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Jun 23
2010

WORLD MUSIC DAY AND SWB3!

After a very hot week with temperatures reached to 47C degree! Finally the weather conditions became excellent. Wonderful day it was! When we went to Minara Park in the middle of Erbil city for our SWB3 activity, music was every where inside the park! That's because French Cultural Center celebrated with World Music Day which it is on June 22 in every year. There were too many foreign guests from Germany, Japan, USA, Iran and France and from governorates of southern of Iraq. AAAK's begin with its activity at 07:40 PM local by using 4.5 inch TASCO-Galaxsee and 2 inch... Read More...

Jun 23
2010

Seasons Without Borders 3 in Parsonsfield, Maine, USA

On June 21st I set up my telescope in front of my house right on the street and invited all my neighbors to come celebrate the summer solstice by looking at the moon, Venus, and Saturn in my telescope. Because it gets dark so late, I spent some time explaining how my telescope works, showing them how much sky they would be looking at, and letting them look through a card that shows field of view. Then I showed them the telrad and explained how I find things in it. I let one of the children use the telrad to... Read More...

Jun 21
2010

SWB 3 Downunder online meeting details

Just checked in to Adobe Connect to see it still operating, I will be there late tonight NZ time, perhaps 12:00 UT, (lunchtime in UK) and again around 22:00 UT please feel free to log in and connect with us. Please use your name and country as your login so we have an idea on your time zone at a glance. thanks Paul Moss New Zealand Sharing Space http://connectpro19062456.acrobat.com/gam/ Read More...

Jun 20
2010

Global Astronomy Month 2010 in Nepal

Astro Quiz Contest 2010, April 1-30,2010 Nepal Astronomical Society(NASO) in collaboration with National TV asked four questions related to the astronomy with three options from National television during the GAM2010. People voted by sending sms as GAM_A/B/C to 4321. We announced winners every Saturday. The questions were: Where does Chhatedhunga lie in Nepal? What is the distance between the Sun and the Earth? When was International Year of Astronomy Celebrated? Where is the National Observatory of Nepal? The participants were from the different parts of Nepal. The winners were Ashim Aaudel, 13 years, Dharan; Indira Chaudari, Dhangadi; Debaki Bhattarai, Kathmandu... Read More...

Jun 19
2010

SARM’s Activities for GAM in Romania

Before, during and after GAM 2010, the Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy (SARM) presented, in a number of Romanian areas (Targoviste, Gorj County, Iasi, Sighet, Cluj County, Bucharest etc.), a rich diversity of public and observational events—including Earth Hour, Solar Week, Saturn Watch, Lunar Week, Star Peace, Lyrid Watch, Earth Day, and Astronomy Day, plus sidewalk star parties and public-education efforts in the fight against light pollution. Other April presentations by SARM included the GAM astropoetry reading and exhibition at the Admiral Vasile Urseanu Municipal Observatory in Bucharest, and SARM’s national contest and international exhibition of astrophotography in Targoviste.... Read More...

Jun 19
2010

Star Party at Moneague Training Camp Jamaica

In preparation for The distribution of GALILEOSCOPES to schools in Jamaica, The Astronomical Association of Jamaica decided that instead of having a “Star Party” for each school to establish “Astro Clubs”, it was decided to group the schools in the area and provide a safe site for the event for the first of these arrangements were made with LT. Colonel G. Rowe of the Jamaica Defence Force for the Parade Ground at the Moneague Training Camp. Members of the Group for the trip were Cleveland Gustard, Shakira Wade, Marvalyn Campbell , Chris Lee and Errol Rickman. Wayne Chin and His... Read More...

Jun 19
2010

GAM 2010 in Constantine Algeria

Sirius Astronomy Association celebrated GAM2010 in Constantine, Algeria with a solar observing program. See photos from the event. Read More...

Jun 19
2010

Global Star Party celebration in Brazil

10º Astronomia na Praça - 10 Square Astronomy Photos from a GAM star party in Brazil's capitol city of Brasilia. When:         24.04.2010 18.00 - 22.00 Where:       Praça dos Três Poderes -Brasília -DF - Brasília Website:     http://www.casb.com.br Read More...

