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Category: The Moon and Lunar Phenomena

The Mars Occultation In Dawn

The Mars Occultation In Dawn

On the Slovakian morning of 8th December 2022, planet Mars appeared in opposition to the Sun, making the opportunity to observe it the whole night from dusk until dawn about twice brighter than Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. But not just that. Just in the time of the opposition, at 5:36 UT, the…
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All Eclipses 2022

All Eclipses 2022

In 2022, there were four eclipses observable around the world: Two partial solar and two total lunar. Eclipses always come in pairs or rarely even in triplets in one lunar period. The partial solar eclipse on April 30th was visible widely across Chile and Argentina before sunset. About two weeks after, on May 16th, a…
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Colorful Lunar Eclipse

Colorful Eclipse over the Kitt Peak National Observatory

The 8 November 2022, a total lunar eclipse occurred over the Americas and Pacific. There I was allowed to observe this beautiful lunar eclipse from the Kitt Peak National Observatory, a program of NSF’s NOIRLab. The deep red color of this lunar eclipse (lower left) is believed to be the remains of the ash from…
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Ľubovňa Full Moon

Ľubovňa Full Moon

Yesterday, on July 13, 2022, the Full Moon occurred only 9,5 hours after the moment of perigee (in distance 357 263 km from Earth), producing the angularly largest full Moon of the year. For this moment I traveled a long distance to the east of Slovakia, where I found a very exact spot to see…
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Deep Sky Lunar Eclipse - Wide

Deep Sky Lunar Eclipse

On May 15-16, 2022, a total lunar eclipse occurred, visible primarily over western Europe and the Americas. Located in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, I had a truly spectacular view of this particular phenomenon nearby the center of the Milky Way in the dark skies (and almost in zenith). Thus it was well possible to…
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ISS and Wolf Moon - Annotated

ISS Silhouette on the Wolf Moon

On Monday, January 17th, the Full Moon occurred at 11:48 pm local Czech time. By folklore, this one is called “Wolf Moon” and it was also one of apogee Moon. Most interesting, however, was 8 minutes after, when just for a 1 second the silhouette of Internationa Space Station appeared in front of the Moon.…
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Conjunction and Celebration

Conjunction and Celebration

Yesterday’s truly beautiful evening (October 9th, 2021) offered photogenic conjunction of the Moon and the planet Venus, followed by star δ Scorpii against the dusk colors of the sky. While observing this celestial show over Kuneticka hora castle from Bohumileč, Czech Republic, I was surprised by beautiful fireworks too. Later then I found out they…
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