November 6, 2010

The World at Night Newsletter November 2010

News and Report

New Publications: TWAN Book in German and Dutch: The World at Night has its first official book published in Europe. The large coffee-table book is illustrated with some of the most beautiful TWAN photos.

Top Viewed Photos July-September 2010:

See the most visited photos on TWAN website during summer 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.

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.

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:



- The Galaxy above Our Ancient Ancestors by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Sahara under Moonlight by Babak A. Tafreshi

- The Celestial Bears above Sahara by Babak A. Tafreshi


- Sky from Slopes of Kilimanjaro (VR/video) by Kwon O Chul

- Meteor and Alpha Centauri by Kwon O Chul

- Galactic Bulge above Kilimanjaro by Kwon O Chul



- Aurora Panorama and Strange Dark Bands by Yuichi Takasaka

- Aurora Mystery by Yuichi Takasaka

- Curtains of Green Light by Yuichi Takasaka


- 360-degree View of The Very Large Telescope by Stephane Guisard

- The Very Large Telescope in Virtual Reality (VR/video) by Stephane Guisard

- Waves in the Sky by Stephane Guisard

- Moonlit Night of a Volcano (VR/video) by Stephane Guisard

- Darkest Possible Sky by Stephane Guisard

- Darkest Sky in Virtual Reality (VR/video) by Stephane Guisard

- Darkest Sky 360-degree Panorama by Stephane Guisard

- Morning Twilight in Patagonia by Stephane Guisard


- Comet Over Cottonwood by Doug Zubenel

- Night at Devils Tower by Wally Pacholka

- Comet over Monument Rocks by Doug Zubenel

- Haunted Moonrise by Dennis Mammana

- Desert Sky Shooter by Dennis Mammana

- Desert Wildflowers & Star Trails by Dennis Mammana

- Desert Stars on a Full Moon Night by Dennis Mammana

- Moon Rocks by Doug Zubenel

- Natural Frame by Doug Zubenel



- Lonely Stupa in Himalayas (VR/video) by Babak A. Tafreshi

Australia and Pacific


- Deep Impact of 300,000 Years Ago by John Goldsmith

- Panoramic View of Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater by John Goldsmith

- Sky Motion above Wolfe Creek Crater (VR/video) by John Goldsmith

- Moonset on a Meteorite Crater (VR/video) by John Goldsmith

- Anglo-Australian Telescope by Kwon O Chul

- Sky above Uluru by Kwon O Chul

- A Galactic View of Ayres Rock by Kwon O Chul

- Starry Sky above the Heart of Australia by Kwon O Chul

Cook Islands

- Island Planets by Tunc Tezel



- Sky Friendly Village by Laurent Laveder

- Mira above Brittany by Laurent Laveder


- Acropolis Moon by Anthony Ayiomamitis

- Traditional Village and Modern Lights by P-M Heden


- Milky Way above Hungary by Tamas Ladanyi

- Night at Sunflowers by Tamas Ladanyi

- Castle Moonset by Tamas Ladanyi

- Moonset in Balaton Uplands (VR/video) by Tamas Ladanyi

- Fall Colors under Moonlight by Tamas Ladanyi

- Palace Stars by Tamas Ladanyi

- Mira Looks at Mira by Tamas Ladanyi


- Welcoming an Approaching Comet by P-M Heden

- Astronomy Heritage of Lund by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Moonlight on River by P-M Heden

- Old Church in a Full Moon Night by P-M Heden

- Full Moon Rises in an Autumn Evening by P-M Heden

- Trails and Aurora Borealis by P-M Heden

Middle East


- The Rose of Night Sky by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Double Crescents by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Meteor Watch by Babak A. Tafreshi

- UFO Cloud? by Babak A. Tafreshi

- If We Had Super Eyes by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Spotlight on TWAN by Oshin D. Zakarian

- Stars and Colors of Autumn by Oshin D. Zakarian

- Winter Milky Way by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Mount Damavand Star Trails by Amir H. Abolfath

