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Feb 17
2016

C/2013 US Comet Catalina & M101 - Pinwheel Galaxy

From the Oort cloud on a path taken millions of years ago, today it can be displayed at its closest point to Earth the comet C / 2013 US10, also known as "Catherine". Among the Big Dipper and Polaris (North Star), at a distance of 110 million kilometers from Earth, Catherine comes from a region on the outskirts of the solar system called the Oort cloud, which is an area where it was the "rubble" (hundreds of millions of these objects) of the formation of the solar system; their interaction with one of those stars his career might have originated.... Read More...

Feb 01
2016

ASTRONOMERS WITHOUT BORDERS NOW IN SERBIAN LANGUAGE

ASTRONOMERS WITHOUT BORDERS, FB-site in Serbian language, started today. We all are one people and have one wonderfull sky. Come, and like us. https://www.facebook.com/Astronomi-bez-granica-217714985242474/timeline Read More...

Jan 24
2016

Sirius Rising Above Grossmugl Star Walk

For the remaining weeks of winter Sirius dominates the evening sky. Being the brightest of all stars in our night sky, it rises around nightfall this time of the year. The image, shot on January 22, 2016, shows Sirius rising above the Leeberg tumulus, a 2500 years old ancient burial mound at the endpoint of the Grossmugl Star Walk. The Grossmugl Star Walk is located in Austria, Europe, only half an hour's drive from Vienna. The star walk installation is a self-guided 1.5km long astronomical edutainment trail aimed at the general public. Its goal is to raise awareness for the... Read More...

Jan 24
2016

GAM 2016

This year, Global Stargazing Night will take place the same day and night as the big 10th anniversary event of the Fédération Francophone d'Astronomes Amateurs de Belgique and from what I've heard and shared it's going to be huge! The FFAAB will be in charge of the Eurospace Center and lots of publicity will be made. All we need is good weather... Read More...

Jan 20
2016

Big Skies: 60,000 years of astronomies on the inland plains of New South Wales, Australia

by Merill

I'd like to introduce a new Australian creative collaboration between arts practitioners, astronomers and local communities to share and explore stories about people's relationships with the cosmos, as experienced from Wiradjuri Country , in central western New South Wales. This project specifically explores the work of cultural, optical and radio astronomers in the region. You can visit our new blog at Bigskiescollaboration.wordpress.com. The first post is an essay about efforts by cultural astronomers to investivate the stellar alignments of a small mountain, Mount Mulguthrie, which, they suspect, was once a Wiradjuri astronomical site. This essay specifically addresses the loss of... Read More...

Jan 16
2016

FASE Astronomical Workshop – North Central Province

The fourth FASE provincial astronomical workshop program was held for North Central province on 14th of December 2015 at Faculty of Applied Sciences, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka. The mission of this program is to boost the number of professional and scholars engaged on astronomy and related fields, for the advancement of science and technology to benefit mankind. About hundred undergraduate students and several academic staff members were participated this program. The program was scheduled on the date of Geminids meteor shower and special lecture and observation session conducted. Events Conducted Introduction to Observational Astronomy by Tharindu Rajasooriya Meteors and... Read More...

Jan 11
2016

Planets Saturn and Venus Conjunction 1/9/2016

For all enthusiast of astronomy / astrophotography people around the world. I share my capture for the conjunction of planets Saturn and Venus from Caguas, Puerto Rico 1/9/2016 - 5:20am. I used the astronomical equipment Meade LX90, Antares Reducer F/6.3 with the NexImage 5 Planetary Camera. Both planets fits in focal field of the planetary camera. I controlled the gain and exposure manually for not overexposure of planets. Read More...

Jan 10
2016

Hidden Hydrogen Marvel Sh2-27

Near the head of the constellation Scorpius glows an immense red gas bubble like a celestial ghost. It has a diameter of 10 degrees, which corresponds to the size of a fist held at arm's length. The innocuous name of this vast expanse of hydrogen gas is Sharpless 2-27. In spite of its enormous size it is invisible to human eyes and even astrophotography almost always fails to capture it. Only a handful of photographs exist of this large but elusive object, because the nebula is way too large for any telescope and it has an extremely low surface brightness.... Read More...

