With Venus as a backdrop, low on the horizon I portayed a lone Acacia tree as the witness to this desert spectacle. The eerie triangular light eminating from the horizon, and engulfing Venus is caused by sunlight scattered by space dust in the zodiac. The fact that this zodiacal light is visible in this image tells you how pristine the night sky in the desert still is. Other features in the image are of course our own Milky Way, the neighboring Andromeda galaxy, several meteors streaking across the sky and an iridium flare, caused by a quick reflection of a passing satellite.
'Two galaxies, Venus setting and an Acacia Tree' was captured under the fading daylight of the Egyptian Sahara, in Wadi El Gemal National Park. With the D600 at 14mm.
25s | f/2.8 | ISO5000