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Sep 02
2012

AGAIN - ASTRONOMERS MEET WITHOUT BORDERS IN LINZ(AUSTRIA)

During this years AEC-festivial (Slogan: THE BIG PICTURE - Creating a new conception for the world) some very famous "Astronomy- People" visited Linz again personaly "in real life" and virtual. At the instance of Dietmar Hager ( http://www.stargazer-observatory.com/ ) the AEC invited Warren Keller ( http://www.billionsandbillions.com/ ) and Damian Peach ( http://www.damianpeach.com/ ) to Linz. These famous astrophotographers gave on Saturday lectures about their outstanding astrophotographic work. On Sunday we had a live-skype connection to La Silla to the world best exoplanet telescope: ESO telscope - HARPS (High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher).Dr. Juri Beletsky and another scientiest gave us... Read More...

Aug 13
2012

Nights of the Shooting stars 2012

Hello, On thursday 9th, many clubs gathered at the country's Space Camp, the Eurospace Center, near France and Luxemburg. For most of the afternoon, my PST was used to show details on the surface of the Sun and lots of people had a look at our star. I dressed up in my astronaut blue suit (at least I can do that once a year) and was interviewed by RTL-TVI, the french speaking national commercial TV station. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYKbkx3zMmY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2_C686Pt8Q http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4dWdDFNnWg Later, we went inside to avertize about our astronomy clubs (we have tables and cables for our PC's) and after sunset,... Read More...

Aug 13
2012

A WEEKEND FULL OF FUN - int. guests: Jerry Bonnell & Babak Tafreshi 10.-12. August 2012

The Austrian Astronomy&Space-Club ORION , who is running an German written APOD-mirror since about 5 Years invited for a special event in an old castle in Lower Austria. Jerry Bonnell and Babak Tafreshi followed this invitation and they gave some great lectures. This was a very familar and sociable meeting to talk, to discuss, to relax and to observe. Luckily we had the possibility to observe some Perseids during the last night. We had enough holes in the clouds :-) Of course Babak took as usual some nice TWAN-images we hopefully can see next time. In the meantime following a... Read More...

Aug 13
2012

Perseid meteor Shower, Guerrara 12/08/2012

Night with the Stars : Perseid meteor Shower On Sunday, August 12, 2012, at 22:00 .Scientifique Club of Guerrara organized a trip to the outskirts of Guerrara for observation the astronomical phenomenon ' Perseid meteor Shower ' This is by the following program: - Make a presentation on the definition of meteors, during which questions about the topic of the participants. - A presentation about use of the camera and the basics of astro-photography - From 00:00 we select the appropriate location, and open horizon toward the constellation Perseus and turn off all sources of light and we started monitoring.... Read More...

Jul 30
2012

Some photo impressions from a little "AWB-Coordinator-Meeting" & something about borders

Caused by 2 things I decided to join this year EWASS (European Week of Astronomy and Space Sience, 1-6-July 2012)). The first was the short time e-mail invitation by Rosa Doran to AWB-members (from 14.05.2012) to join here GTTP Session at special EWASS-fee in combination with the special session devoted to European astronomy education and the second was the fact that I have dedected Thilinas name on the list of registered participants. So in the same night I had to decide and I booked online a train ticket and a cheap hotel in Rome and did my registration.... and it... Read More...

Jun 29
2012

A NATURALIST LOOKS AT COMETS

A Naturalist looks at Comets (Reminiscences of a Sri Lankan Comet Chaser) Rex I. De Silva My interest in observational astronomy was first aroused when I bought a small terrestrial refractor in January 1968. With it and a copy of Norton's Star Atlas (1966 ed.) I commenced a personal survey of the night sky. More than two years passed before I saw my first comet. Perhaps in the long run this was a good thing as when a comet finally did appear I had a reasonably good working knowledge of the night sky and observing techniques. Comet Bennet arrived in... Read More...

Jun 28
2012

Venus Transit 2012 at Fasa University

We had a wonderful time during the important event of astronomical history “Venus Transit 2012” at Fasa University. Most of engineering students were very enthusiastic to know more about the Venus planet. Some audiences came because they knew next Venus Transit will happen in 2117. Soheil Salimi “the founder Astronomical Society of Fasa University” and “The Scientific & Educational Manager” at “The Scientific & Educational Department of ISAFU” (ISAFU or “Islamic Students Association of Fasa University” is an association that try to develop the science and outreach) introduced Mike Simmons( President of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society (LAAS), founding President... Read More...

