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Apr 12
2011

30 Night of Star Peace in Nicaragua (brief report)

Date: April 9th, 2011. Location: Villa Sandino's Communiy House frontyard. City/Country: Granada, Nicaragua. Lat: 11.946491 N Long: -85.949417 W Beggining Time: 7:30 pm (local time -6GMT) Ending time: 10:30 pm (local time -6GMT) Organizing Club: Asociacion Nicaraguense de Astronomos Aficionados, ANASA. Person in charge: Julio Vannini. Attendees: 60+ people. Telescopes: (1) 3" Newtonian reflector with Equatorial Mount. Objects observed/shown: Moon, Saturn, Mizar-Alcor and Omega Centauri. Notes on the event: About 70% of the observers where teenagers and kids. The event was escorted by the "La Villa Firemen Station". URL for Picasa Album: https://picasaweb.google.com/jvannini/30NightsOfStarPeaceNicaragua2011 Read More...

Apr 12
2011

Celebrating 50 Years of Space Flight

Google and Youtube are celebrating 50th Anniversary of Space flight! The Google Doodle's art wizards have created a distinctly 1960s-looking version of the famous logo. The first letter ‘o' has been replaced with a drawing of Gagarin in his space suit while the second ‘o' has become the planet Earth. Charmingly, when you first see the logo, an animated spaceship launches from the planet's surface. If you want to see it take off again, just hit refresh. The Gagarin Google Doodle is the latest in a long line of artistic logo variations that the search engine has produced. Yuri Gagarin:... Read More...

Apr 12
2011

The REAL Magic of Astronomy

Too often, when others learn of my passion for the night sky, they mistake my astronomy for their astrology. Although I'm often frustrated by this confusion, I am not surprised. How can we expect the general population to know the difference between astrology and astronomy, when horoscopes are prevalent in nearly every print media and the stars are invisible behind the glare of light pollution? Just as science promises to break the chains of superstition, technology now threatens to enshroud us beneath its pollution. Where once we saw the stars as a common backdrop, but had not the knowledge to... Read More...

Apr 11
2011

The Right Scope For The Right Observer

When I was a young boy my Great Aunt Peg bought me a telescope for Christmas one year. It was the only thing that I wanted for a couple of years. My Aunt finally went out and picked one up for me. It was a 60 mm Tasco refractor in a very shaky AltAz mount. With this scope that sparked my astronomy interests I looked at the moon pretty much every time I took it out. That was about all I was able to see with it. I was getting very discouraged with the views I was getting with the... Read More...

Apr 11
2011

sky observation at planetarium tenggarong

sudah 2 kali planetarium mengadakan pengamatan langit dengan teleskop. dan keduanya ramai pengunjung. padahal kalau dilihat harinya (hari sabtu), publikasi sangat terbatas karena lebih mengharapkan pada pengunjung planetarium. padahal pengunjung baru ramai jika hari minggu. tapi akhirnya publikasi dilakukan juga ke sekolah-sekolah. Read More...

Apr 11
2011

Saludos : Evento La Noche de Yuri Gagarín 12 04 1961 - 12 04 2011

Saludos a todos : Les remito a todos la url donde podran registrar sus eventos astronomicos y/o fiesta de telescopios, con respecto a la fiesta conmemorativa de los primeros 50 años del primer hombre en el espacio : Yuri Gagarin. url : http://yurisnight.net/ Animense y registren sus eventos. Atte Ricardo A. Martinez - www.ram9.co.cc Caracas - Venezuela. Read More...

Apr 10
2011

GAM 2011 - Semana de la LUNA : del 10 al 16 abril 2011

Saludos para todos : les remito info sobre la semana de la luna para que participen. Atte. Ricardo A. Martinez.- www.ram9.co.cc - Caracas - Venezuela Representante de Astronomos sin fronteras por Venezuela en el mes global de la astronomia Abril 2011. Semana de la LUNA : del 10 al 16 abril 2011 La Luna es la compañera de viaje de la Tierra en el espacio es una parte integral de la vida en la Tierra. Sin embargo, pocas personas lo notan o reconocer su importancia para nosotros. A través de Mes Mundial de la Astronomía, la Luna se celebrará a... Read More...

