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Aug 15

The amateur astronomers' hearts are beating faster here through the AWB-GAM project!

A quick review on Global Astronomy Month (GAM) in Pasargad region, Iran Part I: Introduction As much as people would be involved in participating, organizing, sharing and enjoying the night sky together they would feel closer to each other, meanwhile, closer to the lost part of nature above. So the universe can connect us by itself if we just step in looking forward to catch any opportunity. Astronomers Without Borders gives us this chance by Global Astronomy Month (GAM) project in each April. We have actively celebrated the biggest international event of astronomy in each April and the motto... Read More...

Aug 13

LUNAR ECLIPSE OBSERVATION - SAN AGUSTIN ASTRONOMY CLUB

Greetings and Clear Skies! On July 27, World event of a Lunar Eclipse, The Astronomy Club of San Agustín School developed an Observational activity where we focused on determining a dilemma in reference to the institutions of sciences, observatories, planetariums and avtivists of Astronomy in Boliva: Will it be possible to observe the Eclipse in Cochabambaba, Bolivia (17.4140 ºS, 66.1653º W)? Being that different opinions and affirmations existed, the Club decided to arm its telescopes and to observe the sky at 6:13 pm. Being able to confirm the visibility of the Eclipse, the answer: Yes it will : The activity... Read More...

Aug 13

ARCHEOASTRONOMY: TIWANAKU + OBSERVATIONAL ASTRONOMY COURSE - HÉROES DEL BOQUERÓN ASTRONOMY GROUP

Greetings and clear skies! On Wednesday, August 2 to 5, a study trip was found for significant learning purposes in the field of Astronomy for students of the Héroes del Boquerón School. A variety of activities were carried out jointly with professors, university professors, professional / amateur astronomers and academics interested in the field: Observatory Astronomy Courses, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Guided visit to Tiwanaku ruins Visit to the Chakana Astronomical Complex Visit to Museums of the city of La Paz General Objective: Generate, evaluate and provide feedback for meaningful learning experiences for students participating in the study... Read More...

Aug 12

Astronomy & Night Sky Summer Series - Perseid Meteor Shower

We started the event with 3 Astronomy 101 presentations with 187 participants in attendance. During the presentations we gave an overview of the objects visible in the night sky. These objects included Mars, Jupiter Saturn, Meteors and the Perseid Meteor Shower. There were also resources available in the lobby before and after the presentations. Unfortunately, due to inclement weather we had to cancel telescope viewing. This event is always popular and couldn't be successful without our partners from the Delmarva Space Sciences Foundation, US Fish & Wildlife Services (Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge) and National Park Service (Toms Cove Visitor Center).... Read More...

Aug 10

Total Lunar Eclipse & Mars Opposition from Zagan, Poland

I have organised an event on the night of total Lunar eclipse and opposiotion of Mars which was registered event with AWB - Zagan Gwiezdne Wrota There were many observers of children and adults Event started at 6:30 PM local time CEST First Venus and Jupiter were observed through our telescope After dark everyone was watching Saturn and his rings The moon has already shown us all red Next to the Moon was very bright Mars but without the details visible in the telescope Had good fun throughout the event We took pictures only during the day, then there was... Read More...

Aug 06

Mars Close Approach

by Brenda Culbertson

The past couple of weeks have been hectic for my associates and me. I was on television several times, being interviewed and making reports about Mars Close Approach. I organized two observing sessions and assisted in another one. July 14, 2018, Mars Informational Presentation at Wolfe's Camera Shop, Topeka, Kansas. I made two informational presentations about what was going on and how to observe it, to approximately 50 people. July 20, 2018, Science on the Terrace at Flint Hills Discovery Center, Manhattan, Kansas. The public was invited 9-11 pm CDT. I assisted in this observing session where I helped show... Read More...

Aug 06

Viewing Mars at the Winfield Winery

We had 6 club members and 6 telescopes available for 46 visitors to view all the naked eye planets including Mars. What a plesent surprise, they were expecting 14 guests and 46 showed up. We made available for the guests an outreach program to get them excited about what we were going to show them. We helped them understand where the planets are and what planets can be seen this night. We also explored the movements of the planets, when closer to the Sun the inner planets travel faster than the outer planets. We shared with them why we can't... Read More...

Aug 05

Perseids in Spain

Spain is preparing to see the Perseids. Various associations and other centers of astronomical dissemination have already prepared their activities, since this year promises to be a good event due to the new moon. If you are in Spain and want to know if the town where you are has something prepared, visit the website www.federacionastronomica.es and you will have all the information you want. You know, look for a dark place free of light pollution to enjoy the event. Read More...

