Release 28c - Pope BENEDICT XVI's Visit to
America and His Meeting With OSR in April 2008 Commemorated With
"Time to Say Goodbye" in a duet by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah
EXPLANATION: Many facts about our astronomical universe that are
taken for granted today have been known -- or accurately recorded
-- only during the last millennium. Asam's painting currently
hangs in Weltenburg Abbey in BAVARIA, Germany. Bavaria, GERMANY
is the birthplace of POPE BENEDICT XVI on Saturday, April 16,
1927. The person depicted viewing these eclipse phenomena is St.
BENEDICT! St BENEDICT of NURSIA was the founder of the
Benedictine Order monasteries and was the author of "The Rule of
Saint Benedict," which is still the most influential writing
regarding the monastic life of Western Christianity.
Is this painting the earliest realistic depiction of a total
eclipse of the Sun? Some historians believe it IS. The BELOW
painting was completed in 1735 by Cosmas Damian Asam, a painter
and architect famous in early 18th century GERMANY. Clearly drawn
is not only a total solar eclipse, but the solar corona and the
diamond ring effect visible when sunlight flows only between
mountains on the Moon.