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Mar 15
2016

Desafía a Marte en Facebook de AWB en Español

¿Te comunicas en Español? AWB tiene ahora un sitio para comunicarnos en esta lengua. Y ya publicamos dos desafíos para el Mes Global de la Astronomía 2016, entre otros materiales. ¡Súmate hoy mismo! Estamos en www.facebook.com/astronomossinfronteras Por favor, comparte esta oportunidad con tus amigos. Pedro Saizar / NC Argentina Read More...

Mar 15
2016

Promoting the Global Astronomy Month (GAM2016) and telling about the history of GAM

REGISTER YOUR GAM EVENT HERE Yesterday I gave a lecture about the Global Astronomy Month in my hometown Linz. I talked about the upcoming GAM2016 and something about the history of GAM and former events here in the "Wissensturm " (meaning "tower of knowledge") of Linz. It houses a common college and the big public library of the city. Following some screenshots of my presentation: Everything started in the International Year of Astronomy 2009 ... and GAM is now a kind of followup of the big global event "100 hours of Astronomy" ...... a living proof for the sustainability of... Read More...

Mar 15
2016

Astronomy Radio Show in Haiti

Our project of basic astronomy diffusion to Haitian public is actually on going on the station "Equilibre FM", reachable at 90.9 FM in the region of Artibonite, a department in Haiti. We have been able to do this activity with the aids of donors throu the fund rainsing organized by AWB (Big Impact Giving Project). Interrested in what we are doing in the project, please visit the page:http://haitiastronomie.blogspot.com/p/astronomy-radio-show.html where you may have access to live or archive of the emissions (on clicking on life stream). The show is done on creole. As said, we had had a successfull campaign throu... Read More...

Mar 14
2016

Presentation of Solar System Models

March 12, 2016: Presentation of Solar System Models performed by students of UNAN in Leon Nicaragua, one of our members (Association of Amateur Astronomers of León - ASAFILE) acted as judged to qualify each model in accordance to patterns designed by teachers of the University. These models were designed by teachers of middle schools of rural and urban areas. Furthermore, it was also coordinated to perform solar outreach with students of several careers of the Faculty. Emilio Zuniga ASAFILE Read More...

Mar 13
2016

GAM 2016 - Day of Astronomy in Germany with approx 200 events

The day of astronomy will see about 200 events on March 19th in Germany and Switzerland. For 14 years now this event is a highlight in the schedule of many observatories and groups of amateur astronomers. It is initiated and coordinated by the "Vereinigung der Sternfreunde" (VdS), the largest society of amateur astronomers in German speaking countries. The VdS also represents Astronomers Without Borders in Germany. This year we have selected the moon (in German 'Mond' as the main topic. Whilst for regular obervers watching the moon in a telescope might not be something special this is for sure a... Read More...

Mar 13
2016

Herois Estrelares - Stellar Heros

Gunstar team in partnership with UFG Planetario-IESA, in conjunction with the Organization Super Friends organized a Solidarity event and Science for children in cancer treatment and for low-income children. A day of Theatre and Sessions in dome of the Planetarium where we show the child session Taina kan the story of an Indio that is lost during a hunt and take shelter in a Tree in Night faces Tupi The Moon Goddess and together they travel by night Stellate Brazil of a Science and Friendship Adventure with an easy language to be understood by adults and children with Scene one... Read More...

Mar 10
2016

"Viernes Musicales y Astronomía"

En el marco de las actividades de verano realizadas por la Dirección General de Cultura de Cipolletti, acompañamos con nuestros telescopios dicha actividad, en donde una gran cantidad publico se acerco al Centro Comercial Flor del Prado, donde disfruto de buena música y de la observación de Júpiter, con este tipo de eventos la Fundación Astrónomos Aficionados Hemisferio Sur, intenta acercar cada vez mas personas a disfrutar y compartir esta hermosa actividad que realizamos los astrónomos aficionados y también una manera de generar los nuevos exploradores del universo a través de la enseñanza a los mas pequeños, en el 2016... Read More...

