The core of the Milky Way rises in this mid-winter morning twilight in Death Valley National park.
Long exposure image of winter stars setting behind an ancient gate.
Antares rises with the Milky Way band above desert mountains in Chile.
A moonlit evening view from a remote spot of Lut Desert in Iran.
A moonlit evening view from a remote spot of Lut Desert in Iran.
Constellations Orion and Gemini, Canis Major and Canis Minor, rise in the unspoiled sky, far from light pollution.
Milky Way above a Camp fire in Ganab region, Namib Desert.
Deneb and the North America Nebula of constellation Cygnus (the Swan), near the horizon in Namibia.
The central bugle of Milky way rises above the crescent spring of Dunhuang.
This dinosaur is one of the sculptures in this Southern California desert community with protected dark skies.
This fisheye view during the Perseid Meteor Shower shows the zodiacal band and the subtle Gegenschein glow.
A cloud left by a missile test launch from a submarine of the coast of San Diego.
A fireball flashes in the sky during the Perseid Meteor Shower in August.
The Milky Way and impressive sculptures scattered around the desert community of Borrego Springs.
Rising moon and one of the impressive sculptures in the desert community of Borrego Springs, California.
The annual Oregon Star Party.
Perseid meteor shower captured from Namibia. The photo composite shows the shower peak activity over two nights.
Under dark skies the setting and rising of the Milky Way can be a dramatic sight.
This desert view toward sunset from the summit of Cerro Las Campanas in the remote Chilean Andes was amazing.
Planet Earth, a rotating cradle, a tiny fragile home to billions of life form in the space ocean.
Stars in a moonlit night of Atacama Desert, Chile, above a cactus forest.
An old fish factory stands deserted on the shore of Reinefjord, Lofoten.
The central part of our galaxy is photographed with a 50mm lens therefore the same scale as we see with the human vision.
Panoramic view of mysterious ancient petroglyph by Atacaman people in a moonlit night of Rainbow Valley, Chile.
Desert, moonlight, and a striking fireball above Atacama Desert in northern Chile.
Self-portrait image of the photographer observing the night sky through a large Newtonian telescope.
In the era to conquer the mysteries of the universe, still more than half of the world are fighting for freedom.
This is a pre-dawn view from Carnegie Las Campanas observatory located in the south of Atacama desert in Chile.
Those are not clouds. This isn't aurora either.
This is the view from just outside of astronomer's hotel at Paranal observatory in Atacama desert, Chile.
The rising Milky Way perfectly aligned with a local palm tree forming the perfect Desert Flower.
The 22-degreen hale around the moon above the Las Campanas Observatory.
The annual Oregon Star Party in the US.
The rising moon after sunset. This was a Blue Moon, the second full Moon in a month.
The night sky is definitely not black and we have a proof here!
The Milky Way and Zodiacal Light from Atacama Desert in Chile.
The 2015 Eta Aquarids meteor shower from Atacama Desert in Chile.
The summer Milky Way above Petrified Forest National Park in Navajo and Apache counties of northeastern Arizona.
Located on Khomas Highland of Namibia is an array of large Gamma ray detectors known as HESS.
The starry sky above the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah.
The Milky Way in a dark night of Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon), Atacama desert
The central region of the Milky Way in the backdrop of VLT telescopes Antu (UT1) and Kueyen (UT2) on Paranal Observatory.
This time-exposure image of startrails include southern stars rotating around the south celestial pole, over astronomers residency in the European Southern Observatory.
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.
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.
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.
A sun pillar is a vertical shaft of light extending upward from the sun.
Night sky above Cerro Paranal observatory in the Atacama Desert, Chile.
Astronomers residency, built under the surface, in the barren Atacama Desert of Chile, like a human base on another planet.
After sunset the partially cloudy sky promoted the appearance of a beautiful show of colors, as well as an optical phenomenon called Corona.
In this colorful twilight scene, two skywatchers enjoy their passion to the Universe, with the crescent Moon shining through the clouds.
How long is a drive to center of the Galaxy? If you keep going at a highway speed, it takes 300 billion years!
The Milky Way arch rising over the Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona.
The Milky Way over Petrfied Logs in Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona.
Stretching high into the starry sky the conical glow is sunlight scattered by dust in the solar system plane.
