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Apr 15
2010

Not even Madrid is safe from GAM...

by Lee Pullen

Hola from Espania! Or whatever they call Spain in Spain. Oana and I are spreading the GAM gospel far and wide. Well, as far and wide as Campus Party Europe, a.k.a GEEKFEST 2010. This display of talent and innovation in Madrid sees "800 young people from the 27 European Union countries participate in activities, conferences and challenges." I'm very glad to still be considered a "young person". ANYWAY, the idea behind Campus Party Europe is to showcase new technology. As official campuseros, Oana and I (who will henceforth be referred to as TEAM LEE) are hoping to run a GAM... Read More...

Apr 12
2010

Telescope Workshop and Saturn Watch gets under way Timaru New Zealand.

GAM got under way in South Canterbury New Zealand on Saturday evening. We started off with about 15 telescopes coming out from the closet for our telescope workshop. The novice astronomers recieved help from many of our more expierenced members, setting up there mounts,  finderscopes,  and  assisting  with  eyepiece selection. Several went away with membership forms as well,  a very benefical  two hours. At 7PM the star party started, with 8 scopes from our members, everything from 90mm Mak  to 12 inch dobs.  We had about ... 150 attend, seeing conditions were great, everybody had a good time, and many... Read More...

Apr 12
2010

30 Nights of StarPeace from India

April 4-6 was the turn of countries in 72-108 E longitude. SPACE contacted various other starpeace counterparts in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afganistan, and Nepal to host a 30NSP event during April 4-6. During this period few solar observations and night observations were done. SPACE proposed sun observation to Pakistani counterparts as they had security problems in gathering people at night. SPACE did a walk through for publicat the Jantar Mantar observatory on 4 th April and held observations there. A solar observation was also done for public and educators at SPACE’S office on 5 th April. Images can be found... Read More...

Apr 12
2010

SPACE started GAM celebrations in New Delhi, INDIA

SPACE strated GAM celebrations in New Delhi, India by having a gathering of students for the 26th anniversary of first indian in space on 5th of April at Russian Centre of Science and Culture. The programme had presentations and Videos of Rakesh Sharma's Flight to space in Soyuz T-11. Mr. D K Bedi, Principal of Apeejay School,  Pitampura addressed thye students and told them about the importance of astronomy and space sciences. Mr Sergey, Deputy director, science and technology, RCSC also talked about the russian-india collaborations in space sciences. C B Devgun, president SPACE, gave a presentation on the space... Read More...

Apr 11
2010

More GAM 2010 in New Zealand

Levin Stargazers & Foxton Beach Astro Society joined the global celebrations! Sometimes the weather gods smile upon you, and last night was one of those evenings when they are not just smiling but grinning from ear to ear! What a fantastic night to kick off GAM for Levin Stargazers and Foxton Beach Astronomical Society, who combined forces to host our first GAM event, the "Telescope Hunt". Admittedly, not as exciting as the name may suggest, but the idea was for the public to "hunt out" their old telescopes and bring them along for some pointers on how to use them... Read More...

Apr 10
2010

Clouds and Dust!

Report on 30 Nights of StarPeace in Iraq After considerable preparation for 30 Nights for StarPeace events in Iraq, bad weather seemed to cover the entire country. Clouds and dust hung over the city of Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq. It cleared later in the evening but by then everyone had gone. Other regions faired no better. Erbil Members and guests of the Amateur Astronomy Association of Kurdistan (AAAK) gathered in the office in the capital city of Kurdistan, Erbil, where they live video and phone contact with some of the participants in other countries... Read More...

Apr 10
2010

SPACE celebrated GAM at Jantar Mantar

SPACE celebrated GAM at Jantar Mantar, Delhi by organising public outreach programmes and taking readings at variuos instruments. Students from Delhi Public School, Dwarka and Our Lady of Fatima, Gurgaon took the readings of sun's position at Jantar Mantar. They also found the local noon by observing the shadow movement of samrat yantra and as the date was close to being at 0 min correction for the equation of time, it was a new experience for them to see that the local noon at delhi was at 12:22and if you do a correction for longitude, you arrive at 12'o clock.... Read More...

