The World at Night Newsletter

21 September 2010

News and Report


  • New TWAN Events in September and October 2010: The World at Night exhibitions travel across the world from the European Astronomy Meeting in Lisbon, to Stockholm and Pecs, to Shiraz in Iran, and to Pasadena in California.
  • Photo Report: TWAN Exhibition in ALCON 2010: The traveling exhibition of The World at Night photos was on display for the first time in Arizona in June 2010.
  • Solve a Mystery: Each month TWAN brings you a photo with a mystery. Share your thoughts with us and our global viewers. The explanation or the final conclusion will be posted at the month’s end. This program is a collaboration with Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena (UAP) international project.
  • 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.
  • The Guest Gallery reached the milestone of 500 images from around the world.
  • 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.
  • Host a TWAN event: TWAN events have travelled to about 30 countries since 2008. New planning for TWAN exhibits and educational workshops is started and we seek for the best venues around the world with interest to host TWAN events in 2010 and beyond. Contact us

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:



Sky Rotation above Teide Observatory  by Stefan Seip

Telescopes of Tenerife  by Stefan Seip

Sky Photographers in Tenerife  by Stefan Seip

Sky above Teide Volcano  by Juan Carlos Casado


Kilimanjaro Fireball  by Kwon O Chul

Zodiacal Light from Slopes of Kilimanjaro  by Kwon O Chul

African Galaxy  by Kwon O Chul



Alberta Moonrise  by Yuichi Takasaka

Celestial Trails above Payto Lake  by Yuichi Takasaka

Meteor Train in Motion  (VR/video)  by Yuichi Takasaka

Circumpolar Trails above Canadian Rockies  by Yuichi Takasaka

Waterfall Moonbow  by Yuichi Takasaka


The Site for Future Giant Telescope  by Serge Brunier

Rising above Altiplano  (VR/video)  by Stephane Guisard

Meteor above the Very Large Telescope  by Stephane Guisard

Patagonia Meteor  by Stephane Guisard

Night Colors of Patagonia  by Stephane Guisard


Fireball at the Celestial Pole  by Stephane Guisard


Galactic View of Mount Shasta  by Wally Pacholka

Stellafane Shooting Star  by Dennis di Cicco

Jupiter above Mount Shasta  by Wally Pacholka

Sky Above St. Helens  by Wally Pacholka

Jupiter Rises above Oregon  by Wally Pacholka

Milky Way Creek  by Wally Pacholka

Meteor and Aldebaran  by Wally Pacholka

Australia and Pacific


Moon and Pleiades above the Easter Island  by Stephane Guisard

Cook Islands

Planets and Zodiacal Light  by Tunc Tezel

Heavenly View above the Pacific Ocean  by Tunc Tezel

Island Universe  by Tunc Tezel



Squashed Sun  by Pekka Parviainen


The Celestial Ball  by Laurent Laveder

Moon Clock  by Laurent Laveder


Star Trails and Flower Fields in Hungary  by Tamas Ladanyi

Meteor and Milky Way  by Tamas Ladanyi

Deer, Oak Tree, and the Moon  by Tamas Ladanyi

Perseid Meteors above Hungary  by Tamas Ladanyi

Starry Sky above a Ruined Monastery  by Tamas Ladanyi

Rotunda Startrails  by Tamas Ladanyi


Meteor Shower Composite above Spain  by Juan Carlos Casado


Big Dipper above Baltic Sea  by P-M Heden

Milky Way Onlooker  by P-M Heden

Jupiter in the Baltic Waters  by P-M Heden

Awed by the Sky  by P-M Heden

Windmill Galaxy  by P-M Heden

Moon and the Fog Bow  by P-M Heden

Middle East


Shooting Star and Historic Ruins  by Oshin D. Zakarian

Meteor and Swan  by Oshin D. Zakarian

Old Time Sky  by Oshin D. Zakarian

Practical Astronomy  by Oshin D. Zakarian

Outdoor Astronomer  by Oshin D. Zakarian

Zodiacal Light and Perseid Meteors  by Babak A. Tafreshi

Planets and Moon in the Evening Sky  by Babak A. Tafreshi

Beware the Mars Hoax!  by Babak A. Tafreshi

Deep in the Galaxy  by Babak A. Tafreshi

Space Station, Meteor, and Planets  by Babak A. Tafreshi

Trails at Both Sides of Equator  by Amir H. Abolfath

Sky Framed by Flowers  by Amir H. Abolfath

Moon and Venus in Trails  by Amir H. Abolfath

Petroglyph Trails  by Amir H. Abolfath

Sky Bridge  by Amir H. Abolfath

Meteor Shower above Alumut Fortress  by Amir H. Abolfath

Trails to and above Alamut  by Amir H. Abolfath

Colorful Startrails  by Oshin D. Zakarian

The Space Station Crosses Desert Sky  (VR/video)  by Babak A. Tafreshi

Trailing Space Station  by Babak A. Tafreshi

The Goddess of Love  by Babak A. Tafreshi


Comet and Capella  by Tunc Tezel

Moon and Triple Planetary Conjunction  by Tunc Tezel

Stars and Civilizations  by Tunc Tezel


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:

TSE over Tahai Archeological Complex  (Easter Island, Chile)  by Matt Ventimiglia

Protected Sky above Protected Land  (Ghasr-e-Bahram Caravansary, Iran)  by Mahdi Zamani

Halo Moon over Cheshmeh-Ali  (Cheshmeh-Ali, Damqan, Semnan, Iran)  by Mahdi Zamani

Arrabida Mountains Lights  (Serra da Arrabida, Setubal, Portugal)  by Miguel Claro

Zanjan Sky  (Sohrein, Zanjan, Iran)  by Amir Ali Nasiri

Orion and Sirius  (Taftan, Khash , Iran)  by Arman Golestaneh

Comet Hale-Bopp goes to School  (Port Chester, New York, USA)  by Joel Seligmann

Radkan Tower  (Radkan village, Mashhad, Iran)  by Ariana Ahangary

Ursa Major rising over Tijara Fort  (Tijara, Alwar, India)  by SPACE/C. B. Devgun/Sachin Bahmba

The Mittens  (Monument Valley, Arizona/Utah border, USA)  by Chip Porter

Star Trails over LFO  (Schoepfl, near Vienna, Austria)  by Peter Wienerroither

Epidaurus Ancient Theatre  (Epidaurus, Greece)  by Chris Kotsiopoulos

Great Tomb of Sirus  (Passargad, Iran)  by Hossein Noshir

El Cielo de los Antiguos Navegantes  (Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina)  by Victor Gabriel Bibe

Ketchikan August Full Moon  (Ketchikan, Alaska, USA)  by Chip Porter

Venus over West Vancouver  (West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)  by Masoud Rafiei

Setting Sirius  (Locho Mountain, Zahedan, Iran)  by Mojtaba Moghadasi

Reaching for the Milky Way  (Yengejeh Village, Mashhad, Iran)  by Ariana Ahangary

Full Moon Skyscape  (Portinho da Arrabida, Setubal, Portugal)  by Miguel Claro

Star Trails and Meteor  (Dizelo, Isfahan, Iran)  by Ata Moghtaderi

Moon Setting over La Jolla  (San Diego, California, USA)  by John Grasberger

The Milky Way at Glacier Point  (Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park, USA)  by Pascal Christian

Laser at the Galactic Center  (ESO Paranal Observatory, Chile)  by Yuri Beletsky

Historic Reflection  (Lost Lake, Oregon, USA) by Ben Canales


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

- Brighter Than Mars by Babak Tafreshi

- Perseid Prelude 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.