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Oct 26
2011

BwB - Jupiter is introduces to Japanese

I made a Website introducing BwB - Jupiter (29 Oct. 2011) to Japanese. http://sites.google.com/site/bwbjup2011/ Read More...

Oct 25
2011

Nacht van de Nacht / Night of the Night

On Saturday October 29, 2011 we celebrate reverting to Winter Time by organising the " Nacht van de Nacht ." The nationwide website can be found at: http://nachtvandenacht.nl In Arnhem we join forces with local environmental groups and organise a big event in Sonsbeek Park , close to the central train station. There will be all kinds of night related activities, among them a bunch of telescopes from the volunteers of Sterrenwacht Presik heaven . Do not let clouds deter you: there are various interesting presentations in the Sonsbeek Park Visitors Centre. The event lasts from 7 pm till 11... Read More...

Oct 21
2011

1. digital TWAN-exhibition in Linz / AUSTRIA

To all people living in Austria, or visiting Austria I strongly recommend a stop at Ars Electronica Center (AEC- http://www.aec.at ). On 6th of October 2011 the first digital TWAN (The World At Night) - exhibition has opened. http://www.twanight.org/newTWAN/news.asp?newsID=6067 The exhibition at the Ars Electronica Center is the first purely digital presentation of this project, a display of breathtaking photographs and videos of beautiful and historically interesting places all over the world. Shot against the night sky with stars and planets as their backdrop, these images show the world from a truly extraordinary perspective. More pictures of the opening and... Read More...

Oct 12
2011

1. digital TWAN-exhibition opening in Linz/AUSTRIA

1. digital TWAN-exhibition opened on 6.10. 2011in Linz/AUSTRIA for more pictures & infos please use following link: http://www.sternwarte.at/LAG-AWB/TWAN_OPENING.html Best regards Joe Read More...

Oct 05
2011

Top TV Show 'Cosmos' on the Big Screen - October 12th

'Cosmos' on the Big Screen This may be the closest you'll ever get to being on the Planet Mars. See “Blues for a Red Planet”, an episode of the wildly-popular 1980 TV science series ‘Cosmos' hosted by Carl Sagan and presented by JPL Mars Rover Team Lead, Scott Maxwell. Scott will follow the epic episode with some slides and clips of Mars as seen from the Rovers that he commands here on earth. On stage will be the Mars Exploration Rover which will maneuver over and around volunteers from the audience. The kids are going to love it. The Rover... Read More...

Oct 03
2011

The August 2011 Meteors as observed by the Amateur Radio Astronomers of the Michelbach observatory

By Fritz Lensch, OE3 FLB. This article was also published in “Der Sternbote” 8/2011 As the Perseids were not well observable visually this year – due to the full moon – we decided to count the meteors using our radio telescope. The principle is based on Radar, but with spatially separated emitters and receivers (so called forward scattering). Detecting radio reflections of meteors requires a powerful emitter located approximately 300 to 1000 km away sending with high power in the direction of the meteors. We used the station GRAVES ( http://www.satellitenwelt.de/spaceradar.htm#GRAVES ), which is a French space surveillance system used... Read More...

Sep 29
2011

A Giant Spot

Wow, a new active region emerged at the limb of the Sun, and it exploded with fierce emotion, sending its charged particles toward our Home. And the people around the poles celebrated when a glorious celestial fireworks showed above them, and tons of films and RAM where used, rolled and saved, while the Auroras danced, arched and played for them. It was a giant sunspot, 1302 it was named and it was as large and big as four Earths; with its energetic dark eye looking at us, menacing, powerful, and barely tamed. As it crossed the disc of the Sun... Read More...

Sep 23
2011

Global Astronomy Month

by Grace Wyatt

Members of the Harford County Astronomical Society, Bel Air, MD, had planned to set up telescopes and binoculars for a public viewing session. Since it was completely clouded out, we had indoor presentations and a tour of our observatory located at Harford Community College, Bel Air, MD. Even though the weather precluded a viewing session, we still had 21 visitors for the night and 12 club members. We gave out Sun Fact Sheets, Moon maps with moon fact sheets, NASA stickers, Kepler Bookmarks, Stereo Cards, EPOXI cards, Year of Solar System fact sheets, Citizen Scientist sheets and star charts. We... Read More...