Jun 19
2010

GEOSTAR Party 2010

Asociación de Niños Indagadores del cosmos, Bogota Colombia organized third GEOSTAR Party 2010 After 100 hours astronomy, came to this special month our third ANIC GEOSTAR PARTY 2010, in union with GLOBAL ASTRONOMY MONTH, organized by astronomers without borders, with the central slogan One People, One Sky, and in Colombia with the child's month, 30 days full of many adventures, which involved many small and large with a single objective: "to open the window to the soul of the universe". This is a compilation of the activities that took place in our third festival of the stars and the earth;... Read More...

Jun 19
2010

Clear skies at last

On April 30th 2010 was my rescheduled date for the Global Star Party. It started out cloudy when people started arriving so we discussed AWB and general Astronomy. Then one at a time Venus came into view along with the rest of the night sky. We viewed Venus then Mars and M44 the Beehive Cluster, at that time the ISS flew over head and many questions were asked. We finally went on to Saturn, I started off with a low power lens so it could stay into view longer and let everyone look. Then I changed the 20mm lens out... Read More...

Jun 17
2010

The Reunion Island

Hi, Last month, I was for 12 days at the Reunion Island in The Indian Ocean, 21 degrees below the equator and 800 km east of Madagascar....My first trip in the Southern Hemisphere , with 5 other friends, among which 3 other members of the Astroclub Vega ! It was the southern heaven that was the main purpose of the trip ! Read More...

Jun 09
2010

Activities of Ghana Astronomy and Observation Association (GAOA)

by Sarah Abotsi-Masters

Please see below an account of the activities organised by GAOA for Global Astronomy Month 2010, at the Ghana Planetarium. (Sorry, no photos!) “Moon Watch” - Saturday 24 th April 2010, 5pm at the Ghana Planetarium This was the third and final event for “Global Astronomy Month” held at the Ghana Planetarium. The few astronomy enthusiasts who braved the evening rainstorm were treated to a wide range of different activities. The theme of the event was “Moon Watch” so the evening started with a short video about the moon. Sarah gave the usual Night Sky presentation next using the Stellarium... Read More...

Jun 01
2010

AWB-Car meets ASTER (Erciyes University Astronomy Club)

On 24.5.2010 we arrived at Kayseri and visited the Erciyes University. Dr. Ferhart Fikri Özeren welcomed us very warming and open-hearted. After a first visit of the institute and the radiotelescope (12m-dish) we made a round trip to the oldest place of Anatolia the ancient city called Kârum Kaneš (Assyrian tradecenter  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%BCltepe about 2000BC) On the next day we met students and members of ASTER(Erciyes University Astronomy Club) and I gave a little lecture to them similary to that I did in Syria. - As a sideline:Unfortunately I got no contact in Jordan - JAS(Jordan Astronomy Society) and other people in this region did never respond to my e-mails:-(... Read More...

May 19
2010

GAM 2010 – A Triumph for Astropoetry

Along with Bob Eklund's Astropoetry Blog, two other major astropoetic initiatives accompanied GAM 2010: 1. The regular American magazine Astropoetica (edited since 2003 by Emily Gaskin) celebrated GAM in its "academic" style, through the Spring 2010 issue, composed of 20 astropoems, each of them adorned by a superb image. So please visit http://www.astropoetica.com/ 2 .Organizing the GAM global program of literary-artistic creativity, entitled Astropoetry to the Global Astronomy Month 2010, the Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy (SARM) and Friends created a mega-project as a long and complex story in words and images, which tried to reflect all the GAM... Read More...

May 19
2010

Irish Children on the Carina Nebula

On Friday April 30, Deirdre Kelleghan and the Hubble 20th Anniversary print visited Jane Ahern's 4 th class at St Brigids National School in Greystones Co, Wicklow, Ireland.  Deirdre was invited by Ann Lee, the class Special Needs Assistant, to showcase the Hubble image.  The huge 5- by 8-foot print shows a section of the Carina Nebula in fantastic detail.  The Carina Nebula is one of the places in our galaxy where new stars are born, flexing the tremendous power of nature, creating new solar systems with awesome energy.  The image was captured by the Hubble Telescope's new camera which... Read More...

May 17
2010

A New Form of Energy

Thousands of lights twinkled, not above me but below, as I descended into Los Angeles on April 4 of last year. The 24-hour Global Star Party of IYA2009's 100 Hours of Astronomy Cornerstone Project was underway.  As many as a million people viewed Saturn's rings and the Moon's craters through telescopes worldwide.  But another form of energy was also being focused that night -  the energy of tens of thousands of amateur astronomers around the world working together as darkness circled the Earth. I was missing the action, returning from 100HA's opening ceremony at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia after... Read More...

