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Our Past and Future

Long exposure image of winter stars setting behind an ancient gate.
by:
Amir H. Abolfath




Milky Way Geometry

Antares rises with the Milky Way band above desert mountains in Chile.
by:
Yuri Beletsky




Lut Dunes in Moonlight

A moonlit evening view from a remote spot of Lut Desert in Iran.
by:
Taha Ghouchkanlu




Desert Dream

A moonlit evening view from a remote spot of Lut Desert in Iran.
by:
Taha Ghouchkanlu




Moonlight on the Untouched Lut Desert

Constellations Orion and Gemini, Canis Major and Canis Minor, rise in the unspoiled sky, far from light pollution.
by:
Taha Ghouchkanlu




Stargazing in Namib Desert

Milky Way above a Camp fire in Ganab region, Namib Desert.
by:
Juan Carlos Casado




Swan Clouds

Deneb and the North America Nebula of constellation Cygnus (the Swan), near the horizon in Namibia.
by:
Juan Carlos Casado




The First Spring in the Desert

The central bugle of Milky way rises above the crescent spring of Dunhuang.
by:
Jeff Dai




A Jurassic Night

This dinosaur is one of the sculptures in this Southern California desert community with protected dark skies.
by:
Dennis Mammana




From Outerspace

This fisheye view during the Perseid Meteor Shower shows the zodiacal band and the subtle Gegenschein glow.
by:
Kwon O Chul




Surprising Cloud Above Stargazers

A cloud left by a missile test launch from a submarine of the coast of San Diego.
by:
Dennis Mammana




Fireball Glory

A fireball flashes in the sky during the Perseid Meteor Shower in August.
by:
Dennis Mammana




Shooting Dinosaurs

The Milky Way and impressive sculptures scattered around the desert community of Borrego Springs.
by:
Dennis Mammana




King of the Cretaceous

Rising moon and one of the impressive sculptures in the desert community of Borrego Springs, California.
by:
Dennis Mammana




Stargazing Through a Giant Dobsonian

The annual Oregon Star Party.
by:
Ben Canales




Perseids from Southern Hemisphere (composite)

Perseid meteor shower captured from Namibia. The photo composite shows the shower peak activity over two nights.
by:
Juan Carlos Casado




The Milky Way Sets

Under dark skies the setting and rising of the Milky Way can be a dramatic sight.
by:
Juan Carlos Casado




Las Campanas Moon and Mercury

This desert view toward sunset from the summit of Cerro Las Campanas in the remote Chilean Andes was amazing.
by:
Yuri Beletsky




Spaceship Earth

Planet Earth, a rotating cradle, a tiny fragile home to billions of life form in the space ocean.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Southern Sky and Cactus Forest

Stars in a moonlit night of Atacama Desert, Chile, above a cactus forest.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Northern Lights above Reinefjord

An old fish factory stands deserted on the shore of Reinefjord, Lofoten.
by:
Alex Conu




Alone

The central part of our galaxy is photographed with a 50mm lens therefore the same scale as we see with the human vision.
by:
Luc Perrot




Atacama Mysteries

Panoramic view of mysterious ancient petroglyph by Atacaman people in a moonlit night of Rainbow Valley, Chile.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Desert Shooting Star

Desert, moonlight, and a striking fireball above Atacama Desert in northern Chile.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Stargazing with a Large Telescope

Self-portrait image of the photographer observing the night sky through a large Newtonian telescope.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Freedom

In the era to conquer the mysteries of the universe, still more than half of the world are fighting for freedom.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Peering into the Cosmos

This is a pre-dawn view from Carnegie Las Campanas observatory located in the south of Atacama desert in Chile.
by:
Yuri Beletsky




Airglow Waves

Those are not clouds. This isn't aurora either.
by:
Yuri Beletsky




Pathway to the stars

This is the view from just outside of astronomer's hotel at Paranal observatory in Atacama desert, Chile.
by:
Yuri Beletsky




The Desert Flower

The rising Milky Way perfectly aligned with a local palm tree forming the perfect Desert Flower.
by:
Yuri Beletsky




Halo from Atacama

The 22-degreen hale around the moon above the Las Campanas Observatory.
by:
Yuri Beletsky




Oregon Star Party

The annual Oregon Star Party in the US.
by:
Ben Canales




Blue Moon, A View from Atacama

The rising moon after sunset. This was a Blue Moon, the second full Moon in a month.
by:
Yuri Beletsky