Sep 23
2011

Global Astronomy Month

by Grace Wyatt

On April 17, 2011, from 11 AM to 4 PM members of Harford County Astronomical Society, Bel Air, MD had a display set up at a local Earth Day event. Our focus for the day was Light Pollution and way to combat the issue. We gave out Good Neighbor Lighting materials to adults and gave children light pollution coloring sheets as well as space stickers to remind them to turn off lights so we can see the night sky. We also gave out Hubble lithos, Year of the Solar System information, comet bookmarks, EPOXI mission postcards, MESSENGER Mission stickers, NASA... Read More...

Sep 21
2011

Cocooned

Cocooned Awakening in the dawn of light Silence fades away Warmth greets a new day Cocooned we walk out to a cliff by the sea Gulls soar to lofty heights All that we are has taught reverence For the truth, the virtue of flight We aspire to gain the lofty heights Then, not all at once We change The lofty heights are no more Science is not in heaven It is all around us. Tb0511 Read More...

Sep 01
2011

Astronomical activity in Krusevac, Serbia for August 2011

In the future I will write on this blog monthly reports on activities implemented in Serbia (my hometown Krusevac) in order to promote astronomy and science. In August we organized observation of meteor Perseid shower on Bagdala hill in the city. This is the darkest part within the city where it can be seen the night sky, and that light pollution does not affect the experience too much. The observations were on 12th and 13th August. There were about 18 observers and we have seen for both nights over 20 meteors in total. From the equipment we used refractor telescope... Read More...

Aug 04
2011

10th Annual astronomical camp “Letenka” in Serbia - report

This year's International Astronomical Camp “Letenka”, which is already a traditional annual event in the Southeastern Europe, was held from 21 st to 24 th of July. This was the 10 th time the camp was held and as one of the organizers, Aleksandar Zorkić, editor-in-chief of “Astronomski Magazin”, an astronomy magazine and web-site, said that next year's camp is also going to be jubilee 10 th . Everyone had great expectations from this camp, especially concerning the program. Let me say, here at the beginning, that the camp was excellently organized and that this year's organization was much better... Read More...

Aug 01
2011

August in the Sky and Observers.

Dear Friends! In August, this circulating in the Sky Blog Observers and the following issue: The Sky in the month - August 2011. link: http://skyandobservers.blogspot.com/2011/08/o-ceu-do-mes-agosto-2011.html Synopsis: Saturn is still in good visibility on the celestial sphere, even with its decline has occurred on first quarter of the night. The Opposition of Neptune in 2011. link: http://skyandobservers.blogspot.com/2011/07/oposicao-de-netuno-em-2011.htm l Synopsis: We are close to their opposition will occur on May 22. The Asteroids (4) Vesta, (48) Doris, and 27 (Euterpe) Links: http://skyandobservers.blogspot.com/2011/08/o-asteroide-48-doris-em-2011.html , http://skyandobservers.blogspot.com/2011/08/o-asteroide-27-euterpe-em-2011.html , http://skyandobservers.blogspot.com/2011/08/o-asteroide-4-vesta-em-2011.html . Synopsis: Although (4) Vesta is receiving the visit of the Dawn spacecraft, their observations are... Read More...

Jul 25
2011

GAM-Tour 2011 & TWAN-AUSTRIA-TOUR

HI friends, following some links to share: Reports GAM 2011: http://www.sternwarte.at/LAG-AWB/GAM2011_activities.html Report TWAN Austria Tour http://www.sternwarte.at/LAG-AWB/Tour.html Regards Joe Read More...

Jul 16
2011

GAM 2011 Report

Everybody knows about the drastic changes that took place in Tunisia during the last months of this year and especially at the political and security level. However, with the strong will of amateur astronomers, members of Astronomy and Space Club Sidi Bourouis worked hard on organizing a scientific activity that is worth being part of activities related to “International Astronomy Month”. April 2, 2011 Amateur astronomers organized a conference that dealt with problems of light pollution, nocturne vision, and the accompanying nocturne animals such as insects, bats, and owls. The conference introduced by Mr. Girard Sirven, member of National Association... Read More...

Jul 05
2011

Total lunar eclipse on June 15, 2011

Moon-party in Arnhem, the Netherlands On the 15th of June 2011 we observed a total lunar eclipse from the Arnhrem city park "Hoogte 80". Volunteers of Sterrenwacht Presik heaven put up six telescopes and gave explanations to the audience and interviews to several journalists. More than sixty people turned up to see a beautiful dark red Moon rise over the skyline of Arnhem. We were lucky with the weather: many places in the Netherlands were cloudy, but we could see the full event from 10 pm till midnight without interruption! The photo above was taken a few minutes after totality... Read More...

Jul 01
2011

This months in the Sky and Observers.

