twan5Five years ago, on December 25, 2007, The World at Night's website was launched and publicly announced on NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day.  The news quickly spread around the world, bringing together a team of photographers that has since been documenting the beauty of the night sky above landmarks worldwide.

TWAN reached millions of people during its first five years through exhibitions, presentations and workshops, and via local and international media in more than 30 countries on six continents.  The website received more than 11 million visits from 200 countries and territories, becoming one of the world's most popular online astronomy outreach sources.  TWAN workshops and other educational programs are also organized in an ongoing effort to promote landscape astrophotography.

The World at Night idea was the brainchild of its founder, Babak Tafreshi, but it became a reality when the program's parent organization, Astronomers Without Borders, was formed by Mike Simmons in 2006.  TWAN became the first project under the umbrella of AWB, and this close partnership continues to this day.

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