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Mar 19

All Public Events of Aryabhatta Astronomy Club postponed till April 15 , 2020 due to COVID-19

All public gathering and social events of Aryabhatta Astronomy Club has been postponed till 15th April 2020. The Director of the club Dr.S.N.Bandyopahdyay stated " All our events are being converted to E-events as of now to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus. We are in constant contact with our Club Members and encouraging them to participate in our E-events like webinars, etc. We are using different apps like Zoom, Google Classroom, etc. Our main aim is to contain the spread of this virus and want to help in our small ways. We are also doing awareness programs electronically so... Read More...

Mar 16


Every 15th of the month, except in April, AWB is organizing a small internet quiz featuring 10 questions on a selected astronomical subject. On March 15th, 2020, the 39th quiz took place, the theme of the day was: "Constellation Centaurus". We had 92 participants, each of whom got a free e-book on astronomy. Those who had all 10 answers correct, received an e-book and a gold certificate. Read More...

Mar 14

Covid-19 will affect GAM2020

Unfortunately the increasing Corona-pandemia will affect GAM2020 events. Here in Austria we have already canceled public GAM- events until April 12th 2020. Our schools are closed at time minimum until 12th April ... and all restrictions concerning puplic gatherings are lasting very likely weeks later. So no global Starparty on the road ... propably no Sunday .... :-( So however, make party friends, where it's possible and spread the word "One People, One Sky" I am happy to see reports from successful events :-) Best wishes Joe Read More...

Mar 09

March 2020 in Spain

Hello friends, The month of March is presented loaded with activities in Spain: In the province of Vigo we will have a conference. In the province of Pamplona we will have a couple of observations, a round table, a concert, an astronomical outing and the screening of a documentary about Apollo 11. In the province of Burgos we will have 2 astronomical outings. In the province of Zaragoza 4 conferences, in Sabadell we will have 3 and 2 more in Alicante. In the province of Malaga there will be a workshop, 2 conferences and two astronomical outings. In the province... Read More...

Mar 01

Skywatching on Leap Year Day

by William Afonso

Feb 29 2020 was of course a celebration of a Day which Come once in 4 Years. And considering that there is an astronomic reason for this , the best way to celebrate this was By Celebrating astronomy Itself. A Group of astronomy enthusiasts gathered t the City of VASCO DA GAMA , Goa , India to watch the Skies. There were three telescopes setup for the event one being a 10 inch Orion Company made Reflector telescope, another was a 2.7 Inch celestron telescope while the Last was a Legacy 2 Inch Unitron telescope. Surpising to say the Unitron... Read More...

Feb 28

Pale Blue Dot Goias 30th

Celebrating the 30 years of the pale blue dot in the Gunstar team of Astronomy institute led by the international astronomical union, we bring schools the message of empathy, ecological preservation and of course Astronomy. Our organization takes the AWB Flag in all its activities and with this it would be no different a glorious week in which we can talk about Carl Sagan, about Voyagers and cherish and embrace our pale blue dot in didactic and playful ways with what the Gunstar team has cultural Astronomy and Astro Aventura Ecologica. Thanks to Primavera Session and Banda Boogie Night Held... Read More...

Feb 25

Bangladesh Astronomy Research Center (BARC) has started a new journey

Bangladesh Astronomy Research Center (BARC) is an astronomy, astronomical outreach, and research-based organization in Bangladesh. This is the very first research-based organization in Bangladesh ever. It's situated in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This organization has built on 14th January 2020. The main motto of this organization is to spread astronomy all over Bangladesh. We are trying to make people enthusiastic about astronomy and related to this field. At first, we are working on school kids and trying to make them enthusiast to gain knowledge on Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Cosmology. We are planning to cover up the whole Dhaka and then we will... Read More...

Feb 19

Star Party 2020, Sri Lanka - The First Ever Astronomical Observation Competition & Workshop for High-School Students in South Asia

Introduction Star Party, Sri Lanka is the Largest High-School level Astronomical event in Sri Lanka and it is organized annually by Anandian Astronomical Association and Astronomical Society of Mahamaya Girls' College, Kandy which are the pioneering schools of Sri Lankan high-school based Astronomy. In every year, the event held in a specific day at Peradeniya University premises for 15 hours overnight. Star party, Sri Lanka the event has a legendary history of 16 years which has been associated with its quality and the scope. The event consists of the first-ever Astronomical Observation Competition in South Asian region, A workshop and... Read More...

