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Mar 21

Rudeninis uku stebejimas (2016-09-27)

Žodžiu, iš vakaro žiūrint į dangų buvo aišku, jog naktis bus nebloga astro stebėjimams. Tai su kaupu patvirtino ir meteoblue orų tinklapis. Tad jau 20 val. išvyniojau iš namų rinktis "žaislų" ir važiuoti į numatytą vietą. Iš ties pagalvojau, jog velniop tos ūžiančios vėjo jėgainės, tad nutariau įsikurti netoli Jurgio Baltrušaičio gimtosios sodybos. Ten gi ir tikimybė, kad kas nors atvažiuos akindamas šviesomis yra visiškai minimali. Vietoje buvau 20:30. Dangaus skaidrumas varė iš proto, tad vertinčiau 7/10 ar net 8/10. Ilgai nelaukdamas iškroviau teleskopą, pasistačiau kėdutę, pasiruošiau žvaigždėlapį. Pietuose, neaukštai virš horizonto spindėjo Marsas ir Saturnas. Deja, pakankamai žemai ir... Read More...

Mar 20

Educational Talk "Astronomy and Astrophotography for Amateurs" at the Inter American University Ponce Campus of Puerto Rico

Our collaborator in astrophotography and Solar System Ambassador - NASA / JPL Fernando Roquel Torres and professor Erica Correa Félix gave an inspiring talk to young people from the Upward Bound Math and Science program at the Universidad Interamericana precinct of Ponce of Puerto Rico on Saturday, March 18, 2017 From 9:00 am to 11:00 am These young people who are in 9th grade participated in an educational talk about astronomy and astrotography in an easy-to-understand language, at their level and integrating all the technologies that young people of their age use daily. The educational environment was totally participatory in... Read More...

Mar 15

MY ACTIVITIES ON ASTRONOMY

My name is OLUWAFEMI Funmilola Adebisi (Mrs.). I am presently a Senior Scientific Officer in the Life Science Unit, Engineering and Space Systems Department of the Space Agency of Nigeria- National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Obasanjo Space Centre, Km 17 Airport Road, P.M.B. 437, Garki, Abuja, Nigeria. I feel much honored to be able to share my work and experiences in the field of space and astronomy. This platform and blog of “Astronomers Without Borders” is quite captivating to me to talk about one's activity and report. Astronomy interests me. Therefore, I feel so good when I educate... Read More...

Mar 14

AWB SERBIA - MONTHLY ASTRONOMY QUIZ ON 15. FEBRUARY 2017

Every 15th of each month, except in April, the Serbian AWB organize a small quiz with 10 questions wtih different astronomy themes. On 15th February wahs the 9. Quiz this time with the theme: "Space crafts". We had 93 participants. Each of them gets an e-book on astronomy as a gift. Every 15th of each month, except in April, the Serbian AWB organize a small quiz with 10 with different astronomy themes. On 15th January was the 9th Quiz, this time with the theme "Orion". We had 65 participants. Each of them gets an e-book on astronomy as a gift.... Read More...

Mar 10

Promoting GAM2017 at CEDIC'17 opening

Jerry Bonnell and me promoting Global Astronomy Month 2017 @ opening event of CEDIC'17 The Central European Deepsky Imaging Conference (CEDIC) was introduced in 2009 by the three Austrian hobby-astrophotographers Christoph Kaltseis, Herbert Raab and Wolfgang Leitner. It was the first international astronomical imaging conference throughout Europe and their personal contribution to the International Year of Astronomy 2009. Certainly it was not an accident that the date of the CEDIC encountered with the "100 Hours of Astronomy". Far from it! The organizers also wanted to support this project of the IYA with their conference. Since 2009 the conference takes place... Read More...

Mar 02

Sun Annular Eclipse - Argentina 2017

We had a great day, lots of people, lots of photos, good vibes Read More...

Feb 27

An awesome eclipse sight... and AWB was there!

More than two thousand visitors crowded small Camarones city in Chubut for an unforgettable show yesterday. Some clouds kept everyone holding their breath wondering whether the full annular eclipse would be visible. But alas! At exactly 10:42:54, it all happended. The ring of fire seemed a true flaming ring thanks to wisps of clouds sweeping across. The crowd chattering died away for a few seconds and burst into applause at the magnificent cosmic sight. And children brought home memories for a lifetime. Thanks to Astronomers without Borders and the generosity of many donors, hundreds of families enjoyed the eclipse... Read More...

