September 3, 2010

The World at Night Newsletter September 2010

News and Report

  • New TWAN Events in September and October 2010: The World at Night exhibitions travel across the world from the European Astronomy Meeting in Lisbon, to Stockholm and Pecs, to Shiraz in Iran, and to Pasadena in California.
  • Photo Report: TWAN Exhibition in ALCON 2010: The traveling exhibition of The World at Night photos was on display for the first time in Arizona in June 2010.
  • 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.
  • The Guest Gallery reached the milestone of 500 images from around the world.
  • 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 traveled 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:



- Sky Rotation above Teide Observatory by Stefan Seip

- Telescopes of Tenerife by Stefan Seip

- Sky Photographers in Tenerife by Stefan Seip

- Sky above Teide Volcano by Juan Carlos Casado


- Kilimanjaro Fireball by Kwon O Chul

- Zodiacal Light from Slopes of Kilimanjaro by Kwon O Chul

- African Galaxy by Kwon O Chul



- Alberta Moonrise by Yuichi Takasaka

- Celestial Trails above Payto Lake by Yuichi Takasaka

- Meteor Train in Motion (VR/video) by Yuichi Takasaka

- Circumpolar Trails above Canadian Rockies by Yuichi Takasaka

- Waterfall Moonbow by Yuichi Takasaka


- The Site for Future Giant Telescope by Serge Brunier

- Rising above Altiplano (VR/video) by Stephane Guisard

- Meteor above the Very Large Telescope by Stephane Guisard

- Patagonia Meteor by Stephane Guisard

- Night Colors of Patagonia by Stephane Guisard


- Fireball at the Celestial Pole by Stephane Guisard


- Galactic View of Mount Shasta by Wally Pacholka

- Stellafane Shooting Star by Dennis di Cicco

- Jupiter above Mount Shasta by Wally Pacholka

- Sky Above St. Helens by Wally Pacholka

- Jupiter Rises above Oregon by Wally Pacholka

- Milky Way Creek by Wally Pacholka

- Meteor and Aldebaran by Wally Pacholka

Australia and Pacific


- Moon and Pleiades above the Easter Island by Stephane Guisard

Cook Islands

- Planets and Zodiacal Light by Tunc Tezel

- Heavenly View above the Pacific Ocean by Tunc Tezel

- Island Universe by Tunc Tezel



- Squashed Sun by Pekka Parviainen


- The Celestial Ball by Laurent Laveder

- Moon Clock by Laurent Laveder


- Star Trails and Flower Fields in Hungary by Tamas Ladanyi

- Meteor and Milky Way by Tamas Ladanyi

- Deer, Oak Tree, and the Moon by Tamas Ladanyi

- Perseid Meteors above Hungary by Tamas Ladanyi

- Starry Sky above a Ruined Monastery by Tamas Ladanyi

- Rotunda Startrails by Tamas Ladanyi


- Meteor Shower Composite above Spain by Juan Carlos Casado


- Big Dipper above Baltic Sea by P-M Heden

- Milky Way Onlooker by P-M Heden

- Jupiter in the Baltic Waters by P-M Heden

- Awed by the Sky by P-M Heden

- Windmill Galaxy by P-M Heden

- Moon and the Fog Bow by P-M Heden

Middle East


- Shooting Star and Historic Ruins by Oshin D. Zakarian

- Meteor and Swan by Oshin D. Zakarian

- Old Time Sky by Oshin D. Zakarian

- Practical Astronomy by Oshin D. Zakarian

- Outdoor Astronomer by Oshin D. Zakarian

- Zodiacal Light and Perseid Meteors by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Planets and Moon in the Evening Sky by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Beware the Mars Hoax! by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Deep in the Galaxy by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Space Station, Meteor, and Planets by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Trails at Both Sides of Equator by Amir H. Abolfath

- Sky Framed by Flowers by Amir H. Abolfath

- Moon and Venus in Trails by Amir H. Abolfath

- Petroglyph Trails by Amir H. Abolfath

- Sky Bridge by Amir H. Abolfath

- Meteor Shower above Alumut Fortress by Amir H. Abolfath

- Trails to and above Alamut by Amir H. Abolfath

- Colorful Startrails by Oshin D. Zakarian

- The Space Station Crosses Desert Sky (VR/video) by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Trailing Space Station by Babak A. Tafreshi

- The Goddess of Love by Babak A. Tafreshi


- Comet and Capella by Tunc Tezel

- Moon and Triple Planetary Conjunction by Tunc Tezel

- Stars and Civilizations 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:

- TSE over Tahai Archeological Complex (Easter Island, Chile) by Matt Ventimiglia

- Protected Sky above Protected Land (Ghasr-e-Bahram Caravansary, Iran) by Mahdi Zamani

- Halo Moon over Cheshmeh-Ali (Cheshmeh-Ali, Damqan, Semnan, Iran) by Mahdi Zamani

- Arrabida Mountains Lights (Serra da Arrabida, Setubal, Portugal) by Miguel Claro

- Zanjan Sky (Sohrein, Zanjan, Iran) by Amir Ali Nasiri

- Orion and Sirius (Taftan, Khash , Iran) by Arman Golestaneh

- Comet Hale-Bopp goes to School (Port Chester, New York, USA) by Joel Seligmann

- Radkan Tower (Radkan village, Mashhad, Iran) by Ariana Ahangary

- Ursa Major rising over Tijara Fort (Tijara, Alwar, India) by SPACE/C. B. Devgun/Sachin Bahmba

- The Mittens (Monument Valley, Arizona/Utah border, USA) by Chip Porter

- Star Trails over LFO (Schoepfl, near Vienna, Austria) by Peter Wienerroither

- Epidaurus Ancient Theatre (Epidaurus, Greece) by Chris Kotsiopoulos

- Great Tomb of Sirus (Passargad, Iran) by Hossein Noshir

- El Cielo de los Antiguos Navegantes (Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina) by Victor Gabriel Bibe

- Ketchikan August Full Moon (Ketchikan, Alaska, USA) by Chip Porter

- Venus over West Vancouver (West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) by Masoud Rafiei

- Setting Sirius (Locho Mountain, Zahedan, Iran) by Mojtaba Moghadasi

- Reaching for the Milky Way (Yengejeh Village, Mashhad, Iran) by Ariana Ahangary

- Full Moon Skyscape (Portinho da Arrabida, Setubal, Portugal) by Miguel Claro

- Star Trails and Meteor (Dizelo, Isfahan, Iran) by Ata Moghtaderi

- Moon Setting over La Jolla (San Diego, California, USA) by John Grasberger

- The Milky Way at Glacier Point (Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park, USA) by Pascal Christian

- Laser at the Galactic Center (ESO Paranal Observatory, Chile) by Yuri Beletsky

- Historic Reflection (Lost Lake, Oregon, USA) by Ben Canales

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

- Brighter Than Mars by Babak Tafreshi

- Perseid Prelude by Tamas Ladanyi

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

Building bridges through the sky
The World at Night

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