May 21, 2010

The World at Night Newsletter 2010 May 21

News and Report

  • Photo Report: TWAN in Korea : The World at Night publications and traveling exhibits in South Korea during the International Year of Astronomy was one of the most successful programs.
  • The Story Behind Iguacu Starry Photos : In an interview on National Geographic website TWAN director Babak Tafreshi shares a short story of adventures and techniques behind the starry photos of Iguacu Falls in Brazil.
  • Photo Report: TWAN in Australia : During the IYA2009 TWAN events traveled from Sydney to Perth on both sides of Australia and it continues to seek venues and related events in 2010 and beyond.
  • Join TWAN fans on Facebook : Learn about the latest updates on the project and communicate with TWAN photographers at The World at Night page on Facebook page.
  • Visitors comments: New option on TWAN website for more interaction between the photographers and visitors. Write comments on TWAN Photos, ask questions, and share ideas. Find “comment” bottom below each photo.

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.


Orion Rising over Grazing Cattle (time-lapse video) by Thad V`Soske
- Virtual Reality From Mauna Kea (VR) by Tunc Tezel
- Winter Milky Way over Death Valley by Wally Pacholka
- Lunar Rainbow and Unknown Event by Wally Pacholka

- Iguacu Falls at Night by Babak A. Tafreshi
Starry Night in Paradise by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Fireball from 5000 Meters High by Stephane Guisard
- Milky Way Steaming Volcano by Stephane Guisard


Sky above Paul Gauguin by Laurent Laveder
Sky Diffuser by Laurent Laveder
Brittany Twilight by Laurent Laveder
The Mother Galaxy by Laurent Laveder
Milky Way vs. Zodiacal Light by Laurent Laveder
All Sky View in Virtual Reality (VR) by Laurent Laveder

Our Closest Neighbor by Stefan Seip
Planets in Her Hands by Stefan Seip
Venus Meets Mercury by Stefan Seip
All-Sky View above Germany by Stefan Seip

Capture the Celestial Beauty by P-M Heden
Stars above Snow-covered Landscape by P-M Heden
Orion and Fisher House by P-M Heden
Iridium Flare above Sweden by P-M Heden
Halo Around the Moon (time-lapse video) by P-M Heden
Moving Aurora above Sweden (time-lapse video) by P-M Heden

- The World at Sunset by Anthony Ayiomamitis

Trailing Around the Pole by Tamas Ladanyi
Winter Triangle and Windmill by Tamas Ladanyi
Left From the War Under the Peaceful Sky by Tamas Ladanyi
Moonrise above Volcanic Hills by Tamas Ladanyi
Spring Night of Hungary by Tamas Ladanyi

Space Station Trails above Austria by Tamas Ladanyi


Sahara Night by Babak A. Tafreshi

South Africa
Southern Stars above Table Mountain by John Goldsmith
- Lights of Cape Town by John Goldsmith
- Starry Sky above SALT by John Goldsmith
- Orion from South Africa by John Goldsmith

Asia and Middle East

Dream View by Babak A. Tafreshi
Go To Outer Space by Babak A. Tafreshi
Find Galaxies in the Spring Sky by Babak A. Tafreshi
Starry Flowers by Oshin D. Zakarian
- Hunter Clouds by Oshin D. Zakarian
- Big Dipper and Spring Blossoms by Oshin D. Zakarian
- Fingers of the Earth by Oshin D. Zakarian

Flash Meteor in the Milky Way by Oshin D. Zakarian
Moonrise above Cyrus Tomb (time-lapse video) by Babak A. Tafreshi
Startrails above Flowers by Amir H. Abolfath
- Milky Rise by Amir H. Abolfath
- Startrails above Ancient Persia by Amir H. Abolfath
- Snowman Night (
time-lapse video) by Amir H. Abolfath
- Winter Sky in Motion (
time-lapse video) by Amir H. Abolfath
- Colors of Orion by Amir H. Abolfath
- Moon, Venus, and Tower by Amir H. Abolfath
- Evening View of Tehran by Amir H. Abolfath
- Spring Dream
by Babak A. Tafreshi

Sky above Troy by Tunc Tezel
- Moon, Venus, and Trojan Horse by Tunc Tezel
- Roman Remains of Troy by Tunc Tezel
- Moon and Venus above Demre, Antalya by Tunc Tezel
- Milky Way and Zodiacal Light above Mediterranean by Tunc Tezel

- Orion and Sirius above Panauti Temple by Oshin D. Zakarian

Milky Way Against Increasing Lights by Kwon O Chul
- A Celestial Beauty: Moon and Venus by Kwon O Chul
- Korean Fireball by Kwon O Chul
- Planets above Seoul by Kwon O Chul

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:

- Gemini North and the Big Dipper (USA) by Richard Wainscoat
North Polar Star Trails (Portugal) by Goncalo Lemos
- Messier Marathon 2009 (Iran) by Seyed Hossien Hossieni
- Blue Vltava (Czech) by Robert Slobins
- Very Old Moon (Poland) by Marek Nikodem
- Winter Constellations (Iran) by Khosro JafariZadeh
- Conjunction over Ponce Inlet Light (USA) by Ben Cooper
- Ladder to the Stars (Iran) by Abdolhossein Hashemizadeh
- Southern Stars above San Pedro (Chile) by Sighard Schraebler
- Nepal Star Trails (Nepal) by Jonathan Mitchell
- Stars over Kyangjuma (Nepal) by Stuart Holmes
- Moon over the Inside Passage (USA) by Chip Porter
- Kerman City Light Pollution (Iran) by Mohammad Javad Fahimi
- Milky Way CARMA (USA) by Tony Rowell
- Noctilucent Skies over Poland (Poland) by Marek Nikodem
- Turin Light Pollution (Italy) by Stefano De Rosa

Mount Adams Wilderness Wildfire (USA) by Larry Andreasen
- Minsk Mazowiecki Night Sky (Poland) by Adam Zieminski
- Night at Kaunos Rock Tombs (Turkey) by Sinan Cate
- Pyramid of Light Pollution (France) by Florent Bailleul
- Moon and Jupiter over Shenzhen (China) by Strongman
- Maryhill Monument Star Trails (USA) by Larry Andreasen
- Stars and Athens Light Pollution (Greece) by Chris Kotsiopoulos
- Evening at Griffith Observatory (USA) by Ali Douraghy
- Watching the Aurora (Norway) by Fredrik Broms
- Painted Hills Sky (USA) by Larry Andreasen
- Costa da Caparica Evening Sky (Portugal) by Miguel Claro
- Summer Stars over Lake Borovik (Croatia) by Vladimir Zivkovic
- Minaret and the Evening Sky (Bangladesh) by Anwar Hussain
- Aurora Streaks over a Glacial Pond (Iceland) by Tony Prower
- Young Moon in the Szubin Sky (Poland) by Marek Nikodem
- Orion and the Alps in Moonlight (Switzerland) by W. Harald
- Dark Skies over the Atacama Desert (Chile) by Sighard Schraebler
- Milky Way, Clouds, and Light Pollution (Poland) by Marek Nikodem
- Moonrise and the Winter Constellations (Iran) by Alireza Vafa
- Green Energy (Norway) by Fredrik Broms
- Camping Under the Milky Way (USA) by Tony Rowell
- Milky Way over Senggigi Beach (Indonesia) by Winston Setiawan

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

- IguaƧu Starry Night by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Calm, Crescent Moon, and Venus by P-M Heden

TWAN is featuring six special galleries:

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

Building bridges through the sky
The World at Night

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