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Category: Celestial Conjunction

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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Reaching the Mugecuo lake

Gems of Chinese nightscapes

In period 22nd October to 3st November 2019 I spent beautiful time in China, enjoying especially night moments under (mostly) perfectly dark skies with great photographer Jeff Dai. Visiting some spectacular places in Sichuan province with a luck for weather, I was able to record a few special views of this amazing piece of the…
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Twilight Venus and Jupiter pairing

Twilight Venus and Jupiter pairing

Over the central Europe, the beautiful Venus-Jupiter pairing on 24 November 2019 occured during twilight hours, but planetary duo was visible anyway. Both planets in this view set over Beskids mountains, Czech Republic. Even if cold evening, still wonderful to see such a significant conjuction of the brightest planets in the sky. Last time I…
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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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Magical eclipse view over the Rhodes Island

What a wonderful time I spent in Rhodes Island, Greece! Enjoying 103 minutes of total lunar eclipse on 27th July, 2018 over cliff of one of most silent and beautiful island’s beach, I could see the dark-orange eclipsed Moon in Gegenschein, bright Mars in its great opposition, the Milky Way with Saturn “swamped” in it…
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Planetary parade over Seč reservoir

Last night, on 29th May 2018, the full Moon over the Seč reservoir, the Czech Republic, was very nicely accompanied by the bright morning planets with their opposition dates within only 79 days. Looking from right, the brightest planet is giant Jupiter, which reached its opposition and closest point to Earth on 10th May. A…
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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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