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Shooting Star   -  By: Babak A. Tafreshi

A bright meteor streaks the sky near Polaris, the North Star, as seen from the World Heritage Geghard Monastery in Armenia. Such bright meteors are known as fireballs. They are dazzling meteors brighter than any of the planets (magnitude -4 or brighter). About one in 1,200 observed meteors becomes brighter than -5 magnitude, while only one in 12,000 reaches -8 magnitude. The church is being partially made like a hidden temple in a cave, carved out of the adjacent mountain, surrounded by magnificent towering cliffs. The monastery complex was founded in the 4th century at the site of a sacred spring inside a cave. Geghard means "the Monastery of the Spear". Date: Sep. 2008


    Item Code: 102824

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