March 23, 2010

TWAN Newsletter 2010 January 10

News and Report

- Photo Report: The World at Night Across Chile, One of the most successful countries in hosting TWAN events during the IYA2009 was Chile with exhibitions in 30 locations across the country including the presidential palace in Santiago.

- Photo Report: First Exposure in Scandinavia, TWAN events started in Scandinavia with a traveling exhibition in Sweden supported by the Swedish Astronomical Society.

- Photo Report: TWAN in Hungary, A traveling exhibition and presentations of The World at Night in Hungary in conjunction with the International Year of Astronomy 2009 made major public attention to the night sky.

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.


Solstice Moon from Alaska by LeRoy Zimmerman
- Conjunction in Massachusetts by Dennis di Cicco
- Sky On Fire by Doug Zubenel
- Orange Blue Moon! by Doug Zubenel
- Comet Holmes and Oak Trees by Doug Zubenel
- Remembering a Star Party by Doug Zubenel
- Tall-grass Prairie Moon by Doug Zubenel

Outside Activity (time-lapse video) by Yuichi Takasaka
British Columbia Moonset (time-lapse video) by Yuichi Takasaka
Meteor Through Aurora by Yuichi Takasaka
A Flight of Light by Yuichi Takasaka

- Sky Motion above Martian Desert (time-lapse video) by Serge Brunier
24 Hours in Atacama (time-lapse video) by Serge Brunier


Alternative Source of Geminids by Laurent Laveder
- Moon Balloon by Laurent Laveder
- The Moon above Paris by Dennis di Cicco
- The Venus of Paris by John Goldsmith

Stars Around the Pole by P-M Heden
- Clear Sky of Christmas Night by P-M Heden
- A Heavenly Night of New Year Eve by P-M Heden
- Moon and Jupiter Meets on Christmas Night by P-M Heden

Aurora Queen by Pekka Parviainen

Startrails over The Ring by Juan Carlos Casado

Moon and Mercury by Tamas Ladanyi
- Return of Sunspots by Tamas Ladanyi

Asia and Middle East

Colors of Night by Babak A. Tafreshi
- Amateur Astronomers Chase a Comet by Babak A. Tafreshi

Moon Hides Antares by Tunc Tezel
Halos around Partially Eclipsed Moon by Tunc Tezel
8000 Years of History by Tunc Tezel
Outside the Walls of an Ancient City by Tunc Tezel
Starry Night of Hittites by Tunc Tezel

Everest and Mysterious Star by Babak A. Tafreshi
- Temple Night Hours by Babak A. Tafreshi
- Ama Dablam Startrails by Babak A. Tafreshi
- Paradise Valley by Oshin D. Zakarian
Heritage Moon by Oshin D. Zakarian
Stupa Trails by Oshin D. Zakarian
Meteors and Trails above Panauti Temple by Oshin D. Zakarian
Sirius Rises in Nepal by Oshin D. Zakarian

The Celestial Bears by P.K. Chen


Sky of Our African Ancestors by Babak A. Tafreshi

Australia and Pacific

Sky of Two Hemispheres by Babak A. Tafreshi
- Moonlit Night of the Wave Rock by John Goldsmith
- Stars above Wave Rock by John Goldsmith
- Tasmania at Night (time-lapse video) by John Goldsmith
- Southern Stars above Cradle Mountain 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. Listen to a New Year greeting message from the Gallery coordinator Thad V'Soske by clicking on the speaker icon at the top of the gallery pages.

There are new featured photos on the Guest Gallery:

- Night Street (Germany) by Jens Hackmann
- Tree, Milky Way, and Jupiter (Iran) by Ariana Ahangary
- ISS and Lake Michigan (USA) by Ken Scott
- Joshua Trees at Night (USA) by Chip Porter
- Trees and the Winter Triangle (Japan) by Kouji Ohnishi
- Highland Cottage (Iran) by Mohammad Javad Fahimi
- Harvest Moon Bridge (Portugal) by Miguel Claro
- Moon Trek (Portugal) by Goncalo Lemos
- Nighttime Mojave Yucca (USA) by Chip Porter
- Vega on Lake Alexandrina (New Zealand) by Kouji Ohnishi
- Venus and Regulus over Spina Lake (Italy) by Stefano De Rosa
- Namibia Night at TIVOLI Astrofarm (Namibia) by Michael Steffen
- Rising Orion (Hungary) by Tamas Abraham
- Star Trails over Martian Mountains (Iran) by Arman Golestaneh
- Moonrise over Lake Michigan (USA) by Bryan R. Tobias

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

- December Sunrise, Cape Sounion by Anthony Ayiomamitis
- Solar Eclipse Analemma by Tunç Tezel
- Mojave Desert Fireball by Wally Pacholka

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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