The 100 best photos of the space of 2018 selected by the North American portal Space.com include 10 of a Portuguese photographer, Miguel Claro, almost all taken in Alentejo, in the zone of Alqueva.
The portal, www.space.com, of news related to space and astronomy, science and technology, published on Monday the selection of what considers the 100 best photos of 2018, “truly amazing sights of the Earth, the planets and the cosmos “whether from the planet Mars, the Milky Way, an eclipse of the moon or a northern aurora in Alaska, a” rain of stars “in Mexico, or a sunset in New York.
Among the 100 photographs chosen, the Portuguese photographer signed 10, eight of them taken in the so-called Dark Sky Alqueva, near the Alqueva reservoir and classified by UNESCO as “Starlight Tourism Destination”.
The “Dark Sky” is the first tourist destination in the world to see the stars to obtain certification, integrating the municipalities of Alandroal, Barrancos, Moura and Mourão, Portel and Reguengos de Monsaraz.
Among the photographs of Miguel Claro is one of the Milky Way taken in Death Valley, California, United States, and another of the Magellanic Clouds (galaxies) taken in the Atacama Desert in Chile.
A partial eclipse of the Moon, seeing Mars, the Milky Way and even Jupiter, then begins a set of eight photographs all taken in the Dark Sky Alqueva.
The trail of a meteorite falling above a small lagoon in Alandroal, and the Andromeda galaxy photographed from the Cumeada Observatory, home of the Dark Sky Alqueva and equipped with modern telescopes, are two other distinguished photographs.
But other photos were taken from the Observatory, one of the Milky Way taken in the parish of Campinho, Reguengos de Monsaraz, with the Alqueva reservoir in the background, or another of a Moon in a February dawn in shades of blue and pink, on Reguengos de Monsaraz.
Miguel Claro lives in Lisbon and promotes astronomy through public lectures or in guided sessions of observation of the night sky, but also in articles and exhibitions. In the last 10 years, he has specialized in landscape astrophotography. He is the official astrophotographer of the Dark Sky Alqueva reserve.
He is also a “photo ambassador” of the European Southern Observatory and regularly collaborates with National Geographic Portugal magazine and other magazines linked to astronomy. He is the author of two books on the subject of astrophotography.