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Oct 02
2010

InOMN at The Tiger Boys Open House

Hey there, fellow Astronomers Without Borders... We tried to hold our Star Party at The Tiger Boys Open House, (a fly-in for antique aircraft held at Guelph AirPark in Ontario, Canada) on the Saturday night, but it started pouring rain right at sunset. Rather than give up, we opted to try again the following night and were rewarded with exactly the opposite conditions – the clouds departed at sunset! I had my friend, Gord Skerratt's, 10” Meade LX-200 – equipped with the sensational MallinCam – locked onto the Moon before the sun went down. So people leaving the Air Show... Read More...

Oct 02
2010

InOMN event at PATS

The Pacific Astronomy and Telescope Show (PATS) in Pasadena, California, USA is the premier astronomy showcase program on the west coast of the United States, attended by manufacturers, dealers and more. Astronomers Without Borders was there with a booth in a large exhibition of images from The World at Night . To celebrate InOMN, the Astronomy Outreach Foundation, a new astronomy industry group created to increase interest in amateur astronomy, held a public Moon Party. With many of the astronomy industry leaders taking part we thought you might want to join the fun. AWB recorded the event, with AWB President... Read More...

Oct 02
2010

Lunar Photo of the Day features InOMN

Lunar Photo of the Day for 21st September was featured an image of the InOMN webcast projection - "MISSION CONTROL - AOTEAROA" taken by Paul Moss (AWB). http://lpod.wikispaces.com/September+21,+2010 Read More...

Oct 02
2010

InOMN report from NY, USA

A very successful InOMN, we all ran to the scopes through out the night when the Moon popped out the clouds, NASA had a lot of built in "HOLDS" for this Night. In the end everyone enjoyed the Event and wanting more. Michael Uberty (AWB Member - NY, USA) Read More...

Oct 02
2010

InOMN report from Ghana

A severe and lengthy rainstorm over Accra threatened to wash out International Observe the Moon Night at the Ghana Planetarium, but luckily the rain stopped in mid-afternoon, just in time for the 5pm start of our event. The attendees were a good mixture of families with children, Physics students from the University and others including many for whom it was the first visit to the Planetarium. We started with a short cartoon (from the UNAWE website), “Who Saved the Moon” which was enjoyed by all. We then went through the “Earth-Moon statistics” presentation from the InOMN website, using young volunteers... Read More...

Oct 02
2010

InOMN Report from Maine

The clubs here didn't organize anything for this event sadly, and I was gone for the week before and not there to spur things on. So, I took my 10 inch Dob to the little tiny strip mall in the next village and did a small event there. It was late and not many people around but 4 adults and 2 teenagers got a good look at the moon, Jupiter, and Uranus, which was a thrill to them since none of them had ever looked through a telescope before. - Joan Chamberlin Greater Portland Astronomical Society Astronomical Society of Northern... Read More...

Oct 02
2010

InOMN in Brazil in honor of Prof. Marcomede

Here in our city we had the sky with clouds and wasn't possible to see the Moon. We organized a video-conference in honor of prof. Marcomede Rangel Nunes. We used the Astronomers without Borders Adobe system. Thanks Mike and Paul!!! Was an unforgettable experience. We had participants from 3 countries and from many Brazilian States. Many people and groups participated only for few minutes and many participated for more time. I made the registration of a part of the participants (I apologize to the other participants, but I only made the registration few minutes before we finished the video-conference. Was... Read More...

Oct 02
2010

InOMN Philippine report

The Astronomical League of the Philippines set up a free public Moon observation at the AstroCamp Observatory of our colleague Dr. Armando Lee at SM Mall of Asia. San Miguel by the Bay, Philippines. You can see the full report and images at: http://astroleaguephils.org/archive/news/100918inomn.html More additional images can be be viewed at ALP facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Astronomical-League-Of-The-Philippines-Inc/125912507654?ref=nf#!/album.php?aid=208857&id=572763004&fbid=432991163004&ref=mf James Kevin Ty Astronomical League of the Philippines, Inc (ALP) Manila , Philippines Read More...

Oct 02
2010

The Moon hides over Ireland

All seven moon viewing events in Ireland were clouded out, everyone was very disappointed not to be part of InOMN 2010. They all called for the event to be more than one day next year to give us a chance of a clear sky. - Deirdre Kelleghan ( AWB NC for Ireland) Read More...

