As seen on Astronomy Picture of the Day the Red Planet, Mars, appears in close conjunction with bright star Regulus at the Leo’s heart, both shining at magnitude 1 but with great color contrast. Toward the east along the ecliptic, Saturn is another bright planet visible in this view at the border of Virgo and Leo. Click on the constellation icon above the image to view labels and figures. The photograph is taken from Oraman (Hewraman, originated from Ahura, the old Persian word for God in Zoroastrian), a mountainous region of Kurdistan in western Iran which has unique ancient villages, home to Kurdish (Kurds) people. Some areas in the region have been sacred pilgrimage sites for believers of Zoroastrianism since before the advent of Islam. This valley is only few kilometers from the Kurdistan of Iraq and faint light glow from the Kurd villages on the other side of border are visible above the western mountains. While the area was the scene of devastating war between Iraq and Iran over 2 decades ago its now in peace under starry sky.



comments (13)

  • aziza Reply

    so beautiful…………

    June 7, 2010 at 5:44 am
  • Maryam Reply

    amazing,I am so excited to see this very beautiful picture.Thanks for sharing .

    June 7, 2010 at 10:50 am
  • atoosa Reply

    it`s fine to show it by arrows one the pic

    June 7, 2010 at 7:10 pm
  • ایرانی Reply

    veryyyyyyyyyyy goooood

    June 10, 2010 at 8:15 am
  • Hamid. Reply

    Hi dear Babak,
    All the photos that you have taken, are wonderful for me, since they notice me, more accurately, of infinite beauties available in this ordered nature.

    Good Luck,
    Hamid Bahrololoum.

    July 5, 2010 at 7:10 pm
  • farzin hossaini Reply

    hewraman it’s really beautiful place in kurdistan and I come from there!and I so happy that you taken this photo
    excellent Mr.tafreshi and good luck!

    please visit my photoblog and add your comment

    thank you!

    September 2, 2010 at 4:43 pm
  • Babak Tafreshi Reply

    Greetings Farzin, enjoyed visiting your photoblog, and very much enjoyed visiting Kurdistan, your birthplace.
    Thank you Hamid, pleasure to know you have enjoyed the images.

    September 3, 2010 at 3:55 am
  • EbookiC4 Reply


    Thanks for an explanation, the easier, the better …

    February 21, 2011 at 11:18 am
  • Haidar Fatemi Reply

    Amazing. I always follow your works on the Net, all are remarkable and precious. As a teacher interested in photography living in Hewraman_e takht, I would appreciate your sending me the “shooting information and exact time” for this photo.

    August 17, 2011 at 9:31 pm
  • Babak Tafreshi Reply

    Hello Haidar, the image is made on 2010 June 4 about one hour after sunset. The exposure is 30 seconds, ISO 1600, and 28mm lens.

    August 18, 2011 at 3:42 am
  • Abhinav Roy Reply

    It’s amazing $ so wondrful.

    August 9, 2012 at 6:32 am
  • Amirreza Asgari Shemirani Reply

    Hi Babak , i want to know that did you use any filter to capture this image?

    August 11, 2012 at 3:48 am
  • Babak Tafreshi Reply

    Amirreza, I used a diffuser filter in front of the lens.

    September 11, 2012 at 10:55 pm

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