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Sahara Wonderland

By: Babak A. Tafreshi

 

Region: Africa

Site: Tassili National park - Algeria

Date: June 2009

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As seen on Astronomy Picture of the Day this panoramic image of a starry night sky looks across a stark moonlit landscape. The view was recorded from Tassili National Park, in the heart of the Sahara desert in southern Algeria. Rising above eroded sandstone cliffs, the celestial menagerie of constellations includes Draco the Dragon, Cygnus the Swan, Aquila the Eagle, and Scorpius the Scorpion. Click the constellation icon above the image to see the labels and guidelines. Ruling planet Jupiter shines through clouds very close to the horizon near picture center, while star clouds of the Milky Way arc through Sagittarius above the rocks at the far right. Bright blue stars Deneb, in Cygnus, and Altair, in Aquila, also shine in the starry night along with Scorpius' bright yellowish star Antares, the rival of Mars. Prehistoric skygazers surely witnessed a similar sky. In addition to dramatic sandstone formations, the Tassili region is noted for rock paintings and archaeological sites dating to neolithic times. Babak Tafreshi/Dreamview.net

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