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In the Silent of Night

By: Amir H. Abolfath

 

Region: Middle East

Site: Alborz Mountains - Iran

Date: June 2010

Home to billions of stars, our galactic island, the Milky Way, shines above a woman, meditating in the silent of night. The bright red star Antares of constellation Scorpius is visible at the right edge, while the central bulge of the Milky Way is to its left in the constellation Sagittarius. This bright region looks toward the center of our galaxy. The band of Milky Way continues left-ward to the constellation Aquila and Cygnus, where the dark dust line (the dust in the galactic disc blocking starlight) becomes broader to make a giant dark feature known as the Great Rift. It also includes the Cygnus Rift which is the left half of the rift in this view. The yellow-orange glow in the lower right of the image is a part of the light dome of metropolitan Tehran, from 60 km away. Amir Abolfath - Torgheh.ir/en

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