Pillars of Stars and Colors

The night sky is definitely not black and we have a proof here!
by:
Yuri Beletsky




Milky Way and Zodiacal Light from Atacama Desert

The Milky Way and Zodiacal Light from Atacama Desert in Chile.
by:
Yuri Beletsky




Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower (photo composite)

The 2015 Eta Aquarids meteor shower from Atacama Desert in Chile.
by:
Yuri Beletsky




The Galaxy and Colorful Badlands

The summer Milky Way above Petrified Forest National Park in Navajo and Apache counties of northeastern Arizona.
by:
Wally Pacholka




Observing Gamma Universe from Namibia

Located on Khomas Highland of Namibia is an array of large Gamma ray detectors known as HESS.
by:
Serge Brunier




A Martian Night on Earth

The starry sky above the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah.
by:
Serge Brunier




Valley of the Moon

The Milky Way in a dark night of Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon), Atacama desert
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Milky Way, Antu, Kuyen

The central region of the Milky Way in the backdrop of VLT telescopes Antu (UT1) and Kueyen (UT2) on Paranal Observatory.
by:
Miguel Claro




Startrails Around the South Pole

This time-exposure image of startrails include southern stars rotating around the south celestial pole, over astronomers residency in the European Southern Observatory.
by:
Miguel Claro




Milky Way from Chajnantor Plateau

The heart of our Galaxy, full of gas, dust, and star clusters, appears next to the fainter white-blue zodiacal light in our own Solar System called the Zodiacal Light.
by:
Miguel Claro




ALMA and Crescent Moon

After the sunset begins the nautical twilight and the sky is painted with a beautiful pallet of blueish and orange colors, with the gentle appearance of brighter stars.
by:
Miguel Claro




Panoramic Milky Way from ALMA

The arc of the Milky Way, the Zodiacal Light crossing the sky, and Magellanic Clouds, all framed in this panoramic view from 5000 meters high on chajnantor plateau in Chile.
by:
Miguel Claro




Sun Pillar over Cerro Paranal

A sun pillar is a vertical shaft of light extending upward from the sun.
by:
Miguel Claro




Green Airglow and Auxiliary Telescopes

Night sky above Cerro Paranal observatory in the Atacama Desert, Chile.
by:
Miguel Claro




Paranal Residencia and Southern Constellations

Astronomers residency, built under the surface, in the barren Atacama Desert of Chile, like a human base on another planet.
by:
Miguel Claro




Moon Corona in Paranal Twilight Sky

After sunset the partially cloudy sky promoted the appearance of a beautiful show of colors, as well as an optical phenomenon called Corona.
by:
Miguel Claro




A Romantic Scene in a Lovely Sky

In this colorful twilight scene, two skywatchers enjoy their passion to the Universe, with the crescent Moon shining through the clouds.
by:
Miguel Claro




Drive to the Center of the Galaxy

How long is a drive to center of the Galaxy? If you keep going at a highway speed, it takes 300 billion years!
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Painted Desert at Night

The Milky Way arch rising over the Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona.
by:
Wally Pacholka




Petrified Wood

The Milky Way over Petrfied Logs in Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona.
by:
Wally Pacholka




Zodiacal Light before Dawn

Stretching high into the starry sky the conical glow is sunlight scattered by dust in the solar system plane.
by:
Yuri Beletsky




Lyrids in Southern Skies (photo composite)

The annual Lyrid meteor shower peaks on April 22nd.
by:
Yuri Beletsky




Naked Eye Nova Centauri 2013

Alpha and Beta Centauri are easy to spot from the southern hemisphere but there is an extra star in this view.
by:
Yuri Beletsky




Atacama`s Cloudy Night

storm clouds do sometimes come to Atacama desert, known as the driest place on Earth.
by:
Yuri Beletsky




Airglow, Gegenschein, and Milky Way

As far as the eye could see, it was a dark night but intense airglow was visible to the camera.
by:
Yuri Beletsky




Comets Lemmon and PanSTARRS Peaking

Two notable comets, both at their peak brightness in March 2013, are photographed in a single view.
by:
Yuri Beletsky




A Morning Line of Stars and Planets

Bright stars and planets appeared to line up in this early morning view.
by:
Yuri Beletsky




3 ATs

The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds above Cerro Paranal observatory.
by:
Yuri Beletsky




