Ralf Vandebergh

Ralf Vandebergh

Portrait of Vandebergh

Ralf Vandebergh is a Dutch astronomer, professional photographer and veteran satellite spotter.[1] 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.[2][3]

On 10 April 2009, NASA featured one of his images as its "Astronomy Picture of the Day".[4] 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.[5] In 2011, Vandebergh captured images of the Russian interplanetary probe Fobos-Grunt, which became stuck in low Earth orbit after communications failure.[1]



  1. ^ a b Wall, Mike (30 November 2011). "Skywatcher snaps photos of stranded Russian Mars probe". MSNBC. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Malik, Tariq (21 October 2011). "Skywatcher Photos Show Last Days of Falling German Satellite". Space.com. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "ISS and Astronaut". NASA.gov. 10 April 2009. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Wolchover, Natalie (20 October 2011). "What Are the Odds You'll Get Struck by the Falling ROSAT Satellite?". Fox News. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 

External links

  • Photographs by Vandebergh
  • Recent articles by Vandebergh at Space Safety Magazine