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A Piece of Halley

By: Amir H. Abolfath

 

Region: Middle East

Site: Alamut Valley - Iran

Date: 2011 October 20

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As seen on the National Geographic News in this clear night of autumn during the peak of the Orionid meteor shower this meteor is captured near the radiant of the shower in the constellation Orion and over the Alamut Castle in Iran. Orionids is a meteor shower associated with Halley's Comet and its peak happens annually around October 20. The mountain fortress of Alamut (2160 m) in the central Alborz Mountains was built into the rock in the 9th century. The name means Eagle's Nest. Home of the legendary Assassins, 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). Click on the star-pattern icon above the image to see a day-time view of the castle. Amir Abolfath - Torgheh.ir/en

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