Hundreds of people braved the freezing cold in the early hours of Monday to
watch a full lunar eclipse from one of the country‘s observatories.
The viewing conditions were exceptionally good due to clear skies. The eclipse lasted for just over an hour and ended at 6.43 am.
The next full lunar eclipse is expected in September 2025.
Since the country joined the European Space Agency (ESA) 10 years ago, the Czech space industry has seen a growth both in size and capabilities. Now the director of the Czech Aeronautical Research Institute says the groundwork in expertise and resources has been laid for the country to take the next step.
Czech astronomer Petr Horálek started his career at the Academy of Science’s Astronomical Institute. During this time, he fell in love with astrophotography, becoming one of the most respected Czechs in the field. He is one of the photo ambassadors of the European Southern Observatory in Chile and several of his pictures were featured as NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day. Horálek specializes in capturing rare night-sky phenomena and hopes that his unique shots will draw attention to the problem of light-pollution.
Despite visionary CEO Elon Musk’s initial fears, the launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket, proved a major success. The rocket makes possible a heavy-lift capacity last seen with the Saturn V rockets which sent astronauts to the moon. Czech Radio spoke to SpaceX sole Czech employee David Pavlík.
On Monday evening, observers in the Czech Republic were able to view a partial eclipse of the moon between 8:20 pm and 9:18 pm. Images of the eclipse were published online. Best-positioned to view the celestial event were inhabitants of southeast Moravia, news site iDnes reported. A total lunar eclipse is to take place next July 27 - the first to be visible in the Czech Republic since 2015. It will also be the longest this century, lasting one hour and 44 minutes.
A team of scientists from Brno University of Technology is getting ready for an upcoming expedition to monitor and record a total solar eclipse which will be visible across the continental United States on August 21. The team is particularly interested in studying the sun’s magnetic field and the distribution of ions in the solar corona.
Hundreds of astrophysicists from around the world have descended on Prague for the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science, which gets underway on Monday. The annual event, which is organised by the European Astronomical Society in cooperation with the Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, presents the latest findings in the astronomical research. The event offers a number of events for the public, including various exhibitions and lectures.
Czech astronomers believe they have discovered a new potential source of dangerous asteroids among the Taurid meteor shower family. Working with researchers from Austria and Slovakia, they looked at the meteor shower, which occurs every October and November and in some years shows increased activity, allowing for the tracing of more shooting stars. The discovery was announced by the Czech Academy of Sciences’ Astronomical Institute and published in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics.