As seen on National Geographic News our home galaxy, the Milky Way, stands above African Sahara, in the remote Tassili National Park in the southern Algeria near Niger border. Notable on the left, is bright planet Jupiter. Tassili National Park is a World Heritage Site in the heart of Sahara desert. Prehistoric skygazers surely witnessed a similar sky. In addition to dramatic sandstone formations, the Tassili region is noted for rock paintings and archaeological sites dating to neolithic times.



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  • Pulipaka Reply

    Just read your interview in Discover Magazine – nice photos – good luck with everything. I will try to get a telescope or get access to one.

    May 16, 2010 at 5:28 pm
  • Babak Tafreshi Reply

    Thank you and glad to know you have enjoyed the photos. Besides telescopes I also enjoys observing and learning the night sky with unaided eyes.

    May 17, 2010 at 4:17 pm
  • Robert Hill Reply

    Stunning shot…really amazing…just wondering how did you do it? I am only guessing that you might put remote flash gun firing at different spots right next to foreground area?

    May 21, 2010 at 11:23 am
  • Babak Tafreshi Reply

    Thanks Robert. Yes you are right! It was a minute exposure and I went a little away from the camera with flash in hand and fired it at low angle.

    May 21, 2010 at 3:54 pm
  • Leily Reply

    kahkeshan yani az anja kah keshideand,va inha ham kahhayist ke bar rah rikhte ast, shegefta negahhaye loukse mardome asfalt neshin shahr an ra kahkeshan mibinand o dehatihaye kahkesh kavir shah rahe Ali rahe Kabe,rahi ke Ali az on be Kabe miravad-Dr.Ali Shariati.

    salam,ghashang boud.(ghashang yani tabire asheghaneye ashkal.)

    May 24, 2010 at 5:46 am
  • mehrara Reply

    just wonderful

    June 13, 2010 at 12:01 pm
  • Aziza Reply

    That’s an amazing view, great jobe Babak
    you show more and more of our desert beauty……

    what kind of camera did you use ?

    June 23, 2010 at 4:02 am
  • Babak Tafreshi Reply

    Thanks Aziz, for this photo I used Canon 5D (older version) digital SLR camera and 15mm lens.

    June 23, 2010 at 7:32 am
  • Jim Garasich Reply

    Stunning beyond words!

    July 14, 2010 at 7:55 pm
  • Aziza Reply

    eachtime I visit the site I can’t stop myself returning to this beautiful image…………golden sand,magestic mountains, amazing sky……..waw

    July 27, 2010 at 10:24 am
  • NGH Reply

    in this photo earth and sky come to gather!

    July 27, 2010 at 5:54 pm
  • Mizou Psy Reply

    it’s wonderful;amazing tahnk u +10000000000000000
    you welcome to algeria

    December 19, 2012 at 2:32 pm
  • Mayssoun Reply

    Subhanallah 😍amazing 👌🏻I always wanted to see the Milky Way from earth 😓

    June 23, 2016 at 9:16 pm

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