February 7, 2011

The World at Night Newsletter February 2011

News and Report

TWAN in Beautiful Universe and SkyWatch 2011, The World at Night images are featured in two popular publications of Sky&Telescope magazine: Beautiful Universe and SkyWatch which are published annually.

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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 above a perfectly flat horizon by Tunc Tezel

- Milky Way vs. Zodiacal Light above Libyan Desert by Tunc Tezel


- Above the Clouds in La Palma (time-lapse video) by Bernd Proschold



- Rotating Sky above Alberta by Yuichi Takasaka

- Sky in Motion above Banff National Park (time-lapse video) by Yuichi Takasaka

- Sky During a Lunar Eclipse (time-lapse video) by Yuichi Takasaka


- Stars and Clouds above Tikal by Stephane Guisard

- Night of Maya Civilization by Stephane Guisard

- Starry Night of Guatemala by Stephane Guisard

- Sirius and the Mayan King by Stephane Guisard

- Stars of Maya by Stephane Guisard

- The Land of Mayas by Stephane Guisard

- Sky of the Mayas (time-lapse video) by Stephane Guisard


- A Stroke of Luck by LeRoy Zimmerman

- A Glimpse of Heaven by LeRoy Zimmerman

- An Eye On Zion by LeRoy Zimmerman

- A Chilly Steamy Night by LeRoy Zimmerman

- Not a Bored Walk by LeRoy Zimmerman

- Dark Arch by LeRoy Zimmerman

- The Floating Head of Hoodoo by LeRoy Zimmerman



- Amateur Astronomy in Japan by P.K. Chen


- Sky in Motion above Mount Everest (VR/video) by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Startrails Above Everest by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Marvels of Himalaya by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Misty Dream by Oshin D. Zakarian

Australia and Pacific

New Zealand

- Milky Way vs. Zodiacal Light above New Zealand by Tunc Tezel

- New Zealand under moonlight by Tunc Tezel



- Stars above Siersburg Castle by Gernot Meiser

- Industrial Sky by Gernot Meiser

- A Winter Night of Saarland by Gernot Meiser


- The Celestial Neighbor above Ancient Greece by Anthony Ayiomamitis


- Winter Hexagon and Wolf Moon by Tamas Ladanyi

- Misty Town by Tamas Ladanyi

- Star Trails above Frozen Lake by Tamas Ladanyi

- The Wolf Moon by Tamas Ladanyi


- Winter Night of Forest by P-M Heden

- The Celestial Neighbor by P-M Heden

- Winter Wanderer by P-M Heden

- Aurora, Milky Way, and Nacreous Clouds by P-M Heden

- Winter Night and Polar Clouds by P-M Heden

- Moon and Jupiter by P-M Heden

- Star Trails and Northern Lights by P-M Heden

Middle East


- Night in the Valley of Stars by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Starry Night of Qeshm Island by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Milky Way above Mount Man by Babak A. Tafreshi

- TWAN Band by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Imperial Twilight by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Big and Little Dipper by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Silk Road Starry Night by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Tehran in Twilight by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Happy New Moon by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Canopus From the Northern Limit of Visibility by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Classic Eclipse by Oshin D. Zakarian

- Caravan Night by Oshin D. Zakarian

- Passage of Time by Oshin D. Zakarian

- Once Home to Caravans by Oshin D. Zakarian

- The Sky and My Dobsonian by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Sirius and Historic Caravansary by Amir H. Abolfath

- Trailing Stars above Ancient City by Amir H. Abolfath

- Caravansary and Rotating Sky by Amir H. Abolfath

- Milky Way and Caravansary by Amir H. Abolfath

- Time Travel in Persia by Amir H. Abolfath

- Galactic Explorers by Amir H. Abolfath

- Starry Freezer by Amir H. Abolfath

- Planetary Pair by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Prehistoric Sky by Amir H. Abolfath

- Delicate Crescent by Amir H. Abolfath

- Twilight Meteor 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:

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

- Uluru Evening Moon and Venus (Ayers Rock (Uluru), Northern Territory, Australia) by Kang Jisoo

- Moonlit Night at Dhamik Stupa (Sarnath, India) by Atish

- Mission: Celestial Triangle (San Antonio, Texas, USA) by Adrian New

- Andromeda - Queen of Autumn Nights (Wackersberg, Bavaria, Germany) by Franz Xaver Kohlhauf

- Ranikhet - The Queen's Fields (Ranikhet Golf Course, Uttarakhand, India) by Ajay Talwar

- Zodiacal Light (Seqaleh, Iran) by Amirreza Kamkar

- Damavand Star Trails (Reyne, Iran) by Shahab Bedin Mohamadi

- Autumn Tree, Autumn Sky (Isadkhast, Isfahan, Iran) by Mahdi Zamani

- Milky Way from Uluru (Ayers Rock (Uluru), Northern Territory, Australia) by Kang Jisoo

- Summer Meteor and the Observatory (Astronomical and Geophysical Observatory, Modra, Slovakia) by Tomas Maruska

- Crescent Moon, Planets, and Adriatic Sea (Supetarska Draga, Croatia) by Tamas Abraham

- Himalayan Chandra Telescope (Hanle, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, India) by Ajay Talwar, Vikrant Narang, Raghu Kalra

- Moon & Venus over Iran (Kashan, Niasar, Iran) by Majid Ghohroodi

- Grecian Stone Bridge (Ioannina, Greece) by Chris Kotsiopoulos

- Sleeping Man of Isfahan (Isfahan, Iran) by Nazanin Alibeik

- Uluru's Milky Way Sky (Ayers Rock (Uluru), Northern Territory, Australia) by Kang Jisoo

- Moon and Jupiter over the Mole (Turin, Italy) by Stefano De Rosa

- Winter Constellations Panorama (Mesr Desert, Isfahan, Iran) by Mahdi Zamani

- Galileo Gazing at Jupiter (Pisa, Toscany, Italy) by Marco Meniero

- Night at the Observatory in Modra (Modra, Slovakia) by Tomas Maruska

- Poseidon Moonrise (Sounio, Greece) by Chris Kotsiopoulos

- Summer Night at the Ahwahnee Hotel (Yosemite National Park, California, USA) by Ben Cooper

- Moon and Venus in the Clouds (Bojnord, Iran) by Hamidreza Shahriari

- Dawn skies over Ayers Rock (Ayers Rock (Uluru), Northern Territory, Australia) by Kang Jisoo

- Autumn on the Rise (Lalehzar, Kerman, Iran) by Mohammad J. Fahimi

- Crescent Venus and Young Moon (Colle Braida, Turin, Italy) by Stefano De Rosa

- Desert Sky Self Portrait (Tabas, Iran) by Ariana Ahangary

- Sky on Fire (Negev Desert, Israel) by Yossi Hury

- Moments of Eternity (Nevada, USA) by Christian Klepp

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD), a NASA’s world-known website, has featured new TWAN image: Quadrantids over Qumis by Babak Tafreshi

TWAN is featuring 14 special galleries:

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