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Jul 21

Palestine Holds the World's Largest Astrophotography Camp Near the Dead Sea

On Thursday, 12 July , photographers both Palestinians and internationals headed to the Dead Sea desert in order to take part in the World's Largest Astrophotography Camp Ever! The camp was organized by UNESCO Chair in Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Sciences in addition to Pal Space and Fidae 4-Wheel Teams in Hebron, West Bank. 140 people 72 of whom were photographers arrived at location around 8:00 PM to start a journey of magical beam and take a total of thousands of photos of the Milky Way and stars constellations scattered across the clear night sky. A variety of activities gave... Read More...

Jul 21

Palestine Holds the World's Largest Astrophotography Camp Near the Dead Sea

On Thursday, 12 July , photographers both Palestinians and internationals headed to the Dead Sea desert in order to take part in the World's Largest Astrophotography Camp Ever! The camp was organized by UNESCO Chair in Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Sciences in addition to Pal Space and Fidae 4-Wheel Teams in Hebron, West Bank. 140 people 72 of whom were photographers arrived at location around 8:00 PM to start a journey of magical beam and take a total of thousands of photos of the Milky Way and stars constellations scattered across the clear night sky. A variety of activities gave... Read More...

Jul 21

Palestine Holds the World's Largest Astrophotography Camp Near the Dead Sea

On Thursday, 12 July , photographers both Palestinians and internationals headed to the Dead Sea desert in order to take part in the World's Largest Astrophotography Camp Ever! The camp was organized by UNESCO Chair in Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Sciences in addition to Pal Space and Fidae 4-Wheel Teams in Hebron, West Bank. 140 people 72 of whom were photographers arrived at location around 8:00 PM to start a journey of magical beam and take a total of thousands of photos of the Milky Way and stars constellations scattered across the clear night sky. A variety of activities gave... Read More...

Jul 18

bright star-like light from lagoon nebula area

Hi All, Wondering if anyone else saw a bright star-like light coming from very close to or from the Lagoon Nebula. I observed this light at about 9:50pm CDT. Once I saw it it stayed bright about 1 minute and then dimmed over a period of about 20 seconds. The light was not moving relative to Saturn which is just north of Sagittarius so I am quite sure it was not a satillite. It was about as bright as Saturn and was redish, similar to Scorpius a* Antares. Very interesting, hope someone else saw it and can confirm my observation.... Read More...

Jul 16

Astronomy & Night Sky Summer Series

We started the event with 3 Astronomy 101 presentations with 253 participants in attendance. During the presentations we gave an overview of the objects visible in the night sky and telescope etiquette. There were also resources avaialble in the lobby before and after the presentations. For the telescope viewing we had perfect weather and clear skies. Participants were able to view Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, 4 of Jupiter's Moons and Saturn. Mars was starting to rise as the event was coming to an end but was visible with the naked eye. While participants were waiting in the telescope lines, they could... Read More...

Jul 13

Glitter Festival 2018'' keep following the brightness of the stars - strike up in Goias.

The Festival of Shine is a regional copy of the Global Astronomy Month, held every year in the winter since 2014, with the initial encouragement of Professor Juan director of the UFG-IESA planetarium at the time. This Edition is a tribute to our beloved teacher, without doubt was one of the greatest enthusiasts of cultural astronomy in the State of Goiás is one of the greatest supporters of Gunstar. Also celebrating the Fifth Edition of the Festival of Astronomy of Goiás with the motto continue following the Brightness of the Stars. With the project Loops that aims to bring people... Read More...

Jul 10

My First Observation of Venus

by Aidan Kaminsky

On July 8th, 2018, I saw the planet Venus for the first time. With my reflector telescope and clear skies above me, I decided to observe Earth's “sister planet.” For amateur astronomers, it is quite difficult to observe Venus due to the planet's thick carbon dioxide clouds. In fact, some amateur astronomers even equip their telescopes with a variety filters that allow them to better observe Venus' atmosphere. Although studying Venus wasn't as enjoyable as studying Jupiter and its moons, my time observing the “sister planet” was well spent. On the night of the 8th, Venus' luminosity was approximately 65%... Read More...

Jul 10

SAN AGUSTÍN ASTRONOMY CLUB - COCHABAMBA, BOLIVIA

FORMATION OF THE SAN AGUSTÍN ASTRONOMY CLUB GLOBAL ASTRONOMY MONTH 2018 Greetings and Clear Skies! In this document I present a summary of experiences and details of the creation of our Astronomy Club for the Global Astronomy month 2018. Background Astronomy in Bolivia presents great challenges for its diffusion, development and incersión of professional form to our means. Cochabamba, Bolivia presents a incubator of human potential for science, technology and engineering. The San Agustín school is an academic benchmark of excellence presented by consecutive winners of the Bolivian multinational student scientist Olympiads (OCEPB). San Agustín School has been active since... Read More...

