventured to the very core of Edmonton’s downtown to see if I could capture an Edmontonhenge image. The star and clouds aligned and it was thus.Luca Vanzella

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For the photographers out there, the photograph above was taken using a Canon EOS REBEL T3i. The camera was set to the following settings:

  • f/6.3
  • 18.0mm
  • 1/800
  • ISO 200
  • No flash

According to Luca, you can attend Edmonton RASC meetings to meet up with several local astro imagers.

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