Ralf Vandebergh is a Dutch astronomer, professional photographer and veteran satellite spotter. He is known for photographing the Sun, Moon, planets, satellites, NASA Space Shuttles, and the International Space Station from Earth using a telescope-mounted camera. His work is widely published in the media.
On 10 April 2009, NASA featured one of his images as its "Astronomy Picture of the Day". An October 2011 image he took of the 2.6-short-ton (2.4 t) defunct German telescope ROSAT was published by various media outlets, including the Washington Post, The New York Times and Fox News. In 2011, Vandebergh captured images of the Russian interplanetary probe Fobos-Grunt, which became stuck in low Earth orbit after communications failure.
The International Space Station photographed by Vandebergh: "The image shows not only the ISS with very special lighting angle but also it shows activity around the ISS which is often the case. You see the Japanese Cargo Ship HTV-1 in its demonstration flight shortly before docking and just a few hundred meters below the ISS."
One of the last images of the ROSAT spacecraft before reentry.
- Wall, Mike (30 November 2011). "Skywatcher snaps photos of stranded Russian Mars probe". MSNBC. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
- Malik, Tariq (21 October 2011). "Skywatcher Photos Show Last Days of Falling German Satellite". Space.com. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
- Atkinson, Nancy (10 December 2009). "Ralf Vandebergh's detail of an image he took on March 21, 2009 showing astronauts working outside the ISS". Universe Today. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
- "ISS and Astronaut". NASA.gov. 10 April 2009. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
- Wolchover, Natalie (20 October 2011). "What Are the Odds You'll Get Struck by the Falling ROSAT Satellite?". Fox News. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
- Photographs by Vandebergh
- Recent articles by Vandebergh at Space Safety Magazine