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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...

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...

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...

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 celestial... 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 celestial... Read More...

Jul 22

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

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

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...