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.
Since the country joined the European Space Agency (ESA) 10 years ago, the Czech space industry has seen a growth both in size and capabilities. Now the director of the Czech Aeronautical Research Institute says the groundwork in expertise and resources has been laid for the country to take the next step.
Bonnie Tyler sang her 1983 hit “Total Eclipse of the Heart” at the
ongoing Benátská! music festival in Liberec on Friday night, against the
background of the century’s longest blood moon.
The Welsh singer’s trademark pop ballad, known as “Zatmění” in the Czech version, often surges in popularity around lunar and solar eclipses, as seen in Spotify charts and views of the official music video on YouTube.
Czech astronomer Petr Horálek started his career at the Academy of Science’s Astronomical Institute. During this time, he fell in love with astrophotography, becoming one of the most respected Czechs in the field. He is one of the photo ambassadors of the European Southern Observatory in Chile and several of his pictures were featured as NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day. Horálek specializes in capturing rare night-sky phenomena and hopes that his unique shots will draw attention to the problem of light-pollution.
The freezing weather the Czech Republic has experienced in recent days is
coming to an end and temperatures could reach up to 15 degrees Celsius at
the end of March, according to a regular monthly forecast issued on
Saturday by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute.
In the coming fortnight daytime highs of around 6 degrees Celsius are expected, climbing to around 10 degrees Celsius in the second half of the month. It will still be rather cold at night, forecasters say.
Despite visionary CEO Elon Musk’s initial fears, the launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket, proved a major success. The rocket makes possible a heavy-lift capacity last seen with the Saturn V rockets which sent astronauts to the moon. Czech Radio spoke to SpaceX sole Czech employee David Pavlík.
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