The World at Night 2014 Most Viewed Photos and Videos

2014 December 30: During the year 2014 TWAN website had about 1.5 million views from all around the world (209 countries and territories). There are currently about 4000 fine selected photos and time-lapse videos on TWAN galleries and over 1600 photos in the Guest Gallery. TWAN imagery is increasing by the support of The World at Night dedicated photographers.





















                Most Viewed Photos 

Listed below are the most viewed photos and videos during 2014 by our global visitors:



Mexico National Observatory

By: Stephane Guisard

The arc of the Milky Way is photographed in this panoramic photo from San Pedro Mártir observatory, located in a mountain range with the same name in the Baja California peninsula, northwestern Mexico.



Sky of Two Hemispheres

By: Babak A. Tafreshi

In this moonlit night the Orion stands on its head above the Southern Ocean (Antarctic Ocean). The right image shows the Hunter above Alborz Mountains of Iran. The comparing images also illustrate two different environment at the same time.



The Milky Way: Winter vs. Summer

By: Kwon O Chul

In northern hemisphere the summer nights is the time we look in the direction of the center of our Galaxy, and the brightest region of the Milky Way is facing us (right). Then in winter we see the opposite direction and the Milky Way is only a dim patch of light (left).



After a Solar Storm

By: Kwon O Chul

Following a solar storm that reached the Earth magnetic field, the dancing northern lights or aurora borealis fill the night sky over the northern Canada.



Night Hides a World But Reveals a Universe

By: Babak A. Tafreshi

The Milky Way and planet Venus in the evening twilight over Lake Turkana, northern Kenya.



Night Sky in H-alpha

By: Tunc Tezel

The left-side all-sky view is a "normal" nightscape image of winter stars above the Alamut Castle and village of Gazor Khan in the Alborz Mountains, Iran. On the right image the photographed has used a H-alpha filter (for DSLR cameras) that blacks most of the visible light except for a narrow band in the red part of the spectrum.



Capitol Reef Galactic View

By: Wally Pacholka

The Milky Way shimmers like a cosmic rainbow over Utah's Capitol Reef National Park in this clear June night. City dwellers worldwide rarely see such starry night skies due to light pollution.



A Starry Night of Azores

By: Babak A. Tafreshi

The Milky Way over the Furnas crater lake in the Sao Miguel island of Azores, Portugal, Atlantic Ocean.



Greenland August Night

By: Juan Carlos Casado

The northern lights (aurora borealis) photographed above southern Greenland in the short darkness of a late August midnight.



The View From on High

By: Babak A. Tafreshi

The Milky Way galaxy lights up the night above two ALMA radio telescopes in Chile's Atacama Desert.



                Sky in Motion 

In the timelapse category the two most popular videos during the year are:

Quick Visit to Lake Tekapo at Night

By: Alex Cherney


Star Trails from India

By: Ajay Talwar



                In the Guest Gallery 

The year’s most viewed photos on TWAN Guest Gallery:

1  Moon Inside the Shadow        By: Richard Wainscoat

From the photographer: "Every sunrise and sunset, provided there are no clouds, Mauna Kea casts its shadow on the Earth's atmosphere, creating a distinctive triangular shaped shadow."


2  A Serving of Crescent Moon        By: Amirreza Kamkar



3  Guiding Light To The Stars        By: Mark Gee

From the photographer: "This panorama covers a field of view of over 180 degrees horizontally, and is made up of 35 individual shots, giving an overall image size of over 300 megapixels. The photo shows the Milky Way low in the sky stretching from west to east."


4  The Emerald City        By: Tommy Eliassen

From the photographer: "Wonderful aurora display over the small town of Hemnesberget, Norway."


5  Coming out to See the Moon        By: Doug Waters

From the photographer: "A supermoon rises over Bogue Inlet Pier as admirers have come out to view its splendor."


6  Stars Shining above the Great Wall        By: Song Hongxiao

From the photographer: "On the Great wall, apricot flowers are all over the hills. In order to protect the Great Wall, a 2400 meters long tunnel is built for the expressway passing through the wall."


7  Mongolian Sky        By: Nicolas Marino

From the photographer: "The Milky Way showing above the magnificent lake Terkhiin Tsagaan of Mongolia as the crescent moon descends in the horizon."


8  Guard of Honor        By: Jeff Dai

From the photographer: "The night sky in a panoramic view over a Buddhist shrine in Yunnan province of China."


9  Gobi Nights        By: Nicolas Marino

From the photographer: "A magnificent starry night of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia, no less than 80 miles of the nearest small village and hundreds of miles away from a city."


10  Dry Acacia and Kilimanjaro        By: M.Taha Ghouchkanlu

From the photographer: "A single tree under the night sky of Amboseli National Park, Kenya. The Kilimanjaro is standing tall in background."



                Top Visiting Countries

The top ten visiting countries to TWAN website during 2014 include:

  • USA 36%

  • Germany 5%

  • UK 4.5%

  • Canada 4%

  • Iran 4%

  • France 3%

  • China 3%

  • India 2.5%

  • Spain 2.5%

  • Australia 2.5%

And most visiting cities to TWAN website:

  • Los Angeles

  • Tehran

  • London

  • New York

  • Seoul

  • Sydney

  • Moscow

  • Melbourne