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Oct 28

Karachi Astronomy Society's Astrodome

by Khalid Marwat

On 11th October 2014 in Gulistan-e-Jauhar, in a crowded and chaotic eastern district of Karachi a landmark astronomy event for Pakistan was unfolding. The President of Karachi Astronomers Society (KaAS), Muhammad Mehdi Hussain had invited members of KaAS, few friends, and the media to his rooftop to inaugurate the appropriately named KaAStrodome. KaAStrdome has a tumultuous construction history only the immediate family can aptly narrate. A handiwork of four determined brothers - Mehdi, Akbar, Ashraf, and Ayaz - KaAStrodome is a privately owned urban space observatory. That astronomy runs in the family is evident from the fact that Mr Anwar-ul-Hussain... Read More...

Aug 10

The 2014 Fist Night of the Shooting Stars at Fernelmont, Belgium

First night of the shooting stars at Fernelmont, Belgium. On friday 8th august , the firs Night of the Shooting Stars (Nuit des étoiles filantes or NEF), took place at Fernelmont , 15 km north-east of Namur. Weeks earlier, the French speaking Belgian amateur astronomers federation was contacted by a woman in charge of a group of children affected by the Xeroderma Pigmentosum desease (extreme sensitivity to UV light) with their parents. I called her the next morning, found out the group had its base (momentarily) at Namur and very quickly, Astronamur (the club nearest that town) contacted her. It... Read More...

May 30

We Are One, Under the One Sky!

Once again, “ Global Astronomy Month ” project gathered all advocates of Astronomy and Peace together around the world to highlight the motto of “ Astronomers Without Borders ”, One People_One Sky , through the largest global celebration of astronomy. “ Engineers Without Borders Iran ” has honored to participate in this celebration by organizing variety programs around GAM Program Schedules offered by AWB such as Dark-sky Awareness, Public Outreach, Observing Events, SunDay Workshop, etc. during April 2014. I’m so grateful to Mr. Mike Simmons, Founder/President of AWB, for inviting me to join Starlight Festival 2014 on May 24... Read More...

Mar 07


Hi Folks, don't miss the International Sidewalk Astronomers Night on the 8th of March. Meeting point is almost exactly onto 10° Longitude - (Postal address is Faehrdamm 13, 20148 Hamburg) Observation begins at 1800 h CET (GMT+1). Stargazing for free! Make your first picture of the moon! Ask crazy questions - get strange answers. A journey into space (and back). Warm clothing suggested! Have fun! Read More...

Oct 19


One week meeting, listening and talking to people doing astronomy outreach programms everytime and everywhere around the globe. That happened at CAP2013 in Warsaw. Where else someone could feel better the joining spirit of astronomy and of our all ONE SKY ? So this was one of the reasons for me to join CAP first time. Of course, knowing that some AWB-people will join it, was one more reason to fly to Poland - the homecountry of Nicolaus Copernicus. Following some of my personal photographic impressions ...... A nice monument near the center of Warsaw remembering one of the most... Read More...

Aug 22

Nights of the Shooting Stars- Starry Night

Hello, On august 8th, 2013, we gathered at the Eurospace Center for the first of the Nights of the Shooting Stars (Nuits des Etoiles Filantes). We met the medias, saw conferences, shoew our stuff to the public and saw the HTV chasing ISS. About 850 people came. On saturday 10th, the CAO and Astroclub Vega had our common event at Louvan-la-Neuve and we had an explanation of the solar system by Linda, the meteors on radio by Thierry and the sky cleared just as night set and we had a record number of visitors..more than 200 !! We were happy,... Read More...

Aug 05

Greek - Iran Astronomy for Peace Project

We are very happy to have been approached by Ahmad Alasti seeking cooperation and joint projects between our two countries. We have already spent more than an hour talking through Skype and building a relationship, exchanging information on Astronomy and culture. We both feel very proud that most nothern sky constellations have greek names and most stars persian names and that is a very strong bond for joint astronomy projects. Just for the History relations between the two people date back from the antiquity and before Persian invasion of Greece. There is also the report of Strabo of an Athenian... Read More...

Jul 22

The Day the Earth Smiled

Hello, We had clear skies, for once, in Belgium! It's been quite successful with other clubs, too. We had two clubs together near Gembloux, not far from the geographical center of the country. The Astroclub Vega and the Club d'Astronomie d'Ottignies Louvain-la-Neuve. (We used two Dobsons (12 inches) and various other telescopes. The Moon was very bright (we couldn't see the Milky Way). Saturn was right there, even before it became dark . Actually, at our latitude (50°), july 19th is the first night when we finally get some completely dark skies as for the two last months, the Sun... Read More...