Aug 05

Cosmic Thoughts - Existence

“ No man is an island ,” wrote the poet John Donne. I would add: no island is an island. Nature does not exist in isolation. It's birth, evolution and daily chimings are dependent on the greater nature beyond our planet's fragile borders. My mind wonders to the numinous thought espoused by the science of quantum biology that mutation in the genes of life-forms on earth could have been triggered by the sun's rays affecting the way DNA copies itself in terrestrial veins. So the random mutations that lead, through non-random ways, to our very existence, could have come from... Read More...

Aug 03

Total Lunar Eclipse & Mars Opposition from Hyderabad,India

I have organised an event on the night of total Lunar eclipse and opposiotion of Mars which was registered event with AWB ( https://astronomerswithoutborders.org/event.html?id=1047 ) Highlights: > 30 Enthusiasts with different age groups from the city particpated > Event started at 11:30PM local time(IST) with the introduction to the phases of the Moon and planets > Discussed on the speciality of the Eclipse and what maked it longer this time > Discussed about the key positions of planets wrt Earth(Elongation, Opposition, Conjunction etc.) > Observed Moon and the planet Mars through telescope as moon was eclipsed (not optimal conditions due... Read More...

Aug 01

Closest Planet Mars Observation and Astronomical Facts from Caguas, Puerto Rico

I did an astronomical activity for all my followers at social media for July 30 and 31 of 2018. The planet Mars is in its approach to our planet and it is time to talk a little about this astronomical event that fascinates us all. From Caguas, Puerto Rico, I share with you these informative facts about the Red Planet and the observations you make as an amateur. The video report is in Spanish language. I hope you enjoy it Clear skies for all For view the video report, please click link below https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdLFAfwsoDw&t= Read More...

Jul 31

Observation of the crimson planet was a success in Goiania,

hundreds of people have observed the red planet (Mars) in its closest approach to Earth in 15 years. An international night of observation with the Gunstar team and Astronomers without frontiers at the sun fair one of the most traditional and charming of our capital. Oficial Photo video live of Observation : https://www.facebook.com/pg/GunstarTeam/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1935200926601365 https://www.facebook.com/GunstarTeam/videos/1981492198638904/?t=1 Read More...

Jul 31

Night of Glory in Goiania with the Eclipse of the Moon

In Goiania hundreds of people gathered at the most traditional observation point of the city Morro do Além, to observe the longest eclipse of modern history in an evening of Emotion Friendship with Gunstar and the Astronomy Festival of the State of Goias the Glitter Festival 2018. With wide dissemination of the media the Gunstar led his team of specialized cultural astronomers and equipment to better still the party. videos : https://www.facebook.com/GunstarTeam/videos/1983632118424912/ https://www.facebook.com/GunstarTeam/videos/1983125365142254/ https://www.facebook.com/GunstarTeam/videos/1983115438476580/ https://www.facebook.com/GunstarTeam/videos/1980721972049260/ Oficial Fotos of Glitter Festival and Eclipse Lunar. https://www.facebook.com/pg/GunstarTeam/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1935200926601365 Read More...

Jul 30

Mars Opposition & Lunar Eclipse from Dubai, UAE

The photo above is from the Astronomers Without Borders UAE & UAE Astronomy Group joint Lunar Eclipse & Mars Opposition event held in Dubai on July 27th/28th 2018. The event was public, and totally free of charge with the explicit goal of using the Lunar Eclipse to introduce people to the wonderful world of amateur astronomy. The event started promptly at 7pm, and the last guests left at roughly 3:30am. Approximately 120 people in total took advantage of the event which included: 1. Telescope & binocular observations of Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, Mars (at a dusty opposition), the Moon (including a... Read More...

Jul 30

Moon Eclipse and Mars opposition

Here at Ramillies, we had an event... First, I was called by our national frenchspeaking radiostation to talk about the total Mooneclipse (the same morning)...We had sent press files for an event at Ramillies and at the spot, we had a pizza supper....We knew it wasn't going to be clear weather..In fact there were many lightnings and clouds (no rain nor thunder)...But cars kept coming and coming with whole families !!!!!!!!!! I was very much surprized by the number of visitors....We saw nothing ! It's only on the way back home that I noticed the last phases of the eclipse... Read More...

Jul 30

The Night We Observed The Longest Lunar Eclipse

As each year features at least two lunar eclipses, many of which are partial or penumbral where the moon grows slightly darker, the night of July the 27 th marked the longest total lunar eclipse in 83 years! This mesmerizing astronomical event coincides with the opposition of Mars reaching its closest approach to Earth since 2003. Luckily for the 250 participants, the Lunar Eclipse lasted 1 hour and 43 minutes and was best observed from the Middle East. The observation camp took place in Bethlehem on Moon Hill to ensure zero light pollution and clear gazing opportunities. Awad Hamad, a... Read More...

