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A panoramic scene is featuring a green aurora display above Seljalandsfoss clifs filled by small waterfalls, captured during a surprisingly active night at the end of October. On the foreground, iced vegetation with crystal shapes are reflecting the green hues presented in the sky. Even being in what is known as a Solar Minimum, sometimes our Star can surprise us. According to Spaceweather.com, “a large hole in the sun’s atmosphere has opened and facing Earth, spewing solar wind in our direction. First contact with the gaseous material would start on October 24th” and would last for the upcoming 3 or 4 days. The solar wind stream has sparked beautiful greenish auroras that could be seen over Iceland during that period, fortunately, thanks to a clear sky forecast and some aurora chasing done it by car, I could manage to show them on a still single photo captured above Seljalandsfoss waterfalls. * #northernlights #auroraboreal #northernlightsphotos #northernlightsiceland #astrophoto #astrophotography #astronomy #nightsky #night #natgeo #nature @twanight #natgeospace #universe #space #youresa #universetoday @spacedotcom #nightscape #thebest_capture #discoverearth @natgeocreative @natgeotravel #ig_captures #ig_shotz #wonderfulplaces #masterpiece #nightphotography_exclusive #nightphotography #ig_masterpiece #fantastic_universe #earthfocus at Seljalandsfoss, Iceland

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The image features a green aurora display above Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, captured on my trip to Iceland during a surprisingly active night at the end of October. Even being in what is known as a Solar Minimum, sometimes our Star can surprise us. According to Spaceweather.com, “a large hole in the sun’s atmosphere has opened and facing Earth, spewing solar wind in our direction. First contact with the gaseous material would start on October 24th” and would last for the upcoming 3 or 4 days. The solar wind stream has sparked beautiful greenish auroras that could be seen over Iceland during that period, fortunately, thanks to a clear sky forecast and some aurora chasing done it by car, I could manage to show them on a still single photo captured above Seljalandsfoss waterfalls. In the background sky, is also possible to enjoy the star cluster of Pleaides and right above, the Andromeda Galaxy, both of them shining behind the green ghosts from aurora borealis. * #northernlights #auroraboreal #northernlightsphotos #northernlightsiceland #astrophoto #astrophotography #astronomy #nightsky #night #natgeo #nature @twanight #natgeospace #universe #space #youresa #universetoday @spacedotcom #nightscape #thebest_capture #discoverearth @natgeocreative @natgeotravel #ig_captures #ig_shotz #wonderfulplaces #masterpiece #nightphotography_exclusive #nightphotography #ig_masterpiece #fantastic_universe #earthfocus at Iceland

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The image features a golden Full Moon rising in the landscape of Alandroal, in @darkskyalqueva Reserve, with a single shot captured after the end of Mercury transit in front of the Sun, just few hours before the Moon is being officially Full. The fields of Alandroal in @visitalentejo, are full of Olive, Cork and Holm Oak trees, as well as sloping terrains providing beutiful scenarios for this kind of compositions. The Full Moon of November, is also known as the Beaver Moon. According to timeandate scource, “the Full Moon for November is named after beavers because this is the time they become particularly active building their winter dams in preparation for the cold season. The beaver is mainly nocturnal, so they keep working under the light of the Full Moon”. * #beavermoon #fullmoon #moon #autumn #moonlight #trees #astrophoto #astrophotography #astronomy #nightsky #night #natgeo #nature @twanight #natgeospace #universe #universetoday @spacedotcom #nightscape #thebest_capture #discoverearth @natgeocreative @natgeotravel #ig_shotz #wonderfulplaces #masterpiece #nightphotography_exclusive #nightphotography #ig_masterpiece at Alandroal

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A single frame features our home galaxy, the Milky Way, full of bright emission nebulae visible in red/violet hues. Located high in the sky in the Southern Hemisphere, was framed between the branches of some trees from a small village in Atacama Desert, called San Pedro de Atacama, in Chile. #desiertodeatacama @visitchile #milkywaychasers #milkyway #milkywaygalaxy #astrophoto #astrophotography #astronomy #nightsky #night #natgeo #nature @twanight #natgeospace #universe #space #youresa #universetoday @spacedotcom #nightscape #thebest_capture #discoverearth @natgeocreative @natgeotravel #ig_captures #ig_shotz #wonderfulplaces #masterpiece #nightphotography_exclusive #nightphotography #ig_masterpiece #fantastic_universe #earthfocuse at San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

