A lovely Moonrise in the Winter Sky above Lagoa do Fogo in Azores

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Probably one of the most beautiful moonrises I have witness in many many years. Captured literally in middle of Atlantic Ocean, in the island of São Miguel, Azores, Portugal, the image reveals a panorama of single images taken around midnight from Lagoa do Fogo (Lake of Fire).The blue lake is located at 575 meters above the sea level – it is about 2 km long and 1 km wide – filling the ground of an extinct crater, whose caldera was formed during an eruption in 1563. In the background, a winter sky shows the bright light of the moon while rising between the mountains and against Auriga and Taurus constellation. Pleiades, is the blueish star cluster visible at center right. Near the left edge, stars from Big Dipper (Ursa Major) are very well visible above a layer of white clouds

PT: Provavelmente um dos mais belos nasceres da lua que já testemunhei em muitos anos. Captada literalmente em pleno Oceano Atlântico, na ilha de São Miguel, Açores, Portugal, a imagem revela um panorama de disparos únicas, feitos por volta da meia-noite a partir da Lagoa do Fogo. Esta lagoa azul está localizada a 575 metros acima do nível do mar – tem cerca de 2 km de comprimento e 1 km de largura – enchendo o solo de uma cratera extinta, cuja caldeira foi formada durante uma erupção em 1563. Em pano de fundo, um céu de inverno mostra a luz brilhante da lua enquanto esta se ergue por entre as montanhas e contra a constelação de Auriga e Taurus. As Pleiades são o aglomerado de estrelas azulado – por serem ainda jovens e quentes – visível no centro à direita. Perto do extremo esquerdo da imagem, as estrelas da Ursa Maior (Ursa Major) são bem visíveis acima de uma camada de nuvens brancas.



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