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61 minutes of planet Mercury

On Sunday 24 February, 2019, the weather was so perfect over Garching, Germany, that I could easily track Mercury from its first appearance over ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre in dusk sky (18:22 CET) until it reached the horizon (19:23 CET). It is not easy to catch Mercury in the sky, especially from city.…
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Like in Martian wonderland

On this image, taken on 9 April 2016 before dawn, the Milky Way arches over ALMA observatory – the largest ground astronomical observatory in the world, located in Chilean Chajnantor Plateau in 5040m (over 16400ft) altitude. Sky should be deeply dark, considering the altitude, however due to atmopsheric airglow it is not so far. In…
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Rare nova over the Supernova

In the end of April 2018, astronomers noticed a “new” star in Perseus constellation, later identified as rare dwarf nova V392 Persei. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t good in hours after maximum brightness of the nova here in Garching, Germany, however I could take this unusually symbolic shot not so late after on 2nd May 2018.…
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Celestial conjunction over Garching

… and the spectacular celestial conjuction continues. Today, on 18th April 2018, the young Moon appeared closer to the Aldebaran and Hyades star cluster, while bright Venus and Pleiades were their beautiful accompanions in the dusk show. I was watching the phenomenon through the glassed wall of seminar room in upper deck of brand new…
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The Moon, Venus, Pleiades, and the Supernova

In late evening of 17 April, 2018, rare celestial conjunction occured over Garching bei München, Germany. The crescent Moon was followed by brilliant “evening-star” Venus, and star clusters Pleiades and Hyades. The phenomenon was even more unique as supernova appeared in the view. Well, not in the sky this time. The building you see in…
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The galactic curtain over Paranal

Over the horizon of ESO Paranal Observatory platform, located in altitude of 2635 metres, the bright Moon 3 days after new-moon phase is close by Saturn (left up) and Mercury (more distant left bottom). Colors of dusk are still prominent but the zodiacal light visibly appears. The whole scene is horizontaly split bit by brightest…
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Two rivers in the desert

No rivers in the Atacama Desert? Not exactly true! Well, if you like a metaphors, of course. On the ground, very old trough leads in the “Mars” wasteland, not so far away from the ESO Paranal Observatory. The desert is really dry so the astronomers there have to live with very limited sources and, of…
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