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Sep 29
2015

Lunar eclipse from Ramillies, Belgium

Here in Belgium, the weather was also very clear (but damp )and foggy early in the morning. We appeared on our frenchspeaking commercial national TV station RTL-TVI: http://www.rtl.be/videos/video/550405.aspx?CategoryID=4759 The field of Ramillies (it was a battlefield between the Duke of Marlborough and Louis XIV in mei 1706) is our favorite observation area: when it was full moon, the entire area was lit up by its glare but once the Moon got hidden by Earth's shadow, we could even see the Milky Way and numerous stars around the Moon ! This was the longest Moon eclipse I experienced and also at... Read More...

Sep 09
2015

Artists Help a Young Astro Lover

From September 4 - October 6, artists have come together to help a 4-year old boy named Aedan Pio who was diagnosed with chordoma - a rare type of cancer. The Philippine Lung Center and the Oxygen Art and Gallery Design is hosting an art exhibit for a cause entitled Dots in Space , to aid in raising funds for the necessary proton beam therapy ($250,000). This young boy loves to do water colors of the solar system, and dreams of becoming an astronaut. His paintings will be sold along with the paintings of the invited artists. The proceeds of... Read More...

Aug 11
2015

Sounds of the Night

With Sounds of the Night we present a new category of astro images: nightscapes accompanied by natural sounds of the night, recorded during the imaging session. The sound of ocean waves, crickets chirping, nocturnal birds and many other nighttime sounds bring the pictures alive. If you watch the audio pictures, you will most likely notice a much stronger effect than traditional astrophotos cause. This happens because the audio pictures reach two channels of human perception. The visual channel is backed up by sounds, which easily triggers memories from first-hand experiences. Imagination then completes the illusion and the picture becomes the... Read More...

Aug 10
2015

Comparison of the angular sizes of the Moon, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn

Telescope: Celestron Nexstar 4GT Date: June 22-23 Planets added to the original frame with the Moon, no scaling, no other image processing done. Read More...

Aug 07
2015

Perseidas 2015

El próximo 12 de Agosto a partir de las 22 horas, "AstroGEDA" organiza una actividad especial para la observación de esta tradicional lluvia de estrellas denominada "Perseidas". Si quieres observarlas con nosotros solo tienes que visitar nuestra web para saber donde vamos a realizar la actividad. The next August 12 from 22 am, "AstroGEDA" organized a special event to observe this traditional shower of stars called "Perseids." If you want to observe us just you have to visit our website to know where we will conduct the activity. www.astrogeda.es Read More...

Jul 21
2015

Charlie Duke in Brussels july 18th 2015

Last saturday, I was in Brussels at Palace 2 (Heyzel) for the opening of a Space expo (Gateway to Space) and a bit early at the entry and who comes at the entry? It took me a second to recognize them: Charlie and Dotty Duke! (I hoped it would turn out that way...Nobody else but the 3 of us for about 10 seconds). I quickly managed a question: no video exists from inside the LM on the surface of the Moon for all Apollo flights.....Ok, I had to let him in the museum and wait for the gates to open... Read More...

Jul 20
2015

Astronomy education students in Iran - Karaj

Astronomy training report, creativity with physics and aero-space: This team work was held as the result of attempts made by female high school of Shahid Fallahi and Science and Cosmology of Haft Asman in Alborz, Karaj, Iran and the report is as follows: Preliminary astronomy trainings: In this period which lasted for 10 days, students were first familiarized with basic concepts like stars, planets, galaxy, comet and theories about the creation of the universe were discussed. Then the sun, our only star in solar system was studied. Concepts like light and warmth of the sun, physics of the sun, nuclear... Read More...

Jul 17
2015

Astronomical Society of Pasargad Sky (ASPS) - GAM2015

Once again we celebrated the world's largest global celebration of astronomy in Saadat-shahr through Global Astronomy Month 2015. Several education & observation programs were conducted by Astronomical Society of Pasargad Sky (ASPS) for Iranian and Afghan refugee students, families and other citizens, young and old, men and women, in schools, popular streets, parks, and even in world heritage site of Pasargad. We shared the stunning night sky above, and people enjoyed watching beautiful stars, moon, and planets during GAM2015. We beleive that astronomy is the strongest thing which can gather all of us around the world together as a big... Read More...

Jul 17
2015

The Gallivants Tale

The Gallivants Tale We are the cosmos's wanderers, Amidst the pitched-black universe, Traipsing elsewhere to transverse, To yonder world without borders. Astounded by an abrupt flash, A pale blue dot appeared out of air, Which likewise known to be the lair- Of an assemblage taken a bash. Thy beauty deceit thy eyes, For such bounty shatter thy world, Constant conflagration kindled, To the core where innermost lies. Is this the honey and milk of life? Streaming from atrocities? We, Earthlings, got to cherish this pale blue dot, The last and only hope of humanity. Read More...

