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Category: The Zodiacal Light and Gegenschein

Galaxies and Reborn Chapel

Galaxies and Reborn Chapel

Enjoy this view taken on 9th September, 2021, from Eagle Mountains, the Czech Republic, in altitude of 1035m. The central stage, below the galaxies Milky Way and the Andromeda one, takes the baroque chapel Kunštátská kaple of the Virgin Mary Visitation from the years 1670-71. The building has a circular platform with shingle coverage. The…
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The Living Years

The Living Years

“I wasn’t there that morning when my father passed away. I didn’t get to tell him all the things I had to say” sings Mike&Mechanics in their legendary song. The exact words and the song itself came to my mind a few days ago when sitting on this shore of the Seč lake. My father…
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Spitzkoppe Night

Spitzkoppe Night

Enjoy the majestic view of the summer night of the southern hemisphere, captured from captivating Spitzkoppe national park, Namibia. From the right, you can spot both Magellanic Clouds, the great Gum Nebula in the Milky Way, the colorful surrounding of Orion constellation, Hyades and Pleiades clusters, or even the faint Gegenschein. Over the horizon, the…
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Orionids 2020 over Slovakian volcanoes

Orionids 2020 over Slovakian volcanoes

Debris of Halley’s comet enter our atmosphere every May and October, producing two annual meteor showers. The October one, peaking usually around 21st October, is called Orionids. In the view, you can count 19 of them seemingly flying from are above Orion constellation (left from the center). The sky is crossed by the Milky Way,…
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Giants or Dwarfs?

Giants or Dwarfs?

The giant dome of one of the 4 VLT telescopes ESO Paranal Observatory in Chile is “leaning” towards space due to the perspective. It hides a telescope with a mirror diameter of 8.2 meters – one of the largest telescopes in the world! Next to the dome is the supporting Auxiliary Telescope AT1, whose mirror…
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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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Message from Nature

Once-in-8-years Moment

On this shot, the wonderful night sky over the island of Seč lake, the Czech Republic appears just after dusk. Despite the harmful light pollution over the horizon (the yellow glow), the arc of the winter Milky Way can be well seen as well as the faint column of the Zodiacal Light. On right it…
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