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Category: Comets

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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Comet ATLAS, galaxies and dust

Comet ATLAS, galaxies and dust

Comet ATLAS (C/2019 Y4), visible by Big Dipper these days, is now a hot candidate for bright comet 2020, visible even to naked eyes in mid-May. Every comet chaser is getting excited about what’s going to happen in the next months. While waiting for that, I made it happen to capture The green comet when…
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Fairytale Geminids

Around the frozen Seč lake, where fishes put themself to winter rest, the snowy blanket covered endless forests. People hidden in their warm cottages were just dreaming about their wishes around Advent candles as the miracle night is about to come in only 10 days. Remembering the legendary story of Jesus Christ birth, they also…
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Comet Wirtanen and star clusters

As the comet Wirtanen gets closest to the Earth, it also gets to one of the most beautiful part of the sky – the constellation Taurus with star clusters Pleiades (upper left) and Hyades (lower left). Weather in the Czech Republic is, however, very bad, so I was truly lucky for about 17 minutes of…
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Something green's coming

Something green’s coming

The pre-Christmas time 2018 will be very likely related to a comet. And just some comet. On 16th December 2018, just after 13 UTC, the comet 46P Wirtanen will approach very close to Earth. Well, not that close to be dangerous, but close enough to be visible even to unaided eyes. In fact, it will…
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Green comet and its accompanions

While the comet 21P Giacobini-Zinner slowly moves out of the center of the solar system, it is still quite pretty in the backyard telescopes. However, the best view can be gottten with sensitive camera. On this sky portrait from 20th September, 2018, the green comet with its tail surround deep-sky objects on the edge of…
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Green beauty between star clusters

Green beauty between star clusters

Even if a “great comet” is not in sight for a years, there are some photogenic “beauties” in the sky. The brightest one of these days is 21P/Giacobini-Zinner (source of popular Draconids meteor shower), giving us beautiful sky view in the backyard telescopes. The comet’s closest approach to Earth occured on 11th September 2018 when…
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