The annual Lyrid meteor shower peaks on April 22nd.
Alpha and Beta Centauri are easy to spot from the southern hemisphere but there is an extra star in this view.
storm clouds do sometimes come to Atacama desert, known as the driest place on Earth.
As far as the eye could see, it was a dark night but intense airglow was visible to the camera.
Two notable comets, both at their peak brightness in March 2013, are photographed in a single view.
Bright stars and planets appeared to line up in this early morning view.
The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds above Cerro Paranal observatory.
Meteor and a satellite streak over a rare view of snow-covered Atacama Desert.
Venus and Jupiter are paired above the setting band of the Milky Way.
Spectacular view of the Milky Way above the Australia's most recognizable landform in silhouette.
Time-exposure image of the rotating sky above rock formations in the Alborz Mountains.
Time-exposure image of the rotating sky above the salt lake in Dasht-e Kavir, Iran.
Time-exposure image of the rotating sky above hexagons on the salt lake in Dasht-e Kavir, Iran.
The Milky Way towards the bright central bulge of the galaxy appears over the bizarre landscape of Moab.
Night sky above moonlit erosional landscape of Zabriskie Point in the Death Valley National Park, California.
This day-night transition timelapse video shows the starry sky of Namib Desert.
In the long exposure image minor light pollution is prominently scattered in the sky due to the Saharan dust.
The Milky Way, our home galaxy of over 100 billion stars, is photographed horizon to horizon over Utah.
A time-exposure image captured star trails around the south celestial pole over the Atacama Desert in Chile.
The Milky Way, Venus, and zodiacal light above the southern Atacama Desert, Chile.
The southern sky in the morning twilight above a road approaching Paranal observatory.
High above the Chilean Andes, a fireball zooms past the high-precision antennas of ALMA observatory.
The Milky Way galaxy lights up the night above two ALMA radio telescopes 5,000 meters above sea level.
Our Milky Way galaxy gleams in all its splendor, as seen from La Silla observatory in Chile.
The Large Magellanic Cloud above one of the VLT telescopes on Cerro Paranal, Chile.
Nebulae in constellation Orion are photographed in a singe exposure telephoto image from the Cerro Paranal Observatory in Chile.
The bright central bulge of the Milky Way in Scorpius and Sagittarius appears in the dark and transparent sky of Atacama Desert, Chile.
Spectacular view of the Milky Way above the Cerro Paranal Observatory, Atacama Desert, Chile.
The Milky Way in the constellations Scorpius and Sagittarius above the Cerro Paranal Observatory in the Atacama Desert, Chile.
The Carina Nebula is photographed above the Cerro Paranal Observatory in the Atacama Desert, Chile.
The southern sky is photographed in the morning twilight above a road approaching Cerro Paranal Observatory in Chile.
A total lunar eclipse in the crystal clear night sky of La Silla, Chile.
The crescent moon at dusk in Namibia.
In the Zion National Park of southern Utah, the summer Milky Way rises like an arc over the eastern horizon.
Milky Way's dusty central bulge is flanked by Paranal's four 8 meter Very Large Telescope units.
Planets Venus and Jupiter appear in a moonlit night of the martian-looking landscape of Iran's Great Salt Desert or Dasht-e Kavir.
Fireworks over sand dunes of Dasht-e Kavir; a vast desert in Iran.
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.
The autumn Milky Way is photographed over one of many impressive sculptures scattered around the desert community of Borrego Springs, California.
The starry sky above the iconic Monument Valley in Arizona-Utah border is photographed in an all-sky fisheye view.
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.
At the beginning of dawn the southern Milky Way is photographed over the Cerro Paranal Observatory in the barren Atacama Desert.
Colorful stars of constellation Orion, the Hunter, are rising in this time-exposure image from the European Southern Observatory, Chile.
A starry night of Paranal Mountain in the Atacama Desert of Chile is captured in this nearly all-night sequence of fisheye photos.
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.
During the predawn hours the Milky Way arched over one of many impressive metal sculptures scattered around the desert community of Borrego Springs, California.
During the annual Perseid meteor shower, this bright fireball is caught lighting up the starry skies above Mojave National Preserve in California.
