Ama Dablam Martian Rise

By: Babak A. Tafreshi


Region: Asia

Site: Sagarmatha National Park - Nepal

Date: November 2009

Time-lapse video: As planet Mars and the Beehive Star Cluster (M44) rise in the World Heritage Sagarmatha National Park of Nepal, the Moon sets in the other horizon shading Himalayas under darkness. See the same scene in a startrail still image. Pictured above is Ama Dablam (6812 meters) one of the most scenic mountains of Himalaya, and of the most difficult to climb. Ama Dablam means "Mother's neclace"; the long ridges on each side like the arms of a mother (ama) protecting her child, and the hanging glacier thought of as the dablam, the traditional double-pendant containing pictures of the gods, worn by Sherpa women. For several days, Ama Dablam dominates the eastern sky for anyone trekking to Mount Everest basecamp. Babak Tafreshi/

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