Feb 16

As temperatures rise Mercury Sets

by William Afonso

A Click of Planet Mercury onthe evening of Feb 12'th 2020 from Mudipu town in Mangalore , Karnataka South India. A Team of enthusiasts waited patiently to see the Planet nearest to the Sun. Mercury is seen either Rising over the Horizon before Sunrise or Setting over the Horizon after Sunset. Due to its proximity to the Sun it is never seen More than 28 Degrees over the Horizon. Below are Pics taken of Mercury with help of a 6 Inch Orion refractor telescope and a Vivi Mobile camera. 1) Taken without a Filter. 2) Taken with a Yellow Filter Read More...

Feb 16


Every 15th of the month, except in April, AWB is organizing a small quiz featuring 10 questions on a selected astronomical subject. On February 15th, 2019, the 5th year with 39th quiz took place, the theme of the day was: "Names of Galaxies". We had 98 participants, each of whom got a free e-book on astronomy. Those who had all 10 answers correct, received an e-book and a gold certificate. Read More...

Feb 08

Aryabhatta Astronomy Club,Haldia India Inspiring rural students to participate in Nasa Scientist For A Day Essay Contest

Aryabhatta Astronomy Club a Unit of Haldia Institute of Management is going to promote NASA Scientist For A Day Essay Contest in schools located in Rural Bengal. The main objective of this activity is to promote the events in which students from class 5 to class 12 have the opportunity to participate. Due to a lack of information, many enthusiastic students of the Rural Bengal do not get the opportunity to participate in such events. To fill in this gap the club will be trying to go to distant places in rural Bengal and promote the event. The club has... Read More...

Feb 03

Philippine Telescope Hour 2020

“ If there were a million people, with telescopes, willing to get them out for the public, there will be a chance for the people born on this world to see where the hell they are. ” - John Dobson The Manila Street Astronomers, being a community primarily dedicated to astronomy outreach through free telescope viewings, organized a public engagement event in 2017 called the Philippine Telescope Hour. The idea was that telescope owners and astronomy organizations from around the country would setup their telescopes and share what they can see for at least an hour in their own respective... Read More...

Feb 02

Haldia Institute of Management starts an Astronomy Club

Haldia Institute of Management located in Haldia ,West Bengal,India for the first time since it's inception in 2004 has started an Astronomy Club. The main purpose of this club is to encourage students of the Insitute and other nearby schools students to gain knowledge on Astronomy and Cosmology. The Chairperson of the Institute Dr.Lakshman Chandra Seth encouraged the 6,500 students of ICARE Society to participate in the club activities. He also promised to sponsor a Reflector Telescope for the Club. Mr. Asish Lahiri,Secretary of the Institute and an astronomy enthusiasm also became a member of the club to encourage students,faculties... Read More...

Jan 29

Another kind of astronomy without borders

We started the new year, at our association "Johannes Kepler Linz", with a new key subject. Disabled people should be more in our focus. So we invited an amateurastronomer who is doing his hobby in a wheelchair and later followed by an even at our local observatory for blind people. Astronomy with a wheelchair (13 Jan 2020) Manfed Fischer from Germany, who gave a lecture in Linz, is a freelance journalist and a trainer for handicapped people and he is a dedicated Amateurastronomer. It's important to him to give this dedication to other people too - including handicapped people. To... Read More...

Jan 28


Every 15th of the month, except in April, AWB is organizing a small quiz featuring 10 questions on a selected astronomical subject. On January 15th, 2019, the 5th year with 37th quiz took place, the theme of the day was: "The Universe". We had 73 participants, each of whom got a free e-book on astronomy. Those who had all 10 answers correct, received an e-book and a gold certificate. Read More...

Jan 28

Celestial dance in Festive Times: The Ring of Fire to end the Decade as seen from GOA, India

by William Afonso

South India experienced a Celestial spectal of an Annular eclipse(Ring of Fire) on 26 Dec 2019 to end the Decade. 100% totality was withnessed in cities like Mangalore, Masargood Coimbatore and Erode. Goa my Homestate lies on the West coast pf India about 363 miles south of Mumbai and 225 miles north of mangalore. The eclipse was Maximum at 9:25 HRS Indian standard time (3:55 A.M IST) with 82 % of the Sun covered by the Moons Shadow. Amidst Christmas celebrations on the same Day My Village called St.Estevam Island celebrated the Village Church Feast of St.Stephen. Truly the Eclipse... Read More...

Jan 22

Partial Solar Eclipse 2019

December 26, 2019, Malaysia – Last 26 th December 2019 solar eclipse is visible from East in Europe, Much of Asia, North/West Australia, East in Africa, Pacific, Indian Ocean. Annular Solar Eclipse will visible in some parts of Malaysia namely Tanjung Piai,Johor,some cities in Sarawak such as Bau,Kota Samarahan,Serian,Sri Aman and Betong. While others part of Malaysia such as Perak,Terengganu,Melaka including Negeri Sembilan will be able to experience another charms of eclipse which is Partial Solar Eclipse. In conjunction of this phenomena, Telok Kemang Observatory held an observation program starting from 11:00 AM until 3:30 PM. Around 200 people came... Read More...