The Snows of Paranal

Meteor and a satellite streak over a rare view of snow-covered Atacama Desert.
by:
Yuri Beletsky




Chilean Skyscape

Venus and Jupiter are paired above the setting band of the Milky Way.
by:
Yuri Beletsky




Milky Way over Uluru

Spectacular view of the Milky Way above the Australia's most recognizable landform in silhouette.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




An Hour of Night

Time-exposure image of the rotating sky above rock formations in the Alborz Mountains.
by:
Amir H. Abolfath




Salt Lake Night

Time-exposure image of the rotating sky above the salt lake in Dasht-e Kavir, Iran.
by:
Amir H. Abolfath




Rotating Sky Above Salt Hexagons

Time-exposure image of the rotating sky above hexagons on the salt lake in Dasht-e Kavir, Iran.
by:
Amir H. Abolfath




A Starry Night of Moab

The Milky Way towards the bright central bulge of the galaxy appears over the bizarre landscape of Moab.
by:
Kwon O Chul




Death Valley Starscape

Night sky above moonlit erosional landscape of Zabriskie Point in the Death Valley National Park, California.
by:
Wally Pacholka




A night in NamibRand Nature reserve

This day-night transition timelapse video shows the starry sky of Namib Desert.
by:
Bernd Proschold




Saharan Dust in the Sky

In the long exposure image minor light pollution is prominently scattered in the sky due to the Saharan dust.
by:
David Malin




Save Energy Preserve Beauty

The Milky Way, our home galaxy of over 100 billion stars, is photographed horizon to horizon over Utah.
by:
Wally Pacholka




Around the South Pole in Atacama

A time-exposure image captured star trails around the south celestial pole over the Atacama Desert in Chile.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




The Zodiacal Man

The Milky Way, Venus, and zodiacal light above the southern Atacama Desert, Chile.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Road to Astronomers

The southern sky in the morning twilight above a road approaching Paranal observatory.
by:
Christoph Malin




Fireball Flares Above Watchful Eyes

High above the Chilean Andes, a fireball zooms past the high-precision antennas of ALMA observatory.
by:
Christoph Malin




The View From on High

The Milky Way galaxy lights up the night above two ALMA radio telescopes 5,000 meters above sea level.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Milky Way Meets Desert Sky

Our Milky Way galaxy gleams in all its splendor, as seen from La Silla observatory in Chile.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Giant Telescope and Large Magelanic Cloud

The Large Magellanic Cloud above one of the VLT telescopes on Cerro Paranal, Chile.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Orion Nebula and the Horsehead

Nebulae in constellation Orion are photographed in a singe exposure telephoto image from the Cerro Paranal Observatory in Chile.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Reaching for the Stars

The bright central bulge of the Milky Way in Scorpius and Sagittarius appears in the dark and transparent sky of Atacama Desert, Chile.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Stunning Night Sky of Atacama Desert

Spectacular view of the Milky Way above the Cerro Paranal Observatory, Atacama Desert, Chile.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




The Milky Way above Cerro Paranal

The Milky Way in the constellations Scorpius and Sagittarius above the Cerro Paranal Observatory in the Atacama Desert, Chile.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Carina Nebula and the Very Large Telescope

The Carina Nebula is photographed above the Cerro Paranal Observatory in the Atacama Desert, Chile.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Atacama Drive

The southern sky is photographed in the morning twilight above a road approaching Cerro Paranal Observatory in Chile.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Red Moon and Spectacular Milky Way

A total lunar eclipse in the crystal clear night sky of La Silla, Chile.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




At Dusk

The crescent moon at dusk in Namibia.
by:
Stefan Seip




Zion Nightscape

In the Zion National Park of southern Utah, the summer Milky Way rises like an arc over the eastern horizon.
by:
Wally Pacholka




A Milky Way Dawn

Milky Way's dusty central bulge is flanked by Paranal's four 8 meter Very Large Telescope units.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Planets over Great Salt Desert

Planets Venus and Jupiter appear in a moonlit night of the martian-looking landscape of Iran's Great Salt Desert or Dasht-e Kavir.
by:
Amir H. Abolfath




Desert Night Fireworks

Fireworks over sand dunes of Dasht-e Kavir; a vast desert in Iran.
by:
Amir H. Abolfath




Explore Monument Valley at Night

Let this Virtual Reality flash animation loads and you will find your self in a starry night of the Monument Valley in Arizona-Utah border.
by:
Tunc Tezel




