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Sky in Motion above Mount Everest

By: Babak A. Tafreshi

 

Region: Asia

Site: Sagarmatha National Park - Nepal

Date: November 2009

Time-lapse video: Stars rise above the World Heritage Sagarmatha National Park of Nepal, as the moonlight illuminates spectacular view of Himalaya. Stars of Auriga rise over Mount Everest (8848 meters), the top of the world on the left. The scene was recorded in late November from altitude of 3600 meters near Namche Bazaar, Nepal, a gateway to the Himalayan mountain range. Next to Everest is Mt. Lhotse (the world's 4th highest at 8516 meters), and then the outstanding Ama Dablam (6812 m) at right. A stupa (a Buddhist religious monument) is also visible in the foreground, along the main trail to the Everest Base Camp. The light in the valley is from the Tengboche Monastery, an important religious center for Sherpa community, which is also along the trail at about 4000 meters. Sagarmatha National Park contains a magnificent part of Himalayas and the southern half of Mount Everest. Sagarmatha is a Sanskrit word, from sagar = "sky" and māthā = "head". See this view in a still startrail image. Babak Tafreshi/Dreamview.net

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