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Total Solar Eclipse 2024 – wide view

Total Solar Eclipse 2024

On 8 April 2024, the total solar eclipse occured over Mexico, USA and Canada, bringing unique opportunity to many people to see the ghostly solar corona during the solarmax. I was lucky to spot the eclipse from Durango, Mexico, with some short cloud period of clouds, but mostly the view was amazingly clear. Thus I…
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Beautiful Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks

Spring Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks

The periodic comet 12P/Pons-Brooks made after 70 years its another return in inner Solar System during the springtime of 2024. Here are my observations. 26th March 2024 Despite its height over the horizon, the comet’s 12P/Pons-Brooks best season is just starting. The Moon slowly moves away from the evening sky and the comet’s head reaches…
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Comet Nishimura, Venus and Beehive Cluster over eastern Slovakia

Beautiful Comet Nishimura

Nowadays we can look for a brighter morning comet C/2023 P1 Nishimura, discovered on 12 August by Hideo Nishimura from Japan. As the comet gets closest to the Sun (which happens on 17th September), it is getting brighter and making the comet an easier target for nightscape photography. This morning, I was successful from Zahradne,…
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A Comet in Taurus

A Comet in Taurus

Captured from the Soneva Jani island observatory’s platform, in the Indian Ocean on February 11th, 2023, the comet C/2022 E3 ZTF appeared very close to the bright planet Mars in the sky, making a great photo-op as both objects were located just in the center of the Taurus (the Bull) constellation. Surrounded by many objects…
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A Comet and Two Dippers

A Comet and Two Dippers

This week the comet C/2022 E3 ZTF moves faster in the sky as it flies to the closest point to Earth (which reaches on February 1st). For northerners the position of the comet in the sky cannot be better: You can easily find it between two large asterisms, the Big and Little Dippers (from constellations…
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Strange Comet ZTF

Strange Comet over the High Tatras

The brightness of comet C/2022 E3 ZTF reached the threshold of 5.5 magnitude, which makes the comet visible to the naked eye (away from cities, of course). On January 22nd, due to the unique geometry of the comet and our planet Earth, a very prominent anti-tail was visible. In the image, the beautiful comet appears…
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NEOWISE's Metamorphosis over High Tatras

NEOWISE’s Metamorphosis over High Tatras

The Great Comet 2020, C/2020 F3 NEOWISE, remains a huge memory right now, however, hundreds of data still give the opportunity to show something new. Here comes one of most challenging but also educational result of the whole observation of the comet during its biggest brightness in July 2020. Comet made its closest approach to…
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