Jul 03

Opposition of Saturn

We started off viewing Venus, then Jupiter. We went to the Moon then finally Saturn. I explained the best time to view the Moon when it isn't so full with my pan of flour. We made some craters and shined the flashlight at different angles to show how the shadows and light can make the surface more interesting. We also went over why we can't see the flag on the Moon, and why we only see one side of the Moon. The demos really helped them understand their questions. It was so cool I had a prop for almost every... Read More...

Jul 02

June Observations of the Moon

by Aidan Kaminsky

Recently in South Florida, the weather has been terrible. Rain and lightning plague the night sky, making it horribly difficult for an amateur astronomer such as myself to study a variety of night time objects. However, I had done my homework and concluded that this harsh weather wasn't going to get in the way of my observations of the full moon this month. I was very wrong. The conditions were worse than I imagined, and as a result I couldn't see the full moon. However, on the night of June 28 th and 29 th , the weather was adequate... Read More...

Jun 28

Mars Close Approach - July 30, 2018

Mon, Jul 30 at 10:00pm - Tue, Jul 31 at 2:00am PDT Science & Technology Mars will be closest to Earth in the early morning hours of July 31, 2018. Griffith Observatory's All Space Considered team will bring the close approach live via LiveStream, starting at 10:00 p.m. through the closest approach at 12:45 a.m. and concluding at 2:00 a.m. on July 31. A public event will also take place at Griffith Observatory beginning at 10:00 p.m. on Monday, July 30 with telescopes provided by the members of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society (LAAS). ADMISSION IS FREE. The event is... Read More...

Jun 25

Open and Free Public Astronomical Observation to All Interested

In the name of Jorge Barboza, Lucas Fiori Izaias and Marcos Antonio Amateur Astronomers and Founders of the Group of Astronomical Studies of Iguaraçu - PR (GEAI) in partnership with Astronomers Without Borders, GaeA - Support Group in Astronomical Events, Neither sky is the limit and Astronomy Universe and Canoa Grande Soft Radio and we also thank the astronomy friends of the region: Cas Astronomy Sarandi, Carlos Alberto Cawahisa Cawahisa and Marco Antonio Leme for the support they gave us and I would like to thank Izabely Sartori and Larissa Bossi for the invitation and also for helping us in... Read More...

Jun 25

ORADEAstronomie

On April 19 th 2018, the Symposium ORADEAstronomie began with the opening of the painting exhibition: planets, stars, the Milky Way galaxy, a space shuttle in the Earth's orbit. The children prepared materials on the Solar System, Stars, Galaxies, Messier Objects, information about astronomers and astrophysicists (Galileo Galilei, Stephen Hawking). The Symposium was organized by Astronomy and Space Science Club, in the Children Educational Center in Oradea, Romania. Read More...

Jun 25

ORADEAstronomie at Cheresig and Tarian

On April 26th 2018, the Astronomy and Space Science Club organized two educational activities at the Cheresig and Tarian Secondary Schools in Bihor county, Romania. We presented maps of the night sky, interesting facts about the Hubble Space Telescope and about Mars. Finally, the students looked at the Moon through a telescope. Read More...

Jun 24

Public Star Party

I hosted a star party for the public on June 1st, 2018 for people in my community in Dubai, UAE. Like with any public event in Dubai, it was very diverse, and roughly 30 people showed up! Since we're in the city, we focused on planetary & lunar observations. Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars (coming up late) were more than enough to make people say "WOW!". Being Ramadan, the event started later in the evening (10pm), most people stayed about 30 minutes or so to observe Jupiter, Saturn, The Moon, and some brighter stars (like Arcturus, Antares, and Vega) - we... Read More...

Jun 22

GAM 2018 at Școala Gimnazială ”Ion Țuculescu” Craiova, Romania

Our school students participated in activities under this event with the guidance of Prof. Golumbeanu Anamaria. Thus, school students attended a session of astronomical observation in the schoolyard on Monday, April 23, 2018. Read More...

Jun 18

Asteroid Day 2018

Asteroid Day es una campaña de concienciación global aprobada por la ONU, para la divulgación del riesgo de impacto y formas de desviar un asteroide que se dirija a La Tierra. Unirse al Día del Asteroide, es unirse a esta campaña de concienciación que este año se organizará con miles de eventos autoorganizados para llegar al máximo público posible en las distintas localidades del mundo. El 30 de Junio se celebra el aniversario del evento Tunguska (Rusia), día elegido por la Fundación de Asteroid Day para organizar todo tipo de eventos relacionados con la campaña. Desde España queremos animar a... Read More...

