Saturday, May 28, 2016

NIGHTSCAPE ABOVE OTHOLITHI Taken by Bill Metallinos on May 28, 2016 @ Corfu, Greece

Ortholithi beneath the stars

Night landscape near the islet Megalo Tholeto also known as Ortholithi, a vertical rock southern of Ai Gordis beach, Corfu.
The rock as well as the surrounding area consists of marl and sandstone formation which often inserted layers of pebbles, while the top of the sediment observed horizons evaporates from macro crystalline gypsum. While the age of the sediments are Upper Miocene, Tortonio-Massinio.
The rock is located below the village Pentati which owes its name to the Pentato, 20% tax on revenues from sales and exports oak at the Venetian years.

The rock is in the moonlight, this morning at dawn, on the right stands the entire constellation of Bootes, at the top is the head, the star Nakkar, a corruption of the Arab, Baqqār, which means the driver of oxen. In the middle is the belt(h zonh, in Greeks) and the star Izar, and just bellow and above the rock is Arcturus, the brightest star of the northern hemisphere, a red giant star only 36.7 light years away.

While to the left of constellation Bootes, is Corona Borealis, the Ariadnes crown gift from Theseus, with the brightest star Alfekka, meaning the brighter of the plate for the Arabs, Al Nair al Fakkah.

Below and left of Corona Borealis we can see the Serpens Caput, the right part of the constellation, the other part is beyond the constellation of god Asclepius who seems half to the left of the photo, the four stars on the basis of an almost trapezium, Sabik at *88 ly, Han at *459 ly, the Yed Pasterior at *108 light years and next to the Yed Prior to *122 ly.

Just underneath the constellation of Ophiuchus, bottom left of the photo, is the upper part of the constellation of Scorpio with just in the frame of picture Antares at the distance of *550 light years away, a red supergiant star with a diameter 700 times greater than our Sun.
While to the right the brighter red with the reflection in the Mediterranean sea is the red planet Mars, only ~ 750 million kilometres away from us or around 4 minutes of light.
And just over Antares we see planet Saturn at 9 astronomical unites away or about 72 hours of light.

And something that excites my imagination is the Angry Bird like rock


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