Galactic Arm and Greenish Air Glow above Steppe Golden Fields of Mértola – All Sky and VR 360º Scene


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Captured on a steppe field from the wonderful region of Mértola in Dark Sky® Alqueva, an all sky and 360º Virtual Reality scene, features the arch of Milky Way shining high in the Sky. Summer Triangle highlights the center of the image, with blueish Vega near the top. At the upper half right side – in the beginning of the Milky Way – a bright elliptic and diffuse dot is the light coming from Andromeda Galaxy. The greenish horizon is surrounded and involved in airglow and some thin high clouds. Located at one o´clock shines an orange dot, it’s not a star, but the close planet Mars in opposition. In the opposite horizon of this large circular field – left upper edge of the all sky scene – lies planets Saturn and Jupiter against the dusty core of our Milky Way Galaxy. Below is available a Virtual Reality 360º image, which you can experience in full resolution using your desktop, or smartphone with gyroscope. A great “in loco” experience can be achieved if you wear a VR glasses.

PT: Captada num campo de estepe na maravilhosa região de Mértola no Dark Sky® Alqueva, um cenário All Sky e de Realidade Virtual 360º, apresenta o arco da Via Láctea brilhando alto no céu. O Triângulo do verão destaca-se no centro da imagem, com a estrela azulada Vega, a brilhar próximo do centro. Na metade superior direita – no início da Via Láctea – um ponto elíptico e difuso, pertence à luz da Galáxia vizinha de Andrómeda. O horizonte esverdeado está envolvido pela presença de Air Glow – luminescência fotoquímica da atmosfera – e algumas nuvens altas finas. Localizado à uma hora da tarde (imaginando-se um relógio circular) brilha um ponto laranja, não é uma estrela, mas sim o planeta Marte em Oposição. No horizonte oposto deste grande campo circular – no extremo superior esquerdo do All Sky – encontram-se os planetas Saturno e Júpiter contra o núcleo empoeirado da nossa Via Láctea. Abaixo está disponível uma imagem de Realidade Virtual 360º, que o leitor pode experienciar em alta-resolução usando o seu desktop ou smartphone com giroscópio. Uma ótima experiência “in loco” pode ser alcançada se usar óculos de realidade virtual.


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