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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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Pre-solstice Penubral Lunar Eclipse

Pre-Solstice Penubral Lunar Eclipse

This pre-solstice penumbral lunar eclipse on June 5th, 2020, was not easy to see due to wild rainy/cloudy weather over the Czech Republic. Eventually, I found a beautiful spot nearby Hrobice, from where the penubrally eclipsed Moon rose over Kuneticka Hora castle. It was taken at 19:16 UTC, so only 9 minutes before the maximum…
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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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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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Kunetic Full Moon

Kunetic Full Moon

The Full Moon yesterday, on 7 April, 2020, rose up almost in time of perigee, yet in back sunlight scattered not only on (this years’ closest) Full Moon, but also on the Kuneticka Hora castle from 15th century, now freshly reconstructed. Image was taken from about 6km distance by Hrádek village, so the castle made…
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Venus and Pleiades

Floating by Star Clusters

Venus like a brilliant in the sky by captivating Pleiades star cluster, larger Hyades star cluster with bright star Aldebaran close by. This once-per-eight-years view occured last night, on April 1st, 2020, during stronger moonlight, illuminating the foreground of calm surface of Seč lake, Czech Republic, where even reflections of the brightest object appear like…
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Gazing Venus and Pleiades

Venus and Pleiades

Just two day left to unique phenomenon: Planet Venus will glide right through the Pleiades star cluster. Despite stronger moonlight try not to miss this in eveningsky. It only happens this way once in 8 years! Yesterday I was able to catch this view in the shore of Seč lake, Czech Republic, when sky began…
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