The eclipse hour over Boa Vista

The eclipse hour over Boa Vista

In this calm scene of Boa Vista Island (the Cape Verde) starry sky appears over Chavet beach and dunes close to the Atlantic ocean. Just very low over the horizon, the Milky Way „flows“ like a sky river. You may notice several reddish regions, which are, in fact, one of the most notorious nebulae in the sky. Pointing at these gems from left, where the Southern Cross rises, you can spot Carina Nebula, the Gum Nebula or even Rosette Nebula on right. But there is more. The scene was captured on 21 January 2019 during the „eclipse hour„, when the full Moon was completely submergend in the Earth’s shadow. You can find it as the orange object on the right, close by two bright stars of the Gemini constellation, Castor and Pollux. You can also spot the star cluster Beehive just above the Moon. Most prominent duo is, however, just over the eastern horizon, where planets Venus and Jupiter rise. They are located in the morning bright column of the Zodiacal Light, which continues in the dark sky as a faint band along the ecliptic. As the Moon is located in the anti-solar point, it is surrounded by brighter zodiacal counter glow called Gegenschein.