In this movie sequence we can dip into a short journey that starts in the land of Juromenha, in Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve, Alentejo, with a stargazer trying to find with their own eyes and binoculars the glowing green head of Comet Lovejoy. After a few seconds we will zoom in, entering in a real time lapse sequence capturing the slowly movement of the comet and their ion blue tail, made by ionized gas – gas energized by ultraviolet light from the Sun and pushed outward by the solar wind – while it is crossing some stars of Taurus constellation. Finally, we will zoom out in a final still photograph that shows the strong and huge green head of diatomic carbon (C2) – gas fluorescing in sunlight that produces the coma’s green color – as well as a wide view of the entire fainter bluish tail, with more then 5 million kilometers at the comet’s estimated distance of 75 million kilometers from Earth
Captured in Hotel Naveterra, Juromenha, Alqueva´s Dark Sky Reserve, Portugal, January 2015!
To see the still image, visit this link: miguelclaro.com/wp/?portfolio=short-journey-heavens-dark-sky-alqueva-comet-lovejoy
Photographs, Time Lapse and Video Editing: Miguel Claro
Music: The Silent Path | Robert Haig Coxon
Local: Hotel Naveterra - Juromenha hotelnaveterra.com
Dark Sky Reserve | darkskyalqueva.com
More images nightsky images by Miguel Claro at: miguelclaro.com