Dubai at Night

By: Babak A. Tafreshi


Region: Middle East

Site: Dubai - UAE

Date: February 2011

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As seen on NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day a starry night over the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is really not so starry. In fact, the Moon is the only celestial beacon to come close to competing with city lights in this night skyscape, a situation all too familiar to urban skygazers. The futuristic looking scene is dominated by the 828 meter tall Khalifa Tower, presently the tallest free standing structure on planet Earth. The very brightest stars are the last remaining stars in this urban sky. Capella is left of the tower and Aldebaran, Betelgeuse, Rigel, and stars in Orion's Belt can just be also identified. Click on the stars icon above the image to see the labels. Now you realize the top of the world's tallest tower is not really the highest point in this view! See this view in an all-sky image. Babak Tafreshi/

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