Babak Tafreshi@babaktafreshi

National Geographic night sky photographer | The World at Night founder @twanight saving natural dark skies | Science Journalist | workshops/prints:

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When the leaves begin to fall …
Swipe left for the slideshow. Swans taking off from a pond in New England in a bright October day. A tribute to my favorite autumn song “I Don’t Want To Say Goodbye” by Nana Mouskouri.


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Learning night sky photography? There is a special 50% sale on my online class collection through October.
babaktafreshi.com/workshop (or the link on my today story with the wallpaper)
As many of you know I share techniques, latest information, and editing tips on these webinars, covering both basic & advanced levels and various subjects from the Milky Way and aurora to sky events, star trails, panoramas and timelapse. Sky&Telescope, the world’s most respected astronomy magazine, is the webinars host and has offered this sale.
About the image: Moon and Venus pair in a beautiful conjunction at dusk.
#astrophotography #nightphotography #longexposure #nightsky #astronomy #nightscape #twanight @twanight


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Dazzling Venus in the morning twilight over the Atlantic coastline of Maine, northeastern US, photographed in October 2012. The faintly glowing blue band is the zodiacal light, only visible in dark skies, away from light pollution. It’s the sunlight reflecting from asteroid dust in the Solar System. Zodiac constellation Leo is in the center and Beehive star cluster at top.
@twanight #twanight #maine #twilight #astronomy #stargazing @natgeoimagecollection


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Standing on the edge of a glacier lagoon at night with a spectacular northern lights dancing in the sky, horizon to horizon.
A panoramic photo from my March 2018 aurora photo workshop. You can join the next one: babaktafreshi.com/iceland
@natgeoimagecollection @natgeotravel @twanight #twanight #aurora #northernlights #astrophotography


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Swipe left to see this panoramic image of two autumn leaves on calm water of Sorrow Lagoon, Charles River, Boston.
Fall is my favorite season, for the colors, fresh air, cold breeze, and wonderful memories.
@natgeoimagecollection


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The coastal cliffs of Italy’s Cinque Terre reveal a different look under stars. I could spend the entire night at this spot watching the clouds motion, lit by the moon, and the universe above our ocean planet. Photographed in Sep 2015.
#twanight @twanight
#cinqueterre #planetearth #nightphotography @natgeoimagecollection


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After an entire night under star-filled sky, this was my last view before going to sleep. The first rays of sunrise on Mt Damavand, 10 years ago in the Alborz Mountain Range of Iran. At 5610 meters, it is the highest volcano in Asia, only 70km away from Tehran. It has been a legendary and sacred mountain in the ancient Persian culture.
#damavand #alborzmountains #volcano @natgeoimagecollection


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If you would like to have or gift a high quality photo book of your favorite images of this page, it’s now possible on: babaktafreshi.com/book
Select up to 10 of your favorite images for a customized 60-page on-demand book that also includes some of my iconic photographs. You can also skip the image selection and I will fill the book with the most prominent photos.
For all other print orders see babaktafreshi.com/print


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It’s amazing that only 3 decades ago Solar System planets were the only known planets in the universe! Now we know almost 4000 more, including ~ 600 systems having more than one planet. Called exoplanets, more than half of these are found by Kepler space telescope but many others by giant telescopes on Earth.
On this Aug 2015 evening I was on the top of Hawaii, Mauna Kea. At 4200 meters it is the highest point of the islands and the highest in the entire Pacific Ocean. The twin Keck Telescopes, each with a giant 10-meter mirror, were shooting lasers to the sky for the Adaptive Optics system which monitors atmospheric turbulence and remove its blurring effect on the collected starlight.
@twanight #twanight #maunakea #exoplanet #observatory #astrophotography #astrophysics @natgeocreative


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The Southern Cross is the smallest constellation in the sky (Crux). But to several nations it’s much more than that, featured on the country’s flag as a symbol of the southern hemisphere. Swipe left to see the flags.
Photographed on the 2011 visit to Brazil, I was in a middle of a large sugarcane field at midnight, fighting with mosquitoes and enjoying the star-filled sky. Note the large dark nebula known as the Coalsack sitting right next to the Southern Cross. It almost resembles the map of Brazil!
@twanight #twanight #brazil #australia #newzealand #PapuaNewGuinea #samoa #southerncross #astrophotography @natgeocreative


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There is a world beyond our offices and apartments. To many who live under urban light pollution, the night sky became a forgotten part of nature. I hope images like this reconnect us with what we are missing in our busy city lifestyle.
This clip is also a tribute to Koyaanisqatsi (life out of balance), an impressive 1982 documentary filmed by pioneer cinematographer Ron Fricke, which inspired me in teenagehood with the message and a stunning composite shot of the moon and skyscrapers.
Soundtrack: Gravity of the Moon by @alirainimusic
See the video in HD resolution on vimeo.com/btafreshi


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A silent night. Orion and Gemini reflect on the calm water of this reservoir in Colorado Plateau of US Southwest, traditionally home to Native American culture of Ancestral Puebloans.
Located in the Bears Ears National Monument of Utah it is a land of a recent conflict. This large area of natural and cultural heritages became federally protected under National Monument in the last month of Obama administration in Dec 2016 despite the congress disagreement. A year later Trump administration, by executive order, reduced the area to 16% of the original size. Will the area become open to mining is unclear and a matter of the state decision.
National Monuments have been reduced by previous presidents but never to such a large degree and not in the past 50 years.
#twanight @twanight @natgeocreative
#astrophotography #bearsearsnationalmonument #utah #coloradoplateau


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