By Jupiter! Comet dust and light from billions of stars and far-flung planets creates magnificent display in the desert night sky
If you live in a city it is easy to forget there is a stunning star-scape above your head, which is hidden by light pollution.
But out in the Libyan desert, there is little to obscure your view.
Amateur photographer and civil engineer Tunc Tezel captured the glorious night sky above Ras Lanuf camp in Libya.
Mr Tezel’s awe-inspiring photo titled ‘Skylights over Libya’. He took the image on December 7 just after sunset
The 33-year-old from Turkey is overseeing a coastal railway construction between Sirt and Benghazi and was keen to take advantage of his isolated location.
Although a glowing sky is often cloud reflecting sun or moonlight, the flight running diagonally up to the right is created by the combined light from billions of stars that make up our local Milky Way Galaxy.
Mr Tezel took the image on December 7 an hour after sunset and managed to unveil zodiacal light as well. This is the sunlight reflected off tiny dust particles ejected by comets that orbit our Solar System.
He told the Mail Online: ‘I took six pictures as a 3×2 panorama, which I later constructed with image processing software to get the final view.
‘The brightest celestial object below centre is the Moon. Mercury is also visible to the lower left of the Moon and just above the horizon.
‘After the sky got dark enough, the Milky Way became visible, rising to the upper right from the southwest horizon. Thanks to the clear and transparent skies that evening, Zodiacal Light was also easily seen rising from to the upper left from the southwestern horizon.’
The night sky over the Libyan desert. Jupiter is the brightest spot in the sky
Mr Tezel, who has been an amateur astronomer since 1992 said his location on the northern tip of Africa was the ideal spot for capturing the night sky’s beauty.
‘From my southern location of Libya (30 degrees North), the Milky Way and Zodiacal Light stood nicely symmetrical,’ he said.
‘From farther north, Milky way would stand more upright as Zodiacal Light would be nearly invisible as it would make a very shallow angle with the horizon.’
Mr Tezel is part of an organisation called The World At Night or TWAN. The group’s main aim of TWAN is to produce and present a collection of stunning photographs and time-lapse videos of the world�s landmarks against the celestial attractions.
Floating serenely in the sky, this beautiful angelic cloud provided the photographer with the inspiration for a new charity.
CJ Holding was travelling through Somerset when she glanced up to see the fiery scarlet-framed head with its glowing yellow body and turquoise wings.The image left a stunning blue trail in its wake.
Majestic: CJ Holding’s unique cloud picture provided her with the inspiration to set up a charity
Miss Holding, 32, said: �The angel picture was actually taken during a despairing moment in my life nearly seven years ago.
�I was travelling through a small village in Somerset on my way to the coast.
�I looked up through my tears and saw the most amazing sight of my life.�
Miss Holding, from Henley in Oxfordshire, said: �I thought to myself, that cloud looks so strange.
�It lingered in the sky for about 15 to 20 minutes before I took a picture of it, then it vanished.
�I thought I’d imagined it and it wasn’t until I got home and printed the image that I would let myself believe what I had seen was real.�
Up in the air: This huge blue heart floats across a sun-dappled sky
Scientists at the Met office said the unique image was one of the most interesting they had seen.
The amazing effect has been attributed to a phenomenon called a sun dog where sunlight refracts thought the ice crystals contained in the cloud.
Miss Holding said the picture was developed from a roll of 35mm film and had not been cropped or enhanced in any way.
�I’ve had such amazing feedback from people who have let me know what the image means to them,� she said.
�I am fascinated by the natural world and this image sparked something in me to pursue my dreams.�
The photographer has built up an impressive collection of inspirational aerial images, which spurred her on to set up her business and charity.
�It’s called the Angel Trust and it funds art workshops for people with learning difficulties and disabilities,� she said. �Art and creativity is a key part of how we can help them. Funding is a real difficulty and I wanted my photography to contribute to that and do some good in the world.�
She added: �If it hadn’t have been for that photograph I wouldn’t have had the motivation to go ahead and make this positive change.�
Sunny outlook: The feathery clouds soar high above the beach