The World at Night Newsletter November 2010

7 November 2010

News and Report


New Publications: TWAN Book in German and Dutch: The World at Night has its first official book published in Europe. The large coffee-table book is illustrated with some of the most beautiful TWAN photos.

Top Viewed Photos July-September 2010:

See the most visited photos on TWAN website during summer 2010.

New Topics Galleries:  Each month there will be new topical galleries on TWAN to make searching through TWAN enlarging archive easier. The new topical galleries are Moon, Milky Way, Meteors, Comets, Eclipses, Aurora, and stunning Virtual Reality animations of night sky.

Join TWAN fans on Facebook: Learn about the latest updates on the project and communicate with TWAN photographers at The World at Night page on Facebook page.


Latest Photos and Videos

There are new stunning photos and time-lapse videos on the TWAN website, featuring starry nights of our planet's landmarks from around the world:



The Galaxy above Our Ancient Ancestors  by Babak A. Tafreshi

Sahara under Moonlight  by Babak A. Tafreshi

The Celestial Bears above Sahara  by Babak A. Tafreshi


Sky from Slopes of Kilimanjaro  (VR/video) by Kwon O Chul

Meteor and Alpha Centauri  by Kwon O Chul

Galactic Bulge above Kilimanjaro  by Kwon O Chul



Aurora Panorama and Strange Dark Bands  by Yuichi Takasaka

Aurora Mystery  by Yuichi Takasaka

Curtains of Green Light  by Yuichi Takasaka


360-degree View of The Very Large Telescope  by Stephane Guisard

The Very Large Telescope in Virtual Reality  (VR/video) by Stephane Guisard

Waves in the Sky  by Stephane Guisard

Moonlit Night of a Volcano  (VR/video) by Stephane Guisard

Darkest Possible Sky  by Stephane Guisard

Darkest Sky in Virtual Reality  (VR/video) by Stephane Guisard

Darkest Sky 360-degree Panorama  by Stephane Guisard

Morning Twilight in Patagonia  by Stephane Guisard


Comet Over Cottonwood  by Doug Zubenel

Night at Devils Tower  by Wally Pacholka

Comet over Monument Rocks  by Doug Zubenel

Haunted Moonrise  by Dennis Mammana

Desert Sky Shooter  by Dennis Mammana

Desert Wildflowers & Star Trails  by Dennis Mammana

Desert Stars on a Full Moon Night  by Dennis Mammana

Moon Rocks  by Doug Zubenel

Natural Frame  by Doug Zubenel



Lonely Stupa in Himalayas  (VR/video) by Babak A. Tafreshi

Australia and Pacific


Deep Impact of 300,000 Years Ago  by John Goldsmith

Panoramic View of Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater  by John Goldsmith

