Poetic Star Trails

By: Amir H. Abolfath


Region: Middle East

Site: Shiraz - Iran

Date: October 2014

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The rotation of the sky (caused by the Earth rotation) is photographed in a long-exposure image where stars are trailed around the north celestial pole, marked by Polaris. On the Earth is the tomb of Hafez in Shiraz, southern Iran. Hafez was a famed Persian lyric poet of the 14th century who made major influences on the Persian speaking cultures; from the Persian traditional music to visual art, and calligraphy. Translations of Hafez poems exist in all major languages. Click on the constellation icon above the image to see another startrail image with a closer view to the tomb. Amir Abolfath,

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