Portfolio 2014

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14_2014_Zodiacal light

14_2014_Zodiacal light

The zodiac is the great circle running through the constellations of the Ram, Bull, Twins, Crab, Lion, Virgin, Scales, Scorpion, Archer, Capricorn, Waterman and Fishes. This is the path we “see” the Sun cover in the course of the year. A kind of luminous mist extends along that circle, at its brightest and broadest near the Sun, growing narrower as it runs out in both directions. During October, November and December, when the morning dusk is about to begin, the softly radiant zodiacal light rises obliquely in a rounded pyramid.

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13_2014_King Charles’ Wein

13_2014_King Charles’ Wein

“King Charles’ Wein”, also named “The Plough” in the United Kingdom, “The Big Dipper” in USA or “Il Grande Carro” in Italy, is probably the most celebrated asterism from the north hemisphere. It belongs to Ursa major constellation and represents an excellent pointer to the north celestial pole.

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12_2014_Le Cocher du Pain de Sucre

12_2014_Le Cocher du Pain de Sucre

In the pure and dark sky from the border between France and Italy, Auriga constellation rises over the majestic Pain de Sucre mountain.

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11_2014_Comet C/2014 E2 (Jacques)

11_2014_Comet C/2014 E2 (Jacques)

At the end of August 2014, comet C/2014 E2 (Jacques) was crossing the sky in correspondence to Cassiopeia constellation.

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10_2014_Layers

10_2014_Layers

In this peaceful twilight scene, a clouds layer splits the sky over the wonderful sight of Montegibbio castel.

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09_2014_Iridescent Clouds

09_2014_Iridescent Clouds

Iridescent clouds are formed by groups of water droplets that have a uniformly similar size and together diffract different colours of sunlight by different amounts.

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08_2014_Honey Moon

08_2014_Honey Moon

The June 2014 full Moon was the closest to the summer solar solstice in the North Hemisphere. Traveling low above the horizon, the June full Moon mimiced the path of the December Sun. Due to this low path in the sky, the light of the full Moon seemed more red/orange or yellow than usual as it passed through more of Earth’s atmosphere. 

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07_2014_Roque de Los Muchachos silhouettes

07_2014_Roque de Los Muchachos silhouettes

Pictured above, a panoramic vista of “Roque de Los Muchachos” observatory in La Palma (Canary Islands – Spain), seen after the sunset, in the astronomical twilight glow. In this pure coloured and full of sense of infinite calm scene, planet Venus, followed by Saturn and Mercury, represents the brightest star.

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06_2014_Volcanic Sunset

06_2014_Volcanic Sunset

When substantial quantities of extremely fine volcanic dust are hurled into the highest layers of the atmosphere, the most magnificent sunrises and sunsets might be observed and photographed. 

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05_2014_Roque de Los Muchachos

05_2014_Roque de Los Muchachos

The HDR above image shows part of the “Roque de Los Muchachos” observatory in La Palma (Canary Islands – Spain), seen at sunset from the summit of “Caldera de Taburiente”. From left to right: The Automatic Transit Circle, The William Herschel Telescope, Duch Open Telescope, The Liverpool telescope, The swedish Solar Tower, The Isaac Newton Telescope and the Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope. A gentle pink strip of the “Belt of Venus” adorns the sky above the horizon.

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04_2014_Solar Active Region 1944_02

04_2014_Solar Active Region 1944_02

Solar active region 1944, which appeared on 2014 January 1st, was one of the biggest sunspots of the current solar cycle. It was so big, more than 200.000 km wide, that people from Earth were noticing it as a naked-eye blemish on the solar disk.

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03_2014_Solar Active Region 1944

03_2014_Solar Active Region 1944

A very large sunspot cluster emerged over the Sun’s southeastern limb on 2014 January 1st. The complex region contained more than a dozen dark cores, and the leading spot was big enough to be observed and photographed during sunsets and sunrises. 

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02_2014_Sun Pillar

02_2014_Sun Pillar

Typically seen during sunrise or sunset, sun pillars form when sunlight reflects off the surfaces of falling ice crystals associated with thin, high-levels clouds. 

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01_2014_Galactic Center

01_2014_Galactic Center

Milky Way is one of the most astonishing and interesting naked eye sights in the night sky. There is growing evidence that several million years ago, the Milky Way’s galactic center was the site of violent cosmic events. As viewed from Earth, the visible region of the Milky Way’s galactic center is the brightest area of the galaxy. It is easy to recognize, as it lies in the direction of Sagittarius constellation.

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