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
The Milky Way from Orion (top) to the Southern Cross (at the horizon) appears over cacti in the Atacama Desert, Chile.
The night sky appear over the Kitt Peak Observatory and lights of Tucson, some 70 km away.
Stargazers gathered with TWAN photographer and astronomy educator Dennis Mammana in Anza-Borrego Desert to peer out into the dark sky.
On this night an extremely strong geomagnetic storm sparked displays of the aurora borealis across much of the US, even in the southern California.
This virtual reality animation takes you to a moonlit night in the Atacama Desert in Chile.
A fireball (bright meteor) streaks the sky above Grand Canyon during the Taurid meteor shower.
The Moon, zodiacal light, and the Milky Way appear in the evening sky of Chilean Altiplano in Andes.
The Milky Way in the Summer Triangle is photographed over ruins of an ancient desert castle near Badrud, central Iran.
The Milky Way appears over ruins of an ancient desert castle near Kashan, central Iran.
The Milky Way in the Summer Triangle is photographed over ruins of an ancient desert castle near Badrud, Iran.
The Milky Way in the constellations Scorpius and Sagittarius is photographed in the morning twilight from a pond in desert near Kashan, central Iran.
A stunning fireball (bright meteor) streaks the sky above moonlit landscape of Grand Canyon.
Castor and Pollux and M44 shine above Mitten Buttes in the Monument Valley
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.
The central bulge of the Milky Way in Sagittarius and Scorpius rises over the Monument Valley on the border of Arizona and Utah.
The glory of the southern sky above the World Heritage Uluru or the Ayers Rock in Australia.
Ice formations known locally as penitents glow by moonlight in Chile's high-altitude Atacama Desert.
From a radiant point in the constellation of the Twins, the annual Geminid meteor shower rained down on planet Earth.
The stunning sky of the Atacama Desert in Chile appears over the fading glow of the evening twilight.
A starry night of the Atacama Desert of Chile is captured in this nearly long exposure image using a full-circle fisheye lens.
A deep view of the Milky Way in the constellation Carina is photographed from the European Southern Observatory on Cerro Paranal, Chile.
The last rays of the Moon, before setting, shines on a giant red rock in the Atacama Desert, where ancient civilizations left petroglyphs.
The morning twilight arrives over the World Heritage Site Uluru or the Ayers Rock in Australia.
Jupiter rises above a magnificent desert mesquite tree in the Death valley, California.
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.
A wildfire at the Southern California’s Anza-Borrego Desert is photographed under stars.
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.
The Milky Way is photographed with our neighboring satellite galaxies, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, above Cerro Paranal Observatory in Chile.
Morning twilight arrives at Cerro Paranal Observatory in the barren Atacama Desert.
One of the European Southern Observatory telescopes is photographed beaming a laser to the atmosphere under starry sky of Atacama Desert.
Giant eyes on the Cerro Paranal Observatory in the barren Atacama Desert explore the worlds beyond.
In this single exposure two bright meteors streaks the sky against the winter constellations during the annual Quadrantid meteor shower.
Bright planet Jupiter shines against the brightest region of the Milky Way; the galaxy's central bulge in the constellations Scorpius and Sagittarius.
Bright planet Jupiter shines along the brightest region of the Milky Way; the galaxy's central bulge in the constellations Scorpius and Sagittarius.
Deeper than usual TWAN images, this view from Paranal Observatory in Chile frames two of our galactic neighbors: the Andromeda and Triangulum galaxies.
The evening twilight welcomes a starry winter night over the great salt desert of Thar in Gujarat, at the border of India with Pakistan.
Turn on your speakers and enjoy this timelapse video clip of a moonlit night in the petroglyph site of the ancient Atacameno people.
Sitting among petroglyph of the ancient Atacameno people, TWAN photographer operate his timelapse imaging cameras in a moonlit night of Atacama Desert.
One of the European Southern Observatory telescopes is photographed beaming a laser to the atmosphere under starry sky of Atacama Desert.
The shadow of the Earth appears over the western horizon of Atacama Desert few minutes before sunrise.
There are not many locations left on this planet where you can still experience a dark sky like this.
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.
A starry night of Paranal Mountain in the Atacama Desert of Chile is captured in this with nearly all-night sequence of fisheye photos.
