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Category: The Milky Way and Nightscapes

Large Magellanic Cloud

Large Magellanic Cloud

About 163 thousands of light years from us, the dwarf spiral galaxy, satellite galaxy of our Milky Way called Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) makes itself as one of the most beautiful close objects in the Universe. Named after legendary explorer Ferdinand Magellan and located not far from the South Celestial Pole, it can be seen…
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Galaxies of the South Pole

Galaxies of the South Pole

The surrounding of the celestial south pole is truly impressive. The Milky Way, our Galaxy, is full of sky gems, such as the Southern Cross (the Crux) constellation, the Coalsack Nebula, the Carina Nebula. Two satellite galaxies of our Milky Way, the Magellanic Clouds, are full HII regions and also regions of stars pulled off…
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The Great Conjunction

The Great Conjunction

Lately this evening, on December 21st, 2020, me and my friends achieved THAT. The great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn was almost impossible to see from the Czech Republic due to cloudy weather, so we moved to Poland, Kowary, from where the planetary duo appeared just over the highest summit of High Mountains, Sněžka. Inset…
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Volcano and the Space Station

Volcano and the Space Station

It may look like a plane crashes a mountain. But no. In this shot, the perspective shows the dynamic of ground and space happenings at the same time, captured from Pucon, Chile. In the foreground, the active Villarrica volcano produces soft light from lava in its crater scattering on vapor over its summit. From right,…
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Orionids 2020 over Slovakian volcanoes

Orionids 2020 over Slovakian volcanoes

Debris of Halley’s comet enter our atmosphere every May and October, producing two annual meteor showers. The October one, peaking usually around 21st October, is called Orionids. In the view, you can count 19 of them seemingly flying from are above Orion constellation (left from the center). The sky is crossed by the Milky Way,…
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Mirror to the Past

Mirror to the Past

This mosaic is not about what you might think on the first look. There is more–photographic mirror to the past when we were able to see the Southern Cross from higher latitudes of the northern hemisphere! But let’s start with the basics. Do you think the view to the sky was always the same? Not…
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Giants or Dwarfs?

Giants or Dwarfs?

The giant dome of one of the 4 VLT telescopes ESO Paranal Observatory in Chile is “leaning” towards space due to the perspective. It hides a telescope with a mirror diameter of 8.2 meters – one of the largest telescopes in the world! Next to the dome is the supporting Auxiliary Telescope AT1, whose mirror…
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