Under the night sky dotted with thousands of tiny stars, one hears one’s own thoughts. The sky is almost within reach, but in reality, many stars are thousands of light-years away. Similar feelings were going through my head while creating this photo, just a few days before Christmas Eve. The image was created in the High Tatras, near Zbojnícká mountain hut at an altitude of 1,960 m. The freezing night temperatures exceeded -12°C, but the absolutely calm windlessness perfectly enhanced the wonderful Christmas atmosphere. Because this is exactly what Christmas is about. To stop at least for a moment, to enjoy the world around us, and the starry sky often allows us to do that.
In the photo, there is Milky Way with the Summer triangle setting above the horizon – containing three bright stars Vega, Deneb, and Altair. Over the peaks, the brightest object is actually planet Jupiter.
Category: Ha+RGB Stacked Panorama
EXIF: 2×13″, f/2.2, ISO 3.200
Equipment: Canon R6 astro-modified, Sigma Art 28mm from tripod (no tracker)
A weird sunset over the Pacific (rare multiple green flashes)
Credits: CTIO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/T. Slovinský/P. Horálek Location: Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory Date: 9th of April 2022