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Merry Christmas and Happy New 2013 Year

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Site anouncement

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And the comments are moderated again, enough spam.
 
Happy holidays everyone.

Doomsday on 21 December 2012 - End of the world or the day of misunderstanding?

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Doomsday on 21 December 2012 - End of the world or the day of misunderstanding?

 

Powerful solar explosions, blasts of supernovae or gamma bursts of stars are certain factors for the occurrence of wildlife on Earth. All these factors could lead to rapid mutation pattern and great biodiversity. Of course, we

And cameras are back

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Finally. It was a tiny-tiny bug, hard to find. Sorry about it.

We have changed our hosting.

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We have changed our hosting. So far everything is OK. The webcams will be back in no more than 48 hours.

The observatory is off the Internet

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Due to a massive power outage and then surge some of our network equipment is not functioning. So the observatory is off the internet. We hope to be back online in 3 days..

Merry Christmas and Happy New 2012 Year

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Wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

Iridescent cloud over the Rila Mountain

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Iridescent cloud

Canon PowerShot SX10 IS, focal length: 40mm, f/5.0, exp. time: 1/640 sec, ISO: 80

28 Oct 2011 06:49 UT, photo: Anton Stoychev

 

Site changes

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 We've made some changes to the site - a software update and some layout changes. "Latest image" will only show up on the front page now. The "Similar entries" block will NOT display on the first page anymore, but on top right when an article is opened.

Quadrantids meteor shower 2011

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The night on January 3th, 2011 Quadrantids meteor shower is at it's maximum. The Quadrantids are an above average shower, with about 80 meteors per hour at their peak. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Look for meteors radiating from the constellation Bootes. For Bulgaria the constellation Bootes on Jun 3th is visible after midnight in North-East direction on the horizon (Fig. below). Quadrantids are bright, blue and enter into the Earth atmosphere fast. Themselves speed is about 41 km/s.
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