The majority of planetariums are located within the cities. They mostly serve to create the night sky simulation for educational, and also entertainment purposes. However, usually, it’s just the only opportunity to enjoy the night sky in areas polluted by city lights. But in Slovakia, in the center of Europe, as a part of Dark Sky Reserve Poloniny, we can find a planetarium, where You don’t need to be in a cupola during clear nights! Why? Look at the beauty of the night sky extending over the planetarium building. The spectators can experience here not just a simulation of the night sky, but also spectacular surveys. This- the eastern part of the sky in Kolonica is the very best. Less light pollution allows phenomena to “shine”. And literally as in this case. Beautiful Milky Way’s structures even with darker regions stand out, Galaxy M31 in the Andromeda constellation and strong airglow above the horizon. The brightest object in the photo is planet Mars, which the best observing conditions are this October.
Location: Kolonica observatory, Poloniny – Slovakia
Date and time: 21st of September 2020, 22:30 UTC+2h
Equipment: Canon 6D mod, Sigma Art 28mm
EXIF: 15″, f/2.2, ISO 10.000