The World At Night – Lecture


Babak Tafreshi – The World at Night

This Friday 11th October

2019 Beatrice Hill Lecture –

The World at Night

At Otumoetai Baptist Church auditorium, 7.30pm


The Tauranga Astronomical Society sponsors an annual address by a prominent international astronomer / scientist organised by the Royal Astronomical Society NZ. This years’ lecturer is Babak A. Tafreshi. Born in Tehran, Babak is a photojournalist and science communicator. He is the National Geographic night sky photographer merging art and science. Babak is also the founder and director of The World At Night program, a board member of Astronomers Without Borders organization, a contributing photographer to Sky&Telescope magazine and the European Southern Observatory.

Bakak Tafreshi Photo

Babak Tafreshi lives in Boston, but he is often on the move and could be anywhere, from the heart of Sahara to the Himalayas or Antarctica. He received the 2009 Lennart Nilsson Award, the world’s most recognized award at the time for scientific imaging, for his global contribution to night sky photography.




Bridging science, art and culture by connecting the Earth & sky in photography. Babak Tafreshi spent the past two decades photographing surreal scenes of night sky in all continents, an adventurous journey to the world at night where the wonders of Earth & sky merge in photography.


This talk also presents The World at Night (TWAN) international program that involves many of the world’s best nightscape photographers documenting the last remaining starry skies on the planet to increase public awareness on values of natural night environment for all species. TWAN is also a bridge between art, humanity, and science, with a unique message. The eternally peaceful sky looks the same above symbols of all nations and regions, attesting to the unified nature of Earth and mankind. One People, One Sky!


TWAN produce and present photographs and time-lapse videos of the world’s landmarks against the celestial attractions. The familiar context of the images, which represent naked eye views, add a new tool to efforts to popularize astronomy alongside images and science results from large telescopes. The photos have been used by astronomy educators world-wide as they educate viewers on many fundamental aspects of practical astronomy such as the natural look of sky, constellations, celestial motions, and sky events. With the images taken at important cultural sites around the world, the connection between our many cultures and the night sky through history is emphasized, particularly in images that include ancient sites of astronomical importance.


Lecture – The World At Night

Time:  7.30 pm Friday 11th October 2019.

Venue: Otumoetai Baptist Church auditorium

241 Otumoetai Road


Tauranga 3110



Admission –

Door entry $5.

Payment by cash and EFTPOS.

Members & children free.



Kevin Patmore


Tauranga Astronomical Society


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With funding support from:


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