Jul 30

The opposition of Planet Mars - Caguas, Puerto Rico

I include the results of the astrophotography that we made live from the observation of the opposition of Mars on July 27, 2018 at 8:30 pm from Caguas, Puerto Rico. The astrophotographers are Fernando Roquel Torres and Erica Correa Felix. In this photo you can show how the dust of the sahara can affect the captures, also the red planet was covered by a storm of dust which can be perceived in the photograph. That did not prevent observing its polar ice caps and regions of the planet. Read More...

Jul 29

Mars Opposition & Total Mooneclipse

On July 27 2018 we had a public viewing event at our local observatory. It was a thrilling event, because at the beginning many clouds in southeast blocked the view. But "hope dies last" and the sky cleared more and more. About 1000 people visited our small observatory. Of course we had some portable scopes to offer a view to the moon and the red planet. Before and in between we could offer Venus, Jupiter and Saturn. Mars was not so pretty because at our latitude he is very low and the seeing is bad. However everybody was happy and... Read More...

Jul 29

Mars Viewing Report from Nicaragua

On July 28 2018, the Association of Amamteur Astronomers of León-Nicaragua (ASAFILE), organized a free public outreach event, in a public place located in the downtown of the city, where people had the chance to observe the "Red Planet" taking into consideration its closest approximation to our planet . Amateur Astronomers also took advantage of this space to share experiences, and flyers about Mars Opposition were given to attendees. Mars Opposiiton Event Read More...

Jul 29

Mars Viewing Report from Nicaragua

On July 28, 2018 the Association of Amateur Astronomers from the city of León -Nicaragua, organized a free public outreach event, where people from all ages had the chance to view the "Red Planet" taking advantage of its closest approximation to our planet. Amateur Astronomers had the chance to share experiences with attendees and flyers were given to them with basic info about Mars Opposition. Read More...

Jul 29

Opposition of Mars

Even with the threat of storms in the forecast, we headed out to our observing site. The clouds stayed away so we could share with the public all the visible planets. The star of the show was using the NexYZ so the public can take photos with their cell phones. It was a pretty good turnout. A neighboring astronomy club member came by to help out. It was nice to have the extra telescopes on hand for the public. Read More...

Jul 28

Red Planet Rising: Night of Mars 07-2018

-On Friday 27 July 2018, Starting at 6:00 pm, the equipment for the special astronomical event was prepared from members of Astro Club in Guerrara (Algeria). -We waited for the moon to rise from the eastern horizon at the same time as sunset and the rise of red planet after a few moments, where the first phase of the eclipse began and its color turned to dark gray. at 8:00 pm, people began to come to the place of event (Inorar Square). where we installed two telescopes with one binocular and a medium screen for viewing via the camera. -However,... Read More...

Jul 28

AUGMENTED REALITY ASTRONOMY 4D - SAN AGUSTIN ASTRONOMY CLUB

Greetings and Clear Skies! As an experiment expected by students, the Astronomy Club of San Agustín School developed the activity: Augmented Reality Astronomy 4D For this purpose the free allocation application OCTAGON 4D - SPACE was used, this application works with the technology of recognition of augmented reality and is presented as a very collaborative tool when teaching Astronomy for its diversity of functionalities, implementation costs and quality of interface. The students developed an experimental session, filling a descriptive report of the observed objects, the requirements were: Report printed Physical Letters - OCTAGON SPACE Tablet / Smarthphone own Installed application... Read More...

Jul 28

PLANISPHERE CONSTRUCTION - SAN AGUSTÍN ASTRONOMY CLUB

Greetings to all! As a small experimentation project, the San Agustín Astronomy Club, developed a small experiment for the construction of academic material and astronomical observation, Construction of Planisphere The experiment consists of the following materials: Planisphere prints (coated paper) and front / rear covers designed by the club. Tacks and insurance Scissors Stapler Glue Likewise, with instruction from the teacher, the experiment was developed with a series of steps for the assembly of the planisphere. Planisphere designed, with latitude of the city of Cochabamba (Latitude: -17.414, Longitude: -66.1653 17 ° 24 ') including Photographs taken by the Club, Cost:... Read More...

Jul 28

Best of Mars!

Members of AOYA in Erbil, Kurdistan region of Iraq, and numerous guests and visitors have been baffled by the view of Mars at its best last night through the eyepiece of our telescope, and which as well covered by the local news media. The century longest totallunar eclipse was as well a favorite topic for observation and intellectual discussion too. Our team has briefed attendees with some information about the red planet and we we were there to answer each and every question. " People from all ages, ethnic or cultural backgrounds have come together today to observe these... Read More...