Miguel Claro is a professional photographer, author and science communicator based in Lisbon, Portugal, who creates spectacular images of the night sky. As a European Southern Observatory Photo Ambassador and member of The World At Night and the official astrophotographer of the Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve, he specializes in astronomical "Skyscapes" that connect both Earth and the night sky.
Join Miguel here as he takes us through his "Winter Milky Way, Zodiacal Light and Gegenschein with Comet ZTF" virtual reality experience.
An all-sky and 360-degree virtual reality scene features the path of zodiacal light, and the faint winter Milky Way presence full of nebula emissions and lovely bright constellations.
The Virtual Reality 360-degree experience in 7K resolution is visible using your desktop, or smartphone with gyroscope. A great "on location" experience can be achieved if you wear a VR glasses. You can vault into the scene below.
Close to the zenith (center of the image) is a gegenschein, which is a bright spot opposite to where the sun is moving. These occur when the sun scatters interplanetary dust, causing the eerie glow.
Also in the scene is an outsider, a visitor known as the "green comet" C/2022 E3 (ZTF) that was shining with a diffuse greenish glow above Alqueva lake, at the Dark Sky Alqueva territory, in Portugal. Close to the horizon and almost surrounding the entire circular scene is the presence of a pale green airglow, just barely visible.
For more virtual reality experiences in space, check out our recommended VR headsets. Ready to see the sky in real life? Check out our guides on the best telescopes and best binoculars. Don't forget to also check out our guides on the best cameras for astrophotography and best lenses for astrophotography to get started.
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