The Summer Milky Way rises over a remote farm in development near Saywan, Turkmenistan. Saturn is embedded in the bulge of the galaxy due southeast, while bright Jupiter shines in the southwest. Saywan lies in the highlands towards Iran border about 200 km west of Asghabad. In this hilly area of more than 1000 meters of elevation, the only sources of light pollution are small villages, so the night sky looks nice.

Turkmenistan leases land to people who agrees to cultivate the land for agricultural production. My brother Cenk and I had spent a few days to work on a geological survey for groundwater around this farmland.



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