Photo by @babaktafreshi, the world at night.
the milkyway, our home galaxy of several hundred billion stars, gleams in all its splendor, as seen from la silla observatory in the southern outskirts of the atacama desert, chile. the clear, high altitude dry desert air provides a perfect home for the la silla, operated by the european southern observatory (eso), where the 3.6-meter new technology telescope (ntt) makes its nightly rounds of the sky's far reaches. the telescope rests between the open doors in the photo. the milky way spans more than 100,000 light-years across, putting earth in the cosmic suburbs, some 27,000 light-years away from the brightly glowing center of the galaxy, seen at the center of this image. visible to the left of the milky way is the bright orange star antares at the heart of scorpius (the scorpion). saturn can be seen as the brightest point to the upper left of antares and alpha and beta centauri glow in the upper right of the image. the southern cross (crux) and the coalsack dark nebula are also visible at the upper right corner. follow me @babaktafreshi for more night wonders of the world.
A neighbors house caught on fire this evening. aunt reva and i walked down the smoke filled street to check things out. it's a good thing the family wasn't home and glad no one was hurt. #arkansas#thesouth#documentaryphotography
It’s no secret that the path to success is often lined with talent in your craft, and humility in your step. however, it’s those who trudge on to master many disciplines that truly are rewarded. cheers to the brave and dynamic few; may they never stray. reflecting on our journeys with @remymartin.#onelifelivethem
American classics. in honor of earth day, and as a first test of its kind for nat geo creative, we are offering signed nat geo prints during a week-long flash print sale. $100 each! follow the link in my bio and thank you.
Print sale ~ remembering this truly mystical morning...the moment when the waining blue-blissful light of a setting full moon began merging with the rising warmth of the sun. before me rose mount bromo, gently exhaling its life. in far distance, the equally spiritual, mount semeru, swirling in raging dance while quiet mount batok rested in dormancy at the foothill of morning fog within the teggera caldera in east java, indonesia. these incredible geological formations were published as part of my story “the gods must be restless” in the january 2008 issue of national geographic magazine. so please we are offering this truly unique photograph as a signed print through for $100 from april 17th - april 22nd in honor of earth day.
click on the link in my profile to purchase this image and see all the signed prints featured in @natgeocreative’s flash sale. all my best, john stanmeyer