On August 11, 2021 a multi-mirror, 17 meter-diameter MAGIC telescope reflected this starry night sky from the Roque de los Muchachos European Northern Observatory on the Canary Island of La Palma. MAGIC stands for Major Atmospheric Gamma Imaging Cherenkov. The telescopes can see the brief flashes of optical light produced in particle air showers as high-energy gamma rays impact the Earth's upper atmosphere. To the dark-adapted eye the mirror segments offer a tantalizing reflection of stars and nebulae along the plane of our Milky Way galaxy. But directly behind the segmented mirror telescope, low on the horizon, lies the constellation Perseus. And on that date the dramatic composite nightscape also captured meteors streaming from the radiant of the annual Perseid meteor shower. This year the Perseid shower activity will again peak around August 13 but perseid meteors will have to compete with the bright light of a Full Moon.
Noticed the Carousel theme (above).
Very recently, wife and I rode 5 in 2 days (#6 was down for repair) in and around Binghamton, NY. All in public parks, all free to ride, as many times as you want! Binghamton, where they call themselves the Carousel Capitol of the World.
The only thing missing was the ring-grab as you go around. I remember reaching for that brass ring in Asbury Park in the 60's...
Shout out to a 'sticker store' we visited in Binghamton to pick up some flower; great folks at Sugar Mountain on Court St. I do hope their license application is approved!