It is 25 years to the day that the Hubble Space Telescope launched into space and gave a completely new look at the heavens around us.
Some amazing images of the universe have been shot by it in those 25 years.
We are a big fan of the Canadian photographer Chris Luckhardt and we got our hands on a new awesome Urban Exploring serie by Chris. Nara Dreamland is an abandoned theme park near Nara, Japan. It was built in 1961 as a carbon copy of Disneyland in California. The theme park was permanently close on August 31, 2006.
Japan has become the home of several abandoned theme parks due to the popularity of Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios in Osaka.
This set of photos were taken during an early April morning (between 4:30-8:30am) in extremely foggy and damp conditions.
Entering and theme park is risky because local residents keep an eye on the area. Exiting the them park before 9:00am is imperative due to the arrival of day time security.
Imagining the playful laughter of children who once occupied the now silent, misty theme park was a haunting experience.
The wood roller coaster’s name is Aska. Shots from the top are on that coaster. It was based on The Cyclone coaster at Coney Island. The looping roller coaster’s name is Screw Coaster.
Chris Luckhardt is a Canadian photographer who specializes in photographing abandoned places around the world. See more of his photography on Facebook and Instagram.
See also these series by Chris on TCP: Abandoned Hashima Island, Rural Abandonments, Urban Exploring in Detroit , The Bethlehem Steel North Office, Capture the Night and a Abandoned World War II Japanese Tunnel System.
Caracas, the world's second most violent city according to the United Nations, also suffers terrible traffic and residents spend hours in massive lines for scarce products. However, on antennae, rooves and windowsills, blue-and-yellow macaws (or Ara ararauna) break the harsh routine. Though originally native to rainforests from Panama to Paraguay, they have adapted well to Caracas thanks to the exuberant tropical vegetation surging between skyscrapers.Open this photogallery >
This is the abandoned Michigan Central Station in Detroit, MI. Built in 1912 and abandoned since 1988, the station is one of Detroit's most iconic structures. The station was last used by Amtrak, which discontinued service to the station in 1988. The station has recently been featured in several movies, including Transformers, 8 Mile, and The Island. Filmed by Youtuber TheGadgetGuy1.Read this topic >
African refugees and migrants have arrived in Malta in their thousands over the past decade and during that period Reuters photographer Darrin Zammit Lupi has been covering the story with an unwavering passion. These pictures represent ten years of Zammit Lupi's coverage of the immigration crisis. As many as 900 people may have died in Sunday's disaster off the coast of Libya. That would be the highest death toll in recent times among migrants, who are trafficked in the tens of thousands in rickety vessels across the Mediterranean. The mass deaths have caused shock in Europe, where a decision to scale back naval operations last year seems to have increased the risks for migrants without reducing their numbers. The European Union has proposed doubling the size of its Mediterranean search and rescue operations in response to the crisis.
Some of Darrin Zammit Lupi his pictures were also featured in the gallery A Migrant’s Perilous Journey from earlier this week.
Volcano Calbuco in southern Chile erupted for the first time in more than four decades on Wednesday, sending a thick plume of ash and smoke several kilometres into the sky. The plume could be seen as far as 50 kilometres away. In this video you can also see the impact of this eruption.
Update: We updated this gallery with new pictures of places covered with ashes from the volcano.