Dragon Sky

The autumn Milky Way is photographed over one of many impressive sculptures scattered around the desert community of Borrego Springs, California.
by:
Dennis Mammana




Monument Valley Planetarium View

The starry sky above the iconic Monument Valley in Arizona-Utah border is photographed in an all-sky fisheye view.
by:
Tunc Tezel




Paranal Sky

All-sky timelapse motion of Cerro Paranal Observatory in Atacama Desert of Chile. The Galactic Center reaches the the zenith in this fisheye photo sequence.
by:
Stephane Guisard




Galaxy Explorers

At the beginning of dawn the southern Milky Way is photographed over the Cerro Paranal Observatory in the barren Atacama Desert.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Orion Star Trails over Paranal Observatory

Colorful stars of constellation Orion, the Hunter, are rising in this time-exposure image from the European Southern Observatory, Chile.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Star Trails Over VLT

A starry night of Paranal Mountain in the Atacama Desert of Chile is captured in this nearly all-night sequence of fisheye photos.
by:
Serge Brunier




Comet Holmes over Lut Desert

A dark starry night in the Lut Desert, southeast Iran. Stars in Persues and Taurus appear over a thousand-years old tower in this remote desert.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Borrego Stars

During the predawn hours the Milky Way arched over one of many impressive metal sculptures scattered around the desert community of Borrego Springs, California.
by:
Dennis Mammana




Perseid Fireball

During the annual Perseid meteor shower, this bright fireball is caught lighting up the starry skies above Mojave National Preserve in California.
by:
Wally Pacholka




The Night of Contact

Standing on a desert dirt road under starry sky, near Kashan, central Iran. The three bright stars of the Summer Triangle appear in the middle
by:
Oshin D. Zakarian




Southern Sky and Desert Landscape

The Milky Way from Orion (top) to the Southern Cross (at the horizon) appears over cacti in the Atacama Desert, Chile.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Stars and Lights, Kitt Peak and Tucson

The night sky appear over the Kitt Peak Observatory and lights of Tucson, some 70 km away.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Under Dark Desert Sky

Stargazers gathered with TWAN photographer and astronomy educator Dennis Mammana in Anza-Borrego Desert to peer out into the dark sky.
by:
Dennis Mammana




Desert Aurora over Palm Trees

On this night an extremely strong geomagnetic storm sparked displays of the aurora borealis across much of the US, even in the southern California.
by:
Dennis Mammana




Between the Rocks

This virtual reality animation takes you to a moonlit night in the Atacama Desert in Chile.
by:
Stephane Guisard




Watchtower Shooting Star

A fireball (bright meteor) streaks the sky above Grand Canyon during the Taurid meteor shower.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Altiplano Sky

The Moon, zodiacal light, and the Milky Way appear in the evening sky of Chilean Altiplano in Andes.
by:
Christoph Malin




Walls of the Past

The Milky Way in the Summer Triangle is photographed over ruins of an ancient desert castle near Badrud, central Iran.
by:
Oshin D. Zakarian




Desert Castle

The Milky Way appears over ruins of an ancient desert castle near Kashan, central Iran.
by:
Oshin D. Zakarian




Badrud Night

The Milky Way in the Summer Triangle is photographed over ruins of an ancient desert castle near Badrud, Iran.
by:
Oshin D. Zakarian




Milky Way in Morning Twilight

The Milky Way in the constellations Scorpius and Sagittarius is photographed in the morning twilight from a pond in desert near Kashan, central Iran.
by:
Oshin D. Zakarian




Fireball over the Grand Canyon

A stunning fireball (bright meteor) streaks the sky above moonlit landscape of Grand Canyon.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Meteor Persistent Trains

This timelapse video clip displays a collection of bright meteors and their persistent trains in the atmosphere captured over Chile and La Palma.
by:
Christoph Malin & Stephane Guisard




The Twins and Beehive

Castor and Pollux and M44 shine above Mitten Buttes in the Monument Valley
by:
Tunc Tezel




Galaxies, Comets, and Telescopes

In this starry image from the Atacama Desert in Chile, the southern Milky Way appears on the left and two bright comets are on the right in twilight.
by:
Stephane Guisard




Southwest Night

The central bulge of the Milky Way in Sagittarius and Scorpius rises over the Monument Valley on the border of Arizona and Utah.
by:
Tunc Tezel




