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Fall foliage in northern Iceland, yesterday. I was surprised by the intense autumn colors in this area. Most of Iceland has no trees. Two days to go to Autumn Equinox in northern hemisphere. @natgeotravel@natgeocreative@natgeo
Seeing friends is a great part of my trips. Here is the beginning of my latest aurora workshop in Iceland. Two days ago in Reykjavik with a troll statue and @parham.ashoori who was my student in late 90s when I started teaching practical astronomy to teenagers in an educational observatory in Tehran. Now he is based in Toronto. Photo by Ed Bechtel
The dancing Northern Nights in a sequence of 3 photos taken a minute apart this March in Iceland, where I’m currently located for my latest workshop. The middle image (posted earlier) is selected by the National Geographic editors for travel-inspired signed prints, available until Sept 16th. Click on the link in my profile to see the entire collection of 24 iconic photos, featured in @natgeocreative’s Flash Sale. @natgeo#aurora#auroraborealis#iceland#nightsky#fineart
Sounds on, listen from the beginning please! An iconic image of Saturn made by Cassini spacecraft also shows our tiny world about a billion miles away. You hear the voice of astronomer Carl Sagan, a few month before he passed away in 96. This is a part of his well-known words describing an earlier similar image of Earth taken by Voyager spacecraft from outer Solar System, called the Pale Blue Dot.
I edited this video as a tribute to a grand mission, one of the most successful space projects that ends in a few hours, very dramatically! @nasa Cassini is set to a deadly decent into Saturn. The End after 20 years in space, 13 years around the ring planet and exploring its many moons. Many of Cassini images are absolute fine art, besides the scientific value, thanks to a great imaging team who understands the value of art in science communication.
In 2009 I had the pleasure to share the Lennart Nilsson Award for outstanding work in scientific photography with Dr. Carolyn Porco who leads the Cassini imaging team.
The Earth & moon in this video is a real photo made by Galileo spacecraft. The pair are aligned from this perspective and doesn't show the actual distance of the two.
National Geographic editors selected 24 images for signed collectible print sale. Here are 3 samples by @natgeo photographers @yamashitaphoto@amivitale@argonautphoto. My Iceland Aurora Borealis photo (posted earlier) is one of them. Learn more on @natgeocreative and visit the link in my profile to see this unique collection. Sale ends on September 16th.
National Geographic editors selected 24 images for signed collectible print sale. My Iceland Aurora photo (posted yesterday) is one of them. Here are 3 other wonderful shots by @brianskerry, Nick Nichols, @jimrichardsonng. Learn more on @natgeocreative and visit the link in my profile to see this unique collection. Sale ends on September 16th.
I felt in love with aurora since I first photographed them in 2003 in Antarctica. This recent image of spectacular Northern Lights in Iceland is selected by National Geographic editors for travel-inspired signed prints collection, available for $100 Sept 9-16th. Click on the link in my profile to see all of the signed prints featured in @natgeocreative’s Flash Sale. @natgeo#aurora#auroraborealis#iceland#nightsky#fineart
Live today! I’m pleased to announce that my photo of the aurora borealis is a part of the @natgeocreative’s Flash Sale of collectible prints that capture unique travel locations from Sept. 9th - Sept. 16th. Visit the link in my profile to see all the signed prints on sale for $100.
A dragon across the sky! When aurora is in storm level the form, speed, and colors of the lights are breath-taking. I photographed this a few years ago in Lapland, northern Sweden. But it was strong enough to be recognized from even central Europe, as a red glow on the northern horizon. The next 2-3 nights watch for the northern lights specially if you are in high latitudes. There is a storm predicted for tonight (look early at dark before Moon reaches high). And the strongest solar flare in a decade happened today! Read on spaceweather.com. The particles from the ejection may reach Earth in a day or two, to possibly cause a massive aurora storm later this week which might become visible from places far from polar areas (in dark skies). The North America and Western Europe is more favorable as they are closer to the north magnetic pole. In southern hemisphere Tasmania and New Zealand are well located, unless you are reading this from Antarctica! @natgeotravel@natgeo@natgeocreative@twanight#aurora#auroraborealis#northernlights#nightsky#kiruna#abisko#lapland#sweden
From Earth to the sky. This timelapse video is a tribute to the greatest travelers of our time: the Voyagers! The two @nasajpl spacecrafts started their journey on different paths across the Solar System and beyond on these days, 40 years ago in 1977, a year before I was born. I grew up in Iran being inspired by their images of the outer planets before I became a science journalist and then night sky photographer for National Geographic. Its incredible how one space program inspires young minds across the planet to explore.
The Voyagers now travel a million miles per day and still in contact with scientists. Some spent their entire working life managing the mission. Voyager 1 is roughly 3 times farther than Pluto. At ~ 13 billion miles away (21b km) it has punched its way into interstellar space. Voyager 2 is not far behind. If in millions of years another civilization out in the galaxy find them, each carry the “Golden Records” with greetings in 54 languages, classical music, the sounds and photos of our planet, and diagrams of DNA! See some of these on news.nationalgeographic.com/space/voyager/ (or Google natgeo voyager). I filmed this last year in Chile from @esoastronomy observatory on Cerro Paranal, Atacama Desert. For those of you looking for details the “dot” appearing near the end and in the center, slowly moving against the stars (reminding the Voyagers journey), is a geostationary satellite, fixed in our sky but moving in relative to the stars. Sound track is Orion Fog by @alirainimusic.
