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Apr 03
2011

The Universe, Ours to Discover

Photo credit: Babak Tafreshi/ TWAN . The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) was a watershed for astronomy outreach, awareness and education. Astronomy has always fascinated the public, and web sites like NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day are among the most widely visited in the world. But IYA2009 launched new programs, brought astronomy outreach to new areas and recruited participants like never before. IYA2009 was just the beginning. The party was never meant to end when the clock struck midnight on 31 December. Many of the programs that got a start during 2009 are continuing. But just as important,... Read More...

Apr 01
2011

Maine, USA and Nepal ...One People, One Sky

Dear AWB Friends, Riwaj Pokhrel and Joan Chamberlin would like to share with you our wonderful experience that has developed because of our connection with Astronomers Without Borders and Citizen Sky. Without these two organizations our paths would not have crossed, and the friendship that has developed between us and between our clubs would not have come about. Joan came from Maine and arrived in Nepal on March 12th. She was met at Tribhuven Airport by 4 members of Nepal Astronomical Society, who she had gotten to know on Facebook through Riwaj. It was such an exciting moment to meet... Read More...

Mar 15
2011

Abril mes mundial de la astronomia 2011- Venezuela

Saludos para Todos : Les remito info acerca del mes mundial de la astronomia 2011, esperando que se sumen y participen para representar a Venezuela en estos eventos. Atte Ricardo A. Martinez - www.ram9.co.cc - Caracas - Venezuela Miembro de Astronomos sin Fronteras por Venezuela - http://www.astronomerswithoutborders.org Abril Mes Mundial de la Astronomía 2011 10 maneras de participar Abril 2011 se acerca rápidamente y Astronomos sin Fronteras de todo el mundo están ocupados la organización de eventos con motivo de la celebración del mes dedicado a la astronomía y la belleza de la observación del cielo. Únete a ellos en... Read More...

Mar 15
2011

Tunisian amateur astronomer

Tunis 15 mars 2011 Astronomy under the authoritarian political regime of Ben Ali was a very domain.Customs officers deprived us from obtaining a telescope or even the binocular. (except for associations with difficulties as well). In fact, the authorities mistakenly believe that these materials can be used in terrorist attacks!A Belgian friend sent me a green laser pointer, I open the grout, I find it empty , only the wallet! They confiscated scientific rsearch materials based on faulty assumptions!I wrote , in the International Year of Astronomy, an e mail to major international officials to tell them about the primitivity... Read More...

Feb 28
2011

How to create a blog report

To Get Started 1. To submit a blog report, you will need to log into your AWB User Account. Log in here 2. Once you have logged in, you will be presented with your Members Home Page, as seen below. Click on the Blog tag to start your new Blog report. 3. Fill in your Blog report. Be sure to assign any relevant tags to your report. This includes especially any tags you were instructed to use as part of a special project. 4. To upload an image to accompany your blog; (a) Click on the report where you want... Read More...

Feb 16
2011

Epoch Calc update online

An Epoch Calc updated version is now online. Most recently, all constants were integrated into a singular, sidereal-based set derived entirely from orbital constants. The formulations of all derived variables is now displayed and the AeGeo code is expanded. The date setting now includes months and days, and conversion to Julian date and between Julian and Gregorian calendars is automatic (the latest version of Excel is needed to support its floor.absolute function). Epoch Calc v2011 = epoch_calc_v2011.xls, an Excel applet. Calculate temporal variation in astronomic constants, obliquity of the ecliptic, eclipses, and more. Some intro here: Eclipse Calc , an... Read More...

Feb 13
2011

Partial Solar Eclipse of January 4 2011 - Romania

Report by Valentin Grigore. President of SARM - Societatea Astronomica Romana de Meteori (Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy) National Coordinator of AWB for Romania - Astronomers Without Borders After a snowing night of Quadrantids, eclipse started in same conditions here in Targovste, Romania: cloudy and light snow. After 1 hour appeared the first breaks in clouds. We installed our scopes for the public in the city center (near the Christmas tree, in the Santa Claus City). Four local and four national TVs were present. During the eclipse all the time was a light snow, so we saw the eclipse... Read More...

Feb 10
2011

Man and Space expo at Saint Gerard, Belgium, at the Brogne Abbey

Hello, I'm guide , show the sun with the PST and have helped organize a 6 weeks long space fair in a 10th century abbey, south of Belgium. Schools are visiting the place during the week days(an interesting mix of modern technology in a very old building) and others during the week-ends. It's from january 14th till february 27th. There are meteorites exposed, more than 50 models of european spacecrafts. We had the visit of our astronaut Frank De Winne. We had debates too. https://picasaweb.google.com/astroraoul/2011StGer2 # https://picasaweb.google.com/astroraoul/2011STG3 # https://picasaweb.google.com/astroraoul/2011STG4 # https://picasaweb.google.com/astroraoul/2011STG5 # https://picasaweb.google.com/astroraoul/2011StG6 # https://picasaweb.google.com/astroraoul/2011StG7 # https://picasaweb.google.com/astroraoul/2011StG8 # https://picasaweb.google.com/astroraoul/2011StG9 #... Read More...

