Sleeping Beauty

By: Babak A. Tafreshi


Region: Europe

Site: Neuschwanstein - Germany

Date: March 2011

A starry night above the world-famous Neuschwanstein Castle in southern Germany. In this all-sky view the bright stars of the Summer Triangle and the Milky Way are visible at left (east). The brightest star on this side is Vega. On the other side bright star Arcturus and constellation Bootes stand above the castle. Toward the north Ursa Major with the prominent figure of Big Dipper is visible above the trees. The spectacular castle nests on the Bavarian Alps was a palace built in the 19th-century, commissioned by king Ludwig II, on a rugged hill near Füssen in southwest Bavaria. The iconic palace was an inspiration for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle and later similar structures in the world. Babak Tafreshi/

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