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@babaktafreshi  Explorer of night skies | National Geographic | The World at Night founder |Speaker & Science Journalist l Workshops/Prints:

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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. 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

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10 hours ago

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

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1 day ago

The longest total solar eclipse in the 21st centry was in July 2009. I was a lecturer on board a cruise ship in the middle of the Pacific Ocean to record 6min and 42sec of totality (the longest possible is 7.5 min). Here is a fisheye image of the scene from the ship's bow. Every solar eclipse is special depending on your environment and how nature reacts to this sudden mysterious darkness. This time it was about the silence of the ocean. The eclipsed sun was almost overhead and the black disc of the moon surrounded by solar corona was like an eye looking down to us. The fast moving moon shadow was playing a colorful show all around the horizon. Between 1999 and 2009 I chased almost all major eclipses from Antarctica to Africa and Amazon for a decade-long documentary project. I'm usually very busy with several cameras during the eclipse and unfortunately not enjoying the fantastic feeling of the eclipse but this time the totality was so long that I had enough to look around, hear and feel what is happening to nature. @natgeo @natgeotravel @natgeocreative @twanight #eclipse2017 #eclipse #solareclipse

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1 day ago

Getting ready for our pre-eclipse @natgeo Facebook Livestream (+YouTube) tonight at 19:00-19:30 PT (2am UT). One of my favorite eclipse photos, showing my wife holding a solar filter, is the National Geographic homepage header now. Find plenty of interesting articles on The next Facebook live show will be tomorrow, covering the eclipse from 9:30 PT (16:30 UT). As well as almost-live posts and stories on Instagram @natgeo. #eclipse2017 #solareclipse #eclipse @natgeocreative

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3 days ago

On my way to the eclipse 2017 project In Oregon. Join me on National Geographic Facebook Live (& YouTube) on the night before eclipse, Sun Aug20th starting at 10pm EDT (7 PDT) where we talk about the eclipse and answer questions from inside the eclipse path. On the eclipse day, Monday morning, there will be another Live Facebook with fresh images (9:30 PDT, 12:30 EDT, 16:30 UT), and also @natgeo on Instagram I will post images and stories as the eclipse progress on Aug 21st. Learn more on The moon shadow crosses the US in 1.5 hours at speed of 2500-1500 miles per hour. I will document the @natgeo and @airbnb project ( Flying over the Pacific Ocean on a small jet, we will be the first people to see this totality. Appears here is the moment before totality in 2016 (Indonesia) with thin clouds forming colorful atmospheric halo. @natgeocreative @natgeotravel @twanight #eclips2017 #eclipse #solareclipse #greatamericaneclipse

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4 days ago

The moments near totality during the 2016 solar eclipse (which took me to Indonesia). I wish everyone in the eclipse path clear skies on August 21st, but even if not perfectly clear it can be impressive with the eclipsed sun appearing through passing clouds. This total eclipse lasts a maximum of 2min 40sec in Illinois (on the centerline) and a bit less on other areas of the 70-mile wide path which includes over 20 national park units (monuments, historic sites, reserves). The Grand Teton in Wyoming and the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee are two national parks which go under the shadow. Interested in solar eclipses? Read my recent story on natgeo,com/travel “Chasing Eclipses Across 7 Continents” (google “eclipse chasing natgeo”). @natgeocreative @natgeo @natgeotravel #eclipse2017 #solareclipse #eclipse