- Stars Trail above Desert Landscape by Amir H. Abolfath

- Cave Frame by Amir H. Abolfath

- Startrails above Isfahan by Amir H. Abolfath

- Big Dipper above the Gate of All Nations by Amir H. Abolfath

- Seven Sisters and California Nebula by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Watching a Celestial Pair by Babak A. Tafreshi

- A Moment with Hafez by Oshin D. Zakarian

- Sky Prayer by Oshin D. Zakarian

- Autumn Twilight by Oshin D. Zakarian

- The Orion Nebula by Amir H. Abolfath


- Unusual Streaks by Tunc Tezel

- Antipodes Milky Way by Tunc Tezel

- All Sky from Both Hemispheres by Tunc Tezel

- Mediterranean Jupiter by Tunc Tezel

- Jupiter from Izmir Seaside by Tunc Tezel

Polar Regions


- Lunar Corona on a Snowy Night by Dennis Mammana

- Crown of Color by Dennis Mammana

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:

- Montado Star Trails (Barrancos, Alentejo, Portugal) by Goncalo Lemos

- Star Trails over Koohpanah (Mt. Koohpanah, Tafresh, Markazi, Iran) by Abdolhossein Hashemizadeh

- Milky Way trails above Hatu (Hatu, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, Indian Himalayas) by Ajay Talwar

- Totality from Mauna Kea (Mauna Kea Observatory, Hawaii, USA) by Richard Wainscoat

- Star Trails and Star Party (Seqaleh, Iran) by Amirreza Kamkar

- Summer Milky Way over Zion (Zion National Park, Utah, USA) by John A Davis

- Stars over the Caspian Sea (Caspian Sea, Mazandaran, Iran) by Mojtaba Moghadasi

- Springtime with Hyades, Venus, and Pleaides (CAST Observatory, Talmassons, Friui, Italy) by Marco Candotti

- Lunar Eclipse and Desert Landscape (Phoenix, Arizona, USA) by Marion Haligowski

- Moon and Venus Conjunction Panorama (Kermanshah, Iran) by M. Saber Karimi

- Spotlight on Bryce Canyon (Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA) by Ben Cooper

- Lisbon Light Pollution Panorama (Almada, Lisboa Portugal) by Miguel Claro

- Satellite Trail above the Northern Forests (Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia, Canada) by Masoud Rafiei

- Inside the Shadow of Mauna Kea (Mauna Kea Observatory, Hawaii, USA) by Richard Wainscoat

- Monumental Leonid Storm (Monument Valley, Utah/Arizona, USA) by Sean M. Sabatini

- Night at 69-degrees North (Andenes, Nordland, Norway) by Terje Nesthus

- Venus over Spitzkoppe (Spitzkoppe Campsite, Namibia) by Michael Steffen

- Milky Way above Balanced Rock (Arches National Park, Utah, USA) by Marco Meniero

- A Dream House with Stars (Vila Boim, Alentejo, Portugal) by Miguel Claro

- Perseids and Lightning (Montevenere, Bologna, Italy) by Michele Brusa

- Trails with Peace and Beauty (Gouvia Marina, Corfu, Greece) by Vasilis Metallinos

- Perseid and the Pleiades (Alborz Mountains, Firooz Kouh, Iran) by Mohammad Reza Zaman Sani

- Star Trails over Esfahan (Abyaneh, Esfahan, Iran) by Ata Moghtaderi

- Hyakutake over Rabbit Island (Oahu, Hawaii, USA) by Richard Wainscoat

- Kilimanjaro beneath the Milky Way (Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania) by Ted Ressell

- Norway Aurora (Andenes, Nordland, Norway) by Terje Nesthus

- The Quest for Dark Skies (Hanle, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India) by Ajay Talwar, Vikrant Narang, Raghu Kalra

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

- Mirach’s Ghost by Anthony Ayiomamitis

- Venus After Sunset 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