Shooting Star

By: Babak A. Tafreshi


Region: Asia

Site: Geghard - Armenia

Date: September 2008

As seen on National Geographic News, fireballs are very bright meteors, brighter than any of the planets (magnitude -4 or greater). About one in 1,200 observed meteors becomes brighter than -5 magnitude, while only one in 12,000 reaches -8 magnitude. Here in this image a dazzling fireball (perhaps a late Perseid meteor) graze the northern sky above the monastery of Geghard, a world Heritage Site in Armenia. To see this fireball in a time-lapse video of this scene click here. The church is being partially made like a hidden temple in a cave, carved out of the adjacent mountain, surrounded by magnificent towering cliffs. The monastery complex was founded in the 4th century at the site of a sacred spring inside a cave. Geghard means "the Monastery of the Spear". Babak Tafreshi/

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