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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

http://kutchastronomy.blogspot.com/ Read More...

Nov 19
2010

Without Borders

There are probably hundreds of organizations "without borders". The most famous, and one of the first, is Doctors without Borders (or properly Medecins sans Frontieres for this organization based in France), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999. Reporters without Borders has been in the news quite a lot as well (naturally). Translators without Borders is a natural as well. But have you heard of Surfers without Borders? How about Water without Borders? Monks without Borders? All real, and all doing good work. The plethora of "without borders" organizations is the subject of an article on the MatadorChange web... Read More...

Nov 15
2010

Exploring Solar System and Sun Day at Tunas Unggul

Last week, langitselatan went to Tunas Unggul kindergarten and elementary school to teach astronomy for the students. Because we had 2 different level of students from kindergarten and 2nd grade of elementary school, we decided to have 2 different class and session. So the kindergarten students starts with astronomy class and the elementary school students had sun observation and telescope session in school yard with me. And we had so much fun. The children were energetic and they keep asking about everything. They have high curiosity about space science. They ask about the sun and give comment why the sun... Read More...

Nov 15
2010

Pesta Blogger+, National Blogger Gathering in Indonesia

Pesta blogger (blogger party) is a big vent for blogger in Indonesia. This is a blogger gathering around the country since 2007. At the first Pesta Blogger, the information and communication minister announce October 27th as blogger day in Indonesia. This year, the blogger party opened by Education minister. In 2010, pesta blogger (PB) held an event not just for blogger but also for other social network users such as facebook, twitter, foursquare, koprol and etc. This year, they took a theme of “celebrate the diversity” and invite many communities to join the event. One of the communities which is... Read More...

Nov 15
2010

PSB Singapore School Star Party

Last month, on October 28th, we had a chance to have starparty and astronomy session with PSB Singapore School students for 7 grade level. It was our first time to have a starparty with international school in Indonesia. And it was fun indeed. PSB Singapore school was in their lesson trip from Jakarta to Bandung, and they had outbound activities, and also an astronomy activities at night. Although we started late on 9.30 but the students weren't tired at all. I think. They came to the villa after dinner and we swap our plan to have astronomy session in the... Read More...

Oct 27
2010

PERSEUS METEOR SHOWER IN ANCIENT SHAHAR YERI ENCLOUSER

پیرآزمیان مشگین شهر(شهر یری) Read More...

Oct 24
2010

The French Ambassador in Iraq, Boris Bouillon:"I will support AAAK!"

In a series of cultural and scientifically activities held by the (French Cultural Center) of (the French consulate in Erbil), the Centre make an unique exhibition on 10/13/2010 entitled (Sky: "Mirror of Cultures" - Ciel, Miroir des Cultures) brought together a collection of paintings, manuscripts, ancient astrological which reflect the ideas and opinions and beliefs of different civilizations on astronomy and cosmology in general around the world. This was in collaboration with (Astronomical Society of France) and in coordination with the (University of Salahuddin) in Erbil. After the opening ceremony… Mr. Boris Bouillon, the French ambassador in Iraq meets with... Read More...

Oct 21
2010

Global Projects for IYA2009 and Beyond: Talk by Mike Simmons, Founder/President AWB

Watch live streaming video from ocastronomers at livestream.com Read More...

Oct 17
2010

Night of darkness & Beauty without borders

Last night was a long ago programmed belgian Night of Darkness, to bring awareness of the Light Pollution to the public. As it happened at the same time as "Beauty Without Borders", it was easy to combine both events. This time, they took place saturday 16 in Brussels, capital of Belgium at a park, called the Red Cloister at Auderghem. http://www.virtourist.com/europe/brussels/48.htm One thing we needed, was a clear sky.....Well, we got it before the visitors would leave the place! We had conferences about the light pollution issue, two of my club were giving astronomy lectures on astronomy and my "Beast",... Read More...

Oct 05
2010

A study on how to show stars at Vierves-sur-Viroin

During the first week-end of october 2010, the frenchspeaking amateur astronomers federation organized a study about various ways to show stars for educational purposes. It happened in a very beautiful Walloon village, near the french border, at Vierves-sur Viroin. We learned how to create, with paper, scissors and glue a planisphere, an animated zodiac (showing the difference between the astrological and the astronomical zodiacs). We also leanrned how to build a star counter (we cut a 12 cm wide hole in a paper, attach a 26 cm long thread to it, put the other end in our mouth and close... Read More...

