During 3 hours three planets and many stars trail above Milad communication Tower (435 m from base to the antenna tip) in Tehran; a metropolitan of over 10 million population with a very light polluted sky. But even in urban areas like this a keen eye can see few hundred stars. Move the slider on the image to recognize what stars and planets are associated with brightest trails in this image. Note how planet Venus is in conjunction with star Regulus and aligned with Mars and Saturn. This image is a result of about 1700 photos, all in sequence and each with only 5 seconds exposure. Longer exposures in urban areas results in too bright sky and fewer recognizable stars. © Babak Tafreshi



comments (7)

  • yahya pourjahan Reply

    salam aghaye tafreshi
    askhaye shoma vaghean fogholade ziba hastand.
    agar man ham akshaee ba chenin mozooati gereftam mitunam dar in site gharar bedaham?
    mamnun mishavam man ro rahnamaee konid.

    ba tashakor
    yahya pourjahan
    janeshine anjomane nojum tebyan

    August 7, 2010 at 1:29 pm
  • Babak Tafreshi Reply

    Salam Yahya, yes you can send submissions to TWAN Guest Gallery, using the submission form:

    August 7, 2010 at 4:51 pm
  • Anonymous Reply

    aghaye tafreshi,shoma fogholadeid;)
    karatun asan mano ravani mikone enghadr khafane

    August 11, 2010 at 5:03 pm
  • Alieza hassani Reply

    nicec shot!!! Mr.tafreshi
    I can`t belive that you got this starring image in light polluted sky of tehran!!!
    i think its the first image that i hva seen from star tairl in tehran

    August 20, 2010 at 9:58 am
  • hamidreza mirrokni Reply

    very good photo.

    August 23, 2010 at 5:11 pm
  • Hesam Nazari Reply

    hi dear Babak.
    i can’t belive it,how did you take this great startrace in tehran?!!
    it’s wonderfull.
    how could I work with TWAN?
    I missed you ,Really ,Babak.
    where do I find you and talk together see to see? 🙂
    if you see my photoblog, I’m going to be happy.

    August 27, 2010 at 10:52 am
  • Babak Tafreshi Reply

    Thanks Hesam, viewed and enjoyed your photo blog! You can submit photos to The World at Night at our Guest Gallery:

    August 29, 2010 at 2:09 am

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