A Winter Milky Way above Favàritx Lighthouse in Menorca Island


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During my trip to Menorca at the end of November, I managed to capture with clear sky a winter night scene in Favàritx Lighthouse. Recalling that just as stars were important for the first Portuguese and Spanish navigators for orientating and correcting their routes while exploring the seas, so too are lighthouses for the sailors of today. While the lighthouse beams were illuminating all the landscape, a beautiful winter Milky Way was shining above, featuring winter deep sky wonders like California nebula (on the top right) or the bluish star cluster of Pleiades, this one visible with naked eye during the Winter time.

PT: Em uma viagem muito recente à ilha de Menorca, nas Baleares, em Espanha, foi possível registar numa noite de céu limpo de inverno, o céu estrelado que se ergue acima do Farol Favàritx. Enquanto os feixes de luz em permanente rotação iluminavam toda a paisagem envolvente do Farol, a Via Láctea brilhava suavemente exibindo as maravilhas do céu profundo como a nebulosa da Califórnia (no canto superior direito) ou o aglomerado de estrelas azuladas, Pleiades (M45), visiveis a olho nu durante a estação de Inverno.



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