Golden Tree Star Trails

By: Babak A. Tafreshi


Region: Middle East

Site: Alamut Valley - Iran

Date: January 1998

A clear winter night in the valley of Alamut in northern Iran. Far from major cities the sky above this historic valley has kept its natural darkness and beauties. In this long exposure of 3 hours the foreground tree is back illuminate by faint village lights while the colorful startrails in the constellations Orion and Canis Major are captured on this frame of film. The bright orange trail at upper right is Betelgeuse at the Orion's shoulder. The bright white trail at lower right is Sirius, the brightest star in our night sky. Babak Tafreshi/

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