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The World at Night (September 2013)                              

Stunning images of night sky from across the world                                  


TWAN News & Reports

Join TWAN workshop on night sky photography, time-lapse imaging and processing, from September 26 to 30 on the beautiful island of La Palma in the Canary Islands. The instructors, award winning TWAN Photographers Babak Tafreshi (the founder and director) and Christoph Malin (dedicated timelapse photographer, TWAN-Austria) together have years of experience of night-time imagery under all conditions and in a wide variety of locations.      Read the full story


 New Photo Report:

TWAN Exhibition in Doha

The World at Night major educational exhibition during the first Doha International Astronomy Conference (2013 Feb. 10-13) was TWAN's first event in the southern shores of the Persian Gulf.

Top Viewed Photos and Videos: January-June 2013

See the most visited photos and time-lapse videos on TWAN website during the first half of 2013. During the first half of 2013 TWAN website had 1.1 million views from nearly all around the world (175 countries and territories).


TWAN Featured Photo

     Sweden Summer Evening                                                                   By: P-M Heden

The Noctilucent or night-shining clouds (NLCs) appear in a summer evening of Sweden. NLCs lie near the edge of space, reflecting sunlight from about 80 kilometers above Earth's surface. They are usually spotted above the Polar Regions in summer.


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:



Aurora in All Colors



Europe at Night



Middle Eastern Sky

Southern California Moonlit Night



Star Trails


Early Dawn




Delhi Night


Unrivaled Beauty of Starry Skies


Perseid Fireball



Above the Caldera


Zodiacal Light over Radio Telescopes


Radio Observatory in the Australian Outback

Milky Way above the Teide Observatory

Karijini Moonlit Night



A Natural Night



Far North




Grand Canyon Stargazing


The Big Bear and the Old Faithful


Sky above the Gateway of India


Rotating Sky over Yosemite


Badwater Good Sky


360-degree Night Panorama of Kitt Peak

Mountaintop Telescopes

Cosmic Rainbow




See more of TWAN latest imagery at or list the latest on our Search page


Featured Galleries


Star Trails



Save Dark Skies






Moon GalleryNight Sky in Virtual Reality Flash Animations Eclipces GalleryCosmic Motions Gallery


Latest Guest Gallery Photos

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.


Night in Bethells Beach                                                                            by: Ling Zheng


Desert Twilight


Amateur Astronomer


Winter Solstice and Fire Temple

Aurora over Dinosaur Provincial Park


Earthshine Behind Chapel

by: Robert Blasius

Moon Shadow Sequence

by: Ben Cooper

Moon and Mercury

by: Aissa moussa Mohammed


by: Herbert Raab

Perseid & Conjunction

by: Mahdi Zamani

Setting Milky Way at San Pedro

by: Luis Argerich

Zodiac Light over Dachstein Mountain

by: Norbert Span

My Sky

by: Ali Hasanzadeh

A Quadruple Lunar Halo Over Spain

by: Dani Caxete


Wind Machine

by: Stavros Hios

Devi Jagdambi Temple

by: Atish Aman

New Moon Over Holy Shrine

by: Majid Ghohroodi

Winter Triangle

by: Andreas Max Böckle

M-Class Planet

by: Ken Lee

Wolf Moon 2013

by: Robert Blasius

Tibetan Buddhist Tower

by: Jeff. Dai

Star Trails over Bosphorus

by: Cemil Seyis

Solar Analemma over Trinity School Chapel

by: Craig Lent

The Moon and Misterious Red Waves

by: Luis Argerich



Astronomy Picture of the Day



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


TWAN Photos on NASA

Perseids over Meteora

By: Babak A. Tafreshi


TWAN is a global program in partnership with Astronomers Without Borders ( to produce and present a collection of stunning photographs of the world's most beautiful and historic sites against the nighttime backdrop of stars, planets and celestial events. The eternally peaceful sky looks the same above all symbols of different nations and regions, attesting to the truly unified nature of Earth as a planet rather than an amalgam of human-designated territories.