Jun 16

AWB SERBIA - ASTRONOMY QUIZ ON JUNE 15th 2018

Every 15th of the month, except in April, AWB is organizing a small quiz featuring 10 questions on a selected astronomical subject. On May 15, 2018, the 24th quiz took place, the theme of the day was: "Nebulae". We had 40 participants, each of whom got a free e-book on astronomy. Those who had all 10 answers correctly, received an e-book and a gold certificate. Read More...

Jun 14

My First Observation of Jupiter

by Aidan Kaminsky

On June 13th, 2018, I observed Jupiter for the first time. Before wanting to observe other planets, my focus as a beginner amateur astronomer was to observe the Earth's moon, which I have been doing for several months. Since then, both my curiosity and abilities have expanded. So, with my AWB Onesky Reflector Telescope, I set out to observe Jupiter. Where I live, being an amateur astronomer isn't easy, especially during the summer. The night skies are constantly cloudy, and the light from nearby buildings and towers hinder my ability to see the night sky. On June 13th, however, the... Read More...

May 27

We now possess the Observatory of Pristina and we are seeking for support!

Dear friends, I want to share this exciting news with you. We now possess the Observatory of Pristina. It might not be the best place but as for the moment it is a giant leap for Kosovo. For decades, our society has shown an indifference to astronomy until 2014 when the first science and astronomy club "Astronomy Club of Kosovo" was founded, opening the way for the establishment of several other astronomy groups in other cities of Kosovo and spreading the beautiful meaning to everyone. We can't wait to open to the public! Now all we need is to renovate... Read More...

May 26

AWB SERBIA - ASTRONOMY QUIZ ON MAY 15th 2018

Every 15th of the month, except in April, AWB is organizing a small quiz featuring 10 questions on a selected astronomical subject. On May 15, 2018, the 20th quiz took place, the theme of the day was: "Pluto". We had 48 participants, each of whom got a free e-book on astronomy. Those who had all 10 answers correctly received an e-book and a gold certificate. Read More...

May 20

Astrofest 2018, Bucharest, Romania

Yesterday took place in Bucharest the biggest annual Science Festival organized by the oldest science journal from Romania called “Stiinta si Tehnica”. Our association, Astroclubul Bucuresti participated with many astronomical instruments for public, with two microscopes for meteorites examination. The weather was no so good but between the clouds we succeed to show to the public the Crescend Moon. We had a meeting with our astronaut Dumitru Dorin Prunariu which spend in space more than 7 days on Soyuz 40 and on Saliut 6 space station, back in 1981. Also we made small eclipse demonstration for children using a Planetarium... Read More...

May 15

400-Year-Anniversary 3rd Kepler Law

Johannes Kepler - the man who opened the door to space. The 15. May 1618 – the day the famous Astronomer Johannes Kepler (1571 – 1630), a German natural philosopher, mathematican, astronomer, astrologer, optican and evangelic theologian, wrote history. After decades of hard work he discovered the truth behind the motion of planets. “De motibus planetarum“, as it's called in the original Latin written title of Book V in Harmonices Mundi – published in 1619 in Linz Austria. Triumphing he declared his 3rd Law: “It's dead sure and is true, that the proportion existing between the period of revolution of... Read More...

May 11

[GAM 2018] HUNT FOR SABAH MILKY WAY 2.0 - SABAH, MALAYSIA

HUNT FOR SABAH MILKY WAY 2.0 18th - 22nd April — In parallel to Global Astronomy Month 2018, Sabah Stargazers hold a trip to eastern part of Sabah for 5 days and 4 cloudless nights. In objectives of spreading awareness on light pollution, this trip is also to spread the awareness of Sabah Dark Sky to tourist and to the community in Sabah. This trip has covered two districts in Sabah; Lahad Datu and Semporna. We gather photographers to capture the beauty of the dark sky all around including a beautiful couple from Singapore. Spend 1 night at Lahad Datu... Read More...

May 10

Astronomy outreach for students in rural village Ilipangamuwa - Sri Lanka

by NCAS

A night sky observation event was held at Ilipangamuwa school, which is situated a rural village in Kegalle district - Sri Lanka, with the participation of about 100 Students, their teachers, parents and the community in the area. This was a joint project by Nalnda College Astronomical Society and the Rotaract Club of Faculty of Science - University of Colombo. The camp was held on 27.04.2018. Read More...