In this early morning view a close conjunction of Moon and Venus appears next to the Milky Way fading in twilight. On the Earth is a silhouette of Alamut mountain fortress in the central Alborz Mountains of Iran. Alamut Castle (2160 m) was built into the rock in the 9th century. The name means Eagle’s Nest. Home of the legendary Assassins featured in the adventure movie Prince of Persia, Alamut was also historically a center for libraries and education. For a time, it was the residence of important 13th century Persian scholar and astronomer Nasir al-Din al-Tusi (or simply known as Tusi).



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