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Hydra, the Largest Constellation

By: Babak A. Tafreshi

 

Region: Middle East

Site: Dasht-e Kavir - Iran

Spot: Maranjab

Date: March 2009

The constellations of the northern hemisphere's spring nights roar the sky in this wide-field image from a dark desert in central Iran. Winter constellations set in the west above the light dome of nearby city Kashan. The lines show the largest constellation in the sky, a celestial snake known as Hydra. This ancient constellation spans over 90 degrees from the head to the tail and covers 1303 square degrees of the sky. Babak Tafreshi/Dreamview.net

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