Jun 27
2012

Venus Transit 2012 at Fasa University

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Jun 27
2012

Venus Transit 2012 at Fasa University

Venus Transit 2012 at Fasa University We had a wonderful time during the important event of astronomical history “Venus Transit 2012” at Fasa University. Most of engineering students were very enthusiastic to know more about the Venus planet. Some audiences came because they knew next Venus Transit will happen in 2117. Soheil Salimi “the founder Astronomical Society of Fasa University” and “The Scientific & Educational Manager” at “The Scientific & Educational Department of ISAFU” (ISAFU or “Islamic Students Association of Fasa University” is an association that try to develop the science and outreach) introduced Mike Simmons( President of the Los... Read More...

Jun 15
2012

GAM 2012 EVENT STAR PARTY AT BCCIS CAIRO EGYPT

Date : 25th of April Time : Start : 8 pm - 11pm Event location : Britisch Columbian Canedian International School in Cairo Egypt Approx number of people attended : (children, parents and teachers) : 75 Description : Explanation of the basics of Astronomy, viewing of Moon, Saturn and stars Organizer of this Event : Space Observers Egypt ( Nader Kobaissy) Read More...

Jun 12
2012

Transit of Venus - some impressions from AUSTRIA

Following a short review of my (global & local) impressions and some picts of our local short Venus-transit-event organized by members of our local astronomy association (LAG) ..... Here in Austria it was a very short event but we had luck to see something of this rare event (about 1 hour). Unfortunately due to clouds we could not see the 3rd and 4th contact. Sunrise Linz 05:04 MESZ Egress Interior - 06:37 MESZ Egress Exterior - 06:55 MESZ To see the whole transit I used various sources by internet, of course the great AWB-webcast from Mt. Wilson too. (I have... Read More...

Jun 06
2012

Venus Transit ANIC Children in Colombia

“THE SUN HAS A POINT” Said a child excited to see for the first and last time this charming and mysterious astronomical phenomenon, the passage of a planet from the Sun, is a very interesting event that we saw and photographed with great splendor, clouds Bogota gave permission for observation. He gave a short introduction where I explain the importance of the phenomenon to human civilization because measurements are determined as: the first realistic estimates of the size of the sun, and the distance between it and Earth. Venus's orbit is tilted 3.4 ° from the orbit of the Earth,... Read More...

May 29
2012

Astronomy Day 2012 - Star party

Date: 28th April, 2012 Time: 20:00 to 23:00 IST (GMT+5:30). Location: Lakhota Lake, Jamnagar (Gujarat-India) Event description: This event was for observing the Saturn, Moon and constellations. 3" reflector telescope was used to show the rings of Saturn and the craters of Moon. Approx people attended the event: 170+. Other: It was public event. The pressnote was published in local newspaper to invite the people. No fees. clean weather. Organizer: Mr Dhiren K. Meshvaniya (Lakhota Nature Club). Telescope provided by: Mr Chhaganbhai B. Modhwadiya. Read More...

May 26
2012

GAM 2012 Report: Journey around the Moon

Date: April 5, 2012 Time: 12.00-14.00 Event location: Dacia Middle School, Oradea, Romania Number of students: 30 students, 7-th grade Event description: 1. Lunar Landscape 2. Volcanic features on the Moon Organizer: Valentina Matei. Read More...

May 26
2012

GAM 2012 Report: Exploring the Moon

Date: April 4-5, 2012 Time: 10.00-12.00 Event Location: Dacia Middle School Oradea, Romania Number of people attended: 30 students, 4 grade Event description: 1.Apollo program 2. GRAIL mission. Organizers: Matei Valentina and Bucse Georgeta. Read More...

May 26
2012

Journey to the Moon

Date: April 2-3, 2012 Time: 08:00-14:00 Event Location: A. Lazar High-School in Oradea, Romania Event description: Multimedia presentations for 25 students, 9 to 12 grades, about: 1. The Moon; 2. Internal structure and geology of the Moon; 3. Mercury and Gemini programs; 4. Apollo program; 5. GRAIL mission. Organizer: Valentina Matei. Read More...

May 20
2012

Street Astronomy!

Street astronomy in all but name ! Before the castle Scharstein our first date was in the street astronomy series , which we carry out this year instead ! Thanks to the experienced team of logistics was a breeze ! The guests were thrilled and the unconventional way to bring astronomy to the people worked perfectly . more pictures are here: http://www.auriga.co.at/wordpress/?p=110 Read More...

May 17
2012

GAM 2010 at Constantine

This is the link to an older page on the participation of Sirius at GAM 2010 in the wake of IYA2009 http://www.astronomerswithoutborders.org/projects/global-astronomy-month/gam360/members-blog/366-gam-2010-in-constantine-algeria.html Read More...

