Austria Opens First Permanent Star Walk Installation Worldwide
Astronomy enthusiasts all over the world just got a new travel destination. Grossmugl, a small town near Austria’s capital Vienna, recently opened a brandnew astronomical attraction: A permanent star walk installation designated for astronomical observations with the unaided eye. The Grossmugl Star Walk was designed by project nightflight and built in close collaboration with the municipality of Grossmugl.
On a 90 minutes’ walk, visitors get an easy introduction to observing the night sky, live and with their own unaided eyes, awesomeness guaranteed. Nine stations with descriptive displays guide the visitors through the starry sky. The 1.5 km long tour is free of charge, open all year round day and night and available without booking or reservation.
The ‘Sternenweg Großmugl’ was officially opened on a bright late spring day, on May 24, 2014. A group of enthusiastic visitors from neighboring villages and from Vienna came to celebrate the first walk together. In the light of a magical glowing sunset, the joyful party of star aficionados started their trek. Walking in the falling twilight, they followed the nine stations to Stars Rest, the last stop of the Grossmugl Star Walk. Later in the night, huge storm clouds built up on the horizon. Heavy lightning in all directions provided a spectacular light show and brought the event to a fantastic culmination.
For more details about the Grossmugl Star Walk installation and how to get there an illustrated PDF (1.6MB) is available for free download
Credit: project nightflight
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Space Shot of the Day: Leonids Meteor Shower
The earth’s sky is open for double feature this week, first with the rare sighting of a total solar eclipse in Australia on Wednesday, and now one of the most spectacular meteor shower’s return for its annual November show. Commonly known as Leonids, reports of the celestial storm have been recorded as early as the 10th century and its most prolific shower in 1833 saw as many as 100,000 meteors per hour. The photograph (shown left) was taken by Fred Aspenak in November 2001.
For a better view, check out the telescopic recording of the shower provided by NASA’s Marshall Center.
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