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The Night Sky above Gobustan

By: Tunc Tezel

 

Region: Asia

Site: Gobustan - Azerbaijan

Date: 2012 February 25

The evening twilight fades to starry sky over Gobustan National Park in Azerbaijan. The Moon and Venus are in conjunction over the west (right) with Jupiter a little higher in the sky. Along the ecliptic they are aligned with the zodiacal light (sunlight reflection from dust in the Solar System plane). On the other side the winter constellations are visible over the light dome of Gobustan town, only few kilometers way. This area was a human settlement in prehistoric time since the last ice age. This World Heritage Site preserve many prehistoric rock engravings. Tunc Tezel

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