Feb 27

Building Your Planetarium (3rd June 2016)

21 kids participated in “Build Your Own Planetarium” workshop which was held for a week in Cute Cottage, a preschool in Taman Berkeley, Klang. The workshop was conducted through TaleSpace and supported by the GraceCommunityService. TaleSpace is a newly established educational social enterprise, founded by Veena Puarr. GraceCommunityService is a non-profit, charitable organisation with the primary objectives of generating community care and supporting and encouraging volunteerism among the local society. The workshop was targeted to a group of participants aged 6 - 11. The primary goals of the workshop were to introduce the basic principles of astronomy, the structure of... Read More...

Feb 26

The Ring of Fire is hours away!

During these last two days, we had intense activity here at the Trelew Astronomical Center in Argentina. Several groups of astronomers visited us and had a few great lectures. Groups came from Brazil, Perú and various provinces from Argentina. Others are going stright to Camarones for the main event, and we shall surely meet them there. Photo: Prof. Ian Davie, MSc in Astrophysics, talking about the less famous moons in our Solar System, this afternoon at the Trelew Planetarium. In addition, there will be other events in Sarmiento and Facundo, which are fartehr West. As I write this, I am... Read More...

Feb 22

Update on AWB project for Feb. 26 eclipse

Less than 4 days until the annular eclipse in Patagonia! And I have some new developments as we prepare for this special occasion. First, I am happy to announce that we have received all 2,000 eclipse glasses sent by AWB and the generosity of many donors through Fiat Physica. Our gratitude is extended to RainbowSymphony for supplementing many hundreds of pairs to those obtained through crowdfunding. Half of them are in the city of Esquel (in the Western side of the province of Chubut), and the other half are in Trelew (in the Eastern shore). From each city, they will... Read More...

Feb 21

Eclipse Anular de Sol 26 de Febrero

From Cipolletti, Rio Negro, we are going to transmit live the eclipse of the sun of February 26, from our position we will see a partial 78%, we are inviting all those who want to approach to the Meterological Station of the National Meterological Service, to watch this eclipse By the telescopes of the foundation but also they will be able to follow it through our channel of https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHXd5el0hC5Y0dLba7mN A Read More...

Feb 16

Educational Talk of New Horizon Updates!

I share with Astronomers without Borders community this educational talk about New Horizon updates spoken in spanish. To view the educational talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLoc5VIGOwo Read More...

Feb 15

Last chance to make Astronomy happen in a far land

In a few hours, AWB's campaign to help children in rural Patagonia will be over. The February 26 solar eclipse will sweep over farms and towns in southern Argentina. A land of harsh winters and long distances to travel. "Patagonia is bleak", paleontologist George Simpson wrote back in the 1930s, although he valued and praised its many beauties. By the shores of the Atlantic, the town of Camarones is expecting many local families to show up for the eclipse observations. An exciting departure from their daily routine that includes algae collecting (photo), and farming. Photo caption: high-school students from Chubut... Read More...

Feb 13

AWB is growing in Kosovo (ACK - AstroFER)

What a great successful & productive way of starting 2017. In the premises of UP - Faculty of Education, Dep. of Physics in Pristina we held a joint a friendly meeting between our club ACK/AWB and the non-formal group from Ferizaj, Kosovo AstroFER. During the meeting there were presentations from both groups where we discussed the achievements so far donations, plans, projects, cooperation, support and activities that we will implement during 2017. There was a presentation about AWB programs and community and the way individuals, groups or clubs can be involved. This year for the 2nd time Kosovo will be... Read More...

Feb 12

A unique chance for many children. Can you help?

Children of Patagonia (Argentina) will have the chance of a lifetime, as the AWB campaign to provide them with solar glasses continues. As of this writing, 336 glasses have been secured thanks to 13 generous donations. Only 3 days to close! The annular eclipse will be visible across a narrow ban crossing Chubut province, next Sunday 26th. Public observations will be conducted in several cities, including Camarones and Facundo, which are the only ones where the eclipse will be fully seen. Each child, accompanied by a parent, will be given a free pair of glasses and our volunteers will explain... Read More...

Feb 11

Full moon in the the lantern festival all over China

Full moon in the The Lantern Festival all over China tonight, The Lantern Festival or the Spring Lantern Festival is a Chinese festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunisolar Chinese calendar. It marks the final day of the traditional Chinese New Year celebrations. There are heaps and heaps of colorful lanterns hung out for people to appreciate. people will try to solve puzzles on lanterns, eat lots of food like glutinous rice balls named after the festival, and enjoy the celestial view of full moon. Photo taken by: Chinese Astronomy Photographic Alliance, show with... Read More...

Feb 07

AWB Campaign for the solar eclipse in Argentina continues

As the Moon quietly slides towards its date with the Sun, excitement builds up in Patagonia. And we hope you will join us, in one way or another! Camarones, a little known town by the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, is preparing accordingly. After all, rumors have it that many visitors will show up for the eclipse, as well as regional and national media. But the locals, younger and older, are also excited at the prospect of observing the eclipse. A first, for most of them. Astronomers without Borders launched a campaign to help the children of Patagonia watch the... Read More...