Feb 01
2011

Say Hello to Astronomy from Bray Co Wicklow Ireland

January 3rd I held an almost impromptu star party for the new astronomy group attached to St Conan’s National School in Bray Co Wicklow. The group is so new it has not got a name yet so for the moment we will call it St Conan’s Young Astronomers. About 50 children and adults arrived at the green Sans Souci Wood, a very cold evening for stargazing. On offer the sky had a very close conjunction of Jupiter and Uranus plus the Galilean moons in the same view.   Jupiter and Uranus will not be this close again till 2024 .The magnificent... Read More...

Jan 31
2011

Galaxy

A galaxy is a massive, gravitationally bound system that consists of stars and stellar remnants, an interstellar medium of gas dust, and an important but poorly understood component tentatively dubbed dark matter. The name is from the Greek root galaxias , literally meaning “milky”, a reference to the Milky Way galaxy. Typical galaxies range from dwarfs with as few as ten million (10 7 ) stars, up to giants with a hundred trillion (10 14 ) stars, all orbiting the galaxy's center of mass. Galaxies may contain many star systems, star clusters, and various interstellar clouds. The Sun is one... Read More...

Jan 28
2011

Indian astronomy

Indian astronomy —the earliest textual mention of which is given in the religious literature of India (2nd millennium BCE)—became an established tradition by the 1st millennium BCE, when Jyotiṣa Vedānga and other ancillary branches of learning called Vedangas began to take shape. During the following centuries a number of Indian astronomers studied various aspects of astronomical sciences and global discourse with other cultures followed. Early history – Early astronomy in India—like in other cultures— was intertwined with religion. The first textual mention of astronomical concepts comes from the Vedas—religious literature of India. According to Sarma (2008): “One finds in the... Read More...

Jan 14
2011

International Space Station

International Space Station Pass Details Date: Thursday,13 January, 2011 Satellite: ISS Location: Binnaguri ( 26.7667°N, 89.0500°E) Local Time: Universal Coordinated Time -5:30 (GMT + 5:30) Orbit: 347 x 354 km, 51.6° (Epoch 13 Jan) Sun altitude at time of maximum pass altitude: -23.4° Event:Rises above horizon;Time:18:42:47;Alt:-0°;Azi:301° (WNW) Event:Reaches 10°altitude;Time:18:45:07;Alt:10°;Azi:282° (WNW) Event:Maximum altitude;Time:18:47:18;Alt:19°;Azi:233° (SW ) Event:Enters shadow;Time:18:48:22;Alti:16°;Azi:204° (SSW) I went into my garden a few minutes before 18:45:07 and waited, expecting that I might see the ISS but was not really sure if I would. Then I saw the International Space Station. It was the first time I had seen it.... Read More...

Jan 04
2011

REALITY

Often one wonders if what we see is real, a question I often get from Students, young and old alike. When you tell them we should at times be refered to as Archaeo-Astronomers as what is in the night sky is older than we can imagine, and infact may not even resemble what we see today. As we chase the Holy Grail in Astrophysics and Cosmology a Theory of Everything, lines are crossed, and at times, our understanding of Physics seems less than we thought, as the Universe continues to hide those secrets, yet the picture is less cloudy as... Read More...

Dec 21
2010

December 2010's Lunar Eclipse from Nicaragua

One of the most wonderful astronomical events available without the need of any particular artificial optical instrument, and shared almost instantaneously in a whole hemisphere is without doubts a Lunar Eclipse. And the Eclipse from December 21st, 2010 was no exception to the previous statement, with so many good astro-friend in may Countries that were as expectant as I was for this event. This particular eclipse coincided with the Winter Solstice for the Northern Hemisphere and happened to be one of the most "darkest" (meaning that: one where the shadow of our planet fell almost perfectly over the lunar disc)... Read More...

Dec 16
2010

Meteors Without Borders Phlippines 2010 (Geminid)

The Astrocamp Observatory Services and the Astronomical League of the Philippines just held a successful Meteors Without Borders Event the night of December 13 to the early morning of December 14. The ALP group in Astrocamp Observatory saw 48 geminid meteors and 9 of them were imaged by Andrew Ian Chan and 2 by Bobby Parhizkari. There were around 17 clients + 8 ALPers + 8 friends who joined the event plus some 100 passersb y given free views of the moon and Castor through a Celestron Nexstar 4SE! The event was supported by meals and tarpaulins provided by Cutting... Read More...

