TWAN Newsletter

15 April 2010

News and Reports

  • International Photo Contest Winners Announced : Selected from submissions by photographers in over 30 countries, the winners of the Earth and Sky Photo Contest display the beauties of night sky and its battle with light pollution.
  • Iran Welcomes The World At Night : Visitors The first major TWAN event in the Middle East, including an exhibition and a 3-day night sky photography workshop, brought photographers and amateur astronomers to Zanjan, Iran.
  • Top Viewed Photos: January-March 2010 : Visitors statistics report of TWAN website in the first three months of 2010; from the most popular photos to the top visiting countries.
  • Photo Report: Notable Photos of the Earth and Sky Photo Contest : A collection of notable Earth and sky photos from across the world selected by TWAN members and the judges of the International Earth and Sky Photo Contest.
  • TWAN Confirms Plans for 2010 : The World at Night has announced its plans for 2010, from new members to new exhibitions and new publications.
  • 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.
  • Visitors comments: New option on TWAN website for more interaction between the photographers and visitors. Write comments on TWAN Photos, ask questions, and share ideas. Find “comment” bottom below each photo.


Latest Photos and Videos

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




- Winter Milky Way over Death Valley by Wally Pacholka

- Lunar Rainbow and Volcanic Eruption by Wally Pacholka
Los Angeles Pair by Wally Pacholka
- Dan and Kasatochi by Doug Zubenel
- Karma and Joy by LeRoy Zimmerman
- Enchanted April by LeRoy Zimmerman
- Lovely Lulin by Doug Zubenel
- Umbral Morning by Doug Zubenel
- Windmill, Moon and Venus by Doug Zubenel
- Star Party under Billions of Stars by Dennis di Cicco


Wind of the Sun by Yuichi Takasaka



Light House Dawn by Laurent Laveder
- Coast of Brittany under Moonlight (VR) by Laurent Laveder


Lights of the North by P-M Heden
- Startrails above My Cottage by P-M Heden
- Moon Halo by P-M Heden
- Winter Stars above Dal River by P-M Heden
- Night at a Rune Stone by P-M Heden
- Aurora above Sweden by P-M Heden



- The Setting Sun by Pekka Parviainen


Don't Drive Fast under Starry Sky by Tamas Ladanyi
- Sky Rotation by Tamas Ladanyi
- Moon and Seven Sisters by Tamas Ladanyi
- Lake Balaton by Moonlight by Tamas Ladanyi
2010 Earth Hour in Budapest by Tamas Ladanyi


Moon and Scorpius above Alps by Tamas Ladanyi
Serene Paraselene by Tamas Ladanyi


Asia and Middle East


- Spring Dream  by Babak Tafreshi
Alice in Wonderland by Babak A. Tafreshi
- Stars of Spring by Babak A. Tafreshi
- Satrun and Leo in Spring Sky by Babak A. Tafreshi
- Heavens at Night by Babak A. Tafreshi
- Desert Camp and Zodiacal Band by Tunc Tezel
- Essence of Spring by Oshin D. Zakarian

- Santa Stargazer by Oshin D. Zakarian
- Alborz Starry Winter by Oshin D. Zakarian
Night above Wild Flowers (time-lapse video) by Amir H. Abolfath
Messier Marathon in Action (time-lapse video) by Amir H. Abolfath
- A Starry Autumn Night in Virtual Reality (time-lapse video) by Amir H. Abolfath
- Sky Watcher and Milky Way by Amir H. Abolfath
- Cars and Stars by Amir H. Abolfath
- Trails on the Earth and Sky by Amir H. Abolfath
- Fire Temple and Circumpolar Trails by Amir H. Abolfath
- Startrails above Cyrus by Amir H. Abolfath


Russia - Siberia
- Cottage Milky Way by Babak A. Tafreshi


Setting Winter Stars over Southern Turkey by Tunc Tezel
- From Orion to Canopus by Tunc Tezel
- Rising Scorpius and Approaching Storm by Tunc Tezel


Panauti Stars by Oshin D. Zakarian
- Sirius Rises above Himalaya by Oshin D. Zakarian


2010 Earth Hour in Seoul (time-lapse video) by Kwon O Chul
- Sunset over Korean National Observatory by Kwon O Chul
Northern Stars above Korea National Observatory by Kwon O Chul



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

- Summer Stars over Lake Borovik (Croatia) by Vladimir Zivkovic

- Minaret and the Evening Sky (Bangladesh) by Anwar Hussain

- Aurora Streaks over a Glacial Pond (Iceland) by Tony Prower

- Young Moon in the Szubin Sky (Poland) by Marek Nikodem

- Orion and the Alps in Moonlight (Switzerland) by W. Harald

- Dark Skies over the Atacama Desert (Chile) by Sighard Schraebler

- Milky Way, Clouds, and Light Pollution (Poland) by Marek Nikodem

- Moonrise and the Winter Constellations (Iran) by Alireza Vafa

- Green Energy (Norway) by Fredrik Broms

- Camping Under the Milky Way (USA) by Tony Rowell

- Milky Way over Senggigi Beach (Indonesia) by Winston Setiawan

- Boreal Forest (Norway) by Fredrik Broms
- Big Dipper over a Lone Tree (Poland) by Marek Nikodem
- Temple Night (Greece) by Chris Kotsiopoulos
- Full Moon Rainbow (USA) by Tony Rowell
- Light House and Stars (USA) by Larry Andreasen
- Observatory and Capital (Armenia) by Mahdi Zamani and Suren Stepanian
- Stargazers (Romania) by Valentin Grigore
- Lights of Los Angeles (USA) by Ali Douraghy
- Lights vs .Stars (Norway) by Fredrik Broms
- Starry Night of Croatia (Croatia) by Vid Nikolic
- Crescent Moon over Anarak (Iran) by Mahdi Zamani
- Cottage and Southern Cross (Indonesia) by Sighard Schraebler
- Everest North Side (Tibet) by Stuart Holmes
- Alaskan Summer Camping (USA) by Chip Porter
- Atlas-III Rocket Launch (USA) by Ben Cooper
- Greek Milky Way (Greece) by Frank Ryan Jr
- Hawaiian Summit Moonrise (USA) by Richard Wainscoat
- Pine Tree Star Motion (Portugal) by Miguel Claro
- Top of the World Star Trails (Nepal) by Jonathan Mitchell
- Desert Star Trails (Iran) by Babak Parhizkari
- Ancient Moonrise (Greece) by Chris Kotsiopoulos



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

- Serene Paraselene by Tamas Ladanyi

- Hesiodus Sunrise Ray by Stefan Seip


TWAN is featuring six special galleries:

Latest Images
Dark Skies Importance
Cosmic Motions
World Heritage Sites
TWAN Podcast

 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.