Australia Outback

The glory of the southern sky above the World Heritage Uluru or the Ayers Rock in Australia.
by:
Tunc Tezel




Sand and Snow

Ice formations known locally as penitents glow by moonlight in Chile's high-altitude Atacama Desert.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




When Gemini Sends Stars to Paranal

From a radiant point in the constellation of the Twins, the annual Geminid meteor shower rained down on planet Earth.
by:
Stephane Guisard




The Zodiacal Light

The stunning sky of the Atacama Desert in Chile appears over the fading glow of the evening twilight.
by:
Christoph Malin




Atacama Star Trails

A starry night of the Atacama Desert of Chile is captured in this nearly long exposure image using a full-circle fisheye lens.
by:
Serge Brunier




Stunning Night Sky of Cerro Paranal

A deep view of the Milky Way in the constellation Carina is photographed from the European Southern Observatory on Cerro Paranal, Chile.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Atacama Splendid Night

The last rays of the Moon, before setting, shines on a giant red rock in the Atacama Desert, where ancient civilizations left petroglyphs.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Stars and Giant Monolith

The morning twilight arrives over the World Heritage Site Uluru or the Ayers Rock in Australia.
by:
Tunc Tezel




Jupiter Reigns the Night Sky

Jupiter rises above a magnificent desert mesquite tree in the Death valley, California.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Zodiacal Light and the Milky Way

During September in the Northern Hemisphere—when the moon is nowhere around—early risers under clear, dark skies can see both the Milky Way and the zodiacal light, the dusty disk of our solar system that is back lit by the sun.
by:
Dennis Mammana




Fires and Stars

A wildfire at the Southern California’s Anza-Borrego Desert is photographed under stars.
by:
Dennis Mammana




Autumn in the Desert

In the light of the first quarter moon the autumn Milky Way arches across the desert sky behind a Joshua Tree. The Pleiades star cluster glistens on the lower right.
by:
Dennis Mammana




Atacama Galaxies

The Milky Way is photographed with our neighboring satellite galaxies, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, above Cerro Paranal Observatory in Chile.
by:
Christoph Malin




Break of Dawn

Morning twilight arrives at Cerro Paranal Observatory in the barren Atacama Desert.
by:
Christoph Malin




Adaptive Optics

One of the European Southern Observatory telescopes is photographed beaming a laser to the atmosphere under starry sky of Atacama Desert.
by:
Christoph Malin




Beyond

Giant eyes on the Cerro Paranal Observatory in the barren Atacama Desert explore the worlds beyond.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Quadrantid Meteors over Mojave Desert

In this single exposure two bright meteors streaks the sky against the winter constellations during the annual Quadrantid meteor shower.
by:
Wally Pacholka




Jupiter and the Galactic Bulge

Bright planet Jupiter shines against the brightest region of the Milky Way; the galaxy's central bulge in the constellations Scorpius and Sagittarius.
by:
Stefan Seip




Desert Dark Night

Bright planet Jupiter shines along the brightest region of the Milky Way; the galaxy's central bulge in the constellations Scorpius and Sagittarius.
by:
Stefan Seip




Not so Close Neighbors

Deeper than usual TWAN images, this view from Paranal Observatory in Chile frames two of our galactic neighbors: the Andromeda and Triangulum galaxies.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




A Night Begins at Thar Desert

The evening twilight welcomes a starry winter night over the great salt desert of Thar in Gujarat, at the border of India with Pakistan.
by:
Ajay Talwar




Ancient Signs in Atacama

Turn on your speakers and enjoy this timelapse video clip of a moonlit night in the petroglyph site of the ancient Atacameno people.
by:
Stephane Guisard




A Timelapser Paradise

Sitting among petroglyph of the ancient Atacameno people, TWAN photographer operate his timelapse imaging cameras in a moonlit night of Atacama Desert.
by:
Stephane Guisard




Beamer Telescope

One of the European Southern Observatory telescopes is photographed beaming a laser to the atmosphere under starry sky of Atacama Desert.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




The Earth Shadow over Atacama

The shadow of the Earth appears over the western horizon of Atacama Desert few minutes before sunrise.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Milky Way Road

There are not many locations left on this planet where you can still experience a dark sky like this.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Sky Navigator: A Film for Planetariums

Turn on your speakers and enjoy this 360-degree planetarium show in full screen. This is a preview of the documentary film made for planetariums.
by:
Serge Brunier




