NASA chooses photo from Chopok

A picture by a Slovak photographer was chosen as the NASA’s photo of the day.

(Source: Ondrej Králik)

NASA chose a photograph from Chopok for the photo of the day on its website. The picture was taken by Slovak photographer Ondrej Králik, the portal astro.cz informed.

The photo was taken on March 29 on Chopok in the Low Tatra mountains at an altitude of about 2,000 metres. On the picture are two luminous arches stretched across the dome of the sky on a northern spring night.

The arc of the northern Milky Way is visible toward the right, but only above the terrestrial lights, from the perspective of the mountain top. Though dusk has passed, a bright patch of celestial light still hovers near the horizon and fades into a second luminous arch of Zodiacal Light, crossing near the centre of the Milky Way, explained NASA on its website.

Dust in the ecliptic plane reflects sunlight to create the Zodiacal glow, typically prominent after sunset in clear, dark, skies during a northern spring. Almost opposite the Sun, Jupiter shines brightly near the horizon toward the left. Since Jupiter lies near the ecliptic, it appears within the slight brightening of the Zodiacal band also opposite the Sun called the Gegenschein, NASA added.

Top stories

Dancers perform in the streets of Trenčín, spotlighting the architecture of the city.

Slovakia will open a new institute, this time in Jerusalem

Culture, sports and travel stories rounded up in one place.


23. júl
The Office of the Public Defender of Rights flies the rainbow flag to mark the Bratislava Pride in 2021.

The pandemic has made it clear that we must stand together

International friends and partners of Slovakia celebrate Bratislava Pride.


9 h

Bratislava Pride will take place online

It will be streamed on July 24 and accompanied by numerous music performances.


22. júl

News digest: Crowd blocks entrance to parliament ahead of vaccine-related vote

The youngest member of the Slovak Olympic team kicks off the games with a personal record. Extensive reconstruction of Bratislava's Michael's Tower launched.


23. júl