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Category: Comets

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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First May comet Johnson

Comet C/2015 V2 Johnson is not the brightest comet of this year, but recently definitely the most beautiful. You can find it in constellation Hercules, in the second half of night almost in zenith. The best season for the comet is ahead – in about month. Captured on 1st May 2017 from Ústupky, the Czech…
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Green nomad rises, with current and future giants

In late March 2016, the green comet 252P LINEAR and its fragment P/2016 BA14 made fifth closest approach to Earth of all comets in history. Even if the comet itself was not such bright to make the people easily enjoy it – due to its nucleus’ diameter – it brought a wonderful composition with the…
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Amazed by Chilean sky and green comet

Amazed by Chilean sky and green comet

I was totally amazed by this moment, so I took a picture of that. The illuminated dome of the Residencia at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile produces no light pollution to impede the work of the telescopes. Above, the magical arc of the Milky Way spans the sky. Green hue and orange stripes are colors…
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The Lone Ear … Really?

What a boring image, right? Well, it’s colorful, it has the Milky Way and the dominant subject is astronomical instrument. The reflective plate is, in fact, the Swedish-ESO Submilimetre Telescope at the southern part of the large complex of La Silla Observatory. It suppossed to be antenna observing the Universe in sub-millimetre wavelenghts, which would…
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Comet Lovejoy at La Silla Observatory

The sky at Chilean Atacama desert is just incredible. And I was so lucky with visiting the La Silla observatory on 19th January 2015 – just right on time when the comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy was approaching close to the open star cluster Pleiades. The conditions were just amazing, so I didn’t have any problems…
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The view to the green comet

New year, new comet, same discoverer. Terry Lovejoy is amazingly lucky guy. Almost always he discoveres a new, relatively bright or even naked-eye visible comet for Christmass and new year time. And this one is not the exception. Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) is another beautiful surprise discovered the last year and now it makes a…
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