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May 24
2011

Event Name: Astronomy day 09. April 2011 in Harpoint Observatory (Austria)

by Hans R. Schäfer

Public solar viewing and a little observer looking through our 50cm RC-telescope at night more information: www.harpoint-observatory.com/ deutsch/publikationen.htm#link19 Read More...

May 23
2011

GRUPO ASTRONOMICO KEPLER from MEXICO GAM2011

Mexican group GRUPO ASTRONOMICO KEPLER reports its activities during Astronomy Month 2011 "GAM2011" Our group participated during 3 days offering live views of the Sun through refractor and reflector Solar Telescopes during an event hosted by the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in its Universum Museum. More than 1000 people did observed and got astonished by the views they looked at. Also our group hosted three conferences during the event, one about the Solar System, other about the history of notable astronomers and the last one about astrophotogrphy on one shot. Read More...

May 22
2011

CASA on 30 Nights of Star Peace

Day-1 (Tuesday, April 25 2011) At 08:00pm the member of CASA | Club Astronomi Santri Assalaam ( Assalaam's Students Astronomy Club ), conduct discussion about celestial object and definitions used in astronomical such as what is azimuth, horizon, distance in degree, etc. The member of CASA also introduced tools for observing the sky such telescope, binocular, and SLR (Single Lens Reflect) digital camera. We used Starry Nigth Pro 6 to simulate the sky, the celestial object, and it's movement. The members of CASA were very exited. They got a lot of new knowledge about sky and astronomy. The discussion finished... Read More...

May 16
2011

Test entry 1

This is a test entry for a new AWB Blog. Just ignore this one. Read More...

May 14
2011

A Global Success

In April 2010, Astronomers Without Borders created Global Astronomy Month (GAM) to continue the excitement of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009). GAM 2010 was a good start, and we anticipated having more programs and partners for this year's second edition. But what we ended up with – in participants, programs and partners – far exceeded our most optimistic expectations. The force behind this activity is easy to identify – the enthusiasm of people around the world for astronomy, in every country and culture. IYA2009 showed what can be accomplished when this enthusiasm is harnessed. GAM, like IYA2009, provides... Read More...

May 09
2011

GEOSTAR PARTY 2011 INTERPRETANDO LOS SUSURROS DEL COSMOS. GAM 2011 Report

This report is the fourth version of our festival of Earth and Space with global month of Astronomy, is full of surprises, linking the International Year of Chemistry and Forests, with the slogan "INTERPRETING THE WHISPERS OF THE COSMOS" know each melody that lies hidden in the depths of our Universe. "We need to retake learning as an integral practice, understand the cosmic symphony must be equally accessible to a physicist, that for a orquesta director. Despite the obstacles weather, we comply with the program In Spanish http://sites.google.com/site/astroanic/-geo-star2011 INTERPRETING A SYMPHONY GREEN 1 to 2 April As is customary in... Read More...

May 09
2011

langitselatan Global Star Party

For GAM2011 Global Star Party we hold a discussion and star party event in cultural park in Bandung. Unfortunately the weather in april wasn't good at all, so we can only watch the moon for a while and than we have a discussion session for the whole night. At the star party there were several communities in Bandung join the events that night, such as Astronomy Students Associates from ITB, Jakarta Astro Club, Astronomy Fun Club. Read More...

May 09
2011

Astro Class, SUN day and Astro Games with kindergarten students

Actually we started these activities before GAM started on March, but the second events held in April 9th so we make it as one of GAM events from our group. It was an activity with kindergarten students in our town. The first events we have solar system presentation, telescope introduction and sun observation. It was fun indeed because they have a bunch of questions even before I started my talk. Although the sky a little bit cloudy we still had fun to observe the sun with solar glasses. The 2nd events was meant for parents and students as well. We... Read More...

May 05
2011

Participation HAAJ in Saturn Watch (Global Astronomy Month)

2 - 3 April 2011 , is the date on which the whole community in the world can play an active role and participate in events celebrating the Global Astronomy Month (GAM) . During the month of April, many events that we can follow, one of them is on april 2-3 with the theme of Saturn Watch . We can participate by collecting friends, family or group astronomy you to get together to observe Saturn and share experiences that day with the general public. Jakarta Amateur Astronomers Association (HAAJ) Day of the same participated in the celebration after the regular... Read More...

May 04
2011

Noite de Observação no Parque da Cidade Serra ES

No dia 12/05/2011 estaremos realizando uma atividade de contemplação do céu, onde os alunos da EMEF Eulália Falquetto Gusmann estarão a participar de uma atividade preparatória a Olimpíada Brasileira de Astronomia, ou pelo menos, estimuladora que contará com a presença dos professores do turno matutino e dos alunos acompanhados de seus pais para o estudo do céu noturno. Read More...

May 01
2011

30 Nights of StarPeace in NZ

New Zealand was one of the last countries in the world this year to hold its StarPeace event, and what a night we had!!! Members of the Levin Stargazers, Sharing Space and StarWalker set up 2 telescopes, cameras and a webcast laptop right in the heart of the busiest downtown area of our capital city, Wellington, and wowed the crowds with spectacular views of Saturn. It was an utterly incredible night, and one I will personally never forget. There's nothing like a crowd to draw a bigger crowd, and we had a constant stream of people lining up to have... Read More...

Apr 30
2011

GAM2011 is over, now what?

After a month long non-stop roller costar ride of astronomy in all kinds of format, we have come to the last day of GAM2011. Before I go on about how great it has been, what's going to happened next, what to expect next year. Let's take a little breather (I know I do want one after a busy month) and see how it all came together as “ Global Astronomy Month ”. Sometime after the astronomical size event; 100 Hours of Astronomy (100HA) during International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009), the Sidewalk Astronomers guru and International Sidewalk Astronomy Night (ISAN)... Read More...

