Asteroid now known as (276163) Tafreshi was identified by its discoverer in July 2009, on archival images from June 13, 2002 at the Mt. Palomar, USA. Minor planet Tafreshi orbits the Sun once every 5.1 years and its diameter is approximately 1900 meters. On its path the distance of asteroid from the Sun varies from 2.3 to 3.0 astronomical units. Babak Amin Tafreshi (b. 1978) is an Iranian-born photographer, journalist and amateur astronomer. He was the winner of the 2009 Lennart Nilsson Award for Scientific Photography, and the founder of The World at Night project.
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For photographers and other artists who connect the Earth & night sky, bridging art & science. September 29 to October 2 in La Palma, the stargazing paradise of Canary Islands.
TWAN workshops and exhibits in Zanjan is a series of prominent educational astrophotography programs (every 2 years) with a growing popularity in Iran.
The World at Night has its first official book published in three languages: German, Dutch and Japanese. The large coffee-table book is illustrated with some of the most beautiful TWAN photos.
The Ars Electronica Center is a modern museum in Linz, Austria, where the first major TWAN digital exhibit runs from October 2011 to February 2012.
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.
The World at Night images are featured in two popular publications of Sky&Telescope magazine: Beautiful Universe and SkyWatch which are published annually.
The World at Night exhibitions travel across the world from the European Astronomy Meeting in Lisbon, to Stockholm and Pecs, to Shiraz in Iran, and to Pasadena in California.
The World at Night has its first official book published in Europe. The large coffee-table book is illustrated with some of the most beautiful TWAN photos.
Babak Tafreshi of The World at Night and the NASA’s Cassini Imaging Director Carolyn Porco in the 2009 Lennart Nilsson Award ceremony.
The World at Night traveling exhibit and presentations in Hungary which started during the International Year of Astronomy continues in the country with new events.
The traveling exhibition of The World at Night photos was on display for the first time in Arizona in June 2010.