Compact archive August 15, 2006

New type of light at Charles Bridge

One of most visited monuments in Prague Charles Bridge undergoes the test this night. As we informed the bridge will be restored. The term of general repair was moved to next year spring. Now conservationists want to test the best type of lighting at the bridge.

Charles Bridge now has electrical lamps with sodium bulbs. Gas lamps was there until the end of sixties. Prague city hall wants return of gas lamps into historic centre especially to Royal road.The third option are electric lamps with halogen gas-filled tubes. They have similar colour of light like gas lamps.
You can see lamps at night at these three pictures:
Night mystery, Towards Lesser Town, Lamps and Statues.

Specialists will place the same number of lamps at same height at places, where contemporary lamps stands. So the Bride will be “split” in three parts, each of them takes four arches of the bridge. Gas pipeline is at the bridge no more so there will be portable source.

The specialists will judge the quality of different light sources like a colour, a luminous intensity and a total impression. Too intense light could disturb people in near buildings, too mild light can cause bad visibility from distance as a part of panorama for example. The complete change of light system will be a part of whole Charles Bridge restoration.


The fate of Solar system lays in Prague

Prague hosts International Astronomical Union in these days. As you can read in our recent article, two and a half thousands astronomers from 75 countries discuss about important things in sphere of the universe. Whole world now awaits one of most important decisions for a century with hold breath.

Is ninth planet of Solar system Pluto a real full-value planet? This problem appeared in year 2003 when another relatively small object was found in distant orbit. This object is bigger than Pluto and has a name 2003 UB313 or Xena. Shortly after another six objects bigger than Pluto was found. Pluto is very similar to them and different from other large planets like eighth Neptune.

Astronomers must decide what the term “a planet” means. This will mostly bring changes in schoolbooks. Planets will be re-count and this can bring number eight or even sixteen. Some astronomers want to specify Xena as a planet, but strong opinion is that this “small objects” (Pluto has only fifth weight of our Moon) should be termed as a planetoid – a small planet, something between a planet and an asteroid.

The astronomical conference in Prague ends 25th August and world media hope that the fate of Pluto will be decided here.


Prague coastguard has a new station

Prague coastguard changed it’s home. The headquarter of the coastguard is now in Prague district Lahovice, where is Prague hit by a floods at first. The coastguard is a division of municipal police.

Now the coastguard can work more effectively. Small house was offered by Lahovice town hall. The house was sold to town hall, because the owners don’t want to live in a tidal land. The house can be used as an emergency sleeping space for “water police”.

Prague coastguard still has a stable anchorage at Cisarska louka island. The division has three fast boats and two rafts. The coastguard has nine policemen in the service, a full crew will have fifteen.