04.05.2014 / Sutherland, South Africa

The weather is changing in the Karoo, and gusty winds drive massive clouds through the skies. Winter is coming… Last night was clear still, and so I took the opportunity to spend one more evening at the observatory photographing the LCOGT-telescopes in the last light of day – just opening up and getting for observations. As astronomy is a very light-sensitive science, strictly no lights are allowed on site, and soon after nightfall you’ll be shrouded in complete darkness with only the stars illuminating the night sky. When I was done taking pictures, I took part in one of the public stargazing-sessions that the observatory offers to visitors four times a week. Two large optical telescopes point to all sorts of targets (stars, planets, galaxies and nebulae) – supervised by a highly knowledgable tour-guide.


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