A Medieval Cosmic Portal With Straight Access to the Summer Triangle

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Using some “sci fi” imagination, this vertical mosaic of single images shows what could be the entrance of a cosmic portal, with straight access to the Summer Triangle. The image shows the stairs of Noudar Castle tower, a medieval fortress located between the Múrtega and the Ardila rivers, in Barrancos, most eastern part from Dark Sky® Alqueva territory, Portugal. Its construction was finished in 1307, during the reign of Don Dinis. The place was chosen because of its natural defences, easy access and the closeness of a water spring of excellent quality. This fortress was very important for border defence against the kingdom of Castile during the early 14th Century. Above the tower walls, lies a well known asterism called Summer Triangle and shinning against the magnificent dusty path of our Milky Way galaxy. At centres top, a pink/red emission from North America Nebula (NGC7000) glows near Deneb star (from Cygnus constellation). Below and near the right edge, shines the bluish star Vega, (from Lyra constellation) which is forming a perfect triangle with star Altair (from Aquila constellation), visible very close to the top tower.

PT:  Usando um pouco da imaginação “sci fi”, este mosaico vertical de single frames mostra o que poderia ser a entrada de um portal cósmico, com acesso directo ao Triângulo de Verão. A imagem revela a escadaria da torre do Castelo de Noudar, uma construção medieval situada entre os rios Múrtega e Ardila, em Barrancos, na parte nordeste do território Dark Sky® Alqueva, Portugal. A sua construção terminou em 1307, durante o reinado de D. Dinis. O local foi escolhido devido às suas defesas naturais, fácil acesso e proximidade de uma nascente de água de excelente qualidade. Esta fortaleza medieval foi muito importante para a defesa da fronteira contra o reino de Castela no início do século XIV. Acima das muralhas da torre, encontra-se um asterismo conhecido como Triângulo de Verão, brilhando contra a magnífica presença da nossa galáxia, a Via Láctea. No topo central, é visível uma emissão rosa-avermelhada pertencente à Nebulosa da América do Norte (NGC7000) que brilha perto da estrela Deneb (constelação do Cisne). Abaixo e próxima à lateral direita, brilha a estrela azulada Vega, (da constelação Lira) que forma assim um triângulo perfeito com a estrela Altair (da constelação da Águia), visível ao centro e muito perto do topo da torre.


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