Ancient Assini, Greece

September 28, 2018

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Photographer: Kosmas Gazeas 
Summary Author: Kosmas Gazeas 

Shown above is the area of Assini, Greece, near the bay of Tolon. Kastraki (small castle in Greek) is the acropolis of ancient Assini. Excavations since 1922 have revealed traces of a continuous human presence from the era before the 5th millennium B.C. until almost the end of the 6th century A.D. The walls of Kastraki are believed to be built sometime around the 3rd century B.C -- parts of these fortifications still remain intact. Today, the Church of the Virgin Mary lies within Kastraki.

I was fortunate to observe a few hours of the 2014 Perseid meteor shower from Assini. At top right, a Perseid meteor is shown streaking across the sky. Neptune can be just barely made out as a faint point just above (and at the right hand side) the meteor streak. 

Photo Details: Canon EOS 5D Mark III digital camera; 24-70mm, f/3.5; lens; exposure time 5 seconds; ISO 4000; Software Windows Photo Editor 10.