Mars, Saturn and the star Spica shine brightly over towering Sikh house of worship Gurdwara Bangla Sahib—originally the historic home of astronomer Raja Jai Singh located in downtown Delhi, India.
Astrophotographer Ajay Talwar of the space photography group The World at Night took this photo in August 2012and shared it with SPACE.com this week. The trails in the image are the result of more than 200 exposures of five seconds each.
"Monsoon time in Delhi often brings very clear nights, but they come unannounced and you can rarely plan for them much in advance. This was one of those rare clear and transparent nights of Delhi," Talwar said.
"Transparent sky allowed (me) to capture many other stars, even with such a short exposure, not normally imaged from a location in downtown Delhi."
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