In his latest timelapse video, AstroFotografia, Miguel Claro explores Portugal’s exquisite night skies. The film brings together dozens of images. Miguel Claro is a Portuguese professional photographer, author and a the astronomy and photography Portuguese book “Astrofotografia – Imagens à luz das. Followers, Following, Posts – See Instagram photos and videos from Miguel Claro Astrophotography (@miguel_claro).

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When Polaris becomes the north star again around 27, due to its proper motion it then will be cllaro away from the pole than it is now, while in 23, BC it came closer flaro the pole. The rocky silhouette is part of Roque de Los Muchachos, where stands a huge complex with the some of the largest telescopes in the world.

Above is the MAGIC against a startrail background where is also visible the Milky Way dragged, and clearly distinguishable the different colors of each star. Sum of 8 images. On the right edge of the picture — in the foreground — stands the Gran Telescope Canarias GTC with a 10,4 meters primary mirror reflecting telescope was designed to incorporate the most up-to-date technology and it is one of the most advanced telescopes in the world, actually, the largest one until now in the optical-infrared system.

Mkguel I had special carefully with some things. Image of the meteor shower Perseids, taken from Fonte-de-Telha, Portugal.

Polar Startrail in the Arms of a Noudar Tree. With a diameter of 17 meters and m2 reflective surface, it was the largest in the world before the construction of H. Portugal, facing to the Atlantic Ocean.

Mount Pico, on the island of Pico, is the highest point in Portugal, at 2, m. In the image we could see the huge amount of light pollution coming from the capital of Portugal, Lisbon, as well a lot of air trafic.

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Located on a small islet in the middle of the Tagus River, in Vila Nova da Barquinha, in the centre region of the country. Imagem obtida entre as 00h42 e as 2h42, de In Portugal with the moon almost full, the Draconids outburst was very faint, altough, I have registered a few meteors that escaped from the light of the moon. In the sky, during two hours I could register the path of the brightest star in the celestial sphere Siriusthat is visible in the middle of image.


Skygazing is more then a passion…becoming a life style. In the sky image, is visible the startrails of Orion Constellation above the stone circle, and the shadows of the stones projected in the land, due to the light of the moon, which light up the landscape from the oposite site.

Sum of 15 images.

Its large mirror, wide field of view and very sensitive detectors are revealing a completely new view of the southern sky. The moon, let me capture the beauty of the place with incredible romantic views in a scenery full of quiet, peace and plenitude. Tracking the trails of the night sky with the Telescope. Most of the buildings that survive today date from the 10th through 12th centuries. In the background, at the left side of Yepun VLT Telescope, we can see the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds draged, while in center right of the image, the Zodiacal Light is coming up above the Milky Way that lies behind the horizon of this startrail sky.

In the background, the beautiful light coming from the central region of Milky Way, where the main stars of Sagittarius constellation are shining behind the telescope structure and surrounded by a region rich in emission nebulae, like the Lagoon Nebula M8 and the Trifid Nebula M20or even M23 and M24, Omega nebula M17 and Eagle Nebula M16 — seen in the right edge of the picture in violet color — working as an impressive backlight that even without the presence of any other source of light, allow us to show the imposing dark silhouette of the FACT Telescope, with some of these nebulae and stars, reflected in part of the 9.

A city wall surrounds a roughly rectangular area of some 20 hectares. Such skies are disappearing in Europe, where most of the population has no longer the privilege to observe an unpolluted sky. In the left top corner — clearly visible in the still single shot picture — we could find in the arms of this dead tree, a sleepy sparrow, the perfect model for a night long exposure shot.

But above the sky, there are persistent stars and constellations, that still shine in the orange sky.


The trails of some stars above the green spring field lighted by the full moon. Already during the 20th century, between the 30s and 40s, a new direction of industrial exploration took place: A faint reflection of the Milky Way seems to be visible in the water. It has been a sought after place for the extraction of ores since antiquity, with evidence of gold, silver and copper mining in the pre-Roman and Roman times.

The region of the Great Lake Alqueva in Alentejo, Portugal is a wonderful place to see the stars, constellations and distant galaxies such as the Milky Way. Miguel claro quer ajudarnos a admirar e a fotografar paisagens verdadeiramente astronomicas.

Starlight destinations are visitable places characterized by excellent quality for the contemplation of starry skies, and the practice of tourist activities based on this resource.

Below right in the sky picture, is also visible a strong flare left by satellite Iridium 66, with a magnitude of Sum of 32 images.

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Each letter class is then subdivided using a numeric digit with 0 being hottest and 9 being coolest e. Sum of images taken between 21h31 and 22h59, in a total time integration of about 54 minutes.

The mirror is extremely light and can be moved to any position in the sky in less than thirty seconds. Miguel claro is a professional photographer, author and. Sequence of a Crescent Moon Earthshine, captured in the nautical twilight until the moon sets behind the trees of a small pine forest in Fonte-de-Telha, Almada.

All the islands have volcanic origins, although some, such as Santa Maria, have had no recorded activity since the islands were settled.

In this Starry sky full of trails we can see the different colors of each star, many of them from the Scorpius constellation, The strong path at the right side of the image, comes from the planet Venus. The Alentejo region, meanwhile, was criss-crossed with efficient Roman roads, providing links to the wider Empire.