See a better quality version of the video on Vimeo.com/btafreshi/voyager @natgeo@natgeocreative@natgeotravel@nasa#voyagers#spacetravel#astronomy#nightsky#timelapse
I have done many night walks in cities around the world. Here I was in central Munich during moonrise walking with my sound artist colleague @alirainimusic who lives in the city. A colorful lunar corona (atmospheric phenomenon) appears behind the Diana statue on top of the 16th century Diana Temple in Hofgarten. The garden was destroyed during WWII but rebuilt with most of the original design. @natgeocreative@natgeo#longexposure#nightphotography#munich#Germany#moon
Swipe left to see this 2-panel panoramic view of Himalayas, the roof of the world. Stars above Mt Everest in a moonlit night of Nepal. This was in fall 2009. With my close friend and colleague photographer @oshindzakarian we were hiking at ~ 4000 meters (12000ft) in Sagarmatha National Park, a World Heritage Site. Everest is on the left (8840m), then comes Lhotse (the world's 4th highest at 8516m), and the outstanding Ama Dablam (6812m) at right end, where the Pleiades (Seven Sisters cluster) rises above it. A Buddhist stupa is also visible along the main trail to the Everest Base Camp. The light in the valley is from the Tengboche Monastery, an important religious center for Sherpa community. Sagarmatha, also the local name for Everest is a Sanskrit word with several meanings such as forehead of the sea or sky, the mother of the sea or the worldThe area contains the southern half of Everest, the rest is in Tibet with even more dramatic view. @natgeocreative@natgeo@natgeotravel#himalaya#astrophotography#nightphotography#panorama#mountains#nepal#sagarmatha#everest#mteverest
The aurora borealis (northern lights) reflected in a fjord. Planet Jupiter (the brightest point) and the Pleiades star cluster (zoom to the right of Jupiter) appear above the mountain. I was near Tromso in northern Norway on this late March night. As we now approach September the aurora watching season returns when the bright endless days of summer in high latitudes end. Aurora occurs when charged and energetic particles from the Sun (the solar wind) are drawn by Earth's magnetic field to the polar regions. Learn when and where to see the lights on my @natgeo web article “7 Magical Places to View Auroras”. Google “aurora natgeo”. @natgeocreative@natgeo#longexposure#nightphotography#astrophotography#scandinavia#norway#auroraborealis#northernlights#astronomy
Enjoy this zoom-in video of my recent eclipse photo. About 45000 ft high above Pacific Ocean, in the stratosphere, this was the view on the morning of August 21, 2017. I was on assignment for @natgeo, flying some 400km off the coast of Oregon, to capture the first photographs of the total solar eclipse before the moon shadow hits the coast and races across the US. A slightly different edit of this image posted widely across the web as the first view to the eclipse. The video zooms to a telescopic closeup which was not possible from the jet. It is a @nasa photo from Kentucky by Joseph Matus. Soundtrack by @alirainimusic#eclipse2017#solareclipse#eclipse@natgeocreative@airbnb
Swipe left to see the 3-panel panorama inside the Antelope Canyon in Arizona. After a while inside the extremely narrow slot canyon you realize “faces” on the eroded sandstone walls. Our brain actively look for human faces even in irrelevant contexts. These smooth, angular surfaces of rock have been eroded by seasonal flash floods after thunderstorms. The canyon is well managed by the local Native Americans but in the past there were tourists and film crew who stuck inside during a flood. @natgeocreative#arizona#panorama#antelopecanyon#canyon#pagearizona
While I was flying 45000 ft high, on the edge of stratosphere, some 400km off the coast of Oregon, to capture the first glimpse of 2017 totality for @natgeo and @airbnb, my ground-based cameras were remotely active, waiting to capture the eclipse above the iconic Smith Rock State Park in central Oregon. There is a plane crossing the sky on the lower left, looks like a shooting star! The rock known as the Monkey Face is near the center, and zooming on the pictures shows several rock climbers on it during totality! The solar corona appears very small in this wide-angle shots but in this exposure its extended 4 times of the sun disk, almost 450 Earth diameter. @natgeocreative@twanight#solareclipse#eclipse2017#totaleclipse
And finally the 2017 total solar eclipse! On assignment for @natgeo & @airbnb this was the view today on 10:10 morning Eastern Time from 45000 ft high, flying on the edge of stratosphere, some 400km off the coast of Oregon above the cloud-covered Pacific Ocean. Like all other eclipses I've seen the horizon colors were amazing but this time at such a high altitude the sky became pitch black, almost felt like flying in space. Wow! @natgeocreative@airbnb@twanight#eclipse2017#solareclipse#eclipse