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Apr 09
2012

kakastrobservatory

Please see the webpage of mine at: http://kakastrobservatory.webs.com. You will see photos of moon, sunspots, etc taken using 2" Galileo-scope with 5120c mobile phone Read More...

Apr 08
2012

Mês Mundial da Astronomia - Lunar Week - Semana Lunar no OAPB

A Semana Lunar do Mês Mundial da Astronomia 2012 decorreu entre os dias 1 e 7 de Abril, o OAPB escolheu o ultimo dia, Sábado dia 7, para comemorar este evento. Infelizmente o dia estava mau em termos de condições meteorológicas e no inicio da actividade o céu estava encoberto o que levou ao seu cancelamento, contudo o corpo organizativo manteve-se no local para confraternização e teve a sorte de verificar que a partir das 22:30 o céu limpou e ainda foi possível obter algumas imagens de planetas do sistema solar apesar do seeing estar péssimo. The Lunar Week of... Read More...

Apr 08
2012

AWB-GAM 2012-Lunar Week in Iran-Saadat-shahr

Here at Saadat-shahr in April1-7 we put the telescopes at popular streets of city to introduce the Moon and answer the questions of people. Saadat-shahr , near to Pasargadae World Heritage , is known as Astronomy Town in Iran because of a great passion to astronomy and skygazing among locals. Astronomy is involved with everyday life and culture here, after years of broad activity by the town's astronomy association which also resulted in Astronomical Society of Pacific 2006 Amateur Outreach Award for Asghar Kabiri , the leading astronomy educator in the town. Many wedding ceremonies end with star party and... Read More...

Apr 08
2012

AWB-GAM 2012-Lunar Week at Saadat-shahr

Here at Saadat-shahr in April 1-7 we put the telescopes at popular streets of city to introduce the Moon and answer the questions of people. Saadat-shahr , near to Pasargad World Heritage , is known as Astronomy Town in Iran because of a great passion to astronomy and skygazing among locals. Astronomy is involved with everyday life and culture here, after years of broad activity by the town's astronomy association which also resulted in Astronomical Society of Pacific 2006 Amateur Outreach Award for Asghar Kabiri , the leading astronomy educator in the town. Many wedding ceremonies end with star party... Read More...

Apr 08
2012

AWB-GAM 2012 SunDay in Iran-around Saadat-Shahr & Sizdah Bedar

Sizdah Be-dar (also frequently stylized as "13 Bedar")is the name of a ceremony in Persian Culture.Sizdah is the Persian term for thirteen. Leaving the house on the Thirteenth Day of Farvardin (the first month of Iranian calendar), and joyfully spending the day outdoors have been a national tradition since ancient times in Iran. Most of the times Sizdah Bedar coincides with the first day of April, which is known as SunDay in GAM2012 programs . The Team of Astronomical Society of Pasargad Sky (ASPS) and its Manager Asghar Kabiri who accomplished 2006 Amateur Outreach Award went to popular places outdoors... Read More...

Apr 08
2012

Global Astronomy Month 2012 in Iran-Pasargad (World Heritage)

Since besides improving astronomy ,one of the goals of Astronomers Without Borders is to develop world peace through the programs such as " 30 Nights of StarPeace" in GAM 2012 under the motto One People*One Sky , Astronomical Society of Pasargad Sky has decided to have inauguration of Global Astronomy Month 2012 near the tomb of a man who wrote the first human right's constitution on a cylinder which is called "The Cyrus Cylinder". In addition I'm proud to say that we hosted Mr. Simmons , "The President of AWB" and his friends at Pasargad during the " 2004 Venus... Read More...

Apr 07
2012

Global Astronomy Month 2012 in Iran-Pasargad (World Heritage)

Since besides improving astronomy ,one of the goals of Astronomers Without Borders is to develop world peace through the programs such as " 30 Nights of StarPeace" in GAM 2012 under the motto One People*One Sky , Astronomical Society of Pasargad Sky has decided to have inauguration of Global Astronomy Month 2012 near the tomb of a man who wrote the first human right's constitution on a cylinder which is called " The Cyrus Cylinder ". In addition I'm proud to say that we hosted Mr. Simmons , the president of AWB and his friends at Pasargad during the "... Read More...

