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May 17
2016

Bright bolide recorded over Espirito Santo, Brazil

Bolide recorded in southern Espirito Santo. The Exoss Citizen Science recorded a bolide early on 05/16/2016 at 4:22 am on the cities of the southern state of Espirito Santo . The event was filmed by three monitoring stations : Colatina -ES , San Jose de Uba -RJ and Campos dos Goytacazes -RJ. More details in press.exoss.org See video. Read More...

May 15
2016

May 14 - International Astronomy Day - Ramnicu Valcea, Romania

Saturday, May 14 , we joined other astronomy clubs in the country and the world in celebrating the International Astronomy Day. Despite the bad weather, we managed to give people the chance to see The Moon and Jupiter through a telescope. https://www.facebook.com/astronomie.valcea/ https://astronomievalcea.wordpress.com/ Read More...

May 15
2016

Southern Maine Astronomers Celebrate GAM Solar SunDay at LL Bean in Freeport, Maine

Members of Southern Maine Astronomers had a solar party for the public at LL Bean in Freeport, Maine. Many members brought telescopes, so we had many types for the people to look at the sun through and also a small radio telescope to hear the radio waves from the sun and satellites. I brought NASA Night Sky materials for people who were waiting to look through telescopes to make solar and lunar eclipses. We had many visitors and they all loved looking at our own star, the sun. Read More...

May 15
2016

GAM Transit of Mercury at Astronomical Society of Northern New England in Maine, USA

A small group of people gathered at the observatory for a viewing of the Transit of Mercury. We had amazing views from several telescopes. It was very special to me because my Nepali friend, who shared the skies in Nepal with me, was here in Maine to observe this event with us. It really felt like One People, One Sky!! :-) Read More...

May 15
2016

GAM SunDay at Astronomical Society of Northern New England in Maine

Astronomical Society of Northern New England celebrated GAM SunDay by viewing the sun through my dobsonian witha with a white light solar filter because the observatory scopes were not working properly. We had a great view of some sun spots through my telescope. We also used some materials from the NASA Night Sky Network to make solar and lunar eclipses with visitors and members. Read More...

May 14
2016

Watching Mercury Transit - rare celestial event.

by AP RADHAKRISHNA

We at St.Philomena College, Puttur, affiliated to Mangalore University, India, set up our 6 inch reflecting type astronomical telescope and projected the Sun on white board and observed the rare celestial event - Mercury Transit on 9th of May from 4.45 pm onwards. we could see the "SUN SPOT" on the image of the sun and then a black dot - the mercury and its transition - as time pass. Enthusiasts - teachers, students & general public - gathered on that hot sunny evening time to watch the celestial event. Great day. Transit of Mercury Read More...

May 13
2016

Mercury Transit 2016 at Planetarium Science Centre, Ghana

We held a Transit of Mercury viewing session using a Solarscope (simple projection device). We were lucky with clear skies all day, and despite our “low-tech” equipment, could make out a large irregularly-shaped sunspot, and the planet Mercury, clearly much darker and with a more definite circular shape compared to the sunspot. We had planned to use mirror projection as another way to view the transit (we had used this very successfully during the partial eclipse of November 2013) but on this occasion it was difficult to get a large enough and clear enough image. The light winds also made... Read More...

May 13
2016

Mercury Transit - Public Viewing in Laxenburg

On 9th May 2016 we organized an event in the beautiful Schlosspark Laxenburg near Vienna. All visitors from the Schlosspark were invited to join and take a closer look through our telescopes and observe this rare event. A lot of interested people took the chance and informed themselves and observed the Mercury transit with us. We also had a lot of info material and posters we could use to explain the Mercury transit. Fortunately we had a really beautiful weather and a clear sky. Even a local TV reporter team joined us for a report and an interview. We made... Read More...

May 13
2016

Mercury Transit - Public Viewing

Like many others in Austria we offered to visitors and walkers in our local town park a look to the Mercury transit on 9th May 2016. We had fine weather and we showed at our local Johannes-Kepler-Observatory the sun in white light and h-alpha light. Even at our outpost outside the city of Linz we had a little observing team showing this event to people of the neighborhood.Many people thought they can look to Mercury using sun eclipse glasses. They have been surprised that Mercury was so small and so they have been happy to see our smallest planet crossing... Read More...

May 13
2016

Mercury transit

We had a very nice weather, contrary to expectations, and we could see from Ramillies the entry of Mercury within the Sun's disk. We also had the visit of a journalist from Le Soir newspaper. We were about 25 persons, also bikers who passed by our site..And I got sun burned. We noticed how difficult it is to take a picture with a H-alpha filter. But we enjoyed it all. Read More...

May 13
2016

2016- Transit of Mercury

On May 2016, teachers and students from a public university and shool teachers in León, Nicaragua received talk about the transit of Mercury. Weather helped us with clear skies so afterwards they enjoyed to observed the Transit by themselves. ASAFILE members worked with the authorities of the University to explained to assitants of the talk about the causes of the transit, how often the transit occurs during this century, the double sunrise in the planet and its main characteristics. Emilio Zuniga Photos by: Orlando Cahvez Esquivel Read More...

May 12
2016

Mercury Transit 2016

Hello everybody, Here in Belgium, we had a clear sky during the 3 first hours of transit, with a quality of the sky transparency of 9/10. Contacts 1 & 2 could be observed, and pictures were taken. Unfortunately, the sky then come quickly to be cloudy, and observations were definitively not possible. By tradition, the weather in Belgium is against any observation when something special is to observe, something like that Scottish-people well known ... So this time, it was a little different! I was in contact with my friend Michel Deconninck (Aquarellia) to prepare this event, and were very... Read More...

