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Posted By Liz Sanders on Thursday, 17 April 2014. Posted in Astropoetry Blog

By: Andrei Dorian Gheorghe.

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Posted By GAMBlog on Thursday, 17 April 2014. Posted in GAM 2014 Blog

by Keely Finkelstein

What was the first thing in science that motivated you as a student? What experiences stick with you even until this day? For me getting hooked on astronomy started at a young age. I remember stargazing as a young child with my grandmother and having talks with her about stars and planets. She, who was an avid reader and astronomy enthusiast, gave me my first real memories...

Posted By GAMBlog on Thursday, 17 April 2014. Posted in GAM 2014 Blog

by Bamm Gabriana

distroastro-logoNow that Windows XP is retired, many people will upgrade to newer versions of Microsoft Windows. An adventurous few may explore alternative operating systems.

If you are an astronomy fan, one such alternative is Distro Astro, a Linux-based operating system...

Posted By GAMBlog on Wednesday, 16 April 2014. Posted in GAM 2014 Blog

by Edward Gomez

The atmosphere is rather handy for us as humans because it allows us to breathe, keeps us warm (warmer than space at any rate) and shields us from harmful radiation from the Sun, cosmic rays, small meteors and other things that go bump in the night. So I don’t want to sound ungrateful but it’s a pain in the rear for us astronomers.

Posted By GAMBlog on Tuesday, 15 April 2014. Posted in GAM 2014 Blog

by Megan Argo

At it's most basic, the science of astronomy involves nothing more than collecting the faint photons emitted by distant objects, and using that information to try to understand the physics and chemistry (and, one day perhaps, biology?) of what we see out there.  Most of us have had the exhilarating experience of seeing a distant object, be it a planet, a star cluster, or a distant...

Posted By GAMBlog on Sunday, 13 April 2014. Posted in GAM 2014 Blog

by Nancy Alima Ali

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When the Moon turns red, it is surely a sign of doom. Or is it? On the night of April 14-15, 2014, people in North America, South America and parts of the Pacific will get to judge for themselves with the chance to observe...

Posted By GAMBlog on Saturday, 12 April 2014. Posted in GAM 2014 Blog

by Ron Garan

Whether viewing space from the Earth, or Earth from space, the cosmos have the ability to unite us as inhabitants of one planet. This essay by former NASA astronaut Ron Garan, originally posted on his personal Google+ page, is a response to NASA's recent decision to curtail cooperation with Russia's space program in all but...

Posted By GAMBlog on Friday, 11 April 2014. Posted in GAM 2014 Blog

by Hatim Madani

Stars are the jewels of the universe; they enlighten our nights and our paths, enchant our spirits since our early childhood. Children entered a long time ago into a unique relationship with stars. Fascinated by the celestial show, the children cultivate a kind of friendship with the stars which adults do not seem to be able to seize. 

Showing the stars to the children is a way...

Posted By GAMBlog on Thursday, 10 April 2014. Posted in GAM 2014 Blog

by Olayinka Fagbemiro

1293840343997Since inception in October, 2013, the AWB has really made great impact in Nigeria. Starting with the partial solar eclipse of November 3rd, 2013. The AWB presence has been felt in so many parts of the country.

During the partial solar eclipse...

Posted By GAMBlog on Wednesday, 09 April 2014. Posted in GAM 2014 Blog

by Samir Dhurde

As a subject that acquaints us with the vast universe and our place in it, any mention of Astronomy draws the attention of many. It is also good to attract students towards Science and hence is a very useful tool for teachers.

Yet, as something to practice for oneself, hardly anything beyond watching the moon and stars can be done without needing a telescope. This is a hurdle that...

Posted By Liz Sanders on Tuesday, 08 April 2014. Posted in Astropoetry Blog

Photos by Valentin Grigore. Poems by: Andrei Dorian Gheorghe.

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In 3-4 April Valentin Grigore participated at a festive planetarium demonstration and a session of astronomical lectures...

Posted By GAMBlog on Tuesday, 08 April 2014. Posted in GAM 2014 Blog

by David Levy

Last fall I had the pleasure of having a conversation with Mike Simmons at the annual Arizona Science and Astronomy Expo in Tucson. We have known each other for many years, and even, last year, AWB joined together briefly with our Sharing the Sky Foundation for our annual Star Night at the University of Arizona. This year's Star Night, on April 5, 2014, features at least 20 telescopes spread...

Posted By GAMBlog on Monday, 07 April 2014. Posted in GAM 2014 Blog

by Kimberly K. Arcand

Expanding Public Science Audiences with the International Year of Light

kimCredit: NASA/CXC/SAO

Creatures of this planet...

Posted By GAMBlog on Sunday, 06 April 2014. Posted in GAM 2014 Blog

by Sandra Preston

On May 5, 1939 an assortment of astronomers from around the world made the arduous trip to a remote mountaintop in Fort Davis, Texas. They came to McDonald Observatory to attend a scientific symposium and to dedicate what was then the world’s second-largest telescope.

Posted By GAMBlog on Saturday, 05 April 2014. Posted in GAM 2014 Blog

by Ajay Talwar

Comet ISON was discovered by Vitali Nevski & Artyom Novichonok in September 2012, when it was at a distance of 6au from Sun. Soon after discovery it was detected in some pre-discovery images too. Astronomers calculated the orbit of this new discovery and found that:

  1. It was a new comet coming from the outer reaches of the Solar System,...