Dear friends! This month, I can not stop publishing the blog and Sky Observers, the interesting themes: The Sky in July 2011. link: http://skyandobservers.blogspot.com/2011/06/o-ceu-do-mes-julho-2011.html Preview: This month is still visible in the sky night the planet Saturn, displaying his majestic ring and his entourage of moons, although other planets can be viewed in the early morning hours. The sunlight Occultation of Mars in 2011. link: http://skyandobservers.blogspot.com/2011/06/ocultacao-diurna-de-marte-em-2011.html Preview: Even if it is observable only a small part of South America (Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Ecuador and Peru), so even under intense sunlight, is ideal observers in these regions seek the... Read More...

Jun 19
2011

The Asteroid (9) Metis in 2011!

Antonio Rosa Campos [email protected] CEAMIG - REA / Brazil - AWB On 28 July next, the asteroid (9) Metis will be at their closest approach to Earth, when it will reach magnitude 9.6, therefore already within the limits of observable magnitudes of small optical instruments, binoculars, spotting scopes and telescopes. The table below shows their anniversaries and search a map of the sky, aiming for its location in the coming days. Note : = (AU) * Astronomical Unit. Unit of distance equal to 149,600 x 106m. It was agreed to define the astronomical unit of distance, becoming a reference length... Read More...

Jun 19
2011

The Asteroid (21) Lutetia in 2011!

Antonio Rosa Campos [email protected] CEAMIG - REA / Brazil - AWB On July 04 next, the asteroid (21) Lutetia will be at their closest approach to Earth, when it will reach magnitude 9.4, therefore already within the limits of observable magnitudes of small optical instruments, binoculars, spotting scopes and telescopes. The table below shows their ephemerides and well as a quest card, aiming for its location in the coming days. As shown by their number in order of discovery, Lutetia was discovered by German amateur astronomer Hermann Goldschmidt (1802-1866) in Paris on November 15, 1852. His name is an allusion... Read More...

Jun 19
2011

Event Name : Lunar Eclipse 2011 in Bogor, Indonesia.

Date : June 16, 2011 Time : 00:00 to 02:30 Event Location : Outside home in Bogor, Indonesia. Event Description : Lunar eclipse was taken by cell phones camera. Other : Wonderful weather and a little bit cloudy. Read More...

Jun 18
2011

Total Lunar Eclipse, June 2011 - A Brazilian Observational Report

Dear friends! After the total lunar eclipse of June 15, 2011, I present to you a report conducted by observers of observational CEAMIG (Astronomical Studies Center of Minas Gerais) and VTOL (Vaz Tolentino Lunar Observatory), which presents the main characteristics of eclipse, observed largely on South America. I would also invite them to know the following websites: http://www.ceamig.org.br/abert.htm http://www.vaztolentino.com.br/noticias/56 http://skyandobservers.blogspot.com/ I ask also that you possess records (observational or photographic) this phenomenon let me know because I have great joy in knowing this data. Come on? 1º - Team : Antônio Rosa Campos - CEAMIG - REA/Brasil -... Read More...

Jun 17
2011

The solar system, yours to discover

Date : April 2nd to May 30th Event location : Morocco Event description : National contest ( solar system models ) The contest started on April 2 nd at Rabat in the National Commission for UNESCO office with a ceremony attended by teachers comming from all regions of Morocco. The jury met on June 13 th and evaluated the solar system models according to scientific, aesthetic and originalty criteria and appointed the five winners. The winning schools will receive an astronomical pack and will create the first astronomy school clubs. Within the framework of Aldebaran project we expect to create... Read More...

Jun 16
2011

Share your TLE experience with AWB

“It was one the most beautiful Lunar Eclipses”, is the feedback we are seeing from around the globe. Even from the locations where the eclipse was not visible was able to view it online thanks to many webcasters. We invite AWB affiliates and members who organized outreach sessions, webcasts, or took photographs/video to submit them to AWB to share them with rest of the world. To submit your event reports/photos/videos on AWB Members' Blog, just log into your account on the AWB website , click on the Blog tab on your profile page and start posting. Be sure to tag... Read More...

Jun 16
2011

How to submit your event report to AWB Members' Blog

To Get Started 1. To submit your Event Blog Report, you will need to log into your AWB User Account. Log in here 2. Once you have logged in, you will be presented with your Members Home Page, as seen below. Click on the Blog tag to start your Event Blog Report. 3. Fill in your Event Blog Report. We have given you some examples below of what you might like to include. Be sure to assign your report with the relevant tag. At this stage, the other tags shown below are not yet active due to a program error... Read More...