Sky Motion above Wolfe Creek Crater  (VR/video) by John Goldsmith

Moonset on a Meteorite Crater  (VR/video) by John Goldsmith

Anglo-Australian Telescope  by Kwon O Chul

Sky above Uluru  by Kwon O Chul

A Galactic View of Ayres Rock  by Kwon O Chul

Starry Sky above the Heart of Australia  by Kwon O Chul

Cook Islands

Island Planets  by Tunc Tezel



Sky Friendly Village  by Laurent Laveder

Mira above Brittany  by Laurent Laveder


Acropolis Moon  by Anthony Ayiomamitis

Traditional Village and Modern Lights  by P-M Heden


Milky Way above Hungary  by Tamas Ladanyi

Night at Sunflowers  by Tamas Ladanyi

Castle Moonset  by Tamas Ladanyi

Moonset in Balaton Uplands  (VR/video) by Tamas Ladanyi

Fall Colors under Moonlight  by Tamas Ladanyi

Palace Stars  by Tamas Ladanyi

Mira Looks at Mira  by Tamas Ladanyi


Welcoming an Approaching Comet  by P-M Heden

Astronomy Heritage of Lund  by Babak A. Tafreshi

Moonlight on River  by P-M Heden

Old Church in a Full Moon Night  by P-M Heden

Full Moon Rises in an Autumn Evening  by P-M Heden

Trails and Aurora Borealis  by P-M Heden

Middle East


The Rose of Night Sky  by Babak A. Tafreshi

Double Crescents  by Babak A. Tafreshi

Meteor Watch  by Babak A. Tafreshi

UFO Cloud?  by Babak A. Tafreshi

If We Had Super Eyes  by Babak A. Tafreshi

Spotlight on TWAN  by Oshin D. Zakarian

Stars and Colors of Autumn  by Oshin D. Zakarian

Winter Milky Way  by Babak A. Tafreshi

Mount Damavand Star Trails  by Amir H. Abolfath

Stars Trail above Desert Landscape  by Amir H. Abolfath

Cave Frame  by Amir H. Abolfath

Startrails above Isfahan  by Amir H. Abolfath

Big Dipper above the Gate of All Nations  by Amir H. Abolfath

Seven Sisters and California Nebula  by Babak A. Tafreshi

Watching a Celestial Pair  by Babak A. Tafreshi

A Moment with Hafez  by Oshin D. Zakarian

Sky Prayer  by Oshin D. Zakarian

Autumn Twilight  by Oshin D. Zakarian

The Orion Nebula  by Amir H. Abolfath


Unusual Streaks  by Tunc Tezel

Antipodes Milky Way  by Tunc Tezel

All Sky from Both Hemispheres  by Tunc Tezel

Mediterranean Jupiter  by Tunc Tezel

Jupiter from Izmir Seaside  by Tunc Tezel

Polar Regions


Lunar Corona on a Snowy Night  by Dennis Mammana

Crown of Color  by Dennis Mammana


The Guest Gallery is a well-received section on the TWAN website, featuring selected outstanding Earth and sky photos by non-TWAN creative photographers from around the globe. If you have such remarkable photos to share with the TWAN Guest Gallery then please contact us. There are new featured photos in the Guest Gallery:

Montado Star Trails  (Barrancos, Alentejo, Portugal) by Goncalo Lemos

Star Trails over Koohpanah  (Mt. Koohpanah, Tafresh, Markazi, Iran) by Abdolhossein Hashemizadeh

Milky Way trails above Hatu  (Hatu, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, Indian Himalayas) by Ajay Talwar

Totality from Mauna Kea  (Mauna Kea Observatory, Hawaii, USA) by Richard Wainscoat

Star Trails and Star Party  (Seqaleh, Iran) by Amirreza Kamkar

Summer Milky Way over Zion  (Zion National Park, Utah, USA) by John A Davis

Stars over the Caspian Sea  (Caspian Sea, Mazandaran, Iran) by Mojtaba Moghadasi

Springtime with Hyades, Venus, and Pleaides  (CAST Observatory, Talmassons, Friui, Italy) by Marco Candotti

Lunar Eclipse and Desert Landscape  (Phoenix, Arizona, USA) by Marion Haligowski

Moon and Venus Conjunction Panorama  (Kermanshah, Iran) by M. Saber Karimi

Spotlight on Bryce Canyon  (Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA) by Ben Cooper

Lisbon Light Pollution Panorama  (Almada, Lisboa Portugal) by Miguel Claro

Satellite Trail above the Northern Forests  (Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia, Canada) by Masoud Rafiei

Inside the Shadow of Mauna Kea  (Mauna Kea Observatory, Hawaii, USA) by Richard Wainscoat

Monumental Leonid Storm  (Monument Valley, Utah/Arizona, USA) by Sean M. Sabatini

Night at 69-degrees North  (Andenes, Nordland, Norway) by Terje Nesthus

Venus over Spitzkoppe  (Spitzkoppe Campsite, Namibia) by Michael Steffen

Milky Way above Balanced Rock  (Arches National Park, Utah, USA) by Marco Meniero

A Dream House with Stars  (Vila Boim, Alentejo, Portugal) by Miguel Claro

Perseids and Lightning  (Montevenere, Bologna, Italy) by Michele Brusa

Trails with Peace and Beauty  (Gouvia Marina, Corfu, Greece) by Vasilis Metallinos

Perseid and the Pleiades (Alborz Mountains, Firooz Kouh, Iran) by Mohammad Reza Zaman Sani

Star Trails over Esfahan  (Abyaneh, Esfahan, Iran) by Ata Moghtaderi

Hyakutake over Rabbit Island  (Oahu, Hawaii, USA) by Richard Wainscoat

Kilimanjaro beneath the Milky Way  (Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania) by Ted Ressell

Norway Aurora  (Andenes, Nordland, Norway) by Terje Nesthus

The Quest for Dark Skies  (Hanle, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India) by Ajay Talwar, Vikrant Narang, Raghu Kalra


Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD), a NASA’s world-known website, has featured new images by TWAN photographers:

- Mirach’s Ghost by Anthony Ayiomamitis

- Venus After Sunset by Tunc Tezel


TWAN is featuring 13 special galleries:

Latest Images
Cosmic Motions

Our Cosmic Neighbor (Moon)

Milky Way





Virtual Reality

Dark Skies Importance
World Heritage Sites

TWAN on National Geographic News

TWAN is a global program of Astronomers Without Borders ( and a Special Project of International Year of Astronomy, an initiative by IAU and UNESCO. The World at Night is to produce and present a collection of stunning photographs of the world's most beautiful and historic sites against the nighttime backdrop of stars, planets and celestial events. The eternally peaceful sky looks the same above all symbols of different nations and regions, attesting to the truly unified nature of Earth as a planet rather than an amalgam of human-designated territories.


Building bridges through the sky
The World at Night

Organisational Associates:

The International Year of Astronomy 2009 is endorsed by the United Nations and the International Council of Science.