comet PanSTARRS passes by HESS Station!

Dear Friends,

please herewith not only enjoy a spectacular view of comet PanSTARRS in the sky above Innsbruck, Austria, the capital of the alps. Because there’s a bit more to the images of comet panSTARRS above Innsbruck – the iceball in our cosmic neighbourhood passes a very important place to physics.

PanSTARRS says "hello" to the HESS Station

PanSTARRS says “hello” to the HESS Station

In a very strong magnification – marked red – (or with a 1500 mm lens)

one would see the Victor-Francis-Hess Station, where Dr. Hess, Nobel laureate in physics, discovered cosmic radiation. For that he attended baloon flights up to 5000 m height, both day and night – which was quite dangerous (see the Wiki article).

The building and the original laboratory is on display via a glass-front part of the building, which is maintained for visitors by the Institute for Astro- and Particle Physics of the University of Innsbruck and is located to the right of the top station. The building can be seen in the german wiki (but not in the english one)

The building is located about a 1 minute walk from exit of the top Hafelekar station of Nordketten cable car. From the plateau surrounding the Hess station one has a spectacular view to southern germany and the karwendel mountain range.

All the best,

Christoph Malin

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