Apr 04
2010

Openings in Nepal, Iraq, Austria, 24-hour observing in Spain, USA

Global Astronomy Month kicks off officially in Nepal The celebration of Global Astronomy Month has started officially in Nepal. On the first day of GAM, the Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) organized a talk program at Celebration Co-Ed School, Narayan Taar, Jorpati, between 13:00-14:00. More at http://suresh-bhattarai.blogspot.com/2010/04/global-astronomy-month-kicks-off.html Welcoming ceremony of GAM in Kurdistan (northern Iraq) In order to bring astronomy to the people and to encourage the next generation to study this fascinating science, Amateur Astronomers Association of Kurdistan held a welcoming ceremony at Shubat Center Hall in Erbil city on March 31. Approximately 170 people of different ages and from... Read More...

Apr 04
2010

How to share your events using GAM resources

by Oana Sandu

Oana's profile GAM participants are encouraged to share their events with the rest of the world-letting everybody know about the activities they organize, as well as inspiring other people to do the same.  Here are four steps to follow: Announce the event The first step is registration on the GAM website so that your event can be easily found by those interested, who can search by date, venue, country or type.  Follow the simple procedure on the Register Events page . Once you are officially a GAM organizer, make sure you send the details of your event to [email protected] ,... Read More...

Apr 01
2010

Astronomy Day is April 24th.

90mm will be hosting our first sidewalk star party where the public can stop and view Saturn, Mars and other deep sky objects through our 150mm refractor. We're just going to setup the telescope on the corner of the intersection near our location and talk to the public as they pass by during the evening. Why do this in town where light pollution is, well, outrageous? That's just the point, to bring attention to the problem of light pollution and teach everyone about effective lighting for the community. Read More...

Mar 30
2010

AWB-CAR meets SAAA in GAM

During my trip "From Orient to Occident - One People, One Sky" with my "AWB-Car" I will visit the SAAA (Syrian Amateur Astronomers Asoociation). This will happen on 29.04.2010 during GAM2010. I have an invitation from the people of SAAA and my friends there are planning a little starparty to share the fascination of our sky - One People, One Sky. I will talk about AWB and what our organisation is doing and fullfill my role as an "Ambassador" of Astronomers Without Borders. I will deliver AWB's mission and goal to foster understanding and goodwill across national and cultural boundaries... Read More...

Mar 27
2010

Sidewalk Astronomy in Ireland

Image by Bernard Kelleghan What's going on in this picture? Look at it; we are on the pavement with a huge telescope. We were surrounded by light pollution from street lamps, houses, and a beach front glitzy fun fair. We had several telescopes that evening set up to share the night sky on International Sidewalk Astronomy Night. This image was taken to show our sidewalk astronomy activity using only available light, and was facilitated by members of The Irish Astronomical  Society and South Dublin Astronomical Society. The atmosphere was drenched in yellow lights, spot lights, headlights and town lights. Why... Read More...

Mar 27
2010

Sunset of Peace

by Oana Sandu

Oana's profile Imagine you are in space, the Earth slowly rotating below you as each part of the globe falls into darkness and city lights spot the continents.  It's a stunning view. Now imagine that as nightfall creeps from east to west like a wave flooding the land in darkness, at each national border two groups of astronomers come together from both sides to marvel at the beauty of the stars above.  The scene is repeated at the border of each successive neighboring country as night moves forward, enveloping each in darkness. Circling the Earth, the resulting relay becomes a... Read More...

