Tadrart, Tassili N’Ajjer, Algeria
The Milky Way illuminates the Saharan night sky with its stars and reveals the sandstone silhouettes of the Tadrart mountain range. Wind erosion has sculpted these stone forms seen in the Tassili n’Ajjer national park in Algeria.
The Universe formed 15 billion years ago following the effects of an incredibly rapid expansion, known as cosmic inflation. Stars came into being at that time and lit the surrounding darkness. When they died, they fertilized the dust they had rejected. They nourished the very first organisms of the solar system.