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The image features the Great Nebula in Carina (NGC 3372), a glowing large nebula of the Southern Sky with filaments of interstellar gas and cosmic clouds of dark dust, lying at a distance of about 7,500 light-years away, located in the Carina–Sagittarius Arm of our Galaxy. Besides Eta Carinae Nebula, this short exposure comprises a total time integration of only 19 minutes, including the open cluster NGC 3324 visible on the right center and the blusih Gem Cluster NGC 3293, visible on the right edge of the image. The image was captured in Atacama Desert, Chile. #desiertodeatacama @visitchile #milkyway #etacarina #deepskyobject #astrophoto #deepsky #astrophotography #astronomy #nightsky #night #natgeo #nature @twanight #natgeospace #universe #space #youresa #universetoday @spacedotcom #nightscape #thebest_capture #discoverearth @natgeotravel #ig_captures #ig_shotz #wonderfulplaces #masterpiece #nightphotography_exclusive #nightphotography #ig_masterpiece #fantastic_universe at Antofagasta Region

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Captured in visible light, the image features the Dumbbell Nebula M27, a large and bright planetary Nebula and located at about about 1,200 light-years away in the constellation of Vulpecula. On July 12, 1764, it was discovered for the first time by french astronomer Charles Messier. On the center of the Nebula, lies an extremely hot white dwarf shinning at a magnitude of 13.5, being the largest known white dwarf, it illuminates the interstellar gas cloud with 2.5 light-years across. According to Nasa, the nebula forms as the star’s outer layers are expelled into space, with a visible glow generated by atoms excited by the dying star’s intense but invisible ultraviolet light. Captured in Cumeada Observatory from @darkskyalqueva Reserve, Reguengos, Portugal. #deepsky #longexposure #astrophoto #deepskyobject #dumbbellnebula #astrophotography #astronomy #nightsky #night #natgeo #nature @twanight #natgeospace #universe #space #youresa #universetoday @spacedotcom #skyscape #thebest_capture #discoverearth @natgeocreative @natgeotravel #ig_captures #ig_shotz #masterpiece #nightphotography_exclusive #nightphotography #ig_captures #ig_masterpiece #wonderfulplaces #fantastic_universe #discover at Reserva DARK SKY Alqueva

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A panorama of 4 single frames captured 75km south of Antofagasta, Chile, shows the magnificent Eta Carinae Nebula above the mountains of Atacama Desert, surrounded by several blueish open clusters. The brightest one is NGC3532, visible above the Nebula, it contains about 150 stars. The second one, is NGC3114 a sparse open cluster which lies at 2971 light years from our Solar System, visible below the Nebula. * Swipe right for a close-up view of Eta Carinae taken in Atacama too. #desiertodeatacama @visitchile #milkywaychasers #milkyway #etacarina #deepskyobject #astrophoto #astrophotography #astronomy #nightsky #night #natgeo #nature @twanight #natgeospace #universe #space #youresa #universetoday @spacedotcom #nightscape #thebest_capture #discoverearth @natgeotravel #ig_captures #ig_shotz #wonderfulplaces #masterpiece #nightphotography_exclusive #nightphotography #ig_masterpiece #fantastic_universe #earthfocus at Antofagasta, Norte De Chile.

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STOP!! If you think you are going to the North, this is the wrong direction. On this startrail scene, the whole hand seems to point to the Southern Cross constellation, represented as the bluish star paths visible on the top edge of the image. Acrux star, is the one that seems to indicate the South Pole, a vortex of light with an “empty” hole visible on the left side of the hand. Located at about 70 km south of Antofagasta, the sculpture made of iron and concrete stands alone in the desert at an altitude of 1100 meters above the sea level. La Mano Del Desierto is a beautiful piece of art made by Chilean sculptor Mario Irarrázabal, of an 11 meters hand that stands above the desert and where the fingers seems to touch the stars. #manodeldesierto #startrail #desiertodeatacama @visitchile #milkywaychasers #milkyway #startrails #startrailchasers #astrophoto #astrophotography #astronomy #nightsky #night #nature @twanight #natgeospace #universe #space #youresa #universetoday @spacedotcom #nightscaper #thebest_capture #discoverearth @natgeocreative @natgeotravel #ig_captures #ig_shotz #wonderfulplaces #masterpiece #nightphotography_exclusive #nightphotography #ig_masterpiece #fantastic_universe #earthfocus at Mano Del Desierto

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The image shows one of the iconics landmarks of Saint Petersburg, in Russia, the Orthodox Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, erected on the precise site where emperor Alexander II was fatally attacked. Even being captured in night time and under the street lights, it´s artistic beauty can not be hidden, like it was happening with most of the stars under the effect of light pollution. Only major sky objects like a First Quarter Moon can be well visible from major cities, althought, from medium-high latitudes like San Petersburg, the Moon doesn´t go much further above the horizon at this time of the month, being visible very low on the right side of photo, following the course of Moika river. #churchofthespilledblood #saintpetersburg #russia_pics #astrophoto #astrophotography #astronomy #nightsky #night #natgeo #nature @twanight #natgeospace #universe #cityscapes #youresa #universetoday @spacedotcom #nightscaper #thebest_capture #discoverearth @natgeocreative @natgeotravel #ig_captures #ig_shotz #wonderfulplaces #masterpiece #nightphotography_exclusive #nightphotography #ig_masterpiece #earthfocus at Church Of The Spilled Blood