Mar 25
2010

Using the Virtual Telescope

by Oana Sandu

Oana's profile Have you made your mind up which Remote Observing Program to take part in? If you're going to have " The Universe at your Command ", you may want to read up on how to use this Web-based technology. The Virtual Telescope is a project of the Bellatrix Astronomical Observatory in Italy. Managed by Gianluca Masi, it consists of a complete observatory that is remotely accessible through the Internet. With cutting-edge technology, assistance from professional astrophysicists and a broad range of capabilities, it is one of the most advanced facilities of its kind in the world, yet it... Read More...

Mar 22
2010

Featured Events - Bulgaria and Romania

by Oana Sandu

FETU exhibition in Bulgaria helps promote a planetarium in Sofia On March 22nd 2010, the Astronomical Association – Sofia and Sofia Municipality are welcoming the inhabitants and visitors of the Bulgarian capital into the gardens of the National Theatre, where the exhibition “From the Earth to the Universe” will be opened.  This event is a continuation of the program of the Astronomical Association – Sofia to celebrate the International Year of the Astronomy 2009, following its slogan “The Universe – yours to discover!”  The exhibition will continue until April 18th and will be closed during the Night of astronomy, thus... Read More...

Mar 20
2010

Featured Events -- Afghanistan, USA and New Zealand

by Oana Sandu

Afghanistan joins Global Astronomy Month with two projects On 11, 18 and 25 April, The Afghanistan Astronomy Association will hold astronomy lessons in private schools, followed by a painting competition.  Children will have the chance to discover why we have seasons, days and nights on Earth, what happens during an eclipse and how the Earth moves in space.  They will also learn how our ancestors knew the time by making gnomons.  At the end, children will receive astronomy booklets and participate in a painting competition. The second event held during GAM is a star feast that will celebrate a tradition... Read More...

Mar 19
2010

@ all astronomy enthusiasts

by Oana Sandu

Oana's profile Remote observing is definitely the latest thing! Today, technology and the Internet enable us to have access to powerful telescopes by clicking a mouse. No cold endurance event, no instrument preparation, no traveling away from light pollution, just sitting comfortably in a warm room and through simple technology connected to the Internet you can have access to enormous telescopes in dark areas. Pretty amazing! Some of you may think that this takes away the enthusiasm and excitement of observing in the field or the possibility of learning so many things by using your own... Read More...

Feb 15
2010

Global Astronomy Month: Your Ticket For a Great Adventure

Peggy's profile Global Astronomy Month is a kinder, gentler version of 100 Hours of Astronomy.  If weather was not favorable, the planned 100 Hour event would not usually have a back-up plan.  It would be a too-bad-so-sad situation.  A whole month dedicated to astronomy gives you some breathing room and the ability to come up with a “Plan B.”  Plus, it allows you to build momentum and a following at your weekly events that would lead up to the Astronomy Day activities with the Global Star Party in the evening! Astronomy Day, Saturday April 24, will be a great way... Read More...

Feb 01
2010

1st AWB-CAR

Hello I am Johannes Stübler, AWB-National-Coordinator of Austria. I am starting my tour “From Orient to Occident-One People, One Sky” on 23.4.2010. I will travell together with my wife with my astro-equipped campervan to some arabic countries. I will do some astronomic observations on the fly and will try to get some contacts to people of Turkey , Syria and Jordan by sharing the fascination of our sky – One People, One Sky. I have established some contacts to official astronomic societies and organisations and I have got some invitations to talk there about AWB and what we are doing.... Read More...

Jan 31
2010

Welcome to GAM 2010!

Mike's profile Welcome to the GAM Blog! As you should know by now, Global Astronomy Month (GAM) is a follow-up to the hugely successful 100 Hours of Astronomy cornerstone project of the International Year of Astronomy 2009. The network of amateur astronomers and others around the world who took part in planning that unprecedented event and many of the tens of thousands of enthusiasts worldwide who took part just didn't want the fun to end. We agree. But this time we have a whole month. Why so long? Are we crazy? Perhaps, but that's not the... Read More...

Jan 18
2007

Welcome to MyBlog!

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