There is nothing like watching the fantastic view of the Milky Way in a dark starry sky. In this stunning view of our galaxy, the dazzling planet Jupiter shines above the prominent figure of constellation Scorpius. To its lower left Sagittarius hosts the bright central part of the Milky Way. Shift your view along the galactic plane to the left to find constellation Auriga and bright star Altair at the top left. The binocular observer enjoys amazingly dark sky of Touran Desert in eastern Iran, over 100 km from the closest city Shahrud. Touran National Park is listed among the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. © Babak Tafreshi



comments (5)

  • hamvatan Reply

    nice picture

    May 30, 2010 at 1:55 am
  • shayan salim shahshahani Reply

    what is the line in the up-left of the picture?

    September 2, 2010 at 10:43 pm
  • Babak Tafreshi Reply

    The line at the upper left is probably a faint satellite.

    September 3, 2010 at 3:46 am
  • Alireza Reply

    Why stars dont apear like a dot?

    August 23, 2011 at 4:08 am
  • Babak Tafreshi Reply

    Alireza: because I often use a diffuser (softener) filter infront of my lens to better show the brightness and color difference of the stars.

    August 23, 2011 at 4:55 pm

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