June 20, 2011

The World at Night Newsletter June 2011

News and Report
  • A Stunning Eclipse of the Moon: The total lunar eclipse of 15 June 2011 was exceptionally dark and long. Several TWAN photographers noted it was the most beautiful lunar eclipse they had ever seen with the red eclipse moon in the band of the Milky Way. See images of the event on TWAN special Eclipse Gallery.
  • TWAN fans on Facebook passed 5000: About a year since the launch of TWAN facebook page the number of followers passed 5000 this month. Learn about the latest updates on the project and communicate with TWAN photographers on The World at Night Facebook page.
  • The 2011 International Photo Contest Winners Announced, Selected from submissions by photographers in about 30 countries, the winners of 2011 Earth and Sky Photo Contest display the beauties of night sky and its battle with light pollution.

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:



- Dark Sky above La Palma by Tunc Tezel

- Milky Way Rises above Canaries by Tunc Tezel

- Carina Nebula from Canary Islands by Tunc Tezel

- Cosmic Dust Shines over Tenerife by Tunc Tezel

- Galactic View from Canary Islands by Tunc Tezel

- Orion and Zodiacal Light by Tunc Tezel

- Northern Record for Southern Cross by Tunc Tezel

- Cross above Tenerife by Juan Carlos Casado

- Chasing the Southern Cross (time-lapse video) by Juan Carlos Casado

- Darkest Sky in Two Hemispheres by Tunc Tezel



- Yukon Aurora by Yuichi Takasaka

- Yukon Moontrail by Yuichi Takasaka

- Aurora Dance by Kwon O Chul

- Moonbow in Motion (time-lapse video) by Yuichi Takasaka

- Moonlight on Takakkaw Falls (time-lapse video) by Yuichi Takasaka

- Moonset over Canadian Rockies (time-lapse video) by Yuichi Takasaka


- Sky in Motion above European Southern Observatory (time-lapse video) by Stephane Guisard

- Rotating Earth (time-lapse video) by Stephane Guisard


- Guatemala All-sky View by Stephane Guisard

- 360 Panorama from Tikal by Stephane Guisard

- Visit Tikal in Virtual Reality (VR/video) by Stephane Guisard



- Rotating Sky (time-lapse video) by Kwon O Chul

Australia and Pacific


- Moon and Planets above Perth by John Goldsmith

- Skyline Planets by John Goldsmith


- Against the Lights by Wally Pacholka



- The Head of Scorpion by Babak A. Tafreshi

- The Messenger above Danube by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Linz at Night by Babak A. Tafreshi


- Spring Night of Brittany in Virtual Reality (time-lapse video) by Laurent Laveder

- Lighthouse Moonrise by Laurent Laveder

- Sunset over Pic du Midi by Serge Brunier


- Real Fantasy by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Big Dipper and Spring Blossoms by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Above the Lights by Gernot Meiser

- Startrails above Hohenzollern Castle by Gernot Meiser

- The House of Emperors by Gernot Meiser

- Cologne Moonrise (time-lapse video) by Bernd Proschold

- Midnight Moon by Bernd Proschold

- The Beauty of Neuschwanstein by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Saarland Eclipsed Moon by Gernot Meiser


- Contact by Tamas Ladanyi

- Crescent Moon and Zodiacal Light by Tamas Ladanyi

- Budapest Lunar Eclipse by Tamas Ladanyi


- Startrails above Viking Spirit by P-M Heden

- Night in a Ruined Chruch (VR/video) by P-M Heden

- Orion and Dal River (VR/video) by P-M Heden

- A Frozen Winter Night of Sweden (time-lapse video) by P-M Heden

- NLC Reflections by P-M Heden

- Rising Eclipsed Moon by P-M Heden


- New Moon above Lausanne by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Sky above a Swiss Chalet by Babak A. Tafreshi

Middle East


- Sky Gazers (time-lapse video) by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Messier Marathon by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Galactic Flight by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Startrails above Lut Desert by Amir H. Abolfath

- Starry Sky during a Total Lunar Eclipse by Babak A. Tafreshi

- The Hunter Hides Behind Clouds by Oshin D. Zakarian

- Milky Way above the Eagle's Nest by Oshin D. Zakarian

- Startrails above a Masterpiece by Amir H. Abolfath

- Eclipse Trail by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Sleeping under Summer Sky by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Alien Visitor by Oshin D. Zakarian

- Deep Lunar Eclipse of June 2011 by Oshin D. Zakarian

- Galactic Eclipse by Babak A. Tafreshi

- Deep Sky View of a Lunar Eclipse by Amir H. Abolfath

- Darkness during a Total Lunar Eclipse by Oshin D. Zakarian

- Eclipsed Moon in the Milky Way by Babak A. Tafreshi


- The Red Moon of Goreme by Tunc Tezel

Polar Regions


- Aurora Photo Symphony (time-lapse video) by LeRoy Zimmerman

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

Eclipsed Moon in the Milky Way by Babak Tafreshi

Earth Rotating Under Very Large Telescopes by Stephane Guisard and Jose Francisco Salgado

The Mileage of Light by Dennis Mammana

Messier Marathon by Babak Tafreshi

New images on TWAN Guest Gallery

- Star Trails above the Alps (Innsbruck, Austria) by Christoph Malin

- Ancient Rock Art and Star Trails (Teymareh, Iran) by Mahdi Hosseini

- Stone Stargate (Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain) by Bernd Mestermann

- Moon and Jupiter over Hamburg (Alster Lake, Hamburg, Germany) by Andy Langner

- Trails of the Shed (Shahdad, Iran) by Mania Rahban

- Milky Way & Binoculars (Seqaleh, Iran) by Amirreza Kamkar

- Perigee Full Moon over Frankfurt (Bad Soden, Germany) by Stephan Heinsius

- Moonlit Gateway and the Dippers (Munkyeong, Korea) by Kang Jisoo

- Winter Ski-touring Night Sky (Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria) by Christoph Malin

- Light Traces in the Peace Park (Almada, Portugal) by Miguel Claro

- Mercury meets Jupiter in the Dusk (Gerstetten, Germany) by Gerd Jooss

- 3-Hours of Stars at Kharanaq Bridge (Kharanaq Village, Yazd, Iran) by Mahdi Zamani

- Stars from Sea Cave (Buan, Korea) by Kang Jisoo

- Trident of Light at Cape Perpetua (Neptune State Park Wayside, Oregon, USA) by Larry Andreasen

If you have such remarkable photos to share with the TWAN Guest Gallery then please contact us.

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