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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...

Dec 05
2011

Telescopes to Tanzania

Initial report from Chuck Ruehle and Telescopes to Tanzania project: November 9, 2011 The 2011 Telescopes to Tanzania trip was from October 4 to October 27 th . Upon arrival on the 5 th of October , Tareto Nassari and Pastor Fredrick Pallangyo greeted me at the airport and took me to the Guest House in Usa River.  I spent the night there and collected up the resources that Mama was keeping for me. Last June, the Our Saviors, Oconomowoc and Fox point delegations carried about 125 pounds of equipment in for me.  The Vernon delegation (arriving on October 6... Read More...

Dec 05
2011

Total Lunar Eclipse of 10th December 2011

A total lunar eclipse will take place on December 10, 2011. It will be the second of two total lunar eclipses in 2011, the first having occurred on June 15. Visibility : It will be visible from all of Asia and Australia, seen as rising over eastern Europe, and setting o ver northwest North America. In the Philippines, the lunar eclipse is seen visible just after sunset. We are Waiting for the next Total Lunar Eclipse of 10th December. Our organization- SWAN (Sky Watchers Association of North Bengal) will show the event LIVE through its own Webcast Channel www.livestream.com/swansiliguri and... Read More...

Dec 02
2011

New article written and published

My latest column is about Jupiter. (But it's in french). Find me on many websites, including www.montcosmos.com under the "publications" tab. Read More...

Nov 15
2011

Autobiography:

heidari-14 April 1989- is a iran-born researcher who developed the theory of computational geometry in GIS.in 2002-2008 he was a Amateur Astronomer,also he was elite student in Mathematics. He was admitted to the engineering department of the University of Tehran in 2008,arguably the best technical school in his home country.During the time,he was ranked one and behind this dues also accomplished several research on CG.Near the beginning of his education, heidari thought that old fields and methods of engineering was no longer enough to reconcile Intelligence with his ability.This led to the development of his ideas and researchs. He realized,... Read More...

Oct 26
2011

BwB - Jupiter is introduced to Japanese.

I made a website intrducing BwB - Jupier to Japanese. http://sites.google.com/site/bwbjup2011/ Read More...

Oct 26
2011

BwB - Jupiter is introduces to Japanese

I made a Website introducing BwB - Jupiter (29 Oct. 2011) to Japanese. http://sites.google.com/site/bwbjup2011/ Read More...

Oct 25
2011

Nacht van de Nacht / Night of the Night

On Saturday October 29, 2011 we celebrate reverting to Winter Time by organising the " Nacht van de Nacht ." The nationwide website can be found at: http://nachtvandenacht.nl In Arnhem we join forces with local environmental groups and organise a big event in Sonsbeek Park , close to the central train station. There will be all kinds of night related activities, among them a bunch of telescopes from the volunteers of Sterrenwacht Presik heaven . Do not let clouds deter you: there are various interesting presentations in the Sonsbeek Park Visitors Centre. The event lasts from 7 pm till 11... Read More...

Oct 21
2011

1. digital TWAN-exhibition in Linz / AUSTRIA

To all people living in Austria, or visiting Austria I strongly recommend a stop at Ars Electronica Center (AEC- http://www.aec.at ). On 6th of October 2011 the first digital TWAN (The World At Night) - exhibition has opened. http://www.twanight.org/newTWAN/news.asp?newsID=6067 The exhibition at the Ars Electronica Center is the first purely digital presentation of this project, a display of breathtaking photographs and videos of beautiful and historically interesting places all over the world. Shot against the night sky with stars and planets as their backdrop, these images show the world from a truly extraordinary perspective. More pictures of the opening and... Read More...

Oct 12
2011

1. digital TWAN-exhibition opening in Linz/AUSTRIA

1. digital TWAN-exhibition opened on 6.10. 2011in Linz/AUSTRIA for more pictures & infos please use following link: http://www.sternwarte.at/LAG-AWB/TWAN_OPENING.html Best regards Joe Read More...

Oct 05
2011

Top TV Show 'Cosmos' on the Big Screen - October 12th

'Cosmos' on the Big Screen This may be the closest you'll ever get to being on the Planet Mars. See “Blues for a Red Planet”, an episode of the wildly-popular 1980 TV science series ‘Cosmos' hosted by Carl Sagan and presented by JPL Mars Rover Team Lead, Scott Maxwell. Scott will follow the epic episode with some slides and clips of Mars as seen from the Rovers that he commands here on earth. On stage will be the Mars Exploration Rover which will maneuver over and around volunteers from the audience. The kids are going to love it. The Rover... Read More...

Oct 03
2011

The August 2011 Meteors as observed by the Amateur Radio Astronomers of the Michelbach observatory

By Fritz Lensch, OE3 FLB. This article was also published in “Der Sternbote” 8/2011 As the Perseids were not well observable visually this year – due to the full moon – we decided to count the meteors using our radio telescope. The principle is based on Radar, but with spatially separated emitters and receivers (so called forward scattering). Detecting radio reflections of meteors requires a powerful emitter located approximately 300 to 1000 km away sending with high power in the direction of the meteors. We used the station GRAVES ( http://www.satellitenwelt.de/spaceradar.htm#GRAVES ), which is a French space surveillance system used... Read More...

Sep 29
2011

A Giant Spot

Wow, a new active region emerged at the limb of the Sun, and it exploded with fierce emotion, sending its charged particles toward our Home. And the people around the poles celebrated when a glorious celestial fireworks showed above them, and tons of films and RAM where used, rolled and saved, while the Auroras danced, arched and played for them. It was a giant sunspot, 1302 it was named and it was as large and big as four Earths; with its energetic dark eye looking at us, menacing, powerful, and barely tamed. As it crossed the disc of the Sun... Read More...

Sep 23
2011

Global Astronomy Month

by Grace Wyatt

Members of the Harford County Astronomical Society, Bel Air, MD, had planned to set up telescopes and binoculars for a public viewing session. Since it was completely clouded out, we had indoor presentations and a tour of our observatory located at Harford Community College, Bel Air, MD. Even though the weather precluded a viewing session, we still had 21 visitors for the night and 12 club members. We gave out Sun Fact Sheets, Moon maps with moon fact sheets, NASA stickers, Kepler Bookmarks, Stereo Cards, EPOXI cards, Year of Solar System fact sheets, Citizen Scientist sheets and star charts. We... Read More...