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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




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




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




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




Milky Way over Uluru

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




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




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




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




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




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




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




Watchtower Shooting Star

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




Fireball over the Grand Canyon

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




Sand and Snow

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




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




Jupiter Reigns the Night Sky

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




Beyond

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




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




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




Atacama Pathfinder

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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




Zagros Mountains in Moonlight

In a crystal clear moonlit night of November winter stars rise above Zagros mountains in central Iran, near the town of Kashan.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




The Celestial Bears above Sahara

Stars of the Ursa Major and Ursa Minor stand above moonlit sand dunes and eroded sandstone cliffs in the Sahara desert.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Sahara under Moonlight

Starry sky and the Milky Way above a stark moonlit landscape in Tassili National Park, in the heart of the Sahara desert in southern Algeria.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Sagittarius above the Sahara

The central bulge of the Milky Way in the constellation Sagittarius, stands above bizarre rock formations in African Sahara.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Trailing Space Station

In the evening twilight above this moonlit desert landscape in central Iran, the International Space Station passes across the sky.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




The Space Station Crosses Desert Sky

Time-lapse video: In the evening twilight as the moon rises in the sky, the International Space Station appears like a bright moving star.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Beware the Mars Hoax!

As the night begins over this desert landscape near the date of annual Mars Hoax, planets Venus are in a triple conjunction with star Spica.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Sahara Night

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




Desert under Moonlight

The Great Salt Desert of Iran is illuminated by the Moon while the brightest planet in the sky, Venus, sets in the west.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Night in a Caravansary

Constellation Orion and bright star Sirius shine in the starry sky of desert as seen in a winter night of Yazd province in central Iran.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Colors of Night

Colorful stars of Orion and Canis Major trail above desert landscape of central Iran in this three-hour photographic exposure.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Desert View

In a moonlit night of desert planet Saturn shines in the constellation leo, rising above sand dunes.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Milky Way from the End of the World

The Milky Way stuns a TWAN photographger who visited Assekrem Mountain in central African Sahara.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Moonlit Meteor Shower

Time-lapse video: Active meteor showers such as Perseid can still entertained skygazers even when the Moon has brightened the night.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Stargazer

There is nothing like watching the fantastic view of the Milky Way in a dark starry sky.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Night of Desert People

Night arrives in the remote Saharan desert of Tassili National park.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Magnificent Sahara Milky Way

The magnificent Milky Way stretches above African Sahara, in the remote Tassili National Park in the southern Algeria near Niger border.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Meteor above Martian Landscape

In the night of Perseid Meteor Shower, the last quarter Moon has illuminated bizarre rock formations in the Alborz Mountains, Iran.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Meteor by Moonlight

A bright Perseid meteor grazes the moonlit sky above Alborz mountains.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Scorpion Rise

As desert scorpions begin to come out in this late spring Sahara evening, the heavenly scorpion rises above Tassili National Park in the southern Algeria.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Sahara Wonderland

This panoramic image of a starry night sky looks across a stark moonlit landscape.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Panorama from the End of the World

The Milky Way fades in the morning light as seen from the Assekrem Mountain in central African Sahara or southern Algeria near to tropic of Cancer.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Winter Rich Field

In a dark winter night, the Milky Way and prominent stars of Orion, Gemini, Canis Major and Minor, shine above Maranjab desert near the Great Salt Lake in central Iran.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Comet and Gegenschein

In a desert starry night, a band of light appears crossing the sky.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Galactic Rise

The band of the Milky Way and prominent stars of the Summer Triangle rise above desert sand dunes.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Moon and Three Planets

Conjunction of the Moon with planets Mercury and Jupiter in the evening sky.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Desert Milky Way

The splendid beauty of the Milky Way, as seen in a dark night of Maranjab sand desert in central Iran.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Martian Sky

Venus and Jupiter set in the western horizon in this time-lapse video from Martian desert landscape in central Iran.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Belt of Orion and Historic Tower

Stars of Orion's belt and the patchy colorful cloud of Orion Nebula is captured in the background of a historic tower in Lut Desert of Iran.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




The Space Station at Night

The International Space Station passes over a traditional wind tower in Taft, near Yazd in central Iran.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Desert at Dawn

The band of Milky Way and bright Planet Jupiter in the morning twilight of the Great Salt Desert of Iran or Dasht-e Kavir.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Rising Moon and Planets

Mercury, Venus (the brighter)and the crescent Moon align in the morning twilight over the Great Salt Desert of Iran or Dasht-e Kavir.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Alignment in the Great Desert

Mercury, Venus (the brighter)and the crescent Moon align in the morning twilight over the Great Salt Desert of Iran or Dasht-e Kavir.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Closer to the Stars

Stars of the Summer Triangle in the last hour of a winter night near the village of Mesr, Iran.
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




Desert Caravansary

Early morning at Bahram Palace, a unique 400-year old caravansary in Iran
by:
Babak A. Tafreshi




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