Apr 29
2011

Research and Outreach meet online and at dotAstronomy 3

Early April. The sun shines almost horizontally at this time of the year onto the buildings of New College in Oxford. This centuries old institution has seen many students and professors since its foundation in 1379. This week however, the college is looking to the future, the future of Astronomy and new media, as it hosts .Astronomy 3. This workshop is the third in a series started in 2008 that explores and creates new tools for astronomy, from compelling outreach to citizen science and professional data mining and visualisation. It turns out that all those aspects of astronomy come together... Read More...

Apr 29
2011

Opticks - To the Moon and Back

Back in October 2009, inspired by the July celebrations for the first Moon landing, I started my research on earth-moon-earth technology (EME), determined to make an art project with it. My mind was overwhelmed by listening for the first time to sounds that bounced off the moon's surface, their distortion being so evocative of the long journey made by the radio waves from the Earth to the Moon and back! I imagined how images and colors would look like after bouncing off the Moon's surface and that's when OPTICKS and my collaboration with the CAMRAS team began. The enthusiasm for... Read More...

Apr 28
2011

A story of success...

When I completed my degree for IT, I had a very particular image of what my job would look like. I would finish school, easily find a job, program at a desk, get promoted, and have a fancy office of my own. Most importantly, I would love doing it. Unfortunately, like a lot of careers, it didn't work out how I expected. It took me nearly a year to secure a job, and when I did, I absolutely hated it. I felt trapped. Don't get me wrong, I programming, but when you are forced to tear up and clean up... Read More...

Apr 26
2011

Da Alquimia às Estrelas!!!

Atividade Observacional na Escola Jonas Farias na noite de 13/05/2009 Começamos a noite observando o gradual anoitecer e a maneira como as estrelas mais brilhantes foram nascendo na medida em que a influência do Sol ia desaparecendo. Então nos lançamos a observar, logo após a montagem do telescópio, uma estrela da constelação de Orion, a sua estrela mais brilhante chamada de Betelgeuse, uma estrela supergigante vermelha, com brilho realmente muito especial e avermelhado e bastante pontual. Depois que todos os alunos participantes e também alguns alunos do turno da noite puderam apreciar a ima gem da estrela, apontamos para a... Read More...

Apr 24
2011

SunDay

If you are reading this, then you probably have already seen this phrase before: April is Global Astronomy Month. This little phrase is slowly entering the minds of astronomers, be they hobby, sidewalk, or researchers of the subject. And along with this phase comes a whole range of tags, related events that are also starting to be a part of the yearly calendar of “mandatory” astronomy related events. Tags like “Global Star Party”, “Lyrid Watch”, “Saturn Watch”, and of course “SunDay”. For the third consecutive year we celebrate SunDay, the second during the “reign” of Global Astronomy Month. It all... Read More...

Apr 22
2011

Your Moon, My Moon, Our Moon

International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) was inspired by you. You, and people just like you, who are curious about the Moon and would like to find out more about Earth's nearest neighbor. On August 1, 2009, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Education and Public Outreach (EPO) team celebrated LRO's successful journey to and orbital insertion around the Moon by hosting a public outreach event called "We're at the Moon!" at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, MD. That same night, the Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) and NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI) EPO teams hosted a... Read More...

Apr 21
2011

Engaging Children With Games & Storytelling

It starts with a question, how can we share Astronomy with children? It's a question we ask ourselves whenever we get an invitation to conduct programs for children. What should we do to engage children in Astronomy? How can we change the current methods of teaching Astronomy for Children? A usual 1-2hour program we do with children always starts with simple introduction to Astronomy. This is followed by a solar observing session using solar filters. BUT, is this enough? In order to get children engage more, we need to have something that they are familiar of, so we can build... Read More...

Apr 20
2011

Discovering and Rediscovering the Night Sky

Dark skies are a precious resource for any budding astronomer. I would know. I grew up in Staten Island, New York. My little telescope and I fought the glare from one of the largest cities in the world for most of my formative years. In the end, I was never very good with an optical telescope. I'm still not, though that hasn't stopped me from becoming an astronomer. Family observing with DSBK. Dark skies also mean rambunctious kids, so we outfit them with glowing bracelets to keep track! Image credit: DSBK, Rachael Beaton Although many research astronomers were inspired by... Read More...

Apr 19
2011

What's up in the solar system in April 2011

April 2011 will see MESSENGER begin the science phase of its orbital mission at Mercury, and should, I think, also see the start of Dawn's approach observations of Vesta. At Mars, Opportunity is back on the road again, rolling inexorably toward Endeavour. At Saturn, Cassini will continue its focus on Saturn and Titan science. Before I go into mission-by-mission detail, here's Olaf Frohn's marvelous map of where all of our explorers are on March 1. Compare it to last month's diagram to see how things have moved. Solar system exploration missions in April 2011. Credit: Olaf Frohn Exploring the inner... Read More...

Apr 18
2011

GAM 2011 from Belgium

Global Starparty On saturday 9th, I went to a village called Forville, not too far from Namur, in Belgium. The Astronamur astronomy club had its Global Stargazing night organized right around the corner from their premisses, on a football field. Very good weather, a bit cold and a great crescent Moon. We tried our various equipment, listened to advices, saw the occultation of a magnitude 7 star , by the Moon, observed Saturn and Messier objects. I used my Dobson Orion SkyQuest xx12. What is very useful is the proximity between a room and a field. We didn't have much... Read More...