Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Comet Castle
Posted on 03/22/2013 7:29:44 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: The broad dust tail of Comet PanSTARRS (C/2011 L4) has become a familiar sight for many northern hemisphere comet watchers, as the comet fades but rises higher above the western horizon after sunset. This view of the popular comet may seem a little fantastic, though. Sweeping away from the Sun and trailing behind the comet's orbit, the curving dust tail also seems to stream away from a shining mountaintop castle. Comet Castle might be an appropriate name in this scene, but its traditional name is Castle Hohenzollern. Taken on March 15 with an extreme telephoto lens, the Comet Castle image was captured in exceptionally clear skies about 80 kilometers away from Stuttgart, Germany.
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Gallery: Comet PanSTARRS
Der Wonne seligen Saal
bewachen mir Tür und Tor:
Mannes Ehre, ewige Macht,
ragen zu endlosem Ruhm!
Vollendet das ewige Werk!
Auf Berges Gipfel die Götterburg;
prächtig prahlt der prangende Bau!
Wie im Traum ich ihn trug,
wie mein Wille ihn wies, stark und schön
steht er zur Schau; hehrer, herrlicher Bau!
Awesome! I’m a lurker on APOD, but I ever miss them.
ever = you know
As luck would have it, Google 3d buildings includes the castle, and everything lines up nicely from the POV of a ridge in the foreground of the Google Earth screen shot below, which includes a line of sight with bearing indicated. So, if this isn't the spot, it ought to be!
I added the zoom-in along the same line of sight which corresponds very well with the APOD. If you are inclined to nitpick, just try it!
Mad King Ludwig II was responsible for practically all of those whImsical castles, so there’s a whimsical reason for the flights of fancy. Bavarians weren’t the stern, warlike Germans of popular perception. Those would be Prussians.
The comet could be seen over Disney World? Who Knew?
(joke...just in case anyone thinks I didn’t read the article...hahaha)
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