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Category: Atmospheric Phenomena, Airglow

From little planet to Exoplanets

From little planet to Exoplanets

Four domes of relatively new 1m-diameter SPECULOOS telescopes (first light observed last year) on this “little Atacama planet” try to achieve exciting discovery of new Earth-size planets around ultra-cool or brown-dwarf stars, whose planetary populations are still mostly unexplored. Only a few exoplanets have been found orbiting such stars, and even fewer lie within their…
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Moonlight storm

Moonlight storm

Imagine you stay by a lake when night temperatures are still high to feel the summer, Moon illuminates the landscape around you and suddenly a fluffy clouds appear. After a while, frequent lightning turns the calm views to wild natural performance, but not anyhow dangerous since all the lightning is just among clouds. A night…
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The Sun, divided

On May 26th, 2019, I cought over Ustupky, Czech Republic, bright green rim of the sun divided by cloud while bottom part was fainter due different atmospheric extinction. Prominent green color is probably caused by optical layer with more ozone than in bottom part. Quite lucky shot 🙂 Used Canon 6D and MTO 1100 mm.

Gems of Soneva Fushi sky

Deeply among the Maldivean islands you can reach small one called Soneva Fushi. And it is truly beautiful and peaceful place to stay. From all possible activities I liked the most gazing the night skies. As the island is not much influented by harmful light pollution and equator is not far away, you can see…
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A ghostly glow over Beskids

The most significant side effect of harmful light pollition is definitely loosing dark night skies over our heads. Especially in the central Europe, Japan or eastern US the density of big aglomeration is so prominent that you have to travel truly far away to see something like this. Fortunately all around the world many enthusiasists,…
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Red and green flashes over Lichnice

In this view, captured on 3rd July 2018, the Sun sets over the old Lichnice castle-ruins when viewed from the Seč city. While it slowly gets over the horizon, the Earth’s atmosphere makes the story even more interesting. Very good climatic conditions allowed to capture several appearances of so-called green flash and also its “counterpol”,…
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Sprites and Andromeda

The stormy weather over Europe in recent days is perfectly favorable for capturing upper atmosphere lightning, called red spites. Despite short nights over the Czech Republic (due to summer solstice season) I was finally lucky last night, on 11th June 2018 after midnight. This red sprite occured most likely over large thunderstorm located east from…
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