Oct 02
2010

InOMN broadcasting setup

Here is the illustration of how we do what we do. The moon on the ceiling is a rough composite to show the setup. The camera/adapter/lense combination is a temporary setup to show what's possible. Any old camera lense and telescope eyepiece seems to work, and just needs an adapter tube. I plan on that setup being a guiding system with a screen available to the public also, to see the objects ahead of the actual naked eye view, at public events. With NSN we have a facility that works, it also works well for re-streaming, and we now know... Read More...

Oct 02
2010

InOMN in San Martin Square, Argentina

With much difficulty with wind and clouds, we manage to put a telescope in San Martin Square for InOMN. We also had three radio interviews: FM Brisas, 10 minutes AM Radio Atlántica, 7 minutes FM Radio Residencias, 5 minutes. And in the little radio space, of Achernar, in AM radio Atlántica In news web site Cazador de noticias ( http://www.cazadordenoticias.com.ar/home.php ) Claudia C. Pérez Ferrer (AWB NC - Argentina) Read More...

Oct 02
2010

InOMN video from Levin, NZ

Well, a rotten night over much of New Zealand for InOMN, but we went ahead with the indoor portion of our event in Levin anyway. Only a small number of people braved the weather to pay us a visit, and many would've assumed that it would not have been on at all. Anyway, we had an enjoyable night, and those that did come and see us didn't leave disappointed. I have put together a video of the event, which can be found at:- Mike White Levin, New Zealand Read More...

Oct 02
2010

InOMN images of NZ and Australian activity

Broadcast the moon about 40 mins after local moonrise, as soon as it got above the mountains and clouds. Had massive gales and rain and long blue clear patches, a cold snap, and had to cancel outdoor events. All good though, built new relationships and strengthened older ones, had extensive communications with our astro communities here, many positive responses, although some big gaps of nothing still! Webcast on and off live for first 4 hours, broadcast recorded moon for another 4hrs because massive cloud, and also shared Australian stream for a few hours. Managed to webcast the last of our... Read More...

Sep 30
2010

Descubren el primer planeta potencialmente habitable fuera del Sistema Solar

Washington, 29 sep (EFE).- Astrónomos de Estados Unidos han descubierto el primer planeta fuera del Sistema Solar que cumple con las condiciones de temperatura y gravedad para ser potencialmente habitable. Este 'exoplaneta', según informaron hoy en una rueda de prensa los responsables del hallazgo, se encuentra en el centro de una "zona habitable", a una distancia de una estrella donde recibe suficiente energía estelar para tener agua líquida en su superficie y, por tanto, sustentar la vida. La habitabilidad de un planeta depende de varias condiciones, pero la existencia de agua líquida y de una atmósfera son dos de los... Read More...

Sep 23
2010

Seasons Without Borders on The Big Island of Hawai’i

Equinox at Hilo Intermediate School The autumnal equinox is upon us and presents an excellent opportunity for Astronomers Without Borders to once again collaborate with ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai'i to bring the wonders of the universe to the people of the Big Island. September 21st 2010, one day before the autumnal equinox occurs here in Hawai'i. ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center's Education associate, Craig Mitchell and Astronomers Without Borders Coordinator, Christopher Phillips teamed up to conduct an equinox outreach activity at an Intermediate school in Downtown Hilo. The aim of the outreach was to help students understand the reasons for the... Read More...

Sep 23
2010

InOMN 2010 Nicaragua, Brief Report

On Saturday, September 18th, 2010, the Nicaraguan Amateur Astronomers Society (ANASA) took position on Galerias Santo Domingo, a public and crowded mall in the outskirts of Managua, Nicaragua. The event was publicized on ANASA's Facebook page, Twitter, ClickManagua and Galerías Santo Domingo. Carrying AWB's small buttons over our chest next to ANASA's logo, with 4 telescopes in the ranges of 3, 4.5, 6 and 12 inches and a compilation of multimedia material related to the Moon exploration by LRO, Kaguya and Apollo; ANASA spent more than 3 hours attending more than 400 visitors at the location. The clouds menaced the... Read More...

Sep 22
2010

MOON THROUGH CLOUDS!... InOMN in Iraq

There was clouds, a heavy one right after noon of September 18.2010, it takes only few hours after a thunder storm with heavy showers, local dusty strong wind blow and then muddy rain! We were hopeless for a little while to see Moon again after cloudy dusk, but we decide to take the telescope inside Minara Central Park in Erbil city at 06:00 pm local. Inside the park there was too many people, they looks like waiting for an exciting event! And then…Clouds passed away and Moon light comes back again, the view of Moon through clouds and through the... Read More...

Sep 22
2010

Iraqis and Gulf people together…Welcomed the Giant Planet!