Several hours of successive imaging resulted in this digital startrail image from Cerro Armazones; the site for the European Extremely Large Telescope.
A nearly complete night of successive imaging resulted in this fisheye startrail image from Cerro Armazones, Chile.
The Milky Way poses in the background of APEX radio telescope located at 5100 meters in northern Chile.
In a summer night of Leh in the northern India stars trail over the Himalayas.
A starry summer night of Leh in the northern India Himalayas.
Time-lapse video: Cerro Paranal is an astronomers paradise with its stunningly dark, steady, and transparent sky.
A deep view of the Milky Way in the constellation Carina is photographed in this single-exposure image from Cerro Paranal observatory in Chile.
A group of amateur astronomers hover around a toasty campfire preparing for a total lunar eclipse.
In the absolute darkness of Atacama Desert the Milky Way in the southern constellation Carina is photographed above the road to Cerro Aramzones.
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.
The night of the annual Geminid meteor shower begins with this early evening meteor near the bright star Vega.
The band of the Milky Way, our home galaxy of 100 billion stars, stands above the Zion National Park in southern Utah, USA.
sky gazers are gathered in this remote historic caravansary in the heart of desert to participate in the annual Messier Marathon.
Stars circle around the North Celestial Pole as captured in this long-exposure image from a historic Caravansary along the ancient Silk Road, Iran.
The evening twilight fades to darkness and stars set in the western horizon above amateur astronomers who explore the sky in the Messier Marathon.
In this moonlit night of April clouds and stars trail above the western horizon of Lut Desert in Kerman province of Iran.
Amateur astronomers in action! Skygazers are gathered under dark starry sky to attend a Messier Marathon; an annual observing competition.
Time-lapse video: Amateur astronomers in action! Skygazers are gathered under starry sky for an annual observing competition: the Messier Marathon.
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.
Our home galaxy, the Milky Way, stands above African Sahara, in the remote Tassili National Park in the southern Algeria near Niger border.
The largest constellation in the sky, a celestial snake known as Hydra.
First rays of the sun shine on high-altitude peaks of Zagros Mountains in Iran, above the valleys hidden by the morning mist.
Winter stars and the Milky Way are photographed in desert starry sky near Damghan, a historic city of Iran.
A moonlit night of Zion National Park in Utah, USA.
Stars through the North Window of the Spectacle formation in Arches National Park, Utah.
Stars and lightning in the evening sky above Utah, USA.
Amateur astronomers in Iran during the annual Messier Marathon observing competition.
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.
With the rotation of the Earth, stars over the southern horizon trail in the sky, including the constellation Canis Major and bright star Sirius.
Stars circle around the North Celestial Pole as captured in this single film exposure from the historic caravansary of Qusheh in Iran.
Stars circle around the North Celestial Pole as captured in this single film exposure from the historic Caravansary of Qusheh near Damghan of Iran.
The starry sky is captured above the historic Caravansary of Qusheh in Iran. This desert caravansary was built on the Silk Road.
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.
The Milky Way in the winter constellations rivals with the Zodiacal Light on the right, as seen above a perfectly flat desert in Libya.
A Quadrantid meteor streaks the sky above a historic Caravansary which was built on the Silk Road near Damghan of Iran.
A group of TWAN photographers with an army of photo equipment enjoy the starry sky of Semnan Desert, Iran.
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.
Winter stars and the Milky Way are photographed in the starry sky of the desert near Damghan, a historic city of Iran.
Stars of the Ursa Major and Ursa Minor (the Big and Little Bears) stand above this moonlit desert landscape.
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.
During the peak of Quadrantid meteor shower stars in Corvus and Virgo rise above ruins near the histroic city of Damghan.
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.
Photographed from rock formations in Mojave Desert of southwest USA, a bright meteor streaks the partly cloudy during the Geminid meteor shower.
As the morning twilight approaches the elongated zodiacal light appears above Anarak desert in central Iran.
A fireball (very bright meteor) streaks the sky in the constellation Ursa Major during the Geminid meteor shower.
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".
Bright planet Jupiter, starry sky and the band of Milky Way as seen in dark night of African Sahara.
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.
Starry sky above the Uluru Rock; a World Heritage Site in Northern Territory of Australia.
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