September 11, 2009

TWAN Newsletter 2009 September 11

- TWAN on PBS: NewsHour, a long-standing and respected PBS program, has given coverage to TWAN. This includes feature videos available to view online.

- The Sky of the Earth: TWAN photographer, Serge Brunier, has released his yearlong unique effort to picture the whole night sky from both hemispheres as seen from some of the darkest and most transparent observing locations on the planet.

- 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. The contest submission deadline is extended until the end of 2009.

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.



- Night of Largest Creatures by Wally Pacholka
- TWAN Sailor by Wally Pacholka


- Moonlight on Canadian Rockies (time-lapse video) by Yuichi Takasaka
- Meteors Above Peyto Lake by Yuichi Takasaka
- Perseid Through Summer Triangle by Yuichi Takasaka
- Meteor above the Canada's Highest Town by Yuichi Takasaka


- VLT in 3D by Stephane Guisard



- Summer Milky Way by Laurent Laveder
- Dippers above Manor House by Laurent Laveder


- Young Astronomers by P-M Heden


- Mercury, Pleiades, and Flowers by Tamas Ladanyi
- Lake Reflections by Tamas Ladanyi


- Milky Way over Gallipoli by Tunc Tezel
- Moonset in North West Turkey by Tunc Tezel

Asia and Middle East


- Sky Runner (Time-lapse video) by Babak A. Tafreshi
- Starry Night of Cyrus by Babak A. Tafreshi
- Summer Night in Astronomy Town by Babak A. Tafreshi
- Good Morning Damavand by Oshin D. Zakarian
- Night of the Persian Empire by Babak A. Tafreshi
- Persepolis Planets by Oshin D. Zakarian
- Venus and Bizarre Rocks by Oshin D. Zakarian


- Moon, Mercury and Saturn by Tunc Tezel
- Jupiter Over the Mediterranean by Tunc Tezel


- Jupiter and the Monkey Forest Temple by John Goldsmith


- Moon and Planets Align in Korea by Kwon O Chul


- Star Walk by Shingo Takei
- Fuji Startrails by Shingo Takei

Australia and Pacific


- Comet Tail by Akira Fujii
- Sinking to the Earth by
David Miller

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:

- Lost in an Old KaiPing Village (China) by Alex Chan
- KaiPing DiaoLou at Night (China) by Alex Chan
- The sky above Babele Chalet (Romania) by Alex Conu
- Gazing at Polaris (Greece) by Chris Kotsiopoulos
- Moon and Mercury over Peace Park Lake (Portugal) by Miguel Claro
- Romanian Milky Way (Romania) by Alex Conu
- Star Trails and Windmill (Korea) by An Hae-Do
- Moon Above Costa da Caparica (Portugal) by Miguel Claro
- Alabama Arch and Mt. Whitney (USA) by Paul Gardner
- 2006 Total Solar Eclipse (Turkey) by Alex Tudorica
- Eureka Sky (USA) by Paul Gardner
- Magellanes Night (Chile) by Alex Tudorica

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

- Jupiter Over the Mediterranean by Tunç Tezel

- 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.