All Sky view from Hirsau Monastery

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Date:19.4.2009 Time:20:35 UT
Exposure:30s Field:180o circular
Camera:Nikon D3 Optics:f=8mm at 1/4.0
Place:Hirsau, Black Forest, Germany   Photographer:Till Credner

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The view shows the spring sky from the cloister of the medieval monastery of Hirsau near Calw in the northern Black Forest, Germany. The history of the monastery dates back over a thousand years, however, most of it was destroyed in 1692. As usual the square cloister is aligned along the main celestial directions. Some prominent constellations and planet Saturn can be labeled. The tip of Ursa Minor is Polaris, which marks the northern direction.