Comet and Victor Hess

By: Christoph Malin


Region: Europe

Site: Tyrol - Austria

Spot: Innsbruck

Date: 2013 March 29

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Comet PanSTARRS (C/2011 L4) photographed in the evening twilight of Innsbruck, in the Austrian Alps. Lights of cable car stations reaching to ski pistes are visible on the mountain. Also to the right of the top station of the famous Nordketten cable car was the site of Victor-Francis-Hess station, where he continued to work on his discovery of the cosmic rays during the 1930s. The the original mountain top laboratory is preserved for visitors. Click on the constellation icon above the image to see another photo of this scene.

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