August 23, 2009

TWAN Newsletter 2009 August 23

- The World at Night Travels Across the United States : From August to November 2009, families and children in 24 United States communities experience The World at Night (TWAN) images.

- Photo Report: The World at Night in Thailand : The World at Night arrived in Thailand with a major exhibition in the National Science Museum.

- The World at Night in collaboration with Dark Skies Awareness project, organize the International Year of Astronomy 2009 Earth and Sky Photo Contest on the importance of dark skies. It is open to anyone of any age, anywhere in the world. More

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 around the world.



Reach for the Sky (Sequoia National Park) by Wally Pacholka

Sequoia Starry Morning (Sequoia National Park) by Wally Pacholka


Meteor above Canadian Rockies (Banff National Park) by Yuichi Takasaka

Hale-Bopp and Dancing Aurora by Akira Fujii/David Malin Images

Sky Motion above Waterton Lakes (Time-lapse video) (Waterton Lakes National Park) by Yuichi Takasaka

Meteor Strikes the Sky (Time-lapse video) (Banff National Park) by Yuichi Takasaka


Bizarre Sunsets (Atacama Desert) by Stephane Guisard



Full Moon above St George (Athens) by Anthony Ayiomamitis


Lake View (Tolna) by Tamas Ladanyi


Flying Moon and Shooting Star (Stockholm County) by P-M Heden

Summer Vacation (Stockholm County) by P-M Heden


Stonehenge Moonset (Stonehenge) by Fred Espenak


Milky Way and Mirror Lake (Auvergne) by Bernd Proschold

Asia and Middle East


Korean Meteors (Geoje) by Kwon O Chul

Leonid Meteors (Mount Sobaeksan) by Kwon O Chul


Lights from the Heavens (Ayutthaya) by Oshin Zakarian


Meteor above Martian Landscape (Alborz Mountains) by Babak A. Tafreshi
Meteor by Moonlight (Alborz Mountains) by Babak A. Tafreshi
Red Rock Moonset (Alborz Mountains) by Oshin D. Zakarian

Skygazers (Mount Damavand) by Oshin Zakarian


Assos All-Sky View (Assos) by Tunc Tezel

Conjunction above Hot Springs (Pamukkale) by Tunc Tezel

Mercury, Saturn, and Light House (Knidos) by Tunc Tezel



Night of Desert People (Tassilli National Park) by Babak Tafreshi

Magnificent Sahara Milky Way (Tassilli National Park) by Babak Tafreshi


Egypt Desert Night by P.K. Chen


Fireworks by David Miller/David Malin Images

Partial Eclipse at Moonrise by David Miller/David Malin Images

Aurora in Australia by David Miller/David Malin Images

McNaught Visits Australia by Akira Fujii/David Malin Images

The Southern Pole (Western Australia) by David Miller/David Malin Images

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:

- El Capitan in Moonlight (USA) by Paul Gardner

- Scenic Pre-dawn Moon and Venus (Iran) by Amir H. Abolfath

- Nighttime Spring Flowers in Iran (Iran) by Amir H. Abolfath

- Owens Valley Radio Night Sky (USA) by Tony Rowell
- Bouldering under the Milky Way (USA) by Tony Rowell
- Zodiac Light and Messier Marathon (Iran) by Arman Golestaneh
- Pointing at the Milky Way (Macedonia) by Martin Stojanovski

- Starry Night in Central Portugal (Portugal) by Goncalo Lemos
- Moon and Planets above New Delhi (India) by Ajay Talwar
- Crescent moon over Naghsh-e Jahan_Square (Iran) by Mohamad Soltanolkotabi
- Venus, Jupiter, and the Moon over Starometska (Czech) by Robert Slobins
- Holiday Moon and Venus in Prague (Czech) by Robert Slobins

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

- The Milky Way Over the Badlands by Wally Pacholka
- Meteor by Moonlight by Babak A. Tafreshi
- Moonbow and Rainbows Over Patagonia by Stephane Guisard

- 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 2009, an initiative by IAU and UNESCO.

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