The first half of December 2018 promised to be extremely interesting for observers of the night sky. A comet of 46P/Wirtanen became a unique visitor in the night sky, which was to become a great object for observation even by the naked eye.
In addition, the comet’s passage through the perigee and perihelion coincided within 3 days with the maximum of the Geminid meteor shower. This opportunity was impossible to let go without see this amazing spectacle in the sky. As always, however, the weather turned out to be crucial. On December 13, exactly in the maximum of the Geminids meteor shower and the closest comet to the Earth, all astronomy enthusiasts regretted the fact that all of Poland and most of Europe was covered by a dense layer of clouds, then I noticed that in the mountains we have an inversion. This meant that it is enough to get 600m higher altitude to enjoy the cloudless sky. As soon as I saw it, I knew that the right moment and the decision could be only one. I packed all the gear I needed and went to the mountains.
In this picture I presented Hala Gąsienicowa, one of the most recognizable landscapes in the Polish Tatras bathed in the rain of Geminids with an exceptional guest, the comet 46P / Wirtanen. The composition was complemented by the unprecedented by the many, winter Milky Way. The whole process of creating this photo and the possibility of communing basically alone with the beauty which offered is by the night sky combined with the remarkable first plan is a unique and very profound experience for me, that is what I want included on this image.
Author: Michał Ostaszewski
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