By: Babak A. Tafreshi


Region: Middle East

Site: Touran - Iran

Date: March 2007

There is nothing like watching the fantastic view of the Milky Way in a dark starry sky. In this stunning view of our galaxy, the dazzling planet Jupiter shines above the prominent figure of constellation Scorpius. To its lower left Sagittarius hosts the bright central part of the Milky Way. Shift your view along the galactic plane to the left to find constellation Auriga and bright star Altair at the top left. The binocular observer enjoys amazingly dark sky of Touran Desert in eastern Iran, over 100 km from the closest city Shahrud. Touran National Park is listed among the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Babak Tafreshi/

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