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Czechs participate in NASA-published Astronomy Picture of the Day

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Czechs have participated in the Astronomy Picture of the Day showing the Moon from seven places in the world when an asteroid hit it on January 21, 2019, which the NASA U.S. space agency published today, astronomer Petr Horalek, one of the authors, has told CTK.

“Two of the seven co-authors of this unique mosaic, which helped astronomers get the exact data on the solid that hit the Moon, are Czechs,” Horalek said in a statement sent to CTK, adding that the other Czech is Libor Haspl.

The picture entitled “Lunar Eclipse Perspectives” consists of the photos of the Moon taken in the U.S. state of Georgia, the Dominican Republic, Cape Verde, the Spanish Canary Islands, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic last January 21 when scopes in a number of countries registered an asteroid hitting the Moon surface during its total eclipse.

Experts agreed then that such a phenomenon was recorded during the Moon eclipse for the first time.

Unlike the Moon, the Earth is protected by the atmosphere, in which all meteorites usually burn down.

Commenting on the January event, Horalek noted that Haspl, from Velky Osek, central Bohemia, and members of the astronomy club at the observatory in Pardubice, east Bohemia, also recorded it. He himself took a picture, using a telephoto lens, on Boa Vista island in Cape Verde. A short glimpse is also visible in a video recording from an observatory in Brno, he added.

In the past, other Czechs scored a similar success with their pictures being released by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The agency has published those by Horalek more than 20 times already.

A link to the original can be found here. 

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