July 8, 2010

The World at Night Newsletter July 2010

News and Report

  • Solve a Mystery: Each month TWAN brings you a photo with a mystery. Share your thoughts with us and our global viewers. The explanation or the final conclusion will be posted at the month’s end. This program is a collaboration with Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena (UAP) international project.
  • Coverage: TWAN in Algeria: From Martian landscapes of Sahara to Mediterranean paradises, the diversity of Algeria and the active astronomy society have welcomed TWAN exhibits and imaging missions.
  • Top Viewed Photos: April-June 2010: See the most visited photos on TWAN website during spring 2010.
  • New Topics Galleries: Each month there will be new topical galleries on TWAN to make searching through TWAN enlarging archive easier. The new topical galleries are Moon, Milky Way, Meteors, Comets, Eclipses, Aurora, and stunning Virtual Reality animations of night sky.
  • TWAN on the National Geographic website: In a growing collaboration, TWAN selected photos comes along astronomy stories on the National Geographic News website.
  • 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.
  • Host a TWAN event: TWAN events have travelled to about 30 countries since 2008. New planning for TWAN exhibits and educational workshops is started and we seek for the best venues around the world with interest to host TWAN events in 2010 and beyond. Contact us

Latest Photos and Videos

There are new stunning photos and time-lapse videos on the TWAN website, featuring starry nights of our planet's landmarks from around the world:


South Africa

- Table Mountain by Night (VR/video) by John Goldsmith


- Tenerife Sky Watchers by Juan Carlos Casado



- From Sunset to Stars above Iguacu (video) by Babak A. Tafreshi


- ISS and Space Shuttle above Canada (video) by Yuichi Takasaka

- Trailing Moon and Venus by Yuichi Takasaka

- Starry Night of British Columbia by Yuichi Takasaka


- Surrounded by Colors in Chile (video) by Bernd Proschold

- A night above Chilean Altiplano (video) by Bernd Proschold

- Red and Blue in Chile by Bernd Proschold

- Shooting Star and Volcanoes by Bernd Proschold

- Starry Night of Chilean Altiplano (video) by Stephane Guisard

- Night of Parinacota (video) by Stephane Guisard

- Save the Earth by Stephane Guisard


- Starry Night of Latitude Zero by Stephane Guisard

- The Closest Place to the Stars by Stephane Guisard

- A Night in Ecuador (video) by Stephane Guisard


- Moon and Venus by Dennis Mammana

- Apaches Moonset by Fred Espenak

- Mauna Kea All-Sky View by Tunc Tezel

- Starry Night of Palomar by Wally Pacholka



- Feel Your Halo by Shingo Takei


- Summer Triangle above a Sea of Clouds by Kwon O Chul

- Colorful Display of Lights and Stars by Kwon O Chul

Australia and Pacific


- Heavenly Bridge over Wilderness of Australia by Shingo Takei



- Big Ben at Night by Tamas Ladanyi


- Green Flash Sunset by Pekka Parviainen

- Balloon Sun by Pekka Parviainen

- Brick Sun by Pekka Parviainen


- Summer Sky from Mysterious Ruins by Laurent Laveder

- Low Tide Milky Way by Laurent Laveder

- Celestial Figures above the Lights by Laurent Laveder


- Atlantis over Rhodes by Tamas Ladanyi

- Marathon Moonrise by Anthony Ayiomamitis

- Milky Way from Mediterranean Beach by Tamas Ladanyi

- Rhodes Evening Delight by Tamas Ladanyi


- Mars Meets Regulus by Tamas Ladanyi

- One Time Visitor by Tamas Ladanyi


- Stars above Cherry Blossoms by Juan Carlos Casado


- Swedish Night by P-M Heden

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

- Celestial Tree by P-M Heden

- Moon and Venus in Motion (video) by P-M Heden

Middle East


- Mars and the Lion above Kurdistan by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Celestial Neighbors by Amir H. Abolfath

- Tehran Moonrise by Amir H. Abolfath

- Moon and Venus Trails by Amir H. Abolfath

- Enjoying the Night Sky by Amir H. Abolfath

- Night at the Ancient City (video) by Amir H. Abolfath

- Sun Pillar above Alborz Mountains by Amir H. Abolfath

- Our Cosmic Home by Amir H. Abolfath

- Frame the Northern Crown by Amir H. Abolfath

- Starry Sky of Alamut by Oshin D. Zakarian

- Spring under Moonlight by Oshin D. Zakarian

- Sirius and M41 by Oshin D. Zakarian

- Stars and Lights in Alamut by Oshin D. Zakarian

- Self Portrait with Conjunction and ISS by Oshin D. Zakarian

- Starry Night of Alamut by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Galaxy Stream by Babak A. Tafreshi


- Sky above the Crying Sycamore by Tunc Tezel

- Moon and Venus above Istanbul by Tunc Tezel

- Stormy Venus by Tunc Tezel

The Guest Gallery is a well-received section on the TWAN website, featuring selected outstanding Earth and sky photos by non-TWAN creative photographers from around the globe. If you have such remarkable photos to share with the TWAN Guest Gallery then please contact us. There are new featured photos in the Guest Gallery:

- Reaching for the Sky (Aminabad, Iran) by Farzan Ghasemi

- Moonrise over an Austrian Castle (Styria, Austria) by Peter Wienerroither

- Under the Summer Milky Way (Machtesh Ramon, Negev, Israel) by Yossi Hury

- My City Sky (Mashhad, Khorasan, Iran) by Ariana Ahangary

- Auriga Rising over Joshua Tree (Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA) by Charles Banville

- Early Night at AOMO Observatory (Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada) by Masoud Rafiei

- The Cathedral and the Moon (Seville, Spain) by Mate Urban

- Tree and Star Trails (Locho, Zahedan, Iran) by Ariana Ahangary

- Orion and the Lighthouse (Cabo Espichel, Sesimbra, Portugal) by Miguel Claro

- ISS over Space Shuttle Launch Site (Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA) by Ben Cooper

- Hong Kong Sky (Hong Kong, China) by Peter Lau

- Western Star Trails from Portugal (National Pine Forest, Marinha Grande, Portugal) by Goncalo Lemos

- Fire Tree and Star Trails (Locho, Zahedan, Iran) by Ariana Ahangary

- Lake Uluabat Skies (Lake Uluabat, Turkey) by Cenk E. Tezel

- View from Zero Point at Pindari Glacier (Kumaon Himalayas, India) by Atish Aman, Vikrant Narang

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

- The Starry Night of Alamut by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Retrograde Mars by Tunc Tezel

- Regulus and the Red Planet by Babak Tafreshi

- Atlantis over Rhodes by Tamas Ladanyi

- Clouds and Stars over Cotopaxi Volcano in Ecuador, a time-lapse video by Stephane Guisard

TWAN is featuring 13 special galleries:

Latest Images
Cosmic Motions

Our Cosmic Neighbor (Moon)

Milky Way





Virtual Reality

Dark Skies Importance
World Heritage Sites

TWAN on National Geographic News

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