May 10
2010

SAAA-AWB Starparty & Lecture in Damascus/Syria

On 29.4.2010 I arrived withe my AWB-CAR in Damsacus where Dr. Firas Safadi has perfectly organised the SAAA-AWB -Starparty. I had the opportunity to speak to a big auditorium and he translated to arabic language. I told about the mission of AWB and made a invitation to SAAA (Syrian Amateur Astronomer Association) to join AWB. I made a little present  ( a limited edition Austrian poststamp containing real meteorit dust in its print) to Mohammed Al-Assiri the president of SAAA. At our location about 20 km south of Damascus we had some telescopes and made some observations of planets. At time I am in Jordan doing some... Read More...

May 08
2010

Three Famous Astropoems From the 19th Century

One of the most famous astropoems in the U.K. is: TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR by Jane Taylor (1806) Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are. Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky. Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are! When the blazing sun is gone, When there's nothing he shines upon, Then you show your little light, Twinkle, twinkle, through the night. Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are! In the dark blue sky so deep Through my curtains often peep For you never close your... Read More...

May 07
2010

A Few of My Favorite Moons

On Global Astronomy Night, April 24, I hosted a star party in Los Angeles where we had a perfectly clear sky, nine telescopes, and a congregation of about 200 neighbors and their children. It was, in fact, a perfect night-and, ignoring Saturn, I kept my telescope pointed at the moon all evening. What I remember most about it is how one 5-year-old girl jumped up and down around my telescope, shouting "The moon, the moon, I love the moon!" Here are some moons that I have loved, over the years: Looking for poems In the pale afternoon sky... Only a... Read More...

May 04
2010

What I see in the Sky

by Scot Norris

I suppose you could say that I am a dreamer, when I'm not selling Lake Tahoe Vacation Rentals I am staring at the sky and just wondering what's out there Read More...

May 02
2010

Hubble 20th Anniversary Image Visits a school in Greystones Ireland

by Ash McFadden

The Hubble Space Telescope is one of mankind's greatest achievements towards the answer to the questions Who are we? and where did we come from? The Hubble is 20 th years old this year and to celebrate that fact, The European Space Agency and NASA produced a limited edition extremely large print for public outreach. There are three such prints in Ireland and one of them is in the hands of astronomer / educator Deirdre Kelleghan. On Friday April 30 th Deirdre and the print visited Jane Ahearn's 4 th class at St Brigids National School in Greystones Co Wicklow.... Read More...

May 02
2010

Professor Ronald Buta at Dunsink Observatory Ireland

by Ash McFadden

Professor Ronald Buta delivered an exceptional talk on spiral galaxies during his visit to Dunsink Observatory in Dublin as part of Global Astronomy Month. The audience of amateur astronomers also included members from The Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies and Women in Technology and Science . Professor Buta was in Ireland researching at Birr Castle archives for his forthcoming book on Spiral Galaxies. He kindly agreed to come to Dunsink and share his talk and interests with an attentive audience. His presentation had a richly woven interlacing on the roots of spiral galaxy study and Irish astronomy. The talk also... Read More...

May 02
2010

Midlands Astronomy Club Moon Watch Ireland

by Ash McFadden

MAC also hosted a Moon Watch on April 24th in the town of Athy. Members Declan Molloy and Seanie Morris attempted to bring the Moon up close and personal, but bad weather prevailed - the only bad night in 18 nights - so the event was kept indoors. They each presented a short talk, provided demos on the telescopes present from a 70mm refractor to a 16" Dobsonian and answered many questions from the crowd that arrived on the night. More details on these events and more will be online at www.midlandsastronomy.com Seanie Morris MAC Read More...

Apr 29
2010

Midlands Astronomy Club COSMOS 2010 Ireland

by Ash McFadden

The Midlands Astronomy Club (MAC) in the heart of Ireland held its 18th annual COSMOS 2010 Star Party on April 9th to 11th. Visitors from around Ireland descended on Tullamore for another year of fortuitous lectures, exhibits, buy and sell, and plenty of observing both day and night on each of the 3 days. Blessed with clear skies, Venus, Mercury, Saturn, plenty of Iridium Flares and deep sky wonders were the order of each night. The Sun exhibited small prominences for daytime viewing too. 7 well-received speakers contributed to the programme of events, as well as the annual Cosmos Table... Read More...