Sky Gazers

By: Babak A. Tafreshi

 

Region: Middle East

Site: Seh Qaleh - Iran

Date: April 2011

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Sky Gazers from Babak Tafreshi on Vimeo.

Time-lapse video: Amateur astronomers in action! Skygazers are gathered under dark starry sky of Seh Qaleh desert in eastern Iran to attend an annual observing competition known as the Messier Marathon. Completing the marathon requires viewing all 110 objects (galaxies, nebulae and star clusters) in 18th century French astronomer Charles Messier's catalog in one glorious dusk-to-dawn observing run. There are often favorable weekend dates for completing the task that fall on nearly moonless nights near the March equinox. Babak Tafreshi/Dreamview.net

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