Feb 07

Observación de la Luna en el Paseo Cultural de Cipolletti 2017

Por segundo año consecutivo, en el Paseo Cultural de Cipolletti, la fundación instalo un telescopios para que grande y chicos puedan tener la oportunidad de observar la Luna, el clima acompaño y pasamos un gran fin de semana con cerca de 1000 participantes de todas las edades que quedaron maravillados con la experiencia For the second year in a row, in the Cultural Walk of Cipolletti, the foundation installed a telescope so that big and boys can have the opportunity to observe the Moon, the weather I accompany and we spend a great weekend with about 1000 participants of all... Read More...

Feb 07

Educational Talk with Moon and Planets Observation in Caguas, Puerto Rico

Bo. Borinquen Parcelas Viejas Parque de Pelota February 4, 2017 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm We want to thank the more than 70 people who could attend the activity on educational talk "Astronomy and Astrophotography for Amateurs" beginning at 7:30 pm ending at 8:30 pm and observing through telescopes the planets Venus and Mars from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm. We were illustrating the position of the constellation Orion the hunter in the sky while demonstrating projected astrophotographs of the Orion nebula and the Trapezium. Professor Erica Correa attending one of the telescopes demonstrating the planet Venus. The Solar System... Read More...

Feb 02

International Astronomical Youth Camp 2017 in Spain

The International Astronomical Youth Camp (IAYC) is a three-week long summer camp aiming to promote knowledge of astronomy and related sciences in a unique international atmosphere. The IAYC is an experience unlike any other; a place for unforgettable memories and lifelong friendships. Young and enthusiastic students come together from all corners of the world, aged between 16 and 24. The camp hosts around 65 participants for three weeks in a remote location, with access to some of the most spectacular skies you may have ever seen. More info www.iayc.org IAYC 2016 participants in Avebury stone circle (UK) on excursion day. Read More...

Jan 31

A solar eclipse far, far away

An annular eclipse will take place on February 26, but very few will enjoy a first row sighting from their own home. On this occasion, the Moon's shadow will sweep a narrow strip of land across southern Argentina and Chile, and central Africa. In Argentina, the maximum visibility lane will be in the Province of Chubut, in Patagonia. This is a land of farms and vast ranches. For many miles, you may only see small herds of guanacos grazing near the road. In fact, only one city and a couple of very small towns will be able to see the... Read More...

Jan 30

Meteorites in the University

Por primera vez, el Museo Didactico de la Ciencia "MUDIC" de la Universidad de Elche, recibe la visita de material procedente de otros mundos. 43 meteoritos fueron expuestos para el conocimiento de todos los visitantes, mientras se daba una pequeña charla introductoria al mundo de la meteórica. Los meteoritos proceden de mi colección privada "Fragmentos de otros mundos". For the first time, the Didactic Museum of Science "MUDIC" of the University of Elche, receives the visit of material from other worlds. 43 meteorites were exposed for the knowledge of all the visitors, while a small introductory talk was given to... Read More...

Jan 29

Publicizing AWB programs and getting people, clubs and other schools in Kosovo involved.

Publicizing AWB programs and getting people, clubs and other schools in Kosovo involved. With the invitation of the Prof. of Physics & Astronomy Mr. Rahmani, we held an outreach solar event / activity at the Gymnasium of Natural Sciences Xhavit Ahmeti in Gjilan. Students of the school were presented with the news of astronomy, demonstrated the telescope and we observed the sunspots through solar glasses & binoculars as well using the protective filter on the telescopes. With the beginning of the next semester, the Gymnasium will form a non formal group of astronomy within the school with the help of... Read More...

Jan 29

Worst lightpollution-attack in Austrian alps - ever!!!

Following some photographic impressions from my Tyrolean-astrofriends attacked by beams of light. A really hard attack to men and wildlife. Wondering events like these ( Festival of Light - Swarovski ) are authorized by the provincial government :-( ca. 500 floodlights ca. 1,000,000 lumens light intensity Hopefully this bad example does not catch on ! Some more picts showing the impact of lightbeams. Best regards Joe Read More...

Jan 29

Orion and Chinese New Year

When the three Belt stars of Orion shine high in the south after sunset, it's time for the spring festival in China ... the traditional Chinese New Year, starting this weekend! The three lined-up prominent stars of Orion, which are regarded as the three gods of fortune, prosperity and longevity by Chinese. Here are the views of the three gods above all around China. Over a billion people in China and millions around the world will celebrate the the Chinese New Year – the most important of Chinese holidays – on January 28, 2017. It's a lunar new year and... Read More...