Paranal All-night Trails

A starry night of Paranal Mountain in the Atacama Desert of Chile is captured in this with nearly all-night sequence of fisheye photos.
by:
Serge Brunier




Full of Stars

Several hours of successive imaging resulted in this digital startrail image from Cerro Armazones; the site for the European Extremely Large Telescope.
by:
Serge Brunier




All Night over Cerro Armazones

A nearly complete night of successive imaging resulted in this fisheye startrail image from Cerro Armazones, Chile.
by:
Serge Brunier




Atacama Pathfinder

The Milky Way poses in the background of APEX radio telescope located at 5100 meters in northern Chile.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Lights and Trails

In a summer night of Leh in the northern India stars trail over the Himalayas.
by:
Ajay Talwar




Leh Panorama

A starry summer night of Leh in the northern India Himalayas.
by:
Ajay Talwar




Atacama Starry Nights: episode I

watch this timelapse movie full-screen with the sound on! Cerro Paranal is truly an astronomers paradise with its stunningly dark, steady, and transparent sky.
by:
Christoph Malin & Babak A. Tafreshi




Astronomers Paradise

Time-lapse video: Cerro Paranal is an astronomers paradise with its stunningly dark, steady, and transparent sky.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Cosmic Explorers

A deep view of the Milky Way in the constellation Carina is photographed in this single-exposure image from Cerro Paranal observatory in Chile.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Campfire by Moonlight

A group of amateur astronomers hover around a toasty campfire preparing for a total lunar eclipse.
by:
Dennis Mammana




A Road to the Future of Astronomy

In the absolute darkness of Atacama Desert the Milky Way in the southern constellation Carina is photographed above the road to Cerro Aramzones.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Lunar Corona

The light from the moon interacts with the cloud droplets and high ice crystals in the desert sky to create this colorful scene of a lunar corona.
by:
Dennis Mammana




Desert Meteor

The night of the annual Geminid meteor shower begins with this early evening meteor near the bright star Vega.
by:
Amir H. Abolfath




Zion Galaxy

The band of the Milky Way, our home galaxy of 100 billion stars, stands above the Zion National Park in southern Utah, USA.
by:
Wally Pacholka




Two Hemispheres in Virtual Reality

Let this unique animation loads and you will find your self in a starry night of Canary Islands attached to a similar starry view from Chile.
by:
Tunc Tezel & Stephane Guisard




Marathon Man

sky gazers are gathered in this remote historic caravansary in the heart of desert to participate in the annual Messier Marathon.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Silk Road Night

Stars circle around the North Celestial Pole as captured in this long-exposure image from a historic Caravansary along the ancient Silk Road, Iran.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Sky Party

The evening twilight fades to darkness and stars set in the western horizon above amateur astronomers who explore the sky in the Messier Marathon.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




A Tale of Two Hemispheres

These two images are unique efforts by two TWAN photographers to display an ideal naturally dark skies from both hemispheres.
by:
Tunc Tezel & Stephane Guisard




Startrails above Lut Desert

In this moonlit night of April clouds and stars trail above the western horizon of Lut Desert in Kerman province of Iran.
by:
Amir H. Abolfath




Messier Marathon

Amateur astronomers in action! Skygazers are gathered under dark starry sky to attend a Messier Marathon; an annual observing competition.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Sky Gazers

Time-lapse video: Amateur astronomers in action! Skygazers are gathered under starry sky for an annual observing competition: the Messier Marathon.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Polar Aligned

During 2 hours the Earth rotation has caused stars to trail around the north celestial pole with Polaris, the North Star, located very close to the center.
by:
Amir H. Abolfath




Milky Way above Tassili

Our home galaxy, the Milky Way, stands above African Sahara, in the remote Tassili National Park in the southern Algeria near Niger border.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Hydra, the Largest Constellation

The largest constellation in the sky, a celestial snake known as Hydra.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Zagros Sunrise

First rays of the sun shine on high-altitude peaks of Zagros Mountains in Iran, above the valleys hidden by the morning mist.
by:
Oshin D. Zakarian




Starry Ruin

Winter stars and the Milky Way are photographed in desert starry sky near Damghan, a historic city of Iran.
by:
Amir H. Abolfath




An Eye On Zion

A moonlit night of Zion National Park in Utah, USA.
by:
LeRoy Zimmerman




A Glimpse of Heaven

Stars through the North Window of the Spectacle formation in Arches National Park, Utah.
by:
LeRoy Zimmerman




