Dazzling Photo: Moon and Venus Shine Over World Heritage Site

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The moon and Venus are in conjunction in this image taken at Gobustan National Park in Azerbaijan, on Feb. 25, 2012. (Image credit: Tunc Tezel / The World at Night)

The moon and Venus star in a dazzling conjunction in this night skyscape over Gobustan National Park in Azerbaijan. The starry sky over this World Heritage Site was taken by astrophotographer Tunc Tezel of The World at Night (TWAN) on Feb. 25, 2012 in Azerbaijan.

Above this historic site, one can see Jupiter to the right of the image. The moon and two planets are aligned with the zodiacal light in the image. Zodiacal light is sunlight reflecting off dust in the atmosphere. Other constellations visible in winter can be seen over the white domes of the nearby town.

The ancient site was a human settlement during the ice age and has many prehistoric rock engravings.

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Nina Sen is a freelance writer and producer who covered night sky photography and astronomy for Space.com. She began writing and producing content for Space.com in 2011 with a focus on story and image production, as well as amazing space photos captured by NASA telescopes and other missions. Her work also includes coverage of amazing images by astrophotographers that showcase the night sky's beauty.