January 10, 2011

The World at Night Newsletter January 2011

News and Report

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:



- Skylights Over Libya by Tunc Tezel


- The Winter Solstice by Juan Carlos Casado


- Sky From the Equator by Kwon O Chul



- Eclipse and Aurora in Motion (time-lapse video) by Yuichi Takasaka

- Aurora During a Total Lunar Eclipse by Yuichi Takasaka

- Lunar Eclipse above Yellowknife by Yuichi Takasaka

- Sky Gem by Yuichi Takasaka

- Quadrantid Meteor Above Alberta by Yuichi Takasaka

- Streak From the North by Yuichi Takasaka

Costa Rica

- Eclipsed Moon From a Cruising Ship by Wally Pacholka


- Lunar Eclipse Picnic by Dennis Mammana

- Meteor Above Mojave Desert by Wally Pacholka

- Stars Above a Joshua Tree by Wally Pacholka

- Winter View by P.K. Chen

- Summer View by P.K. Chen

- Autumn View by P.K. Chen

- Spring View by P.K. Chen

- Sky of Four Seasons by P.K. Chen



- Leonid Meteors and Their Persistent Trains (VR/video) by Kwon O Chul


- Siberia Eclipse Sunset by Aleksandr Yuferev

- Frozen Eclipse by Aleksandr Yuferev

- Chimney Eclipse by Aleksandr Yuferev

Australia and Pacific


- Back to the History by Stephane Guisard



- Unusual Sunrise by Laurent Laveder

- Port Orion by Gernot Meiser

- A Winter Night of France by Gernot Meiser

- Startrails Above Tour Vauban by Gernot Meiser

- Moon Dream by Gernot Meiser


- Wandering Sun by Anthony Ayiomamitis

- Analemma Above the Temple of Poseidon by Anthony Ayiomamitis


- Analemma over Hungary by Tamas Ladanyi

- Framing by Fibonacci Numbers by Tamas Ladanyi

- Misty Eclipse by Tamas Ladanyi


- Christmas Stars by Juan Carlos Casado

- Solar Eclipse Above Spain by Juan Carlos Casado


- Star Trails in the North by P-M Heden

- Geminid Meteors above Sweden by P-M Heden

- Family Stargazing by P-M Heden

- Noctilucent Clouds above Sweden by P-M Heden

- Halloween Night by P-M Heden

- Night in the Land of Gustav Vasa by P-M Heden

- New Year Sky Dreams by P-M Heden

- Jupiter Corona by P-M Heden

Middle East


- A Meteor Moment by Amir H. Abolfath

- The World at Night in Black and White by Oshin D. Zakarian

- Morning Trails by Oshin D. Zakarian

- Village Night by Amir H. Abolfath

- Zodiacal Light in Desert Sky by Amir H. Abolfath

- Clear Sky After Snow (VR/video) by Babak A. Tafreshi

- December Meteors by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Big Dipper and the Falling Star by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Sky Above Iran National Observatory by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Milky Way in a Moonlit Night by Babak A. Tafreshi

- The Belt of Venus by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Orion and the Persian King by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Around the Pole by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Meteor Shower of December by Babak A. Tafreshi

- The Night Begins by Oshin D. Zakarian

- Starry Winter Landscape by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Village Sky and Shooting Star by Amir H. Abolfath

- Sky Watchers of the Astronomy Town by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Falling Star of an Ancient City by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Stars and Meteors above Qumis by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Damghan Meteor by Amir H. Abolfath

- Trails Above Tehran by Amir H. Abolfath

- Bears in the Desert Sky by Amir H. Abolfath

- Sky Motion Above a Mountain Road by Amir H. Abolfath

- Starry Night of Damghan Desert by Oshin D. Zakarian

- Colors of Autumn by Oshin D. Zakarian

- A Fire Temple at Night by Amir H. Abolfath

- Sky in Motion above Ancient Fire Temple (VR/video) by Amir H. Abolfath

- Stars and Rocks by Oshin D. Zakarian

- Planets in the Morning Twilight by Oshin D. Zakarian

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:

- Night at Alanya Castle (Alanya, Turkey) by Hakan Buyuktuncay

- Korean Ruin and Star Trails (Korea) by Kang Jisoo

- Venus in Twilight (Zahedan, Iran) by Masoud Sheikh Veisi

- Quadrangle after Sunset (Tempe, AZ, USA) by Jin Lu

- Lights of the Albufeira Star Party (Lagoa de Albufeira, Sesimbra, Portugal) by Miguel Claro

- Hareer Mountains in Autumn (Erbil, Iraq) by Azhy Hasan

- Ursa Major over the Canyzar Lagoon (Villarquemado, Teruel, Spain) by Vicente Aupi

- Leh Panorama (Hanle, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, India) by Ajay Talwar, Vikrant Narang, Raghu Kalra

- Small Magellanic Cloud and Uluru (Northern Territory, Australia) by Kang Jisoo

- Varzane Moon and Venus Conjunction (Varzane, Isfahan, Iran) by Nazanin Alibeik

- Present Look at the Past (High Island Reservoir, Sai Kung, Hong Kong) by Herman Yeung

- Gahar Lake in the Moonlight (Gahar Lake, Lorestan province, Iran) by Saber Karimi

- Eclipsed Moon Setting (Neuhofen an der Krems, Austria) by Herbert Raab

- Moonrise Partial Lunar Eclipse (Mandaluyong City, Philippines) by Erika Valdueza

- Devsthal Meadow (Devsthal, Uttarakhand, India) by Ajay Talwar

- Uluru at Night (Ayers Rock(Uluru), Northern Territory, Australia) by Kang Jisoo

- Waxing Crescent Moon meets Venus (Kurdistan, Iran) by Farzin Hossaini

- Three friends of the Milky Way (Portinho da Arrabida, Sesimbra, Portugal) by Miguel Claro

- Lazar Castle At Night (Lazarea Village, Transilvania, Romania) by Munzlinger Attila

- Aurora over Alaska (Willow Lake, off Richardson Highway, Alaska) by Paul Alsop

- Pleiades over Moutohora (Thornton Beach, New Zealand) by John A Davis

- Transparent Observatory (Hanle, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, India) by Ajay Talwar, Vikrant Narang, Raghu Kalra

- Panorama of the Milky Way (Gayen, Iran) by Amirreza Kamkar

- Sydney at Dawn (Sydney, NSW, Australia) by Kang Jisoo

- Ostersund by Night (Ostersund, Sweden) by Goran Strand

- Garmeh Star Trail (Garmeh Village, Isfahan, Iran) by Hooman Mirrahimi

- Our Galactic Neighborhood (Azul, Argentina) by Luis Argerich

- Amateur Astronomer at Work or Pleasure? (Hatu Peak, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India) by Ajay Talwar

- Partial Solar Eclipse at Sunrise (Vienna, Austria) by Peter Wienerroither

- Partial Eclipse from France (La Rosiere, France) by Sebastian Voltmer

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

TWAN is featuring 14 special galleries: