Babak Tafreshi@babaktafreshi

National Geographic night sky photographer | The World at Night founder @twanight saving natural dark skies | Science Journalist | Workshop PhotoTours

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Babak Tafreshi

Above an ocean of clouds, the sun sets over one of the world’s largest telescopes for a night of explorations to begin. La Palma, Canary Islands, is almost a second home to me, visiting every year for my main photo workshop called Astromaster. Up to 15 photographers join me from around the world in this European paradise for stargazers and nature lovers. For May 2019 program 2 spots are now open due to cancellation: babaktafreshi.com/lapalma (or click the profile link)
Find more photos of the program on my featured story “Astromaster”. #photoworkshop #phototour #astrophotography #nightscape #nightphotography #canaryislands #spain @natgeoimagecollection


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Last year I wrote an online article for @natgeo on “World’s Best Stargazing Sites”. On this personal list Atacama Desert in Chile is at top, having some of the most pristine night skies on the planet. Away from light pollution, dry and clear, and transparent sky thanks to high altitude. On this April 2016 night I was near the town of San Pedro de Atacama, on assignment for European Southern Observatory @esoastronomy. This forest of giant cactus at 3500 meters was peacefully resting under an ocean of stars. The Southern Cross is near the center and Magellanic Clouds, our neighboring galaxies, are on the right, with the south celestial pole right above the large close cactus, in an “empty” area of the sky, unmarked by any polar star.
#twanight #atacamadesert #chile #astrophotography #nightphotography #milkyway @natgeoimagecollection


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Above Half Dome rock formation in Yosemite Valley a bright meteor appears next to the Pleiades star cluster, the Seven Sisters. The year’s best meteor shower happens on Dec 13-14, the Geminids. If you are into night sky photography check my new webinar:
Photographing Meteor Showers
babaktafreshi.com/workshop
#meteor #meteorshower #geminids #astrophotography #nightphotography #longexposure #twanight @natgeoimagecollection @twanight


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New Moon at Dusk. A thin crescent Moon after sunset above the shores of Atlantic Ocean near Boston, from earlier this year.
#moon #boston #newengland #massachusetts #twanight @natgeoimagecollection @twanight


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When the stars revealed on this March 2003 night, there were over a 100 amateur astronomers on the roof of a remote desert caravansary in Iran’s Kavir National Park, surveying the sky with their telescopes in the Messier Marathon annual competition. My friend Mostafa Emam, astrophotographer and astronomy educator in Tehran, was there too. He passed away yesterday due to heart attack, only at 39 years old. This is a tribute to his passion for the stars, with my deep condolence to his family.
The 4-hour exposure on film shows the star trails (Earth rotation) and the observers using dim red flashlight to read sky maps without disturbing their night vision.


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Under the moonlight on this crystal clear night of November 2009 I was in the World Heritage Site of Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal, on one of The World at Night imaging projects with @oshindzakarian. The view of Himalayas is even more spectacular at night, when the mountains appear to reach for the stars. On the left is Mt. Lutse, the world’s 4th highest mountain at 8516m. Ama Dablam (6812m) with its outstanding shape is on the right. Right above it are Castor and Pollux, the two bright stars of Gemini, marking the Twins heads.
@twanight #twanight #astrophotography #nightphotography #sagarmatha #everesttrek @natgeoimagecollection


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In a colorful dusk of Ternate island, Indonesia, the new moon appears above the Pacific Ocean, photographed in March 2016.
#indonesia #astrophotography #moon #twanight @twanight @natgeoimagecollection


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Destination: The Red Planet
From a High Sierra lake, where Mars and Milky Way shine in the starry sky, to our neighboring planet on a seven-month 300 million miles long journey that InSight spacecraft achieved today.
A tribute to the new NASA’s JPL mission to Mars which successfully landed a few hours ago after entering the Martian atmosphere, descending with a parachute to be the first mission to study the deep interior of Mars.
The opening shot is photographed this August in California. The Mars closeup image is an amazing mosaic of Viking spacecraft photos from 40 years ago. The landing animations are produced by @nasajpl. The music is by @alirainimusic of tonelabs.com.
@twanight @natgeoimagecollection @natgeotravel #mars #redplanet #sierranevada #milkyway #astrophotography #twanight #nasainsight


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Dramatically different auroras can appear in the course of a single night. Like snowflakes, no two auroras are quite the same. I have photographed them from Arctic to Antarctic and still become surprised by unusual appearances. On this winter midnight of Swedish Lapland at 68 degrees north a colorless but well defined northern lights appeared across the sky. The seven stars of the Big Dipper are near the top and bright star Vega is on the left. Enjoy the phone wallpaper of this on my today story.
Find about my next aurora phototours on babaktafreshi.com/workshop
#aurora #sweden #nightphotography #astrophotography @natgeoimagecollection @twanight


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The full moon is rising behind a seagull in this single-exposure photograph through a super telephoto lens. I enjoyed the simplicity of the view. In photography sometimes the less is more.
The view also reminds us of the delicate connection of life on our planet with the moonlight, tides, and lunar cycle.
Enjoy a phone wallpaper of this photo. Go to today story, hold your finger on the screen until the text & my profile disappears, then screenshot and save to your photos.
#twanight #fullmoon #boston #newengland #astrophotography @twanight @natgeoimagecollection


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Following my previous post this is the first night-time image of the recent project in the Black Canyon National Park, Colorado. The extremely deep and narrow canyon causes the dark black walls. This single exposure photograph is mainly lit by the moon and partly by the twilight. Night photography very often depends on the moment and how to use the right ambient light.
Enjoy a phone wallpaper of this dramatic scene. Go to today story, hold your finger on the screen until the text & my profile disappears, then screenshot and save to your photos.
#twanight #blackcanyonofthegunnison #colorado #canyon @natgeoimagecollection @twanight @natgeotravel


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On the end of my short trip to Colorado, saw some very impressive scenes, both in day and under stars. This late afternoon iPhone shot is from the Black Canyon National Park with its stunningly deep dark walls. A night-time image of the canyon will be revealed soon.
#blackcanyonofthegunnison #colorado #canyon @natgeoimagecollection


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