May 17
2012

GAM2012 Report - Ghana

In Ghana we organized events for each Saturday in April, all held at the Ghana Planetarium in Accra. On April 7 th , around 10 people attended our launch of GAM, where they watched the GAM 2012 trailer plus the wonderful timelapse video “Astronomers Paradise”. Sarah then used Stellarium to give a presentation on the planets and constellations that should be visible during April. A Planetarium show followed, but afterwards it was not clear enough for telescope viewing, although we were fortunate in seeing the ISS fly by! On April 14 th , around 20 people attended our “Yuri's Night”... Read More...

May 17
2012

GAM 2012 Sirius Algeria

Special day with People with Disabilities. Under the initiative of the Association APIMC, a team from Sirius has animated an Astronomy program at Sétif in Middle Algeria. This highly succesfull multifaceted event brought smiles and new expertise to young kids with disabilities. We are Sirius are proud to have worked hand in hand with the APIMC Association to bring some unforgettable moments to young students. Mourad Hamdouche, Fares Boudechiche; Imene Aymeur Setting up the exhibit Giving talks Lessons on drawing planets Outdoor activities Let us be all the Solar System Our Mother Earth Special day with People with Disabilities. Under... Read More...

May 16
2012

astronomical observations of Sun and Night Sky, Jaslo, Poland

25 th April Pupils took part in the astronomical observations of sun - sunspot and prominences, and at the show the night sky (Jupiter, Venus, the Moon). People involved approx. 50 They also, participated in a photo competition "Earth and Sky" and sent the drawings to a competition organized group of ARISS Poland "We fly to the moon and back to Earth. Time is short, but you can join! " Students were involved to international project developed by NASA for schools - "MoonKAM Grail" We made animations showing “ Grail probe flying across the moon' based on images obtained from... Read More...

May 16
2012

Contest of knowledge and art competition. Jaslo, Poland

17 th April 2012 As part of an international month of astronomy in our school was held a for students from junior high school and for students of 4 and 5 classes of primary school. Students of classes I – III of primary school attended art competition called "Cosmos". Approx. number of pupils involved: 40 Organizer: Zespol Szkol Miejskich Nr 3, Jaslo, Poland Read More...

May 15
2012

GAM 2012 Report

Date: 2th to 28th April 2012 Time: 08:00-14:00 every day Event Location: Computer lab or school yard of the School no 14 "Ion Tuculescu", Craiova, Romania Event Description: - Constellations: PowerPoint Presentation of the Constellations,  Drawing activities, WebQuest about Constellations, SF Essays of the 5th to 7th grade students. - Eyes on the skies-video presentation -Build a spectroscope- practical activity -Astronomical observations and on-line astronomical observations These activities are part of the educational program "The Magic Sky" included in a European eTwinning partnership .   Approx number of people Attended: 100 Organisers of the Event: School no 14 "Ion Tuculescu",... Read More...

May 15
2012

GAM 2012 - Batatais: Astronomia Para Todos / GAM 2012 - Batatais: Astronomy For All

Data/Date: 25/04/2012 Hora/Time: 19:00 - 23:00 hora local/local time Local do evento/Event location: Estação Cultura - Batatais - SP - Brasil Descrição do evento/Event description: Observação astronômica pública, através de telescópios./ public astronomical observation throug telescopes. Número aproximado de pessoas que compareceram/ approx number of people Attended: 300 Organizadores do evento/Organizers of the Event: Grupo A.A.T.E.U. (Astrônomos Amadores Tentando Entender o Universo) e Escola Estadual Mons. Joaquim Alves Ferreira / Group A.A.T.E.U. (Amateur Astronomers Trying to Understand the Universe) and State School Mons. Joaquim Alves Ferreira. Outros/others: Entusiastas do mundo todo comemoram em abril de 2012 o Mês Global da... Read More...

May 13
2012

GEOSTAR PARTY 2012 SEMBRANDO UNA ÉTICA POR LA VIDA DESDE LA ASTRONOMÍA, GAM Report 2012

ANIC Asociación de Niños Indagadores del Cosmos COLOMBIA. Casa Real de Guaduas. Cundinamarca Colombia. For centuries the life of men on earth was intrinsically linked to the behavior of the stars in the sky. All planting, any construction of a village, or the design of a strategy of war, was determined by the majestic path of the stars in the universe. Modernity and vertigo have made modern man, seduced by someone hard to what happens beyond the skyscrapers. And That was the purpose which was the fifth festival, rediscover that "we are all one" and that in the dance of... Read More...