Startrails Above Everest

By: Babak A. Tafreshi


Region: Asia

Site: Sagarmatha National Park - Nepal

Date: November 2009

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Stars trail above the top of the world in this long exposure image. The rotation of the Earth causes the sky to circle around our planet. The scene was recorded from Himalaya mountain range in Nepal. The moonlight has illuminated Mt. Everest (8840 meters, left), Lhotse (the world's 4th highest at 8516 m, middle), and the outstanding Ama Dablam (6812 m, right). A stupa 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 altitude of about 4000 meters. See this view in a time-lapse video. Click on the star-pattern icon above the image to see TWAN photographers Babak Tafreshi and Oshin Zakarian (right) after an imaging night along the route to Everest base camp. See more behind the scene photos of their TWAN trip to Nepal in this report. Babak Tafreshi/

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