Apr 10
2011

Star Party for 5th and 6th grade students

On April 5th we hosted a a star party for our local grade school to kick off our Global Astronomy Month events. The program included an indoor presentation by our club president which covered a brief history of astronomy, how the sky looked tonight, the types of telescopes the students would be looking through and what deep sky objects they may see in with those telescopes. The program also talked about light pollution and the effect it has on society and the night sky. Once the students came outdoors to look through the telescopes, the things they learned about during... Read More...

Apr 08
2011

Germany's Astronomietag coincides with the Global Star Party

By sheer coincidence the Global Star Party will be pretty big in Germany this year which is also looking forward to generally clear skies that evening: the same April 9 had been selected - some time ago - as the date for our Astronomietag (Astronomy Day), held here annually since 2003. The first one was linked to the brilliant opposition of Mars that year and thus held in September, as were the next few Astronomietage - but there was a problem: Here at 50° North the evening ecliptic lies very flat in the fall, and thus the view of planets... Read More...

Apr 07
2011

Germany's Astronomietag coincides with the Global Star Party

By sheer coincidence the Global Star Party will be pretty big in Germany this year which is also looking forward to generally clear skies that evening: the same April 9 had been selected - some time ago - as the date for our Astronomietag (Astronomy Day), held here annually since 2003. The first one was linked to the brilliant opposition of Mars that year and thus held in September, as were the next few Astronomietage - but there was a problem: Here at 50° North the evening ecliptic lies very flat in the fall, and thus the view of planets... Read More...

Apr 05
2011

Moroccan astronomers

astronomers explore the winter night sky Read More...

Apr 05
2011

StarPeace More Important Than Ever

As a native of Southern California, the one place that I loved to venture to quite often was the ride called, “It's a Small World,” at Disneyland. I was reflecting on all the native costumes (die-hard seamstress) and I remembered that the lyrics are very relative to amateur astronomers world wide. Not sure if you have ever read the lyrics, they not only reflect the mission of Astronomers Without Borders, but a rally cry of StarPeace. “It's a Small World” - Disney It's a world of laughter, a world of tears, It's a world of hopes and a world of... Read More...

Apr 04
2011

Come join our global events enliven astronomy month with a view movie about Saturn

Notification of the Global Astronomy Month (GAM) in 2011 has spread where - where ... time to be ... :) Back for remind again that the Global Astronomy Month formed because awareness of the night which is always filled with stars that fascinates us all. The men looked up in a state of wonder and awe for thousands of years ago until now. Despite the temporal differences in culture, nationality or religion, the sky is the common meeting place for all inhabitants of the earth. The boundaries that happened between us disappear when looking at the sky. Whoever, whatever or... Read More...

Apr 04
2011

Young Moon

Timetable in April New Moon 3rd 14:32 UT (Sunday) First quarter 11th 12:05 UT (Saturday) Full Moon 18th 2:44 (Friday) Last quarter 25th 2:47 UT (Friday) April 4th and 5th Baby moon…not small, just very young During the two weeks between New and Full Moon, our cosmic neighbor is always visible in the early night sky. But, just after New Moon, our natural satellite is unfortunately still much to near the Sun in the sky to be really observable. The first chance to glimpse a very young moon this month will be on April 4th right after sunset (around 19:00... Read More...

Apr 03
2011

The Universe, Ours to Discover

Photo credit: Babak Tafreshi/ TWAN . The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) was a watershed for astronomy outreach, awareness and education. Astronomy has always fascinated the public, and web sites like NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day are among the most widely visited in the world. But IYA2009 launched new programs, brought astronomy outreach to new areas and recruited participants like never before. IYA2009 was just the beginning. The party was never meant to end when the clock struck midnight on 31 December. Many of the programs that got a start during 2009 are continuing. But just as important,... Read More...

Apr 01
2011

Maine, USA and Nepal ...One People, One Sky

Dear AWB Friends, Riwaj Pokhrel and Joan Chamberlin would like to share with you our wonderful experience that has developed because of our connection with Astronomers Without Borders and Citizen Sky. Without these two organizations our paths would not have crossed, and the friendship that has developed between us and between our clubs would not have come about. Joan came from Maine and arrived in Nepal on March 12th. She was met at Tribhuven Airport by 4 members of Nepal Astronomical Society, who she had gotten to know on Facebook through Riwaj. It was such an exciting moment to meet... Read More...

