Stargazing in Sumava, Czech Republic

One of the most beautiful sights in our world – a night sky full of stars, galaxies, nebulas, meteor showers or other astronomical objects is becoming harder and harder to see due to increasing light pollution.

Europe, as a continent, is no different. There are not many places which offer good conditions for stargazing or Milky Way sightings. Luckily, during my holidays in the Czech Republic, we managed to find a place in Sumava National Park; a village called Modrava where the conditions can be almost perfect.

These photographs show the Milky Way movement across the night sky and fragments of the Perseid meteor shower during one evening in July 2017.

The Milky Way lights up the sky over Sumava National Park, South Bohemia
The best time to see the Milky Way in Central Europe is in July & August
There are around 200 to 400 billion stars in the Milky Way alone
And we are around 28 thousand light years away from the Milky Way center
Which is called Saggitarius A
Perseid meteor shower peaks during July & August (2017)
Center of the Milky Way, Saggitarius A glowing immensely above the forests of Sumava
Most of the people living in cities will never see the Milky Way due to massive light pollution

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