The shadow of the Earth appears after sunset in the opposite horizon, as seen from atop the 3600m summit of Mount Gargash in Zagros Mountains of Iran. Note the red-pink glow or antitwilight band that extends the horizon. The glow is separated from the horizon by a dark layer which is the shadow of Earth in the atmosphere. The red-pink color above it is due to back scattering of reddened light from the setting Sun and is named the Belt of Venus. Click on the second photo to see a wider panoramic view of this scene. Not far from the town of Kashan, Mount Gargash has exceptional seeing and atmospheric transparency for astronomical observations and the climate and seeing at the peak are monitored by Iran National Observatory project. © Oshin Zakarian



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  • Davud AbuOmíd Reply

    i think the Prophets Zardusht, Daniel, the Imams, the Báb & Bahá’u’lláh all appreciated the heavens from Persia (not to exclude Omar Khayyam)!

    December 11, 2010 at 2:33 pm

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