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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Perseid over Albrechtsberg Castle
| August 25, 2012
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Posted on 08/24/2012 9:12:16 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Medieval Albrechtsberg castle is nestled in trees near the northern bank of the river Pielach and the town of Melk, Austria. In clearing night skies on August 12 it stood under constellations of the northern summer, including Aquarius, Aquila, and faint, compact Delphinus (above and right of center) in this west-looking skyview. The scene also captures a bright meteor above the castle walls. Part of the annual perseid meteor shower, its trail points back toward the heroic constellation Perseus high above the horizon in the early morning hours. Entering the atmosphere at about 60 kilometers per second, perseid meteors are swept up dust grains from the tail of comet Swift-Tuttle.
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TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: albrechtsbergcastle; apod; aquarius; aquila; astronomy; austria; cometswifttuttle; delphinus; melk; perseids; perseus; pielach; science; sebastianvoltmer
posted on 08/24/2012 9:12:24 PM PDT
To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...
posted on 08/24/2012 9:18:05 PM PDT
posted on 08/24/2012 9:20:34 PM PDT
(The First Law of Heavy Metal: Not all metal is satanic.)
That be an omen of sorts, fetch the wizard.
posted on 08/24/2012 9:25:04 PM PDT
by The Cajun
(Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
60 kps? Wow. That is close to the limit for any object striking the earth from inside the solar system. Imagine if Swift-Tuttle itself were to do that, next time it passes around. That’s actually a possibility, since its orbit intersects ours.
posted on 08/24/2012 9:27:04 PM PDT
by Telepathic Intruder
(The right thing is not always the popular thing)
To: SunkenCiv; Charles Henrickson; mikrofon
posted on 08/24/2012 9:48:38 PM PDT
(Comet to memory)
To: SunkenCiv; onedoug
posted on 08/25/2012 4:32:34 AM PDT
(Some minds are like soup in a poor restaurant...better left unstirred.-PG Wodehouse)
posted on 08/25/2012 8:09:29 AM PDT
I’d bet it’s but a marble sized chunk. Cool indeed.
posted on 08/25/2012 11:23:49 AM PDT
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