A Stroke of Luck

Stars and lightning in the evening sky above Utah, USA.
by:
LeRoy Zimmerman




Galactic Explorers

Amateur astronomers in Iran during the annual Messier Marathon observing competition.
by:
Amir H. Abolfath




Caravansary and Rotating Sky

Stars circle around the North Celestial Pole (near star Polaris) as captured in this digital image from the historic Caravansary of Qusheh near the city of Damghan, Iran.
by:
Amir H. Abolfath




Trailing Stars above Ancient City

With the rotation of the Earth, stars over the southern horizon trail in the sky, including the constellation Canis Major and bright star Sirius.
by:
Amir H. Abolfath




Once Home to Caravans

Stars circle around the North Celestial Pole as captured in this single film exposure from the historic caravansary of Qusheh in Iran.
by:
Oshin D. Zakarian




Passage of Time

Stars circle around the North Celestial Pole as captured in this single film exposure from the historic Caravansary of Qusheh near Damghan of Iran.
by:
Oshin D. Zakarian




Caravan Night

The starry sky is captured above the historic Caravansary of Qusheh in Iran. This desert caravansary was built on the Silk Road.
by:
Oshin D. Zakarian




Milky Way vs. Zodiacal Light above Libyan Desert

An all-sky image from a flat desert in northern Libya. The Milky Way from Cygnus to Orion and Gemini rivals with the Zodiacal Light in the west.
by:
Tunc Tezel




Sky above a perfectly flat horizon

The Milky Way in the winter constellations rivals with the Zodiacal Light on the right, as seen above a perfectly flat desert in Libya.
by:
Tunc Tezel




Silk Road Starry Night

A Quadrantid meteor streaks the sky above a historic Caravansary which was built on the Silk Road near Damghan of Iran.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




TWAN Band

A group of TWAN photographers with an army of photo equipment enjoy the starry sky of Semnan Desert, Iran.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Planets in the Morning Twilight

Morning twilight fades away the stars above historic ruins near Damghan of Iran. Venus is the brightest in the sky and Mercury is lower at the horizon.
by:
Oshin D. Zakarian




Starry Night of Damghan Desert

Winter stars and the Milky Way are photographed in the starry sky of the desert near Damghan, a historic city of Iran.
by:
Oshin D. Zakarian




Bears in the Desert Sky

Stars of the Ursa Major and Ursa Minor (the Big and Little Bears) stand above this moonlit desert landscape.
by:
Amir H. Abolfath




Damghan Meteor

A meteor streak over the southern horizon while stars of constellation canis Major including Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, shine above ruins near the histroic city of Damghan.
by:
Amir H. Abolfath




Stars and Meteors above Qumis

During the peak of Quadrantid meteor shower stars in Corvus and Virgo rise above ruins near the histroic city of Damghan.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Falling Star of an Ancient City

A bright meteor streaks the sky over ruins near the histroic city of Damghan. The image is made during the peak of 2011 Quadrantid meteor shower.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Meteor Above Mojave Desert

Photographed from rock formations in Mojave Desert of southwest USA, a bright meteor streaks the partly cloudy during the Geminid meteor shower.
by:
Wally Pacholka




Zodiacal Light in Desert Sky

As the morning twilight approaches the elongated zodiacal light appears above Anarak desert in central Iran.
by:
Amir H. Abolfath




Big Dipper Falling Star

A fireball (very bright meteor) streaks the sky in the constellation Ursa Major during the Geminid meteor shower.
by:
Wally Pacholka




Shooting Stars of December

The Geminid meteor shower, which peaks on December 13/14, is one of the best time of the year to see the celestial show of "shooting stars".
by:
Wally Pacholka




Tassili Milky Way

Bright planet Jupiter, starry sky and the band of Milky Way as seen in dark night of African Sahara.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




A Starry Evening of Libya

With the crescent Moon near the western horizon over the fainting glow of the dusk, the band of the Milky Way stands above desert landscape of Libya.
by:
Tunc Tezel




Sky Beauty and Increasing Lights

Starry sky above the Uluru Rock; a World Heritage Site in Northern Territory of Australia.
by:
Kwon O Chul




Uluru Moonset

With the first quarter Moon setting in the west, the Milky Way appears more prominently in the starry sky above Uluru or the Ayers Rock in Australia.
by:
Kwon O Chul




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