Mar 10
2016

Sharing the Patagonian skies with the naked eye

The Patagonia region in southern Argentina is famous for its whales and penguins, but it also has a priviledged night sky. As our summer ends and the cool autumn unfolds, the Milky Way will become a dominant view in the early hours after sunset with a magnificent display of its arms extending both sides of the nucleus and glittering with stars, clusters and nebulae. The Galaxy hanging right above your head: a breathtaking view! Tonight, I will meet for the last time with participants of an introductory workshop on naked-eye observing. This event was organized by the Fundación "Amigos de... Read More...

Mar 10
2016

Planet Jupiter and Galilean moons

This capture of Planet Jupiter with Galilean moons was made in Caguas, Puerto Rico 3/9/2016 - 8:55 pm. I used Telescope Meade LX90, Orion Sirius EQ-GT, Celestron NexImage 5, Barlow 2x. The video capture have 5000 frames. It's processed with Registax 6, PixInsight and GIMP. Celebrating the Planet Jupiter's Opposition Read More...

Mar 10
2016

Jupiter From The Eyes of An Amateur

Khalifa Algadi, a friend of Roaya Astro, captured last night a stunning photo of Jupiter by his Celectron CPC800 telescope and ZWO ASI120MM camera. Algadi used Registax for photo processing to combine three-color photos into one. Translated by: Nedal N. Elhassan Read More...

Mar 09
2016

National Star Party Weekend in the Netherlands

March 11 and 12 is the National Star Party Weekend in the Netherlands. In over 60 places throughout the country the public can enjoy the night sky through a variety of telescopes. In Arnhem, capital of the province of Gelderland, you are very welcome at Sterrenwacht Presik heaven. Join our star parties to see the REAL Stars. Plus the Moon, and the planet Jupiter, and much, much more. In case it's cloudy we have presentations and movies about astronomy inside. On Friday March 11 from 8.30 pm till 9.45 pm in Science center Rozet, Kortestraat 16, Arnhem Bad weather on... Read More...

Mar 09
2016

College of Saint Benilde students in Manila observe partial solar eclipse

The De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde students in Manila observe partial solar eclipse In the early morning of March 9, 2016. Read More...

Mar 08
2016

Observing Jupiter From Libya

This period of the year is considered to be extraordinary to observe planet Jupiter and its marvellous moons. It will be quite possible to spot and track Jupiter at the dome of the night sky, where the planet will be visually clear to observers from east at the night's first hours and to be seen from west at dawn. This photo was captured last night in Tripoli-Libya by Heba Ahmed, a member of Roaya Astro. It is to be noted that planet Jupiter will be in its closest point to Earth by next Tuesday with a distance of about 663537... Read More...

Mar 01
2016

Gerhani Matahari total : Preparations for the 9 March Total Solar Eclipse in Indonesia

A total solar eclipse is one of the most memorable and spectacular natural events you can ever experience. In one week's time on Wednesday morning, 9 March 2016 parts of Indonesia and Malaysia will have the opportunity to experience a total solar eclipse, in Indonesian this is called Gerhani Matahari total . There is a high probability of cloud, nonetheless many astronomy enthusiasts, such as myself, will travel to remote parts of the planet to have a chance of experiencing this fairly unique experience. I will be in Indonesia for the eclipse travelling with a small group led by Avivah... Read More...

Feb 24
2016

M42 - Orion Nebula and Trapezium Cluster

I share my work of M42 - Orion Nebula and The Trapezium Cluster which illuminates the whole complex of hydrogen clouds. This work is a compilation photos from 2013 to 2016 from Caguas, Puerto Rico. The evolution of astrophotography I practice and as far as I may get my equipment in my constant search of astronomical knowledge. I invite you to view this videoblog (In Spanish Only) of the study of this capture of M42 - Orion Nebula and The Trapezium. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=He83s1m5KZ4 Read More...

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...