"Chalandamarz of geostationary satellites in the nightsky over Diavolezza"
An all-night timelapse from Diavolezza (2983m) in Switzerland, March 1st-2nd 2013 (19.11 - 05.53 CET)
Numerous geostationary satellites are flaring up in the sunlight (and drift to the left along with the horizon) before they enter into earths shadow in the constellation of Sextans. The brightest flares are about 4mag brightness and are easily visible to the naked eye for a few minutes each.
During the first night hours some light pollution from ratrac machines (preparing skiing slopes) is present, later the rising moon illuminates the night sky, Piz Palü (3905m) and Piz Bernina (4049m)
This video is my homage to the ancient tradition "Chalandamarz", which is celebrated on March 1st in the Swiss Canton Graubünden, where boys are parading through the villages while ringing bells and singing - the tradition is described in the worldfamous childrens book "Schellen-Ursli" by Selina Chönz and Alois Carigiet.
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