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Aug 05
2018

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
2018

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
2018

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
2018

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
2018

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
2018

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
2018

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
2018

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
2018

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
2018

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
2018

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
2018

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
2018

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
2018

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
2018

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 which is presented as a very collaborative tool when teaching Astronomy, for its diversity of functionalities, implementation cost and quality of interface. The students developed an experimental session, filling a descriptive report of the observed objects, the requirements were: Printed guides Physical Letters - OCTAGON SPACE Own Tablet / Smarthphone Installed application... Read More...

Jul 28
2018

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
2018

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...

Jul 22
2018

My First Attempts of Photographing the Moon

by Aidan Kaminsky

For several weeks now, I have been trying to attempt amateur astrophotography. I tried to build a cell phone adapter mount to install on my telescope and take pictures, but the mount I built was not very efficient. After, I bought a Gosky Cell Phone mount and installed it on my refractor telescope. I took some pictures of the moon over a span of two days with my old iPod, which is why the pictures aren't of the best quality, but I'll be attempting to take some photos with my newer iPhone in the following week. These are few of... Read More...

Jul 22
2018

Astro Fest 2018

This was a great event out at the Lake Afton Public Observatory. There had to be around 500 guests. We had lots of activities set up for the visitors to do. The the Star Wars storm troopers came by. We had lots of telescopes available for the public during the day and after dark. Captured a guest using the NexYZ to take a photo of the Moon. Read More...

Jul 21
2018

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
2018

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
2018

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
2018

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
2018

My First Observation of Venus

by Aidan Kaminsky

On July 8th, 2018, I saw the planet Venus for the first time. Read More...

Jul 10
2018

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...