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. Move the slider on 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!



comments (11)

  • J Hall Reply

    Dear Babak A. Tafreshi
    What an amazing shot of the tallest building in the world. I last saw it on the net when it was being constructed. I would love a small photo of it but do not have credit cards. Can you let me know how to get a copy another way. I am terminally ill so do not take too long as I would like to have it on my PC as wallpaper to enjoy for a little while. I was amazed at how much you crammed in your life and still be a young person. Well done.
    GOD be praised!

    Jean Hall

    July 16, 2011 at 7:57 am
  • Hadi Reply

    You will be Immortal by these images.
    very good

    July 17, 2011 at 3:28 pm
  • elendil Reply

    Very nice picture Babak, and I am glad that it became Astronomical Picture of the Day!

    July 17, 2011 at 8:27 pm
  • Arya Reply

    چه شب های درخشنده ای داره دبی
    چه شب های نور شکنی داره ایران
    تفاوت میان مغزها!؟

    ممنون رفیق
    خیلی قشنگه

    Babak! thank you

    July 22, 2011 at 9:16 am
  • kekel Reply

    Its the best picture which Ive ever seen. very nice babak A tafreshi

    July 26, 2011 at 7:14 am
  • Zahra Mirzaiyan Reply

    How beautiful!Nice and fantastic!

    August 10, 2011 at 7:01 am
  • sara Reply

    love your pices.i wish i can sometime take photos the way you do.

    October 29, 2011 at 11:09 am
  • Saber Eskandari Reply

    As a student of you in iran, I’m proud.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:01 am
  • Soheil Salimi Reply

    Do you know what is the most valuable thing in this photo?
    The stars of that night? No!
    The tallest building in the world? No!
    The light of the city? No!
    You are the most valuable thing in this photo dear Babak Tafreshi.
    Thanks a lot .

    November 24, 2011 at 7:00 am
  • rana Reply

    so nice!!!!!

    December 18, 2011 at 3:46 am
  • samira Reply

    wow thank you dear babak
    its so fantastic
    as your student i proud to you
    thanks so much

    January 2, 2012 at 10:52 pm

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