Starry Winter Night Glows Above Thar Desert
The photographers campsite glows over the white salt in the Thar Desert. This image was taken on Jan. 27, 2011.
Credit: Ajay Talwar / The World at Night

Astrophotographer Ajay Talwar camped out in a tent in the Thar Desert in northwestern India to get this stunning photo of a starry winter night.

In the image, the star Sirius is visible as a bright spot near the horizon. The constellations Orion, Taurus, and Gemini can also be seen dotting the sky. The Great Rann of Kutch ("rann" means desert in Hindi) is a seasonal salt marsh within the Thar Desert in the Indian state of Gujarat. The photographer's campsite glows over the white salt.

Talwar took the image on Jan. 27, 2011.

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