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6 days ago

Only 5 days to the so-called Great American Eclipse, totally visible in 14 states (coast to coast) and partially in the entire North & Central America. For my 13th eclipse on Aug 21st I will be in Oregon to document the @natgeo and @airbnb project ( Flying over the Pacific Ocean on a small jet we will be the first people to see this totality. I will also have auto-run camera on the ground. Appears here is a telescopic sequence from 2006 in Antalya, Turkey. Remember after every eclipse astronomers, equipped to proper telescopes, share numerous images of incredible details of the phenomenon. If you are looking for your own creative photography try wide angle shots of the ambient environment, the brighter planets and a few stars in the sky which looks like deep twilight but with colors all around the horizon. Look for side phenomena such as the mysterious Shadow Bands or the partial eclipse images projected under trees by hundreds of tiny holes between the leaves. I would look for a highly elevated spot to capture the approaching and escaping shadow with its amazing speed of 1500-3000 mph. Look for animals and insects reacting to this bizarre sudden mid-day darkness. Or attend one of the eclipse festivals along the path and observe how everyone emotionally reacts to this. Some might propose under the moon shadow, some cry, some dance, and some scream! @natgeocreative @twanight #eclips2017 #eclipse #solareclipse #greatamericaneclipse

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6 days ago

Not in the Swiss Alps, this is in the Middle East. The shepherd's hut was photographed on a summer morning of Alborz Mountains in Iran. The humidty from from the nearby Caspian Sea is blocked by this massive mountain range and formed a large band of dense vegetation known as Caspian Hyrcanian forest. Unfortunately this unique habitat is shrinking fast due to human impact and poor management. The entire forest (55000 sq km), extending to Azerbaijan, is under Unesco World Heritage tentative list. The Caspian Tiger once roamed these mountains, now extinct. Other large mammals here are the Caucasus Leopard, lynx, brown bear, wild boar, wolf, golden jackal, jungle cat, badger, and otter. This is a scanned negative from a wonderful hiking trip in 1998. @natgeocreatve @natgeotravel @natgeo @conservationorg #iran #mazandaran #caspiansea #amol #alborzmountains #forest #middleeast #conservation

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7 days ago

Swipe left for the entire 360 panorama. The Milky Way across the southern sky in the Atacama Desert of Chile right at moonset. Just above my head in the second panel is the Large Magellanic Cloud, and the smaller one above the mountains. These are our neighboring satellite galaxies. Note the patchy reddish glow in the last panel. This is called airglow, the natural emission of the Earth’s upper atmosphere, usually very faint and colorless to the eyes but not to the camera. @natgeocreativ @twanight #panorama #atacama #chile #desert #motherearth #nightsky #magellanicclouds #astronomy #stargazing #astrophotography #nightphotography #longexposure

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9 days ago

About 20,000 people are permitted to climb the rugged Mt Whitney in California every year. At 14,505 ft (4421m) it’s the highest summit in the contiguous US and the Sierra Nevada. Here on a summer evening I was positioned in a spot to capture the crescent moon on top of Whitney while it was next to Jupiter in a beautiful celestial conjunction. Note the Galilean Moons visible around Jupiter in the single-exposure telephoto image. The dark night side of moon is gently lit by the Earth, that’s why its called the Earthshine (or the Da Vinci Glow). @natgecreative #mtwhitney #califonria #moon #jupiter #nightsky #astronomy #climbing #mountains #sierranevada #longexposure #nightphotography

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10 days ago

If you have clear and relatively dark sky this weekend enjoy the Perseid Meteor Shower, Aug 11 to 13. The peak is from Saturday midnight to the morning of Sunday the 13th but the bright moon rising before midnight vanishes a part of the sky so you might consider the darker evening hours (10-12pm). This annual meteor shower is more favored for the northern hemisphere but its visible from anywhere on Earth. The meteors don’t necessarily appear near the shower radiant in constellation Perseus, they can be anywhere in the sky. In ideal condition you might see a meteor or two per minute depending on the peak hour, light pollution, and moonlight. Appears above is a fisheye photo during the 2016 Perseids peak from Yosemite National Park in California. Perseus is on the top and the Summer Triangle is on the bottom along the Milky Way. @natgeocreative @natgeo @natgeotravel @twanight #meteorshower #meteor #shootingstar #fallingstar #perseids #milkyway #yosemite #california #nightsky #astronomy #stargazing #astrophotography #nightphotography #longexposure

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