A lot of things is going on in this 30-second exposure image. The young Moon is setting in the early evening sky over the western horizon of Dizin peak (3400 m) in Alborz Mountains of Iran. The dazzling planet Venus is just above it and between the two a bright meteor streaks the sky. Align the ecliptic tow other planets, Mars and Saturn, are visible in the view toward the upper right, where the International Space Station is crossing the sky. Its a rare occasion to have all these in a short moment. Move the slider on the image to see the labels. © Babak Tafreshi



comments (3)

  • NGH Reply

    سلام عکس بسیار خوبی است امااین طور به نظر میرسه که زهره خیلی عظمت پیدا کرده یا ماه کوجک شده چرا این طور به نظر میاد؟

    August 31, 2010 at 7:50 pm
  • Babak Tafreshi Reply

    Good point! The Moon looks fainter than Venus in this picture because it’s getting very close to the horizon, just before setting, and therefore it’s dimmed and reddened. The crescent Moon in this phase generally has total brightness of over 30 times more than Venus.

    September 3, 2010 at 3:52 am
  • M. RATNA PRABHU, India Reply

    A wonderful moment beautifully captured! Congratulations, Dr Babak Tafreshi!! Thank you for sharing it with the whole world …

    September 23, 2010 at 3:52 pm

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