Dec 15
2010

MwB,EwB,SwB introduced for Japanese

Hello, I am an amateur astronomer in Japan. Web sites introducing MwB : Geminids 2010, EwB : total lunar eclipse 2010 and SwB Dec. 2010 for Japanese have been made by volunteers (particularly from JAAA - Japan Amateur Astronomers Association - worldwide events Working group). MwB and EwB Dec. 2010 http://sites.google.com/site/awbwwe2010decjp/ SwB Dec. 2010 http://sites.google.com/site/swb4jp/ The sites have forms to fill out reports of the events. I will write summaries from these reports for this blog. Katsushi Taguchi (An amateur astronomer in Shirosato-town "Fureainosato" astronomy club, Kitami astronomical society and JAAA) Read More...

Dec 15
2010

MwB,EwB,SwB introduced for Japanese

Hello, I am an amateur astronomer in Japan. Web sites introducing MwB : Geminids 2010, EwB : total lunar eclipse 2010 and SwB Dec. 2010 for Japanese have been made by volunteers (particularly from JAAA - Japan Amateur Astronomers Association - worldwide events Working group). MwB and EwB Dec. 2010 http://sites.google.com/site/awbwwe2010decjp/ SwB Dec. 2010 http://sites.google.com/site/swb4jp/ The sites have forms to fill out repots of the events. I will write summaries from these reports for this blog. Katsushi Taguchi (An amateur astronomer in Shirosato-town "Fureainosato" astronomy club, Kitami astronomical society and JAAA) Read More...

Dec 15
2010

Japanese Web site of MwB,Ewb and SwB

Hello, I am an amateur astronomer in Japan. Web sites introducing MwB : Geminids 2010, EwB : total lunar eclipse 2010 and SwB Dec. 2010 for Japanese have been made by volunteers (particularly from JAAA - Japan Amateur Astronomers Association - worldwide events Working group). MwB and EwB Dec. 2010 http://sites.google.com/site/awbwwe2010decjp/ SwB Dec. 2010 http://sites.google.com/site/swb4jp/ The sites have forms to fill out repots of the events. I will write summaries from these reports for this blog. Katsushi Taguchi (An amateur astronomer in Shirosato-town "Fureainosato" astronomy club, Kitami astronomical society and JAAA) Read More...

Dec 15
2010

Geminid Meteor Shower (14 December 2010)

I was watching the constellations of Orion, Lepus, Taurus and Eridanus for the Geminid Meteor Shower . I caught my first Geminid meteor (bright as Sirius) near the Zaurak of the constellation of Eridanus. I viewed total 20 Geminid's during the 3 hours (00:30-3:30 AM IST) including 5 huge as fireball that was brighter than Jupiter. Most of the meteors I observed were fast moving, appearing as sharp streaks of light, lasting a 4 second or less. It was awesome. Read More...

Dec 14
2010

Astronomy with Purpose: Reaching the most important universe´s stars

The Project "Astronomy with a Purpose" can´t be understood by some people. We still live in days that many people confuse the science astronomy with not science astrology . Moreover, there are pastors who do not want to work in science, believing that the pastor only place is in the Church. But around the world increases the influence of the gospel everywhere. We have soccers players, f1 pilots, artists, politicians ... all servants of Jesus. Why not science? Even in the face of criticism,I´m working in this two areas - religious and scientific - for 29 years. I waited and... Read More...

Dec 05
2010

Project "Astronomy with Purpose"

RDM Magazine - The Mato Grosso Best Magazine with an interview about my dream. Page: http://astronomywithpurpose.blogspot.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Planning-an-Observatory-Astronomy-with-Purpose/168554573179197 The Project "Astronomy with a Purpose" can´t be understood by some people. We still live in days that many people confuse the science astronomy with not science astrology . Moreover, there are pastors who do not want to work in science, believing that the pastor only place is in the Church. But around the world increases the influence of the gospel everywhere. We have soccers players, f1 pilots, artists, politicians ... all servants of Jesus. Why not science? Even in the face... Read More...

Nov 25
2010

Watching Eclipses, Counting Orbits

The telescope is no substitute for counting and thinking. Ancient people, before telescopes, could have determined basic astronomy constants by counting and thinking. During a Metonic eclipse period, rotation observations enable solving period proportions as follows: 235 moons = 6,958.6877 rotations 254 lunar orbits = 6,958.7014 rotations 235 : 6,958.6877 = 235.00046 : 6,958.7014 254 lunar orbits = 235.00046 moons Subtraction solves solar orbits 254.0 - 235.00046 = 18.99954 solar orbits Division solves rotations per orbit 254 lunar orbits = 6958.70257 rotations 6958.70257 / 18.9995407 = 366.25636 rotations per orbit Download the PowerPoint: http://jqjacobs.net/astro/ppt/counting_moons.ppt Read more about fundamental and ancient... Read More...

Nov 25
2010

Kutch Amateur Astronomers Club

by Narendra Gor

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