August 4, 2010

The World at Night Newsletter August 2010

News and Report

  • TWAN Coverage of July 2010 Total Solar Eclipse: From remote islands of Pacific Ocean to an eclipse flight 12km above the sea, 7 TWAN members from across the globe traveled to capture the elegant beauty of the eclipsed sun.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:



- Moonlight Panorama at Teide National Park by Juan Carlos Casado

- Tenerife Milky Way by Juan Carlos Casado

- Equinox Trails by Juan Carlos Casado

- The Bears on the Gulf by Juan Carlos Casado

- Iridium Flash above Sky Photographer by Juan Carlos Casado


- Planets and Moon Align above Kilimanjaro by Kwon O Chul



- ISS and Discovery over British Columbia by Yuichi Takasaka

- Partial Lunar Eclipse by Yuichi Takasaka

- Camping under Trailing Stars by Yuichi Takasaka


- Milky Way Explorer (VR/video) by Stephane Guisard

- Starry Night of Patagonia (VR/video) by Stephane Guisard

- Airglow and Milky Way above Chilean Andes (VR/video) by Stephane Guisard

- The Extremely Large Telescope Will be Here by Serge Brunier


- Pole to Pole by Stephane Guisard


- The Galaxy above Mount Hood by Wally Pacholka

- Galactic Arch above Hume Lake by Wally Pacholka

- Starry Sky above Mount Hood by Wally Pacholka

- Crater Lake Milky Way by Wally Pacholka

- Starry Sky above Crater Lake by Wally Pacholka

- A Dream Night of Northern California by Wally Pacholka


- Eclipse over Pacific Waters by Dennis Mammana

- Cruise Ship Eclipse by Dennis Mammana

Australia and Pacific


- Pinnacles and Southern Stars by Shingo Takei


- Easter Island Eclipse by Stephane Guisard

- 2010 Totality by Stephane Guisard

- Easter Island Dream Comes True by Juan Carlos Casado

- From Wide-field to Corona by Dennis di Cicco

Cook Islands

- Palm Trees and Milky Way by Tunc Tezel

- Starry Sky of Cook Islands by Tunc Tezel

- Pacific Evening by Tunc Tezel


- Nine Minutes in the Shadow by Fred Espenak

New Zealand

- Ecliptic New Zealand by Tunc Tezel

- New Zealand Milky Way by P.K. Chen



- Denmark Midnight Dawn (time-lapse video) by Bernd Proschold


- Sinking Sun and Green Flash by Pekka Parviainen


- Turbine Milky Way by Laurent Laveder

- Forest Night by Serge Brunier


- Solstice Full Moon Rising at Sounion by Anthony Ayiomamitis

- Rhodes Startrails by Tamas Ladanyi

- Moon, Venus and Mediterranean Sea by Tamas Ladanyi

- Lindos Sunrise by Tamas Ladanyi


- Skygazing from Hungarian Heritage by Tamas Ladanyi


- Mars, Beehive, and Castle by P-M Heden

- Big Dipper above Sweden by P-M Heden

- Aurora Streaks in Motion (VR/video) by P-M Heden

- Jupiter and the Galilean Moons by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Evening Delight by P-M Heden

- Waves in the Sky (time-lapse video) by P-M Heden

- The Noctilucent Clouds above Sweden (time-lapse video) by P-M Heden

- Watching NLCs by P-M Heden

- Ghostly Clouds at the Edge of Space by P-M Heden

Middle East


- Sky above the Caravansary by Amir H. Abolfath

- Moon Meets the Pleiades by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Alamut Flash by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Planets above Bisotun by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Poppy Trails by Amir H. Abolfath

- Moon, Venus, and Astronomy Day by Amir H. Abolfath

- Spring Night by Amir H. Abolfath

- Startrails above Caravansary by Amir H. Abolfath

- North America In Motion (time-lapse video) by Amir H. Abolfath

- Sky in Motion Video Clip (time-lapse video) by Amir H. Abolfath

- Winter Nightscape by Oshin D. Zakarian

- Under the Circling Heavens by Oshin D. Zakarian

- Canis Major and Winter Clusters by Oshin D. Zakarian

- Orion Rises above Snowy Peaks by Oshin D. Zakarian

- Light of Zodiac by Oshin D. Zakarian

- There are Stars in Urban Skies by Babak A. Tafreshi

- New Moon above Tehran by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Moontrail by Babak A. Tafreshi


- Milky Way above Toros Mountains by Tunc Tezel

- Moonrise above Mysian Olympus 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:

- Las Campanas Milky Way Panorama (Las Campanas, Chile) by Alex Tudorica

- USNO Dome Caressed by Moonlight (Flagstaff, Arizona, USA) by Jeremy Perez

- Lisbon Sky Lights (Almada, Lisbon, Portugal) by Miguel Claro

- Spring full Moon Star Trails (Sounio, Greece) by Chris Kotsiopoulos

- Lake Michigan Zodiacal Light (Frankfort, Michigan, USA) by Ken Scott

- Desert Celebration (Maranjab Desert, Kashan, Iran) by Banafshe Golabgiran

- Highest Mountain in Khuzestan (Bagh Malek, Kuzestan, Iran) by Mostafa Kazemi Pour

- Stars and Trees near Erhai Lake (Dali, Yunnan, China) by Alex Chan

- Iguassu Falls Full Moon Rainbow (Iguassu Falls, Argentina and Brasil) by Renato Seerig

- Sunset Planets (Ankara, Turkey) by M. Rasid Tugral

- Milky Way Awakening (Mount Zoncolan-Carnian, Friuli, Italy) by Marco Candotti

- Star Trails above a Tree (Seghaleh, Iran) by Amirreza Kamkar & M. H. Sharifzade

- Plasma Rain (Warren County, Missouri, USA) by Doug Kniffen

- Silhouetted Winter at Dusk (Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada) by Masoud Rafiei

- Star trails over CFH Telescope (Mauna Kea Observatory, Hawaii, USA) by Richard Wainscoat

- Patagonia Solar Eclipse (El Calafate, Patagonia, Argentina) by Janne Pyykko

- Totality from French Polynesia (Tehunatara Motu, Tatakoto Atoll, French Polynesia) by Xavier Jubier

- Totality from Tahiti (Tahiti, French Polynesia) by Robert Stephens

- French Polynesian Solar Eclipse (French Polynesia) by Alson Wong

- Starry Lagoon (Lagoa de Albufeira, Sesimbra, Portugal) by Miguel Claro

- Save our Beautiful Night Skies (Davan, Kazeroun, Fars, Iran) by Mohammadreza Foroutan

- Taftan Nature (Taftan, Khash, Iran) by Ariana Ahangary

- Morning Moods (Hachtel, Bad Mergentheim, Germany) by Jens Hackmann

- Zodiacal Light over Lake Michigan (Frankfort, Michigan, USA) by Ken Scott

- Erhai Lake Stars and Trees (DaLi, YunNan, China) by Alex Chan

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

- Easter Island Eclipse by Stephane Guisard

- Ecliptic New Zealand by Tunc Tezel

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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