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Whishing you all a great Sunday, today I’m sharing a newest Deep Sky image with a special request, to vote for us @darkskyalqueva as we are Nominated for World’s Responsible Tourism Award in World Travel Awards, and Today, is the last chance to Vote For Us and help in our mission to protect the Night Sky! Thank you in Advance for your help 🙏🤩🙏 ✨ The Link for VOTE 💫 is in our Bio @darkskyalqueva ✨ The image shows the colorful and diffuse Cocoon nebula (IC 5146), an emission and reflection nebula divided by several dark lanes, and immersed in an open star cluster known as Collinder 470. The Nebula is a compact star-forming region, showing inside the glowing red-violet hydrogen gas, a newly developing star cluster surrounded by the blue dust-reflected starlight along the nebula edges. In the center, a bright star is shinning since a hundred thousand years ago. With approximately 15 light-years wide, it is located at about 4000 light years away towards the northern constellation of Cygnus. The nebula, lies at the end of a long dark tail made of clouds of cold dust in interstellar space, known as Barnard 168 (partially visible from the upper left side) which seems to surround the cluster in the Cocoon. Captured from our Official Observatory at Cumeada, headquarters of Dark Sky Alqueva, Portugal #deepsky #longexposure #astrophoto #deepskyobject #cocoonnebula #astrophotography #astronomy #nightsky #night #natgeo #nature @twanight #natgeospace #universe #space #youresa #universetoday @spacedotcom #skyscape #thebest_capture #discoverearth @natgeocreative @natgeotravel #ig_captures #ig_shotz #masterpiece #nightphotography_exclusive #nightphotography #ig_captures #ig_masterpiece #wonderfulplaces #fantastic_universe #discover at Reserva DARK SKY Alqueva

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After a long trip by car from Antofagasta to Copiapó, in Chile, we made a short break to rest somewhere in the middle of Atacama desert. While my mate was trying to recover from a long drive of 5h, I decided to skip the rest and go outside to capture a wonderful night scene in a large mosaic made of 19 single shots. The greatness solitude of this scene was really mesmerizing, looking into a vast reddish rocky desert where a small red car stands below the astonishing arc of Milky Way, knowing that there´s really nothing separating us – human beings – from the Universe we see outside. Beyond the landscape, the image features the dusty heart of our galaxy full of emission and reflection nebulae, as well as many regions of dark dust and star clusters, while other galaxies are shinning like the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, visible close to the horizon. The colorful region on the top left, is the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex, and not faraway, a bright white light belongs to Planet Jupiter. In the opposite direction, on the right top corner, a similar light in brightness is shinning too, although, it´s not a planet or even a single star, being actually the largest globular cluster in the Milky Way, Omega Centauri has approximately 10 million stars🌟🤩 ✨ #desiertodeatacama @visitchile #milkywaychasers #milkyway #milkywaygalaxy #astrophoto #astrophotography #astronomy #nightsky #night #natgeo #nature @twanight #natgeospace #universe #space #youresa #universetoday @spacedotcom #nightscape #thebest_capture #discoverearth @natgeocreative @natgeotravel #ig_captures #ig_shotz #wonderfulplaces #masterpiece #nightphotography_exclusive #nightphotography #ig_masterpiece #fantastic_universe #earthfocus at Copiapó, Atacama

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La Mano Del Desierto is a beautiful piece of art made by Chilean sculptor Mario Irarrázabal, of an 11 meters hand that stands above the desert and where the fingers seems to touch the stars. On this particular panorama made of 13 single shots, the whole hand seems to point to Eta Carinae nebula. A little bit to the left, and we can find the Southern Cross, which seems to point to South Pole. While on the left side of the hand, the Small and Large Magellanic clouds are visible immediately above the horizon, in the top left center of the image, is shinning the bright light of the giant planet Jupiter. Not far away, the red supergiant star Antares is also visible in orange hues. The central region of Milky Way is well visible as the faint yellow light on the left side of this starry landscape sceen, captured at about 70 km south of Antofagasta. The sculpture made of iron and concrete stands alone in the desert at an altitude of 1100 meters above the sea level. #manodeldesierto #desiertodeatacama @visitchile #milkywaychasers #milkyway #milkywaygalaxy #astrophoto #astrophotography #astronomy #nightsky #night #natgeo #nature @twanight #natgeospace #universe #space #youresa #universetoday @spacedotcom #nightscape #thebest_capture #discoverearth @natgeocreative @natgeotravel #ig_captures #ig_shotz #wonderfulplaces #masterpiece #nightphotography_exclusive #nightphotography #ig_masterpiece #fantastic_universe #earthfocus at Atacama, Atacama, Chile