Dec 27
2015

Some astonishing details on Aldebaran's occultation by the moon.

On December 23rd 2015 an interesting detail was captured here at our local public observatory (Kepler Sternwarte Linz/Austria). Herbert Raab (chief of our local association) used an DSLR and our 130mm APO to make a video of the occultation. Due to the fact the RedGiant Aldebaran has an angular diameter of 0,02" (arcseconds) - which is equal observing a human hair at the distance of 500 meter !!! - the star did not suddenly disappear. The Moon's speed was about 0,55" per second which is equal ~0,01" between single videoframes - so we could capture the "fading-out" of the star.... Read More...

Dec 24
2015

Position Angle Scales for Telescopes

Got a telescope for Christmas? Here's a gadget you can easily make yourself that greatly improves the usefulness of your new instrument: A position angle scale that shows you the celestial directions in your eyepiece. When viewing the heavens through the eyepiece of a telescope, one can get lost easily. Where the heck is southeast in the field of view? Does Jupiter rotate from left to right or from right to left? Which way does the tail of that comet point? And where can the elusive companion of this double star be expected? These are some of the questions that... Read More...

Dec 23
2015

REPORT OF 25-MESSIER- OBJECT OBSERVATION

Do you know Messier club? It's the biggest visual team of amateur astronomers in China. As leaders of the club, Mr. Orion and Mr. Sirius set a good example to members. They often do stars observation together. This is the report of their activity below. REPORT OF 25-MESSIER- OBJECT OBSERVATION Observation time: in the night on 17 th Nov , 2015 Observation place: astronomic base in Nantianmen village Daqing, Heilongjiang province Longitude: 124 ° 30 ′ 38.88 ″ E Latitude: 46 ° 21 ′ 23.01 ″ N Elevation: 138m Equipment: Sky-watcher Dob 10 ″ and Dob16 ″ goto Camera: Canon... Read More...

Dec 23
2015

REPORT OF 25-MESSIER- OBJECT OBSERVATION

Do you know Messier club? It's the biggest visual team of amateur astronomers in China. As leaders of the club, Mr. Orion and Mr. Sirius set a good example to members. They often do stars observation together. This is the report of their activity below. REPORT OF 25-MESSIER- OBJECT OBSERVATION Observation time: in the night on 17 th Nov , 2015 Observation place: astronomic base in Nantianmen village Daqing, Heilongjiang province Longitude: 124 ° 30 ′ 38.88 ″ E Latitude: 46 ° 21 ′ 23.01 ″ N Elevation: 138m Equipment: Sky-watcher Dob 10 ″ and Dob16 ″ goto Camera: Canon... Read More...

Nov 30
2015

Untracked DSLR Astrophotography

For astrophotography with a DSLR it is common practice to set the camera on top of an equatorial mount or other tracking device. This way, Earth's rotation gets compensated and long exposures of star fields and the Milky Way become possible. After a series of experiments we are now able to present a simple method for DSLR astrophotography where an equatorial mount or a sky tracker is no longer necessary to capture stunning pictures of the Milky Way or bright deep-sky objects. All that is needed is one of the newer DSLR models that allows high ISO settings, a tripod... Read More...

Nov 17
2015

Astronomy Outreach

It is said that we make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give. Young Innovators believes in giving back to the community and ensuring that in the process the young minds benefit from a vital life skill. Team Young Innovators has been actively involved in a multitude of programmes and workshops that have brought the underprivileged into the mainstream and opened new perspectives for them. Read More...

Nov 16
2015

Celebrating the Week of Science in Managua, Nicaragua

November 12 , 2015 Activity from the Astronomy Club of León, Nicaragua. Outreach in Managua, Nicaragua during the Science Fair organized by the National Council of Universities, Nicaraguan Council of Science and Technology and Government Entities. Emilio Zuniga ASAFILE Read More...