Apr 07
2012

Global Astronomy Month 2012 in Iran-Pasargad (World Heritage)

Since besides improving astronomy ,one of the goals of Astronomers Without Borders is to develop world peace through the programs such as " 30 Nights of StarPeace" in GAM 2012 under the motto One People*One Sky , Astronomical Society of Pasargad Sky has decided to have inauguration of Global Astronomy Month 2012 near the tomb of a man who issued the first human right code (The Cyrus Cylinder), by the way ,Mr Simmons the President of AWB and his friends held their " 2004 Venus Transit " observations here that is our honor. Please click here to watch the photos... Read More...

Apr 07
2012

Starpeace 2012: Vietnam-Phillipines- New Zealand 04 April 2012

On 4th April 2012, along with Armando from Phillipines and Paul Moss from New Zealand, our club had organized Starpeace 2012 segment 2 in celebrating GAM 2012. With the slogan ONE PEOPLE under ONE SKY, we had guided participants about the sky, some major constellations, 4 planets: Mars, Saturn, Jupiter and Venus, some major Messier objects and our natural satellite THE MOON. We also introduced AWB, Starpeace and the significance of the slogan ONE PEOPLE ONE SKY. Due to unfavourable weather, 2 other astro clubs from Hanoi city(Hanoi astronomy Society) and Danang City (PAC -Polytechnic Astronomy Club) had cancelled their... Read More...

Apr 03
2012

Stars contest

The Contest was officialy launched on 1 April in five moroccan cities . Read More...

Apr 02
2012

Lunar Observing Timaru New Zealand - Our first event GAM 2012

We had excellent viewing conditions, the location is the Timaru Piazza New Zealand, alot of street lights but we were observing the Moon so light pollution was not too much of a problem. Members of the South Canterbury Astronomers Group setup ten different instruments for the public to use, 150 people attended, all age groups. Many "wow" were heard so thats all ways a good sign. This was the first of five events planned for the month of April. Below are some images from the evening. A general view at the start of the observing Two girls using there smartphone... Read More...

Apr 02
2012

AWB-GAM2012 SunDay in Nicaragua

The celebration of GAM2012 in Nicaragua blasted off in Nicaragua with the Sun Day, on April 1st. in the small town of Catarina, Masaya. With a couple of properly filtered telescope, educational posters, mylar hand-hel filters and a solar kitchen, ANASA and FUPROSOMUNIC (a.k.a. Women of the Sun), shared their love for the Sun with the people of Catarina. For a couple of hours, more than 80 local residents learned about the Main Star in the Solar System and how to take advantage of its light and heat. Children wanted to repeat their observations and asked questions about the size... Read More...

Apr 02
2012

GAM 2012 SunDay april 1 and Moonweek

This Sun Day april 1st was no April Fool's day for us! The club d'astronomie d'Ottignies Louvain-La-Neuve got the permission from the police to display telescopes on the Main City Hall at Louvain-La-Neuve. It's mainly a University Town with no car circulation (cars are parked underground, luckily not too far from our observation place, outside. We had about 4 or 5 different telescopes, all aimed at the Sun and all with different kinds of filters. At 11 AM, we started the day with almost immediately people wondering what it was about. All day long, we benefitted from a sunny generous... Read More...

Apr 02
2012

Astroconferencing Experiment

I will be utilizing AnyMeeting to webcast images of the moon during Lunar Week: The meeting URL is: www.anymeeting.com/philosophyquest1 I will try to start at around 8 pm in the evenings MST. An example of how this works using Blackboard Collaborate is embedded. Read More...

Apr 01
2012

Mês Mundial da Astronomia, SunDay - Dia do Sol no OAPB

O Mês Mundial da Astronomia 2012, começou com o SunDay esta tarde, dia 1 de Abril, No Observatório Astronómico de Gaia (OAPB). O OAPB em parceria com a CAUP realizaram uma observação solar, que apesar de nuvens incómodas terem ameaçado a realização do evento, foi possível levar a bom porto as actividades. As pessoas aderiram mesmo assim e tiveram a oportunidade de ver o Sol como nunca viram, através de telescópios preparados para a observação solar que mostrava aos interessados as manchas solares e filamentos da sua superfície bem como algumas protuberâncias no bordo do Sol através do telescópio H-alfa.... Read More...

