Monastery Meteor

By: Babak A. Tafreshi


Region: Asia

Site: Geghard - Armenia

Date: September 2008

Stars trails around the north celestial pole in this long-exposure image which has also captured a streaking fireball; very bright meteors (magnitude -4 or brighter). In the foreground is the monastery of Geghard, a world Heritage Site in Armenia. See this fireball in a time-lapse video of this scene or in this single exposure view. 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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