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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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Castle and Two Baloons

Castle and Two Baloons

Not only comet NEOWISE took central stage last night, July 4th, 2020, since the Full Moon occured (penubraly eclipsed later then over Americas). As a tradition, I tried again to make its rise over Kuneticka Hora castle, Czech Republic (observed nearby Osice about 11 km from the castle). While enjoying this amazing view, hot air…
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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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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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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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