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Perseid Meteor 2009

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Date:16.8.2009 Time:0:19 UT
Exposure:8s Field of View:54o x 37o
Camera:Nikon D3 Optics:f=35mm, 1/2.8
Place:Hohenurach, Germany   Observer:Till Credner

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Ruined by a Perseid? Of course not! It looks like the Perseid meteor may hit the ruins of Hohenurach castle. However, the visible path of a meteor is about 100 km high in the atmosphere. A meteor this size (like a grain of sand) is completely disintegrated into fine dust by friction with the air and distributed in the upper atmosphere. Part of the castle was ruined by lightning into the powder magazine in 1694.

Animation of this scene with Venus and the rising Sun