Bright meteor and lunar eclipse over Ukraine. 7 amazing images of Ukrainian astrophotographers

Discover incredible photos of astronomical phenomena taken by Ukrainian photographers over Ukraine. The Milky Way over the Carpathians, Jupiter with its moons, the Sun’s size changes throughout the year — all this in our selection! 

Jupiter, Io and Ganymede

Jupiter, Io and Ganymede photographed over Kyiv by Ildar Ibatullin. Source: Instagram Ildar Ibatullin

Kyiv astrophotographer Ildar Ibatullin has created an exceptional collage of 8 photos of Jupiter taken on the night of September 29, 2023. In the images you can see not only the gas giant, but also its moons — Io and Ganymede, as well as the shadow that Io casts on the surface of the planet.

Aurora borealis over Kharkiv

Aurora borealis on the night of May 10, 2024 in Kharkiv. Source: Instagram Pavlo Parkhomenko 

In May 2024, due to a powerful geomagnetic storm, the aurora borealis was visible from the territory of Ukraine. Kharkiv photographer Pavelol Parkhomenko recorded this phenomenon over his city, creating an image striking in its atmosphere.

Bright meteor from the Perseid shower

A bright meteor during the Perseid maximum in the Kyiv region. Source: Instagram  Oleksii Chubukov 

The Perseids are an annual meteor shower that can be observed in August. In 2023, amateur astronomer Oleksii Chubukov captured a bolide from this starfall on the night of the maximum during observations in the Kyiv region.

Lunar eclipse over Kyiv

Partial lunar eclipse on October 28, 2023 over Kyiv. Source: Instagram Mykyta Kharlanov 

A partial lunar eclipse in October 2023 was visible across Ukraine. Mykyta Kharlanov, despite the cloudy weather, managed to take a unique photo in Kyiv. In the photo, the Moon looks like it has been “bitten”, doesn’t it?

Noctilucent clouds

Noctilucent clouds over Poltava region captured by Vladyslav Kazhan. Source: Instagram Vladyslav Kazhan.

Noctilucent clouds are one of the most beautiful celestial phenomena of summer. Astrophotographer Vladyslav Kazhan observed them in June 2022 in the Poltava region, capturing their wavy structure, which was changing before his eyes.

The Sun as it approaches and moves away from the Earth

Comparison of the Sun’s size in the terrestrial sky during its greatest approach and removal from Earth. Source: Instagram Oleksiy Nimchuk

Oleksiy Nimchuk, a photographer from Lviv, took two photos of the Sun: at perihelion (the closest point of the Earth’s orbit to our luminary) and at aphelion (the farthest point). These photos show how the apparent angular size of the Sun’s disk changes throughout the year.

Milky Way over the Carpathian Mountains

Starry sky over the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains. Source: Instagram Ivan Padalka

Ivan Padalka took an incredible photo of the Milky Way on the Borzhava meadow in the Transcarpathian region. In the photo you can see many stars, “not spoiled” by light pollution. Will you manage to count all the stars?

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