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Category: The Milky Way and Nightscapes

Great NEOWISE

Comet in Morning Glare

30th July 2020 Comet NEOWISE, unfortunately, flies definitely away from us. Meaning its brightness rapidly drops down and its visibility is below naked eye threshold. But still, it is beautiful in telescopes. Bright “head”, greenish in camera, followed by both tails, can be seen even along with some dim galaxies in Coma Berenices (Hairs of…
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Whole Night Perseid Mosaic

Whole Night Perseid Mosaic

It took almost 2 years of work, almost 450 hours of postprocessing and many hours of other hard work, but it was worth it. Here comes final result of Perseid meteor shower 2018 observed in Poloniny Dark Sky Park (more info on dark sky preservation on International Dark Sky Association) by Kolonica Observatory, Slovakia, during…
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Planetary Beacon over Atacama Desert

Planetary Beacon over the Atacama Desert

Immersive Milky Way sets over mountainous Atacama Desert. Bright light over the horizon is NOT a car but planet Jupiter! Captured in ephemeral moment over horizon, it looks like a flash of a beacon. Actually, it sets between two hills, both occupied by domes of telescopes–ESO Paranal Observatory (on left) and ESO VISTA Observatory (right).…
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100 years of Hoba West Meteorite discovery

100 years of Hoba West Meteorite discovery

This year it is exactly century ago when largest meteorite on ground was found. In 1920, farmer Jacobus Hermanus Brits discovered the cosmic stone while ploughing one of his fields nearby Grootfontein, Namibia, with an ox and heard loud metallic scratching. Shortly after the discovery and scientific analysis the Hoba West meteorite was classified as…
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Gems around Southern Cross

Gems around Southern Cross

My last way to Chile in July 2019 was not only about the solar eclipse, but also about enjoying the immersive beauty of southern starry sky. One of the most stunning area there is surrounding of famous Southern Cross constellation (or Crux), captured on 3rd July, 2019. Bright four stars Arcux, Mimosa, Gacrux and Imai…
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Spring Full Moon and Kuneticka Hora

Spring Full Moon rising

Truly beautiful one! Today, on May 7th, 2020, the perigee Full Moon rose just after sunset over Kuneticka Hora Castle, seen from Dolany, the Czech Republic. Almost 12 kilometers away, the Kuneticka Hora castle was perfectly located with a closer tree to this magical view and so I was able to take portrait of the…
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Sky of Lyrids

Drops of Lyrids

Five sleepless nights, lots of struggles with Starlink satellites and the light pollution, but weather permitting season between 19 and 24 April, 2020 (after decades here!) with New Moon phase finally allowed me to enjoy this not so known annual meteor shower of Lyrids, caused by debris of comet C/1861 G1 (Thatcher). Enjoy this multiexposure,…
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