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Oct 26
2015

White House Astronomy Night

I was honored to be one of a handful of amateur and professional astronomers invited to bring our telescopes to the second White House Astronomy Night on the front lawn last Monday, October 19th (the first was held in 2009). Exhibitors were given 3 hours in the afternoon to set up, leaving us plenty of extra time for wandering the beautiful gardens and seeing the other displays. The crew responsible for growing salad on the International Space Station arranged their garden box under red lights, SpaceX and Occulus showed off cutting edge technology both visceral and virtual, and a huge... Read More...

Oct 06
2015

Star Walk Installation

In 2014, project nightflight opened the first permanent star walk installation worldwide in Austria, Europe. The Grossmugl Star Walk is a self-guided tour encouraging astronomical observations with the unaided eye. Nine displays along the trail explain general astronomical topics in an easy-to-read way. On a 90 minutes' walk, visitors learn how to spot star colors, artificial satellites, the Milky Way and other objects in the night sky. The 1.5-km-long tour is free of charge, open all year round day and night and available without booking or reservation. The "Sternenweg Großmugl" was designed by project nightflight and built in close collaboration... Read More...

Oct 03
2015

FASE Astronomical Workshop and Sky Observation program – Southern Province

FASE provincial astronomical workshop program was initiated from southern province on 23rd of September 2015 at Kirama Dhammananda School, Hambanthota. The mission of this program is to boost the number of professional and scholars engaged on astronomy and related fields via inspiration of young generation in unprivileged environment, for the advancement of science and technology to benefit mankind. The main lecture was given by Yugandara Eeriyagama and workshop on optical astronomy was conducted by Janith Weerasinghe and Tharindu Rajasooriya. More than three hundred students were participated to this event as well as teachers and parents. Participants Ravishan Liyanage Janith Weerasinghe... Read More...

Sep 30
2015

Eclipse from South-East France

Once is not custom, but in South-East France we had a quite bad weather during the first time of this event, so a lot of the astro fellows decline the session, maybe too early. Anyway we had a triple program and achieve it: - making some timelapse of the full event, - crater timings sought were requested so make timings when the edge of the umbra crosses lunar markings, - and making watercolours of the general atmosphere in a nice landscape. For the first part, Antoine Altura was connected remotely with Michel Sarrau of the Brax observatory (near Agen, so... Read More...

Sep 30
2015

Lunar Eclipse from Campos-Rio de Janeiro /Brazil

The event organized by the Louis Cruls Astronomy Club, which I am a member, for the residents observe the eclipse, in the public square in the city center of Campos dos Goytacazes. It was a magical moment. Were so many people, of all ages and social class, and seven telescopes! The Louis Cruls Astronomy Club exists since 1996. More information, access: calc.zip.net or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Louis-Cruls-Astronomy-Club/223980723497 All the pictures by Any AG. Read More...

Sep 30
2015

Gunstar team Rare Super Moon Eclipse

Gunstar Team's first and largest amateur astronomy club Goias and first AstroAdventure ecological club From Brazil affiliated to Astronomers Without Borders des 2013, held two events in Eclipse Day the first was the greeting of the Super Moon on the hill addition, observation moonrise, the second was in conjunction with urumbeta band Space Cutural Event Sounds Alley III where Galera was to Delirio with the views of the eclipse with the naked eye and through the telescope beyond the visions weather the wonderful sound of the band caused at all with your Post Rock style pink floyd Space. In short... Read More...

Sep 29
2015

September 2015's Lunar eclipse from Nicaragua.

Let's start by saying that we were lucky enough to see the initial part for this event. Weather has been behaving badly for astronomical adventures these months in the entire Central America region. So we were uncertain about the possibilty of watching the eclipse. But patience and perseverance paid back to us, at least for a while. In Nicaragua, amateur astronomers organized local events in their neighborhoods and towns instead of making a one-only event. Amateurs from Leon, Managua, Masaya and Granada were following the wheater development and posting their experiences on Facebook and Twitter. Franklin Antonio Mejia organized a... Read More...

Sep 29
2015

Different kind of Lunar-eclipse-observing (an attempt to make an indirectly Lunar Eclipse observing)

Due to cloudy weather, there was no chance to make an observation of this year's Super-Moon-eclipse. At first the local weatherforecast in the north of our hometown Linz/AUSTRIA wasn't so bad ....... ........ but when we arrived at our observing location we had following scenery: So what could we do ? Hope dies last and we decided to stay to wait for some holes in the clouds ..... they didn't come :-( In the meantime we used a DSLR, using a 8mm lens and took some pictures showing the cloudy sky during the whole time. So we decided to make... Read More...

Sep 29
2015

Lunar eclipse from Ramillies, Belgium

Here in Belgium, the weather was also very clear (but damp )and foggy early in the morning. We appeared on our frenchspeaking commercial national TV station RTL-TVI: http://www.rtl.be/videos/video/550405.aspx?CategoryID=4759 The field of Ramillies (it was a battlefield between the Duke of Marlborough and Louis XIV in mei 1706) is our favorite observation area: when it was full moon, the entire area was lit up by its glare but once the Moon got hidden by Earth's shadow, we could even see the Milky Way and numerous stars around the Moon ! This was the longest Moon eclipse I experienced and also at... Read More...

Sep 09
2015

Artists Help a Young Astro Lover

From September 4 - October 6, artists have come together to help a 4-year old boy named Aedan Pio who was diagnosed with chordoma - a rare type of cancer. The Philippine Lung Center and the Oxygen Art and Gallery Design is hosting an art exhibit for a cause entitled Dots in Space , to aid in raising funds for the necessary proton beam therapy ($250,000). This young boy loves to do water colors of the solar system, and dreams of becoming an astronaut. His paintings will be sold along with the paintings of the invited artists. The proceeds of... Read More...