Jun 28

Seattle Astronomy

Seattle Astronomy is a blog that covers space and astronomy news from Seattle and the United States Pacific Northwest. The blog was founded in January 2011 by Greg Scheiderer, a member of the Seattle Astronomical Society, Astronomers Without Borders, The Planetary Society, and the Northwest Science Writers Association. Greg is a freelance writer and a partner in Scheiderer Partners, a communication and public affairs consulting practice based in Seattle. Seattle Astronomy is also on Facebook , Twitter , and Google+ . You can subscribe to our RSS feed so you don't miss a post, and follow our calendar to learn... Read More...

Jun 21

Venus Ecipse

Wonderful Experience

Jun 15

Getting "the kids" involved in astronomy

Much ink, many pixels, and and a great deal of time and energy have been expended of late on the pressing challenge of getting the younger generation interested and participating in astronomy. Astronomy magazine editor Dave Eicher recently blogged on the topic, noting that The Astronomical League devoted a huge chunk of the March issue of its magazine, Reflector , to the topic. Eicher and Astronomy are among the partners in the Astronomy Foundation , a nonprofit organization that aims to spread interest and enthusiasm for the hobby, particularly among generations X and Y. All of this has me pondering... Read More...

May 25

24 May 2013

To the west, it was fun to watch Venus, Jupiter, and Mercury pop after sunset. Saturn to the southeast. Jupiter was fun, as the Galilean Moons were all lined up to one side of the planet, in order of their distances from Jupiter: Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. As the Full Moon rose, stars disappeared. Sorry Moon, you are a big source of light pollution! Read More...

May 14


Sharing my new original music video. Lots of NASA photos in it. The video and music together present the idea of space exploration and intellectual inquiry as a form of love. Read More...

May 11

Venus Eclipse

For this event I used a welding filter a binoculars and a digital camera Samsung (no profesional). To antisipate the ubicasion of Venus' eclipse I use the Stellarium software to facilitate direct observation, as to the exact time at which the eclipse began and the location of Venus in from the Sun. Although to be seen with the naked eye of couse usins the welding filter to prevent permanet eye problems, his observation was much better with binoculars, specially for the pictures. This observation has a duration time only the 18 minutes because the Sun was hidden behind the western... Read More...

May 09

GAM 2013 in Nicaragua

Hello dear and good astro-friends. This is a brief report for GAM 2013 activities in Nicaragua, a country located in Central America. This activities were made possible with the participation of the Nicaraguan Amateur Astronomers Society, ANASA-Carl Sagan ; and the newly inaugurated Neil Armstrong Observatory, ONA. (Website still pending, ugh!) So, here is the summary of activities: 1. IASC: International Asteroid Search Campaign. After the big success of the asteroid 2012FE52 discovered by students of the Pierre and Marie Curie School in Managua, a new set of students from this and the Hispanic-Nicaraguan School joined to 2013 campaign. Sorry,... Read More...

Apr 27

Star Peace

I'll be connecting some students to the Night Sky tonight on USTREAM : Read More...

Apr 27

Watch eclipse of the moon in Marrakech, Morocco

Finalement, on a réussi à organiser notre premier GAM à Marrakech en faisant intégrer l' Association 3AM et le Centre Astronomique AGM dans le Projet GAM 2013. Et célébrer ainsi cette fête comme tous les AWB du monde entier sous un seul slogan ... One Poeple, One Sky. Pour cette soirée, 2 objectifs ont étaient atteint. 1er objectif : Intégrer l'Association 3AM et le Centre Culturel AGM dans le programme des activités que propose GAM 2013. 2eme objectif: donner l'occasion au grand public de participer à la plus grande célébration mondiale d'Astronomie et faire partager cette passion avec eux. C'est... Read More...

Apr 23

Sun-Day on Saturday at the Ghana Planetarium

The aim of this event on Saturday 20th April was to celebrate and learn about our nearest star, the Sun, and we had a variety of sun-related hands-on activities planned, including experiments with UV-sensitive beads, making a sundial, and projecting the sun’s image using a Galileoscope. However, despite Ghana’s position just 5 degrees north of the equator and it being one of the hottest times of the year, and despite glorious sunshine in the morning and early afternoon, by the time the event started at 4pm, the sky was well and truly clouded over! Typical! So, plan B came into... Read More...

