Colorful Stars from Ursa Major Shinning Above Lake Alqueva

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A night scene captured in Amieira, near the lake Alqueva, Dark Sky® reserve, shows the brightest stars which forms the asterism of Big Dipper. Shinning in the upper left side of the image with subtle differences in hue, are visible the colorful stars Alkaid, Mizar-Alcor, Alioth, Megrez, Phecda, Merak and Dubhe, the main stars that are composing the constellation of Ursa Major, also known as the Great Bear. Probably the easiest constellation recognisable in night time, it also features a noticeable difference in their star colors. The bluish has the hottest temperature, while white stars are at a medium temperature. The orange-red stars are the coldest stars which can be found in the night sky.

PT: Um cenário nocturno captado na Amieira, perto do Grande Lago Alqueva e onde está inserida a reserva Dark Sky®  Alqueva, revela as estrelas mais brilhantes que compõem o conhecido asterismo da Ursa Maior. Sendo provavelmente  a constelação mais fácil de reconhecer durante a noite, ela também apresenta uma diferença visual notável nas cores das estrelas. O azul tem a temperatura mais quente, enquanto as estrelas brancas estão a uma temperatura média. As estrelas vermelho-alaranjadas são as estrelas mais frias do céu noturno.


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