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Yuri Beletsky
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What is THAT ?! :) Those are not clouds. This isn't aurora either. We just witnessed an amazing airglow here in Atacama desert. Few nights after Geminids meteor shower we had another show on the night sky :) It was so intense that one couldn't really see many stars close to the horizon - the sky was literally "shining". I write "shining" because unfortunately one can't see the colors of airglow (it's still much less intense then aurora), but a sensitive digital camera is able to capture the phenomenon in its glory. I hope you'll enjoy the view !
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Geminids meteor shower - a view from Atacama desert :) On the night Dec 13/14 we were very lucky to witness an amazing celestial event ! The "stars were falling from the sky" and it was a remarkable sight. I took this image at Carnegie Las Campanas observatory located in the south of Atacama desert in Chile. You can see numerous meteors as well as the Milky Way. One can easily recognize Orion constellation (although, for those who are in the Northern hemisphere it looks upside down). The telescopes on the foreground are the 6.5-m Magellans (Baade and Clay). I hope you'll enjoy the view ! :)
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Millions stars hotel under the Milky Way :) Home for astronomers with gorgeous view in Atacama desert. This is a panoramic view you can witness when you are at a professional observatory in Chile, and and in this case - Carnegie Las Campanas observatory on the southern Atacama.
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What is THAT ?! No, this is not light pollution or clouds on the night sky. Here is one of the most unusual images of atmospheric airglow I even obtained here in high Chilean Andes. During that very night I noticed extremely smooth red gradient on the sky, but suddenly it started to transform into some funny shapes ! Have a look and try to make sense of what you see :) 

What do you see ? Feel free to share your impressions on this page - I am really curious :) Also, please do share with your friends, let's see what would they see in here too :) Let's go !
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In twilight's embrace at Sequoia national park in California :) The sun has already set and one can see the first stars emerging on the sky. Little Dipper constellation and its shiny Polaris star is remarkably visible just in the center of the image. I believe the reddish lights on the horizon might be due to recent forest fires. Some clouds are already passing by however it's still relatively clear. Fantastic atmosphere !
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McWay falls under the Milky Way :) This is my first nightscape image from the Northern hemisphere and I am very happy to share it with you. The falls is located in Big Sur of California, USA - an incredible place by itself, full of amazing views. This scenery was captured soon after the end of twilight and it shows gorgeous structure of the Milky Way and the McWay falls beneath. Slight hint of airglow is visible too and one can even see reflections from stars on the ocean's surface. I hope you will enjoy the image !
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SuperBloodMoon Here is my view of the lunar eclipse from September, 27th. The image was taken at Carnegie Las Campanas observatory. This a panorama (~180 deg), where you can see eclipsed Moon in the upper right, the Magellanic clouds are on the left, and the domes of 6.5-m Magellan telescopes are in the center. The night sky was colorful again ! On the left you can see green cast due to airglow, and on the right - the red cast, which is also due to airglow. I hope you'll enjoy the image ! ‪#‎SuperBloodMoon‬
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Waiting for the Lunar Eclipse :) Here is the recent image from Carnegie Las Campanas observatory in Atacama desert in Chile. The astronomers went outside the telescope to enjoy beautiful Moonset. The eclipse is tomorrow and we cannot wait for it ! :) Orion, Aldebaran, and Pleiades nicely aligned just above the dome of 6.5-m Magellan telescope. The Moon illuminates the foreground. I hope you'll enjoy the view !
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Easter Island skies :) Here is the all-sky view of famous Anakena beach at Easter Island. The Milky Way perfectly is aligned hitting the ground just behind moai statues in the North. The red color of the sky is actually real, this is, again, atmospheric airglow. The faint Zodiacal stripe crosses the Milky Way from left to right, and one can actually see the Gegenschein just above the palm trees on the right. It was a very peaceful, but cloudy night :)
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Dazzling spring night sky :) That's right, spring is coming to the Southern hemisphere and here is the view you can witness these nights. I took this image some time ago at ESO Paranal observatory located in Atacama desert. The Milky Way is setting on the West (just above the Pacific Ocean), while Magellanic clouds continue their dance around the South pole. On the right you can see the dome of VLT (Antu) telescope :)
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