Meteor Shower above Alumut Fortress

By: Amir H. Abolfath


Region: Middle East

Site: Alamut Valley - Iran

Date: 2010 August 13

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A bright meteor streaks the sky during the peak night of Perseid Meteor Shower in August. Click on the constellation icon above the image to see a digital composite result made by adding others meteors to the image which appeared during one hour span in this part of the sky. Perseus and the radiant of the shower is one the left end and bright planet Jupiter is high above the rock. The historic Alamut Fortress (2160 m) is found in Alborz Mountains of Iran. It was was built into the rock in the 9th century. The name means Eagle's Nest. Home of the legendary Assassins featured in the adventure movie Prince of Persia, Alamut was also historically a center for libraries and education. For a time, it was the residence of important 13th century Persian scholar and astronomer Nasir al-Din al-Tusi (or simply known as Tusi). Amir Abolfath -

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