March 23, 2010

TWAN Newsletter 2009 December 19

Happy New Year 2010!


- TWAN events started in Scandinavia with a traveling exhibition in Sweden, supported by the Swedish Astronomical Society. More

- A traveling exhibition and side programs of The World at Night in Hungary, in conjunction with the International Year of Astronomy 2009 made major public attention t the night sky. 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 across the world.


- Mojave Desert Fireball by Wally Pacholka
- Geminid Meteor over Monument Valley by Wally Pacholka
- Monument Valley Falling Star by Wally Pacholka
- Jupiter and Arch by Wally Pacholka

- Sky above Iceberg (time-lapse video) by Yuichi Takasaka
- The Night Show of Aurora Village
(time-lapse video) by Yuichi Takasaka


Meteor in Brittany Morning Sky by Laurent Laveder
Normandy Panorama by Laurent Laveder
Starry Self Portrait by Laurent Laveder

- Moon and Planets from an Ancient Crater by Stefan Seip
- Solstice Sun Over Sounion by Anthony Ayiomamitis
- Oropos Sunset by Anthony Ayiomamitis

Gotland Moonset by P-M Heden
Northern Hemisphere Milky Way by P-M Heden

- Starryscape at 69 North by Babak A. Tafreshi
Aurora above Fjord Landscape by Babak A. Tafreshi
A Glimpse of Far North (time-lapse video) by Bernd Proschold

- Above Thousand Peaks (time-lapse video) by Bernd Proschold

Caparra by Moonlight by Juan Carlos Casado
Lying under the Galactic Arch by Juan Carlos Casado
Monfrague Milky Way by Juan Carlos Casado

ISS-Atlantis Trail by Tamas Ladanyi
Windmill Surprise by Tamas Ladanyi
Sunset to Moonrise Panorama by Tamas Ladanyi
Moonlit Autumn Night of Hungary by Tamas Ladanyi

Asia and Middle East

Meteors and Winter Milky Way by Babak A. Tafreshi
Falling Star and Historic Ruin by Babak A. Tafreshi
Geminid Meteor Shower in Video (time-lapse video) by Babak A. Tafreshi
Sirius and a Striking Meteor by Babak A. Tafreshi
Imam Reza Moonrise by Oshin D. Zakarian
Autumn Night of Mazandaran by Oshin D. Zakarian

- Double Meteors above Turkey by Tunc Tezel
- All-sky Composite of Geminid Meteors by Tunc Tezel
- Starry Sky of a Mediterranean Harbor by Tunc Tezel
- Sky of Ancients by Tunc Tezel
- Edge-on Milky Way by Tunc Tezel

Orion Trails above Himalaya by Oshin D. Zakarian
- The Top of the World by Babak A. Tafreshi
- Orion Rises above Himalaya
(time-lapse video) by Babak A. Tafreshi
Ama Dablam Martian Rise (time-lapse video) by Babak A. Tafreshi
Himalayan Skyscape by Babak A. Tafreshi
Night in the Land of Temples by Oshin D. Zakarian
- Himalayan Dream by Oshin D. Zakarian
- Starry Night of Buddha by Oshin D. Zakarian

- The Little Bear by P.K. Chen
Milky Way of Yunnan by P.K. Chen
Great Wall Halo by Juan Carlos Casado
Robotic Telescope by P.K. Chen
Yunnan Astronomical Observatory by P.K. Chen
Orion Rises in Yunnan by P.K. Chen

Amateur Observatory by P.K. Chen

Australia and Pacific

Chile (Easter Island)
Night Arrives in Easter Island by Stephane Guisard
Meteor, Galaxy, and Volcano by Stephane Guisard
The Large Magellanic above Easter Island by Stephane Guisard

- Evening Twilight and the Living Desert by John Goldsmith

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:

- Milky Way from Valle de la Luna (Chile) by Manel Soria
- Crepuscular Rays from Capuchos (Portugal) by Miguel Claro
- Per Aspera ad Astra (Poland) by Marek Nikodem
- Moon and Jupiter over Cahore Strand (Ireland) by Eric Clarke
- Medieval Moon (Italy) by Marco Candotti
- Gazing at the Sky (Iran) by Sara Khalafinejad
- Moon and Jupiter over Hogehall (Sweden) by Jimmy Nordstrom
- Ft. McKavett Ruins at Night (USA) by Bryan R. Tobias
- ISS above Bad Mergentheim (Germany) by Jens Hackmann
- Observing the Night Skies (Romania) by Cristina Tinta-Vass
- Sariska Jungle Milky Way Trails (India) by C B Devgun
- Moon and Jupiter above Olympus Mountain (Greece) by Chris Kotsiopoulos
- Band of the Milky Way (Iran) by Mahdi Zamani
- Iridium Flare over Cottage (Slovakia) by Tomas Maruska
- Night Sky from Ft. McKavett (USA) by Bryan R. Tobias

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

- Comet Hyakutake Passes the Earth by Doug Zubenel
- Geminid Meteor over Monument Valley by Wally Pacholka
- Himalayan Skyscape by Babak Tafreshi

- TWAN is featuring six special galleries:

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

TWAN is a global program 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.

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