Aug 11
2015

Sounds of the Night

With Sounds of the Night we present a new category of astro images: nightscapes accompanied by natural sounds of the night, recorded during the imaging session. The sound of ocean waves, crickets chirping, nocturnal birds and many other nighttime sounds bring the pictures alive. If you watch the audio pictures, you will most likely notice a much stronger effect than traditional astrophotos cause. This happens because the audio pictures reach two channels of human perception. The visual channel is backed up by sounds, which easily triggers memories from first-hand experiences. Imagination then completes the illusion and the picture becomes the... Read More...

Aug 10
2015

Comparison of the angular sizes of the Moon, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn

Telescope: Celestron Nexstar 4GT Date: June 22-23 Planets added to the original frame with the Moon, no scaling, no other image processing done. Read More...

Aug 07
2015

Perseidas 2015

El próximo 12 de Agosto a partir de las 22 horas, "AstroGEDA" organiza una actividad especial para la observación de esta tradicional lluvia de estrellas denominada "Perseidas". Si quieres observarlas con nosotros solo tienes que visitar nuestra web para saber donde vamos a realizar la actividad. The next August 12 from 22 am, "AstroGEDA" organized a special event to observe this traditional shower of stars called "Perseids." If you want to observe us just you have to visit our website to know where we will conduct the activity. www.astrogeda.es Read More...

Jul 21
2015

Charlie Duke in Brussels july 18th 2015

Last saturday, I was in Brussels at Palace 2 (Heyzel) for the opening of a Space expo (Gateway to Space) and a bit early at the entry and who comes at the entry? It took me a second to recognize them: Charlie and Dotty Duke! (I hoped it would turn out that way...Nobody else but the 3 of us for about 10 seconds). I quickly managed a question: no video exists from inside the LM on the surface of the Moon for all Apollo flights.....Ok, I had to let him in the museum and wait for the gates to open... Read More...

Jul 20
2015

Astronomy education students in Iran - Karaj

Astronomy training report, creativity with physics and aero-space: This team work was held as the result of attempts made by female high school of Shahid Fallahi and Science and Cosmology of Haft Asman in Alborz, Karaj, Iran and the report is as follows: Preliminary astronomy trainings: In this period which lasted for 10 days, students were first familiarized with basic concepts like stars, planets, galaxy, comet and theories about the creation of the universe were discussed. Then the sun, our only star in solar system was studied. Concepts like light and warmth of the sun, physics of the sun, nuclear... Read More...

Jul 17
2015

Astronomical Society of Pasargad Sky (ASPS) - GAM2015

Once again we celebrated the world's largest global celebration of astronomy in Saadat-shahr through Global Astronomy Month 2015. Several education & observation programs were conducted by Astronomical Society of Pasargad Sky (ASPS) for Iranian and Afghan refugee students, families and other citizens, young and old, men and women, in schools, popular streets, parks, and even in world heritage site of Pasargad. We shared the stunning night sky above, and people enjoyed watching beautiful stars, moon, and planets during GAM2015. We beleive that astronomy is the strongest thing which can gather all of us around the world together as a big... Read More...

Jul 17
2015

The Gallivants Tale

The Gallivants Tale We are the cosmos's wanderers, Amidst the pitched-black universe, Traipsing elsewhere to transverse, To yonder world without borders. Astounded by an abrupt flash, A pale blue dot appeared out of air, Which likewise known to be the lair- Of an assemblage taken a bash. Thy beauty deceit thy eyes, For such bounty shatter thy world, Constant conflagration kindled, To the core where innermost lies. Is this the honey and milk of life? Streaming from atrocities? We, Earthlings, got to cherish this pale blue dot, The last and only hope of humanity. Read More...

Jul 12
2015

Venus-Jupiter conjunction on July 11

Parting away to be reunited again! Seems this month's story of two bright planets caught "on the road" (the photo from Greece remembered me their legend). Still without tripod, D3100/ 18-55 standard. Read More...

Jul 07
2015

Stargazing

Wide-field astrophotography with friends on Mt. Chelmos at 2100m, 16/05/2015 EXIF data: Canon EOS 6D, 25 sec, f/2.8, ISO 6400, 14mm, single exposure Location: Peloponnese, Greece https://www.facebook.com/ThPapathanasiouPhotography Read More...

Jul 06
2015

Following Venus and Jupiter

We got some hot days and hope for clear nights too and thus take pictures of the evolution of those two planets. Take a look at a new image, I will post reports till the end of the month, they will be still close enough! Read More...

Jul 04
2015

Venus - Jupiter Conjunction despite cloudy evenings

Quickly, on the run, I managed to take some photos of the conjunction. Clouds covered the scene shortly after. We followed the two planets since February. Not even once our efforts matched the Sky setup but we are still satisfied. We are also pleased to see so many good pictures being taken all around the world! More pictures you can see on my fb account, Astrobotic Club. Read More...

Jul 02
2015

Venus and Jupiter Conjunction 2015

July 1, 2015 from my location of Perla, Arkansas. I captured a photo of Venus and Jupiter using a tripod and in the aperture mode. I believe I was able to also capture a few of Jupiter's moons. Venus appeared to shine like a star. Shortly after, clouds rolled in and blocked my view. Read More...

Jul 02
2015

Venus - Júpiter conjunction, 01 july 2015

Image taken in Durazno, Uruguay. Fuji Camara S2950 Read More...