Mar 15
2011

Abril mes mundial de la astronomia 2011- Venezuela

Saludos para Todos : Les remito info acerca del mes mundial de la astronomia 2011, esperando que se sumen y participen para representar a Venezuela en estos eventos. Atte Ricardo A. Martinez - www.ram9.co.cc - Caracas - Venezuela Miembro de Astronomos sin Fronteras por Venezuela - http://www.astronomerswithoutborders.org Abril Mes Mundial de la Astronomía 2011 10 maneras de participar Abril 2011 se acerca rápidamente y Astronomos sin Fronteras de todo el mundo están ocupados la organización de eventos con motivo de la celebración del mes dedicado a la astronomía y la belleza de la observación del cielo. Únete a ellos en... Read More...

Mar 15
2011

Tunisian amateur astronomer

Tunis 15 mars 2011 Astronomy under the authoritarian political regime of Ben Ali was a very domain.Customs officers deprived us from obtaining a telescope or even the binocular. (except for associations with difficulties as well). In fact, the authorities mistakenly believe that these materials can be used in terrorist attacks!A Belgian friend sent me a green laser pointer, I open the grout, I find it empty , only the wallet! They confiscated scientific rsearch materials based on faulty assumptions!I wrote , in the International Year of Astronomy, an e mail to major international officials to tell them about the primitivity... Read More...

Feb 28
2011

How to create a blog report

To Get Started 1. To submit a 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 new Blog report. 3. Fill in your Blog report. Be sure to assign any relevant tags to your report. This includes especially any tags you were instructed to use as part of a special project. 4. To upload an image to accompany your blog; (a) Click on the report where you want... Read More...

Feb 16
2011

Epoch Calc update online

An Epoch Calc updated version is now online. Most recently, all constants were integrated into a singular, sidereal-based set derived entirely from orbital constants. The formulations of all derived variables is now displayed and the AeGeo code is expanded. The date setting now includes months and days, and conversion to Julian date and between Julian and Gregorian calendars is automatic (the latest version of Excel is needed to support its floor.absolute function). Epoch Calc v2011 = epoch_calc_v2011.xls, an Excel applet. Calculate temporal variation in astronomic constants, obliquity of the ecliptic, eclipses, and more. Some intro here: Eclipse Calc , an... Read More...

Feb 13
2011

Partial Solar Eclipse of January 4 2011 - Romania

Report by Valentin Grigore. President of SARM - Societatea Astronomica Romana de Meteori (Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy) National Coordinator of AWB for Romania - Astronomers Without Borders After a snowing night of Quadrantids, eclipse started in same conditions here in Targovste, Romania: cloudy and light snow. After 1 hour appeared the first breaks in clouds. We installed our scopes for the public in the city center (near the Christmas tree, in the Santa Claus City). Four local and four national TVs were present. During the eclipse all the time was a light snow, so we saw the eclipse... Read More...

Feb 10
2011

Man and Space expo at Saint Gerard, Belgium, at the Brogne Abbey

Hello, I'm guide , show the sun with the PST and have helped organize a 6 weeks long space fair in a 10th century abbey, south of Belgium. Schools are visiting the place during the week days(an interesting mix of modern technology in a very old building) and others during the week-ends. It's from january 14th till february 27th. There are meteorites exposed, more than 50 models of european spacecrafts. We had the visit of our astronaut Frank De Winne. We had debates too. https://picasaweb.google.com/astroraoul/2011StGer2 # https://picasaweb.google.com/astroraoul/2011STG3 # https://picasaweb.google.com/astroraoul/2011STG4 # https://picasaweb.google.com/astroraoul/2011STG5 # https://picasaweb.google.com/astroraoul/2011StG6 # https://picasaweb.google.com/astroraoul/2011StG7 # https://picasaweb.google.com/astroraoul/2011StG8 # https://picasaweb.google.com/astroraoul/2011StG9 #... Read More...

Feb 01
2011

Say Hello to Astronomy from Bray Co Wicklow Ireland

January 3rd I held an almost impromptu star party for the new astronomy group attached to St Conan’s National School in Bray Co Wicklow. The group is so new it has not got a name yet so for the moment we will call it St Conan’s Young Astronomers. About 50 children and adults arrived at the green Sans Souci Wood, a very cold evening for stargazing. On offer the sky had a very close conjunction of Jupiter and Uranus plus the Galilean moons in the same view.   Jupiter and Uranus will not be this close again till 2024 .The magnificent... Read More...