Apr 01
2012

GAM 2012 - SUNDAY in LINZ/Austria

Some impressions of our todays "Global SUNDAY" ICE CREAM AND SUNSPOTS Father and daughter Explore education as It was meant to be. Poem by Bob Eklund Here another important kind and attempt of crossing borders in sense of Astronomers Without Borders Read More...

Mar 09
2012

Space Expo visit (february 7 2012 at Noordwijk, the Netherlands)

During the very cold weeks we have known in Europe, a visit to Space Expo at Noordwijk, the Netherlands, was organized thanks to my good friends Linda and Ashraf who go to schools to teach astronomy. This was a project by a school (10-12 year old pupils) at Seneffe in the Hainaut province. The children were at times restless but it was a great day and we saw moonrocks, a HST solar panel that was brought back (there were 22 children and 5 adults). http://www.youtube.com/my_videos_edit?ns=1&video_id=xwqqzcKdQ9E https://picasaweb.google.com/108584325990837650927/2012NoordwijkSeneffe Raoul Read More...

Mar 09
2012

The Night of Darkness in Belgium october 15 2011

The Night of Darkness in 2011 october 15 https://picasaweb.google.com/108584325990837650927/2011NO Last year in october, Belgium organized the Night of Darkness al over the country and we were lucky because the weather was finally cooperating ! The Astrovega club was split between Brussels and Gembloux and in both places, there were lots of visitors ! Even though we were divided, it worked because we organized it early enough in time. It was very damp, however, and soon we had to take measures to correct this, if we could. Nevertheless, it was a success all over the country. In Brussels alone, 700 persons... Read More...

Mar 03
2012

Astronomy in English y Español

essencial courses in astronomy for Dr. Schombert here http://abyss.uoregon.edu/~js/ast122/ Read More...

Feb 04
2012

The Teaching Continues: Space Clubs and more . . .

In mid January I was able to send resources to the 5 secondary schools to help them establish "Space Clubs" on campus. At that time I wrote to folks saying; "When I was with you in October, some of the teachers and Headmasters expressed a desire to start a “ Space Club ” at their school. I hope that each of the schools will be able to establish a club to make full use of the equipment and resources I shared with you. A Space Club will give interested students a chance to learn more about science, math, geography, and... Read More...

Dec 23
2011

Seasons Across Borders

I had a chance to experience the differences in the seasons directly, having just returned from a meeting at the International Astronomical Union's new Office of Astronomy for Development in Cape Town, South Africa.  Leaving my home in southern California at 34 degrees north latitude, I found myself at close to 34 degrees south.  So as well as the 10-hour time change, I also went from the summer solstice to the winter solstice longest day of the year to the shortest.  And by coincidence, Cape Town has the same type of climate - Mediterranean - which exists in... Read More...

Dec 12
2011

Bring Back the Moon!

A wonderful sight you don't want to miss! The lunar eclipse last December 10 is a beauty. According to myths the moon was eaten by a snake, thus people shall chant "Bring back the moon!" But astronomers do know the answer why this incredible phenomenon takes place. Read More...

Dec 12
2011

Eyes on the Sky: Dec 12 thru Dec 19

I've been making night sky videos to get more beginners to astronomy familiar with the night sky for about a year now. I present this in a way that most anyone, anywhere - including those living in light polluted cities and suburbs - can find objects to see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsqrNpln8AM My goal with these is to educate others about the night sky, while simultaneously educating about light pollution reduction. That's the biggest issues I see on the horizon for amateur astronomers, and although there have been a few success stories, the proliferation of night-time outdoor lighting continues, mostly unabated. With these... Read More...

Dec 07
2011

Telescopes To Tanzania -- The Rest of the Story

B irika !!! That’s the Swahili word used by teachers, students, and community members to name the teapot asterism in Sagittarius. With dark skies (magnitude 7 on the Great World Wide Star Count chart) it was great fun finding deep sky objects during a month-long teaching experience in northern Tanzania. In October I returned to Africa for a second year of teaching astronomy, optics and light. I shared my love of astronomy and left almost 250 pounds of equipment and resources with five secondary and two elementary schools on Mt. Meru (4,566 meters).  Each of the seven schools received either... Read More...