Sufi Observing Competition

By: Amir H. Abolfath


Region: Middle East

Site: Pasargadae - Iran

Date: August 2009


Stars rise above the eastern horizon above a large group of amateur astronomers who explore the night sky with their telescope. The brightest trail is made by Venus. To its right is the crescent Moon rising in the morning sky. The image is made during Sufi Observing Competition in Iran. The competition which takes place in August/September is for advanced deep sky observers. Sufi ir Al-Sufi (Azophi) is the name of the famous Persian astronomer of 10th century. In his reference Book of Stars he has noted to 9 non-stellar objects. Sufi was the first astronomer to record some of these deep sky objects such as a bright "nebula" that we know today as the Andromeda Galaxy. Amir Abolfath -

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