May 12
2016

AWB - Trinidad and Tobago Astronomical Society - GAM2016 Conclusion

In observation of Global Astronomy Month 2016, #GAM2016 , the Trinidad and Tobago Astronomical Society (TTAS) created a Online Facebook Event Page entitled "The Past and Present of Astronomy". For each day in the month of April, a post was made in the public group event to re-illuminate some of the history of astronomy, highlighting some of the influential persons in astronomy. For the o nline event page, 30 posts were made and all can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/events/520045464870457/ . Names and blurbs posted included: Day 1 - Galileo Galilei Day 2 - Albert Einstein Day 3 - Ejnar Hertzsprung... Read More...

May 12
2016

Mercury Transit 2016

We ( Northeastern College Astronomical Society) had glorious weather for the morning session, here in Trinidad ( in west indies). First telescope was set up by 7am and the ingress was viewed. A science organisation ( NIHERST) joined us with their Coranado Solar Telescopes. Over the course of the morning more than 230 persons ( mainly students) viewed Mercury's progress across the sun. From one of the Personal Solar Telescopes we could easily see prominances erupt from the sun's surface. By Lunch clouds rolled in and they decided to stay. It was a fantastic event and very well appreciated by... Read More...

May 12
2016

Mercury Transit under clouds

We had a terrible bad weather here in Provence, this is really not common for the saison. At first we visit 4 class of the school of the village of Riez-la-Romaine. We can show them the phenomenon via the SIDC (Solar Influence Data Center) internet site, then we can show nice satellite views in real time. One hundred students were happy to receive answers to an astronomical number of questions. The main message from us was that this kind of transit is used with other stars, by the professionals, to find exoplanets. They like that! After the school we had... Read More...

May 12
2016

Mars Contest

Since i read about Mars Contest, i watch during clear nights, noticed marsmove east above Antares, Then West Read More...

May 12
2016

Mercury tranzits from Azerbaijan.

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May 12
2016

MERCURY TRANSIT ON MAY 16th 2016.

We had a wonderful sunny day. Picture was taken on the University Observatory of Vienna, Austria. Read More...

May 11
2016

Transit of Mercury 05.09.16

Transit of Mercury 05.09.16 it through our channel Youtube Foundation, we were able to transmit live transit to many places in Argentina where weather conditions did not permit could watch the event. Read More...

May 11
2016

Astronomy photos taken from August 2015 - May 2016

A collection of Astronomy images taken from August 2015 - May 2016. This video is an ongoing project, with more images to be added as they are captures. Six images in this video were taken in light polluted skies and will be replaced with images from dark skies. For best experience watch this video in 1080p mode on a large screen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwtPd-FtWeY Read More...

May 10
2016

Mercury transit across the solar disk observations in Omsk

May 9 Omsk planetarium for astronomy enthusiasts and residents organized observations of Mercury's transit across the solar disk. On the observation platform worked 7 telescopes. Two of the projected image of the Sun and Mercury on the background screens. Four were equipped with special filters. The most popular Coronado telescope, in which besides the main "active characters" you could see the stunning beauty of the prominences Read More...

May 10
2016

Tránsito de Mercurio - Mayo 9, 2016

En la mañana del 9 de mayo del 2016, se presentía un ánimo de observación generalizada hacia el Sol algo timido debido a las constantes nubes que se presentaba en el entorno. Ya se presentaba avisos del tránsito de Mercurio en todos los medios noticiosos y prensa, evento que ocure 13 veces cada 100 años. Astrónomos y Astrofotógrafos Aficionados en todo el hemisferio se preparaban desde temprano sus equipos para poder observar y capturar ese evento único. En San Juan Puerto Rico, yo estaba haciendo lo propio, preparando mi camara Nikon Coolpix P500, el tripode y el filtro solar Seymor... Read More...

May 09
2016

Transit of Mercury - Sidewalk Astronomy - May 9

After a severe thunderstorm, clouds dispersed over Ramnicu Valcea, Romania and allowed us to observe the transit of Mercury across the Sun's disk. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.900662056708856.1073741870.709709255804138&type=3 Read More...

May 06
2016

Malaysia GAM2016 : Youngster Interest with Space Exploration Increase with Tech Approach.

I believe our young generation's interest towards space exploration will increase with technology enhanced approaches in teaching STEAM. In celebrating Global Astronomy Month April 2016, Universe Awareness Malaysia had organized an event named “Let's Explore Our Sky”. In order to attract youngsters' interest, organizer uses Frog VLE (Frog Virtual Learning Environment) as a platform of learning and presentation.Click here : bit.ly/GAMmalaysia .Primary students aged from nine to thirteen years old from various school surrounding Sentul area were invited to the event. The atmosphere was electric and the air was thick with curiosity – with questions about the solar system, galaxy... Read More...

May 05
2016

NGC4038 / NGC4039 - The Antennae Galaxies

NGC4038 / NGC4039 - The Antennae Galaxies. Galactic collision sharing stellar material seen in the constellation Corvus. Both galaxies are in 45 million light years of Milky Way This photo was caught in april 26, 2015 in Caguas, Puerto Rico in average conditions. Technical details: 15 frames x 600 sec Meade LX90, Antares reducer f/6.3, Orion Sirius EQ-G Mount, Orion Autoguider, Celestron Nightscape 8300 CCD Color. I include this Video - Blog where i explain some information about this galaxies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXX8l-dG-KA Read More...