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The photo above was taken by Iranian astronomer Amir Hossein Abolfath during a star party at the ancient royal Bahram Palace. Below is another space-y shot of Iran, at Perseopolis:
Click the image to learn about Iranian amateur astronomy.
If you've never been to a star party - specifically, a Messier Marathon, and an Iranian one in particular - check out this really cool time-lapse video of the event (2 MB Windows video file).
Here's hoping for clear skies next year. I'll organize the event for Lawrence.