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Jul 22
2010

Opportunity Watch 1

One of the best instruments we ever have to enjoy the Universe are our own eyes. As the guys from "The World at Night" say: "If you can see it, then you can photograph it"! And you know what? It is true! How many time have you seen something in the skies worth to capture in a snapshot? Since some years ago I always carry a digital camera with me virtually all the time, so I reduce to a minimum the chance of losing the capture a nice event with it. Lastnight, while I was at home, I had the... Read More...

Jul 22
2010

THE 41st ANNIVERSARY OF APOLLO 11 LANDING ON THE MOON IN ERBIL

Every year, peoples around the world remember the historical date of July 20 1969, when mankind make another dream become true after landing on the closest celestial object, the Moon. For us in AAAK, this is not just scientific event, but it is a source of moving our emotions and always let us flies through the wonderful space between the words of conversation between the Apollo 11 crew and Huston. For this year we decide to inviting peoples to listening and watching that great tell of Man Landing on Moon documentary by presenting it on a big wide screen inside... Read More...

Jul 11
2010

WE SAID: "YES TO PEACE!"

A Match under Starlight in Iraqi Kurdistan Region Finally after long time of announcing and preparing for it, here we are, in the day of play the match on July 7 2010. Players arrived and before the match beginning we made a small opining ceremony, standing with respect beside the flags of the countries that agree to joining in that activity and listening to their national anthems, even if they couldn't made it for a reason or another, still they are AWB's most active people! It was not just a game, it was a massage of peace from our injured... Read More...

Jul 06
2010

A Story of a Sun Before Sunset

Today... when I went back home, the sky was cloudy but I could see the sun behind trees. So I try to catch it with my camera. While I set up my camera on a tripod, my neighbors came around and started to ask me what am I doing? I was quiet surprise since in the neighborhood I live in, people barely know each other or have close relation ship. Something I don't really like from living in a big city. But well.. this was a start. So we talked about sun and then solar system. They were surprised with... Read More...

Jun 29
2010

Let's start blogging and share your stories

Now we are in a new AWB websites with new style too. It has social network stuff for all of us. Well almost like facebook but this one also has a blog section. In facebook we had a notes. So.. how to blog? for the content I think most of the people knows what he/she wants to write. but what I love about blog is, you can express your feeling / activities and stories to other. And you can do it through words / pictures or videos. And blogging is always fun isn't it? In this post, I would like... Read More...

Jun 28
2010

Moon in Saturday Afternoon

new blog again... seems like I have several blog now. hope I could stay active to share all of my activities. sometimes it isn't easy for me to have time to write. but again.. new blog.. new spirit. well this first post is about something I did several week ago. I went out with my friend to spent our weekend at the mall. And at that time.. for the first time after several weeks of rain and cloudy days, we had clear sky. so I took some pictures of the moon. just enjoy. Read More...

Jun 24
2010

Seasons Without Borders 3 in Parsonsfield, Maine, USA

By Joan Chamberlin of Greater Portland Astronomical Society. On June 21 st 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... Read More...

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...