It was truly very wonderful evening and very different than in the (InOMN) event at 09/18/2010. Jupiter, was at the closest point to Earth on 20 and 09.21.2010 and the title of this activity was (Let's Welcome the Giant), and proudly joined us (Emirates mobile Astronomical Observatory) which designed and made by the pride of amateur astronomers (Nizar Sallam) and the active astronomical researcher from Bahrain (Ali Al-Hijre), who also initiated the process of monitoring Jupiter at that evening. Before beginning, I made a Skype contact with (Mike Simmons), president of (Astronomers without Borders) and with active amateur astronomer (John... Read More...

Sep 19
2010

International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) 2010

Hello all, Yesterday september started earlier in the late afternoon ; I went to Dinant in the Ardennes to join a Moon party! The Cercle Astronomique Mosan organized a Moon observation Night, thanks to its most Moon fan member, Albert De Bruijn, called "Moonwalker" ! He had planned a game for visitors using their refractor in the observatory and an eyepiece with graduation. The purpose was to measure a distance within Crater Ptolemaeus; they found 88 km when the real distance is 96 km which was quite a feat! http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/astroraoul/2010CAMInOMN # Movies: http://www.youtube.com/user/Astroraoul?gl=FR&hl=fr#p/a/u/2/GkBIx1NXaKk http://www.youtube.com/user/Astroraoul?gl=FR&hl=fr#p/a/u/1/5-2zfkF8V7c http://www.youtube.com/user/Astroraoul?gl=FR&hl=fr#p/a/u/0/FF_R9_hRnvU The observatory doesn't have internet... Read More...

Sep 18
2010

Everything is ready for the International Observe the Moon Night 2010 in Nicaragua

With only few hours to go, ANASA is ready to participate in the largest Lunar Observing event of the World in 2010. If weather permits, we will install 4 telescopes for public moongazing and a fifth one for live broadcasting of the surface of the Moon. In case weather decides to play with us, we have a Plan B in place: to show videos about LRO, LCROSS and Kaguya and to educate about the Moon and the importance of water on her surface. ANASA's FaceBook page is already showing the following add: By the time I write this, I was... Read More...

Sep 14
2010

Block RAM9 - Invitacion Noche Internacional de Observar la Luna 18-09-2010

Saludos a todos los foristas de AWB : Les remito la informacion acerca del evento internacional a efectuase el proximo Sabado 18092010 a cual todos estan invitados a sumarse. Atte Ricardo A. Martinez - Caracas - Venezuela - www.ram9.co.cc Representante por Venezuela en Astronomos sin Fronteras (AWB) http://astronomerswithoutborders.org/ fuentes y Mas info : http://astronomerswithoutborders.org/community/member-blogs/noche-internacional-de-observacion-lunar/blogger/Julio Vannini/ http://www.astronomerswithoutborders.org/projects/intl-observe-moon-night.html Anexo : logos para usar en sus eventos locales. VER A LA LUNA… ¡con toda una nueva luz! Astrónomos Profesionales y Aficionado, Clubes de Astronomía, Planetarios, Centros de Ciencia y todos los entusiastas por la astronomía a nivel mundial están invitados a... Read More...

Sep 05
2010

How Haggai Institute Has Influenced a Brazilian Astronomer

A Brazilian astronomer, Eduardo Baldaci de Lima, one of the only four astronomers recognized by the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA), has described how God used his training in Haggai Institute to influence his life and ministry. Astronomer Eduardo Baldaci de Lima According to him, he left Haggai Institute with a broader understanding of the hope to which he had been called. “God wants to use me in totality for the extension of His Kingdom; not just my spiritual dimension but also my abilities and capabilities with which He Himself has gifted me,” he said. “God has placed His... Read More...

Sep 05
2010

Mato Grosso´s Sidewalk Astronomer

Look Forward in this link http://astronomobaldaci.blogspot.com/ Read More...

Sep 04
2010

Is this the right choice for a beginner

Hi, I'm planning to purchase a 4" maksutov cassegrain computerized telescope as a starter. Probably a Meade or Celestron make. Any suggestions? Read More...

Sep 03
2010

Is Technology Spoiling the Simple Art of Star Gazing?

Today there is an IT gadget for just about every aspect of observing the heavens. Go To technology is no longer an added luxury but a standard part of most proper telescopes. The modern attitude seems to be - ‘Why go through the tedious process of aligning your scope when in two or three easy steps, a computer will do it for you?' And star-hopping your way to a target is practically frowned upon – punch in the name on your hand held device and hey presto you are there. Digital cameras, web cams, image stackers, image manipulation software,– We... Read More...