Peter Zamarovský, a professor at the Czech Technical University (ČVUT) in
Prague, has been awarded this year’s Littera Astronomica prize for his
literary work linking natural sciences and philosophy.
Prof. Zamarovský lectures on philosophy and at other institutions also teaches physics and digital photography.
The Czech Astronomical Society said he received the award for popularizing philosophy, physics and astronomy. He is due to receive it on Friday at the 29th Autumn Book Fair in Havlíčkův Brod.
For the first time in history Czech citizens can come up with an official name for a star and planet outside our solar system. The opportunity comes as part of the 100 year anniversary of the International Astronomical Union, which has launched their worldwide NameExoWorlds campaign as part of the celebrations.
Hundreds of people braved the freezing cold in the early hours of Monday to
watch a full lunar eclipse from one of the country‘s observatories.
The viewing conditions were exceptionally good due to clear skies. The eclipse lasted for just over an hour and ended at 6.43 am.
The next full lunar eclipse is expected in September 2025.
A team of scientists from Brno University of Technology is getting ready for an upcoming expedition to monitor and record a total solar eclipse which will be visible across the continental United States on August 21. The team is particularly interested in studying the sun’s magnetic field and the distribution of ions in the solar corona.
Hundreds of astrophysicists from around the world have descended on Prague for the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science, which gets underway on Monday. The annual event, which is organised by the European Astronomical Society in cooperation with the Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, presents the latest findings in the astronomical research. The event offers a number of events for the public, including various exhibitions and lectures.
Czech astronomers believe they have discovered a new potential source of dangerous asteroids among the Taurid meteor shower family. Working with researchers from Austria and Slovakia, they looked at the meteor shower, which occurs every October and November and in some years shows increased activity, allowing for the tracing of more shooting stars. The discovery was announced by the Czech Academy of Sciences’ Astronomical Institute and published in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Czech astronomers have said that a meteorite which fell to the Czech Republic in May last year is among a small handful where its trajectory through the solar system is known. The meteorite, named after the town near where it was found, Hradec Králové, was eventually found in a field of oilseed rape. The finder did not come forth immediately fearing that the find would be taken away, which is not the case. The meteorite has not been registered on a worldwide list, which greatly increases its potential value.
Over the next few days, people in the Czech Republic can observe a unique dwarf comet in the sky with the aid of just the smallest binoculars. The comet was named after Czechoslovak astronomers and it was last visible on the sky back in 2011. Although it turns around the Sun every five years and three months, this is the last time in the 21st century when it is so easily visible.
Czech astronomers have warned of the growing impact of so-called light pollution – excessive or obtrusive light – from surrounding cities and towns which impact the environment as well as human health. They met with Environment Minister Richard Brabec on Thursday, hoping to agree on new legislative steps which could be introduced to regulate light pollution and return some areas to the dark.
The Ministry of Environment will draft a plan to tackle light pollution in the Czech Republic, Environment Minister Richard Brabec said on Thursday after a meeting with astronomers. The proposal containing measures to reduce light pollution will be submitted to the government by the end of this summer. Night-time lighting prevents astronomers from observing stars but it can also cause various health problems, including near sightedness and insomnia. Experts say light pollution in the Czech Republic has significantly worsened over the past 50 years.