Nov 16
2015

The Moon in Vienna

The Moon in Vienna today evening. This picture was made with a Skywatcher 150/750 telescope and a Canon EOS 1200D camera. Read More...

Nov 15
2015

Presentation at Natural History Museum Vienna

project nightflight had been invited by the Natural History Museum Vienna to give a presentation about their work on the evening of November 11, 2015. For this occasion, the members of the astrophotography group designed a special multi-media presentation focusing on the beauty of the night sky. The event was very well attended, an audience of about 200 came to the worldwide renowned museum to experience the starry sky in colorful nightscapes and deep-sky images. Professor Dr. Christian Koeberl, director general of the museum, welcomed the audience and pointed out how important it is to reduce and prevent light pollution,... Read More...

Nov 14
2015

The Moon and the Orion

An extraordinary picture from the Moon and the Orion in the Vienna nightsky, picture was made on the 3rd of October 2015 in the north of Vienna. This picture was made with a Canon EOS 1200D with a 28 mm focal length, 1600 ISO and 5 sec exposure time. Read More...

Nov 05
2015

The "space bulls" 2015 - Taurids

Every year the Earth passes through the meteor stream called Complex of Taurids in two periods: Jun / Jul and October / November. In the first period produces meteors coming from the Earth's dayside, so less vigorous. However, the second period produces particularly interesting meteors to the observer, particularly those aware of bolides view (fireballs). The Taurids swarm is a dynamic system composed of a multitude of fragments, ranging from micro dimensions of the kilometrics, orbiting the Sun two well-known rains are linked to such site:. Southern and Northen Taurids. The parental body associated with the production of debris in... Read More...

Nov 05
2015

Bolide in Rio de Janeiro

At 01: 59h local time a large meteor crossed the ocean toward the state of Rio de Janeiro and its glare in the sky was realized in several states of the southeast region of the country. The preliminary data indicate an intense glow, much larger than the full moon and a higher trajectory 150km over the skies of the southeast coast of the country. The meteor lasted about 5 seconds to disintegrate on the Earth's atmosphere and several reports are being sent to the Exoss. Three stations Exoss Citizen Science registered the bolide. See more in exoss.org Read More...

Oct 28
2015

Sleepy conjunction

After daylight saving time organisms need to reset, so unintendedly I caught this morning the conjunction of Venus, Mars and Jupiter. I will try to catch a proper session , with tripod and filters, tomorrow morning, earlier than today. Obviously Venus isn't a double planet nor has any satellites, so there was a movement when pressing camera button. Read More...

Oct 27
2015

Zero Shadow Day Event 2015

The event named Zero Shadow Day was organized at Vadodara on 3rd June, 2015. The definition of noon in some text books is given as when the sun is overhead. Which actually is not the case of every day observation? The long shadows of objects at sunrise start becoming smaller and smaller as the day progress until the shadow is smallest. At this point the shadow is exactly aligned north - South. For those between the latitudes 23.5 deg. south (the tropic of Capricorn) and 23.5 deg. north (the tropic of Cancer) can experience the sun right overhead at Zenith... Read More...

Oct 27
2015

Celestial Dance Part-3

Once again the conjunction is happened between three planets named Venus, Mars and Jupiter in end of the October. I have captured this event in my camera in early morning of 26th of October at 5:30 AM. Mars had very low magnitude so I caught only Venus and Jupiter. Once again the experience is fantastic. It is really pleasure to see such type of celestial dance of these cosmic bodies in to the space. Read More...

Oct 27
2015

Celestial Dance Part-1

The beautiful conjunction occurred in the month of June, 2015 between two planets named Jupiter and Venus. These two planets are normally very popular for the event named Celestial dance. I have captured that moment in late evening after 8 O'clock. Read More...

Oct 27
2015

Celestial Dance Part-2

In the month of October, there was a great conjunction occurred between the Moon- a natural satellite of Earth and four planets of our solar system named Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter. I have also captured a photo of that conjunction in early morning. In this photo, we can clearly see the conjunction between the planet Venus and Moon. Amazing Experience! Read More...