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Category: Atmospheric Phenomena, Airglow

Sprite Sightings

Sprite Sightings

This is perhaps only for Facebook, but I would like to share my joy. Severe stormy weather over central Europe brings one of the most spectacular but also mysterious phenomena: The Red Sprites. Firstly observed in 1989, they became a target for many specialized photographers and videographers to improve their understanding of them. So far…
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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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Something ExTrA over La Silla

Something ExTrA over La Silla

Based on ESO La Silla Observatory, the three beehive-shaped domes hide 0.6-m telescopes called ExTrA (short for Exoplanets in Transits and their Atmospheres), which are from 2017 active instruments for study the structure and composition of Earth-sized worlds, and address some fundamental questions about planets in our Galaxy. The Galaxy we see just over the…
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Mirror to the Past

Mirror to the Past

This mosaic is not about what you might think on the first look. There is more–photographic mirror to the past when we were able to see the Southern Cross from higher latitudes of the northern hemisphere! But let’s start with the basics. Do you think the view to the sky was always the same? Not…
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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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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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Planetary Beacon over Atacama Desert

Planetary Beacon over the Atacama Desert

Immersive Milky Way sets over mountainous Atacama Desert. Bright light over the horizon is NOT a car but planet Jupiter! Captured in ephemeral moment over horizon, it looks like a flash of a beacon. Actually, it sets between two hills, both occupied by domes of telescopes–ESO Paranal Observatory (on left) and ESO VISTA Observatory (right).…
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