Jan 06

Annular Solar Eclipse 2019 December 26

Annular Solar Eclipse Public Observation Camp 2019 December 26 On 26th of coming December, As Sri Lanka got a very rare opportunity to observe an annular solar eclipse which was occurred during 7.45 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. time, we, J'Pura Astronomy Club (with the technological support of Arthur C. Clarke Institute and with the facilitation given by Security Force Headquarters, Iranamdu) have organized a public solar eclipse observational camp along with a special astronomical research project. We planned to conduct this camp in Iranamadu as the central pathway of the solar eclipse falls directly across it. For the programme, 52... Read More...

Jan 06

Night Sky Observation Camp 2019 - Organized by J'pura Astronomy Club

Night Sky Observation Camp 2019 This event was held the day before the Annular Solar Eclipse 2019 at Security Force Headquaters, Iranamadu, Sri Lanka. Both observational and fun items were practised for a better experience. Read More...

Dec 30


Every 15th of the month, except in April, AWB is organizing a small quiz featuring 10 questions on a selected astronomical subject. This quiz can be participated by all interested people, regardless of nationality, level of knowledge or age. Off course, disabled people are always welcome. Those who had all 10 answers correct, receive an e-book and a gold certificate. At the end of each year, an electronic book of all questions and answers will be compiled and offered for download in Serbian language here: These are the quiz statistics for the last four years. We have had a... Read More...

Dec 29

Annular Solar Eclipse 2019 Island-wide Project by NCAS


Nalanda College Astronomical Society (NCAS) and Nalanda College Alumni Astronomical Society (NCAAS) organized an island-wide project for the 2019 December 26 Annular Solar Eclipse, which included carrying out 6 observation events, and distributing solar eclipse observation glasses. A crew that included 22 members went to Jaffna Kaddaikadu Roman Catholic Tamil Mixed School to witness the annular solar eclipse and a crew of 10 members went to St. Joseph's College Anuradhapura. A small crew of three members went to Kanthale Central College to acquire data for research that will be conducted with the Arthur C. Clarke Institute. Another observation camp was... Read More...

Dec 29

Proper Solar Safety

Activities like the annular solar eclipse last December 26 often get a lot of media attention. Astronomers and telescope manufacturers always caution against directly viewing the Sun, but sometimes the increased media attention brings a certain 'fear of missing out'. Several free telescope viewing setups were even deployed across the Philippine archipelago just to provide the public with a chance to view the eclipsed Sun safely. But since the activity falls right after Christmas and there is only so much ground that local astronomy groups can cover, people attempted to view and image the eclipse through unsafe methods. While events... Read More...

Dec 29

Hamadryas Arete Planetarium Project .

Hamadryas arete is the name of the rare Starry Sky Butterfly, an itinerant Domestic planetarium light as the flight of a butterfly is where we got the inspiration for the project. At Gunstar Team we did a survey and we observed that the traditional centers of Astronomy and Planetarium functioned at their own pace and institutions and schools in others. We met the challenge of bringing to the Institutions a project that has flexibility to follow the school routine and not opposite, prioritizing it. Looking for interesting and quality solutions and tools for the dissemination of astronomy (cheap), we researched... Read More...

Dec 25

Partial Solar Eclipse observation Ahmedabad

*SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING* *26th December 2019* 1AU in association with Hiramani School is happy to invite you for viewing the *Rare Celestial Event of Solar Eclipse* from Hiramani campus on 26th December 2019 from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. Groups of astronomers and volunteers would be conducting different activities related to Solar Eclipse observation. The event would host information exhibit on solar eclipse, activities, telescope projections, observation of eclipse by safe solar viewers, telescope viewing and several more. The event is a public awareness event and we request you to forward it to all Hiramani contacts of who would be... Read More...

Dec 20

December 26, Annular Solar Eclipse Observing Public Camp at Ancient Jaffna Fort, Sri Lanka

Astronomical Research Institute, Sri Lanka (ARIS) collaborating with Anandian Astronomical Association, Star Party group and Mount K Adventure Resort organizes a public camp for observing the annular solar eclipse which will be happen on 26 th of December, 2019 and will be visible to Asia and Australia. We organize this event at ancient Dutch fort of Jaffna which is located in the Northern part of the Sri Lanka. We plan to conduct the public event in 3 main languages (Sinhala, Tamil and English) in Sri Lanka. The event will be started at 0800h and will be ended at 1130 h.... Read More...