Jul 12
2015

Venus-Jupiter conjunction on July 11

Parting away to be reunited again! Seems this month's story of two bright planets caught "on the road" (the photo from Greece remembered me their legend). Still without tripod, D3100/ 18-55 standard. Read More...

Jul 07
2015

Stargazing

Wide-field astrophotography with friends on Mt. Chelmos at 2100m, 16/05/2015 EXIF data: Canon EOS 6D, 25 sec, f/2.8, ISO 6400, 14mm, single exposure Location: Peloponnese, Greece https://www.facebook.com/ThPapathanasiouPhotography Read More...

Jul 06
2015

Following Venus and Jupiter

We got some hot days and hope for clear nights too and thus take pictures of the evolution of those two planets. Take a look at a new image, I will post reports till the end of the month, they will be still close enough! Read More...

Jul 04
2015

Venus - Jupiter Conjunction despite cloudy evenings

Quickly, on the run, I managed to take some photos of the conjunction. Clouds covered the scene shortly after. We followed the two planets since February. Not even once our efforts matched the Sky setup but we are still satisfied. We are also pleased to see so many good pictures being taken all around the world! More pictures you can see on my fb account, Astrobotic Club. Read More...

Jul 02
2015

Venus and Jupiter Conjunction 2015

July 1, 2015 from my location of Perla, Arkansas. I captured a photo of Venus and Jupiter using a tripod and in the aperture mode. I believe I was able to also capture a few of Jupiter's moons. Venus appeared to shine like a star. Shortly after, clouds rolled in and blocked my view. Read More...

Jul 02
2015

Venus - Júpiter conjunction, 01 july 2015

Image taken in Durazno, Uruguay. Fuji Camara S2950 Read More...

Jul 02
2015

Venus-Jupiter Conjunction [An Update]

Yesterday I posted images from June 30 of the close planetary pairing of Venus and Jupiter. From the Philippines the closest approach was last night (July 1). Here are the images from their closest pairing. Read More...

Jul 02
2015

Venus and Jupiter Conjunction in Puerto Rico

I was able to photograph both worlds surrounded by mangoes during twilight from my hometown of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico on June 30, 2015. The pair were just .3 degrees apart and the sky was so clear that they shined through rather nicely. I photographed them near the mangoes to show that this event was a real "Tropical Delight". Read More...

Jul 01
2015

GAM 2015 Astrobotic Club Craiova

Unintentionally, due to some connecting problems, our activities during GAM 2015 were only visible on FB Astrobotic Club id and locally among pupils. This year GAM schedule was: 1. Solar Eclipse - observation session with 2 Newtonian telescopes and a lot of Solar visual filters for all pupils of our school and anyone passing by. 2. Night Sky , visual, binocular and telescope skygazing - weekly sessions if weather allowes. 3. Preparation of CNC team of olympic pupils that are going to participate at ONAA 2015 4. Earth Hour 2015 5. "Meet an astronomer" - 28 April 2015 All activities... Read More...

Jul 01
2015

Amateur Astronomers from China

Unfortunately , we have missed the lunar eclipse on April because of the storm. This time, we'll miss the “Kiss” of Venus and Jupiter according to the cloudy weather forecast. So, Mr. Orion (the president of the Messier Club in Daqing of China) decided that an activity of stars observation would be held on 29 Jun(local time). It was taken place at 19:00-21:00 on Iron Man Square. A great deal of people were attracted to see the Moon, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn through telescopes. Here is the photogragh about the activity. Read More...

Jul 01
2015

Venus-Jupiter Conjunction from the Philippines

Tonight will be the closest planetary pairing between Jupiter and Venus (0.3 degrees apart) after a very long period. This conjunction of the two planets is believed as one of the likeliest candidates for the 'Star of Bethlehem'. A lot of amateur and professional astronomers throughout the world have been observing these two as they get closer and closer each night. I have planned to document their displacement in the night sky however cloudy skies have been dominant as of late. Uploaded are my images taken as of last night (June 30). Read More...

Jun 24
2015

Sunspot painting

As an astronomer, heliophysics is one of my research interests. As a visual artist, I tried to incorporate astronomy in my artworks. Here is a painting I made depicting a sunspot group. It was selected as the Solaractivity Picture of the Day for May 20. Read More...

Jun 23
2015

milky way galaxy

a try to shot our milky way galaxy in Bushehr Iran. waiting for your comments Read More...

Jun 20
2015

Milky Way view above the ninth highest mountain (Nanga Parbat) of the world at 8,126 metres (26,660 ft) above sea

Dear Astronomers, Hope all of you are doing well and busy in your astronomy and heavenly activities. Last year in June 2014, i visited the Fairy Meadows Nanga Parbat mountain base camp to capture the Milky way along with the 9th highest mountain of the world. The jeap track of fairy meadows is the 2nd dangerous road of the world. I had to do tracking 9 hours to reach the base camp of Nanga Parbat mountain which is also know as "killer mountain". I have capture few images pf ,milky way which i would like to share with you. Because... Read More...