As seen on Astronomy Picture of the Day, Night Hides A World But Reveals a Universe.” A Persian proverb. The Milky Way and planet Venus in the evening twilight over Lake Turkana, northern Kenya. Click on the second photo to see this scene without the landscape, that gives a better sense for the title. Venus appears almost like a grand supernova exploding in the central bulge of the galaxy. Venus was almost aligned with the galactic center in Sagittarius that night (2 degrees, lower left of Venus), though with the physical distance of over 25,000 light years! To the left of Venus is the bright Sagittarius Star Cloud and 4 degrees above Venus is the M8 or Lagoon nebula appearing in red.



comments (8)

  • RC Davison Reply

    Beautiful image! I was wondering if it is a composite or did you do this with one shot?

    February 8, 2014 at 10:20 am
  • Babak Tafreshi Reply

    Thank you. Yes this is one shot. I don’t do composite imaging, they are either single exposure or panoramas (besides photo sequences that create startrails).

    February 9, 2014 at 2:22 pm
  • Fil Reply

    I love this image. Are any of your prints for sale? I’m fascinated by this one.

    February 11, 2014 at 1:50 pm
  • Babak Tafreshi Reply

    Yes the image is available for print order, please visit the image link on my website placed below.

    February 12, 2014 at 4:31 am
  • RC Davison Reply

    Thanks, Babak. Amazing range of colors in the image. I had thought that to capture the Milky Way the sunset would have washed out. Very nicely done.

    February 12, 2014 at 4:54 am
  • Abolfazl Alemi Reply

    It’s really a nice shot sir. Would u explain about the camera settings, lens or the image features?

    October 16, 2015 at 4:14 am
  • Paul Wallace Reply

    That’s a really beautiful way to start my day. Thank you, Babek. Keep up the great work.

    October 16, 2015 at 5:06 am
  • MrMcPhil Reply

    How do you spell “EPIC”?

    October 16, 2015 at 11:41 pm

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