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A fish-eye fulldome view shows one of the iconics landmarks of Saint Petersburg, in Russia, the Orthodox Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, erected on the precise site where emperor Alexander II was fatally attacked. Featuring the largest collection of mosaics in Russia, during the war, the church had serious damages in the walls and a high-explosive bomb was stuck for a long period of about 20th years in one of the walls without being noticed and by miracle, without exploding. Even being captured in night time and under the street lights, it´s artistic beauty can not be hidden, like it was happening with most of the stars under the effect of light pollution. Only bright stars like Vega can be well visible from polluted skies, being the brightest path on the background sky, it represents the sideral motion of a star over the course of one hour, which is approximately 15º. #churchofthespilledblood #saintpetersburg #russia_pics #astrophoto #astrophotography #astronomy #nightsky #night #natgeo #nature @twanight #natgeospace #universe #cityscapes #youresa #universetoday @spacedotcom #nightscaper #thebest_capture #discoverearth @natgeocreative @natgeotravel #ig_captures #ig_shotz #wonderfulplaces #masterpiece #nightphotography_exclusive #nightphotography #ig_masterpiece #earthfocus at Catedral do Sangue Derramado

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Captured under the twilight, this cityscape is showing paths of lights on the ground. Besides the street lights, they are the result of busy modern cities where light pollution is hidding the main wonders of the night sky. Above the lights, is visible one of the iconics landmarks from Russia, the Saint Basil’s Cathedral, an Orthodox colorful church, building “like the flame of a bonfire rising into the sky”. Not easy to spot at first sight, the crescent moon is very low on the horizon but yet visible from the Red Square. The answer to find it on this image, lies on the monument to Minin and Pozharsky. A bronze sculpture in front of the Saint Basil’s Cathedral which commemorates Prince Dmitry Pozharsky and the merchant Kuzma Minin, who gathered an entire Russian volunteer army to expell from Moscow, the forces under the command of King Sigismund III of Poland, in early 17th century. * Swipe Right: If you look carefully, Minin seems to be actually explaining to Dmitry, that the moon is setting behind the bushes from the Kremlin walls 🤩 #redsquare #kremlin #lightpaint #astrophoto #astrophotography #astronomy #nightsky #night #natgeo #nature @twanight #natgeospace #universe #space #youresa #universetoday @spacedotcom #nightscaper #thebest_capture #discoverearth @natgeocreative @natgeotravel #ig_captures #ig_shotz #wonderfulplaces #masterpiece #nightphotography_exclusive #nightphotography #ig_masterpiece #earthfocus at Red Square Moscow

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A short time lapse sequence, shows a big window where we can enjoy the wonders of the night time while lying down in the bed. Before you fall asleep, instead of counting sheeps, you can try to count the dozens of satellites that are crossing our night skies each minute. Looking carefully to each square of the image, and you will notice them like thiny pixels flying fast! Give yourself a try. * Captured in @darkskyalqueva * #milkyway #timelapsephotography #milkywaychasers #timelapse #starcolors #astrophoto #astrophotography #astronomy #nightsky #night #natgeo #nature @twanight #natgeospace #universe #space #youresa #universetoday @spacedotcom #nightscaper #thebest_capture #discoverearth @natgeocreative @natgeotravel #ig_captures #ig_shotz #wonderfulplaces #masterpiece #nightphotography_exclusive #nightphotography #ig_masterpiece #fantastic_universe #earthfocus at Parque De Natureza De Noudar

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With the Summer ending in Northern Hemisphere, it’s time to say goodbye to our Milky Way, at least to the brightest colorful dusty heart of our galaxy. For those of us who loves spending entire nights outside watching and enjoying the night sky, it can leads to a feeling of Nostalgia, but its just a matter of time regarding the natural motion of our planet orbiting the sun, and you know that you will get back again to this amazing views within six months. Although, if we not take care and face the increasing light pollution as a serious problem of nowadays, in a near future, a vision like that could be only achieved through a photograph of a remote reality, leading to a permanent lost of the night sky, as it has to be... beautiful starry and deeply dark! * Captured in @darkskyalqueva * #milkyway #lightpollution #milkywaychasers #vialactea #starcolors #astrophoto #astrophotography #astronomy #nightsky #night #natgeo #nature @twanight #natgeospace #universe #space #youresa #universetoday @spacedotcom #nightscaper #thebest_capture #discoverearth @natgeocreative @natgeotravel #ig_captures #ig_shotz #wonderfulplaces #masterpiece #nightphotography_exclusive #nightphotography #ig_masterpiece #fantastic_universe #earthfocus at Parque De Natureza De Noudar

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