August 3, 2009

TWAN Newsletter - 2009 August 3

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 all over the world.



Zion Scorpion (Zion National Park) by Wally Pacholka
Utah Milky Way (Zion National Park) by Wally Pacholka
Late Spring Star Party (Colorado National Monument) video by Thad V`Soske
Moon and Venus Conjunction (Grand Valley) video by Thad V`Soske


An Evening With Prince of Wales (Waterton Lakes National Park) by Yuichi Takasaka
Waterton Stars (Waterton Lakes National Park) by Yuichi Takasaka


Startrails over Bolivia (Lake Titicaca) by Fred Espenak



Moon Games (Brittany) by Laurent Laveder
Light House Milky Way (Brittany) by Laurent Laveder
Brittany Morning Surprise (Brittany) by Laurent Laveder


Lake Balaton Moonrise (Lake Balaton) by Tamas Ladanyi
The Space Station above Hungary (Veszprem) by Tamas Ladanyi
Point at Jupiter (Veszprem) by Tamas Ladanyi



Moonrise in Algiers (Algiers) by Babak A. Tafreshi
The Centaur of Sahara (Tassili National park) by Babak A. Tafreshi

Asia and Middle East


To See or Not to See (Shanghai) by Tunc Tezel


Hale-Bopp and Milky Way (Geojedo Island) by Kwon O Chul
Shooting Stars (Mount Sobaeksan) by Kwon O Chul
Moon Romance (Mount Sobaeksan) by Kwon O Chul
Trails of the Far East (Mount Hambaeksan) by Kwon O Chul


Pond Moonlight (Nagano) by Shingo Takei
Starry Road (Gifu Prefecture) by Shingo Takei
Celestial Pole (Nagano) by Shingo Takei


Nature under the Moonlight (Alamut Valley) by Oshin D. Zakarian
Imamzadeh Trails (Alamut Valley) by Oshin D. Zakarian
Moon and Venus (Alamut Valley) by Oshin D. Zakarian


Moon and Three Planets (Denizli) by Tunc Tezel
Cassiopeia to Big Dipper (Lake Salda) by Tunc Tezel

Australia and Pacific


Cosmic Visitor (Western Australia) Represented by David Malin
Red (Western Australia) Represented by David Malin
Full Moon in the Morning Twilight (Tennant Creek) Represented by David Malin
Conjunction in the Zodiacal Light Represented by David Malin

Pacific Ocean

Eclipse of the Century by Babak A. Tafreshi

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:

- Orion and Sirius above Desert Trees (Iran) by Ahmad Karimi

- Stars above Borobudur Temple (Indonesia) by Emanuel Sungging Mumpuni

- Great Comet McNaught (New Zealand) by Fraser Gunn

- Capitol Moonrise (USA) by John Rummel

- Planetary Alignment over Madison (USA) by John Rummel

- Moonrise over Austin Skyline (USA) by Sam Cole

- Winter Evening Venus (Germany) by Juergen Huefner

- Ancient Stones (Germany) by Juergen Huefner

- Seychelles Islands in Moonlight (Seychelles) by Juergen Huefner

- Full Moon over Greece (Greece) by Chris Kotsiopoulos

- Jumbo Hut Moonlight (Canada) by Darren Foltinek
- Venus, Jupiter, Moon Conjunction over Calgary (Canada) by Darren Foltinek
- Aurora and Milky Way Panorama (Canada) by Darren Foltinek
- Orion over Sorcerer Lodge (Canada) by Darren Foltinek
- Venus, Jupiter, and the Moon (Thailand) by Suparerk Karuehanon
- Southern Sky at Alains Astrofarm (Chile) by Dr. Sighard Schrabler
- Moon, Milad Tower, and Fireworks (Iran) by Nami Namvar Yekta
- Conjunction over Yakhdon e Moayedi (Iran) by Mania Rahban
- West Kennet Longbarrow (UK) by Pete Glastonbury
- Venus, Jupiter, and Crescent Moon (Iran) by Mohamad Soltanolkotabi

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

- 6 Minutes 42 Seconds by Babak Tafreshi

- The Milky Way Over Devils Tower by Wally Pacholka

- Noctilucent Cloud Storm Panorama by P-M Heden

- 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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