Apr 21

Spaceflight to the Moon at the Ghana Planetarium

Saturday 13th April saw the second event celebrating Global Astronomy Month 2013 at the Ghana Planetarium, and a good time was had by all! The theme was Astronauts, Spaceflight and teh Moon to coincide (well, almost!) with Yuri’s Night on 12th April. We learned about the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin, but how high up does space begin anyway? There was a group activity to discuss and show “How High” various objects can be found eg commercial airliners, meteors, the International Space Station, Hubble Space Telescope etc. (from the GRAIL MoonKAM website). Hands-on activities followed including painting, making a... Read More...

Apr 18

Astronomy Is The Impartible Part Of Sa’adat-Shahr

Sa’adat Shahr is the capital of Pasargad County, located close to Pasargad World Heritage, Fars Province, Iran . Many wedding ceremonies end with star party and telescopic observation in Sa’adat Shahr. Some taxis, doctors, and bakeries are free during the astronomy week ; we have weekly sky report after the Friday's prayers in the main mosque. (1) Sa’adat Shahr is also known as Astronomy Town, as the inhabitants have demonstrated a remarkable passion for sky gazing. (2) I’m proud to say I met Mr. Mike Simmons “Founder-President of Astronomers Without Borders” at Qeshm StarFestival on Dec, 2012.His great lecture on... Read More...

Apr 13

From Astronomy to Global Peace

After GAM2012 and holding some educational astronomy programs at rural regions of Iran, as Executive Director at “Astronomical Society of Pasargad Sky”, I decided to invite other students and people of my community to be a part of motto of AWB “One People, One Sky” So I tried to establish “Engineers Without Borders-Iran” to promote Peace, Educational Justice, Humanity and Environmental Awareness. Finally Engineers Without Borders-Iran (EWB-Iran) was founded by supporting of Fasa University. I always talk about the same goals of AWB and EWB-Iran in my lectures and the inflorescence of these goals is in Global Astronomy Month in... Read More...

Apr 12

NKAF Summer Space Camp

Please join us for at this year’s Summer Space Camp at Northern Skies Observatory in Peacham, VT . Sunday evening, August 4 through Friday morning, August 9 Five days and nights for middle and high school students interested in hands-on control of sophisticated, state-of-the-art astronomical equipment in keeping with NKAF’s mission of helping improve science education in our schools via inquiry-based learning. Emphasis will be on accomplishing individual and group study projects in which observational data is obtained with use of the observatory’s instruments building on last year’s camp experience. A youth retreat center in Barnet will be used for... Read More...

Apr 09

Start of Global Astronomy Month at the Ghana Planetarium

We launched Global Astronomy Month at the Ghana Planetarium on Saturday 6 th April. Since this coincided with the Globe at Night campaign and International Dark Sky week, we made the theme of our event “Stars, Constellations and Light Pollution”. A good turnout of around 50 learned about constellations, their apparent movement during the night and throughout the year, and some of the myths and stories associated with them. As always, our younger visitors asked and answered lots of questions, and had fun modelling the movement of the Earth round the Sun (to illustrate why we see different constellations throughout... Read More...

Apr 07

GAM 2013 Jupiter Watch and SunDay

Hello, Saturday april 6 2013, the Club s'Astronomie d'Ottignies Louavain-la-Neuve (presided by Ashraf Niaz) and the Astroclub Véga (Raoul being it's president) joined forces at Louvain-la-Neuve from 2 PM till 10 PM to show the Sun with various filters and Jupiter after sunset. We had clouds until after 5 PM and could finally show the Sun and later Jupiter and Orion to the visitors. We had families with young children (some were fascinated by my Skysafari app in thre iPad. Ganymede was producing a shadow on the planet. We had fewer people than last year but a bigger variety of... Read More...

Apr 06

Oficina Didática de Astronomia

Nos dias 23 e 24 ministraremos oficinas didáticas de Astronomia para cursos de graduação em Pedagogia de uma Universidade Estadual de Araraquara-SP com a intenção de fornecer subsídios para que os futuros professores trabalhem o assunto em sala de aula. Na noite do dia 23 realizaremos, com os mesmo, uma star party com cerca de 4 telescópios. Abraços Read More...