Damghan Meteor

By: Amir H. Abolfath


Region: Middle East

Site: Damghan - Iran

Date: 2011 January 3

A meteor streak over the southern horizon while stars of constellation canis Major including Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, shine above ruins near the histroic city of Damghan, Iran. The foreground structure was a water reservoir or a cistern made besides a large desert caravansary on the silk road, right outside the wall of an ancient city known as Qumis (or Hecatompylos as recorded by Greek historians). Qumis is now buried under the desert but once was the amazing city of "hundred gates" founded 2300 years ago during Seleucid kingdom of ancient Persia. The city's area was about 28 kmē at its peak, which would indicate a population in the tens of thousands. Amir Abolfath -

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