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Another view of Southern Cross in Taiwan at Yushan’s Tataka

If you visit Tataka in Yushan National Park on a cloudless night in late March, you can see the Southern Cross standing up straight on the southern horizon as though in greeting. At 2,500 meters of...

Early spring’s Southern Cross in Kenting, Taiwan

In Taiwan, the Southern Cross is viewable every spring from February to May. The constellation is best viewed south of the Tropic of Cancer, and the farther south the better. Penghu, Green Island, Orc...

A different view: Taiwan’s Eluanbi Lighthouse under the moonlight

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Every month, as the moon changes from a first-quarter or half-moon to a full moon, those who enjoy stargazing can feel the effects of moonlight on a starry sky. It fits...

Orion’s love affair, Shen Xiu’s long-distance friendship on Taiwan’s winter sky

The most obvious and easily recognizable constellation in winter’s night sky is Orion. As long as one can find a location away from air pollution or street lamps after dark, one can find the hun...

Starry sky above a sea of clouds atop Taiwan’s Alishan

Whenever cold wind and light rain take hold of Taipei, Keelung, and Yilan in the winter, those who enjoy outdoor activities face disappointment. However, those who are familiar with the climate are un...

Hunting the Leonard A1 Comet in Taiwan

The Leonard A1 Comet (LA1C) has taken the internet by storm lately — not to be confused with Leonardo the movie star or the A.1. steak sauce — and lived up to astronomy fans’ “...

Winter marks the best season to visit Taiwan’s Kenting

The weather and temperatures during winter on the island of Taiwan differ vastly from north to south. Due to northwestern monsoons, north and east Taiwan often experience rain and cold. As for cent...

Moonlit dunes: Taiwanese photographer P.K. Chen’s take on Death Valley

The most interesting part about traveling alone is its unpredictability! The key to planning and arranging such trips lies in not overstudying and in giving yourself enough room. You must avoid mak...

From Taiwan to the World: an astrophotographer’s pursuit of aurora borealis

Oct. 11, 2021. At around 9 p.m., a G2 geomagnetic storm occurred. Aurora blasts are a type of special astronomical phenomenon that greets viewers by chance only. They are caused by coronal mass eje...