The World at Night

The World at Night : Spectacular photographs of the night sky

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See the full beauty of our night sky revealed as never before in over 200 photographs from around the world.

Bringing together the images of over 40 photographers across 25 countries, be astounded by the lights of the night sky in some of the darkest places on earth; discover the beauty of galaxies, planets and stars; view great celestial events; and see some of the world's most important landmarks against the backdrop of an incredible nightscape.

Babak Tafreshi, founder of the international organisation The World at Night, has curated the images in this collection - many of them previously unseen - to reveal the true splendour of the sky at night. A specialist guide to night-sky photography will help you capture your own gorgeous images of the heavens.

Commentary on the science, astronomy and photography accompany stunning images organised by theme:

Symbols of all nations and religions embraced by one sky of endless beauties
UNESCO World Heritage Sites at night
The Universe revealed through constellations, sky motions, atmospheric phenomenon, Aurora and other wonders
Images highlighting the beauty of dark skies away from light-polluted urban areas
Celestial events, from great comets to spectacular eclipses
Astro-tourism destinations, like ancient astronomical monuments and modern observatories
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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 235 x 290 x 22.86mm | 1,406.14g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 200+ colour photos
  • 1781319138
  • 9781781319130
  • 82,307

Table of contents


Chapter 01 One People, One Sky
Our planet is embraced by one sky of endless beauties, an eternal roof above symbols of all nations and religions, attesting to the unified nature of Earth and mankind

Chapter 02 World Heritages
UNESCO World Heritages, some of the most known landmarks in a new light under stars with stories of the visit, the atmosphere at night being alone next to these iconic sites, and feeling how cultures and civilization have been connected through the night sky.

Chapter 03 Hidden Universe
The wonders of the night sky with unaided eyes, constellations, sky motions, twilight and atmospheric phenomenon, Aurora, etc.

Chapter 04 Events That Shook the World
Celestial events that bring the passion of astronomy to public and media. From Great Comets to spectacular eclipses. Events we photograph now have occurred before, often having great political and cultural impacts in the history. Many stories through time and across borders. Events that might have changed the world in ancient times still draw the world's attention to the sky today despite our hectic lives. We're disconnected with the sky in our daily lives now but these events bring us back to it.

Chapter 05 Fragile Beauty of Darkness
Fear of darkness is fear of the unknown. But when the sky becomes a familiar place we find it is full of hidden treasures. The importance of preserving the beauty of the night sky as part of our natural environment. Evidence shows natural night darkness is critical to many species and important to our psychological and physiological well-being.

Chapter 06 Dark Sky Refuges
Most interesting astronomy visiting sites around the globe, from dark sky places, to starparties, ancient astronomical monuments, and moderniconic observatories where astronomers explore the cosmos.

How to Take Nightscape Photographs
Picture Credits
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About Babak Tafreshi

Babak Tafreshi is an award winning photographer working with National Geographic, a master of night-time photography and nightscape videos. He uses the context of night sky to bridge Earth and sky, art and science, cultures and time. He is also a science journalist and in 2007 founded The World at Night (TWAN) program; an elite group of about 40 photographers in 25 countries who present images to reconnect people with the importance and beauty of the night sky and natural nights.

Born in 1978 in Tehran he is based in Boston, United States, but could be anywhere on the planet, chasing stories from the Sahara to the Himalayas or Antarctica. He is also a contributor to Sky&Telescope magazine, the European Southern Observatory (ESO), and a board member of Astronomers Without Borders, an international organization to bridge between cultures and connect people around the world through their common interest to astronomy. He received the 2009 Lennart Nilsson Award, the world's most recognized award for scientific photography, for his global contribution to night sky photography.
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