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Aurora from Czech Republic on 14 March 2022

Aurora Borealis from the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic lies on latitude 50N, away from the magnetic pole, which makes it one of the countries where the Northern Lights are very rare. However, not impossible. Statistically, there can be spotted 10-15 auroras per one solar cycle (~11 years), of course, especially around the solar maximum. The upcoming one, solar cycle 25,…
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Amazed by Aurora over Arctic Ocean

October 2021 Aurora Borealis

During the last week of October 2021, me and my friends Tomas Slovinsky, Josef Kujal, and Balazs Szarka made it happen to get in Sweden for Aurora Borealis chasing. Based in Abisko National Park, we were pretty lucky for the weather but also for COVID restrictions and so we could travel a bit around for…
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Sprite Sightings

Sprite Sightings

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 we know now is the fact, the fragments-of-seconds flashes are counter-discharge of CG+ lightning…
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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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