Oct 03
2010

InOMN with langitselatan

September 18, 2010, although we were in 2 weeks holiday for Eid Mubarak, langitselatan decide to hold a gathering session for InOMN (International Observe of Moon Night) and this gathering was also meant as "silaturahmi" session. In Indonesia, during Eid Mubarak, we had "silaturhami" custom. This is a custom of family gathering in Indonesia during Eid Mubarak and also during Christmas. But because Christmas is only a short holiday, most people in Indonesia use Eid Mubarak holiday to have this custom. So, our group decide to have this gathering session as a family in astronomy too. It start with a... Read More...

Oct 02
2010

InOMN event in Jamaica

The 18th started out with very bright sunlight in Kingston and we expected a good night. But by 6 PM clouds started to gather. We however went to our site at Up Park Camp at six and set up Telescopes. There were intermittent Clouds over the Moon and Venus. While waiting for the clouds to open, we advised the guests to watch with a clearance in the West North West for the appearance of the Space Station On the dot of 6.50pm. Someone shouted and it appeared in small gap in the clouds. It went behind the cloud but reappeared... Read More...

Oct 02
2010

Cub Scout of America Pack 370 & InOMN Star Party

Cub Scout of America Pack 370 & Inomn Star Party Slideshow : Oscar "STAR HUNTER" Sifuentes's trip from Cocoa , Florida , United States to Merritt Island . - Oscar "STAR HUNTER" Sifuentes Read More...

Oct 02
2010

InOMN event in Brazil

The event happened during the 17th and 18th nights at Gonçalves Dias Square in Sao Luis, Brazil. Promoted for Sociedade de Astronomia do Maranhao and the partners GEAST and UEMA. About 425 people could see the moon through a telescope. We had a very good weather and the temperature was about 25ºC. - Manuel R. J. Costa (Brazil) Read More...

Oct 02
2010

InOMN at The Tiger Boys Open House

Hey there, fellow Astronomers Without Borders... We tried to hold our Star Party at The Tiger Boys Open House, (a fly-in for antique aircraft held at Guelph AirPark in Ontario, Canada) on the Saturday night, but it started pouring rain right at sunset. Rather than give up, we opted to try again the following night and were rewarded with exactly the opposite conditions – the clouds departed at sunset! I had my friend, Gord Skerratt's, 10” Meade LX-200 – equipped with the sensational MallinCam – locked onto the Moon before the sun went down. So people leaving the Air Show... Read More...

Oct 02
2010

InOMN event at PATS

The Pacific Astronomy and Telescope Show (PATS) in Pasadena, California, USA is the premier astronomy showcase program on the west coast of the United States, attended by manufacturers, dealers and more. Astronomers Without Borders was there with a booth in a large exhibition of images from The World at Night . To celebrate InOMN, the Astronomy Outreach Foundation, a new astronomy industry group created to increase interest in amateur astronomy, held a public Moon Party. With many of the astronomy industry leaders taking part we thought you might want to join the fun. AWB recorded the event, with AWB President... Read More...

Oct 02
2010

Lunar Photo of the Day features InOMN

Lunar Photo of the Day for 21st September was featured an image of the InOMN webcast projection - "MISSION CONTROL - AOTEAROA" taken by Paul Moss (AWB). http://lpod.wikispaces.com/September+21,+2010 Read More...

Oct 02
2010

InOMN report from NY, USA

A very successful InOMN, we all ran to the scopes through out the night when the Moon popped out the clouds, NASA had a lot of built in "HOLDS" for this Night. In the end everyone enjoyed the Event and wanting more. Michael Uberty (AWB Member - NY, USA) Read More...

Oct 02
2010

InOMN report from Ghana

A severe and lengthy rainstorm over Accra threatened to wash out International Observe the Moon Night at the Ghana Planetarium, but luckily the rain stopped in mid-afternoon, just in time for the 5pm start of our event. The attendees were a good mixture of families with children, Physics students from the University and others including many for whom it was the first visit to the Planetarium. We started with a short cartoon (from the UNAWE website), “Who Saved the Moon” which was enjoyed by all. We then went through the “Earth-Moon statistics” presentation from the InOMN website, using young volunteers... Read More...

Oct 02
2010

InOMN Report from Maine

The clubs here didn't organize anything for this event sadly, and I was gone for the week before and not there to spur things on. So, I took my 10 inch Dob to the little tiny strip mall in the next village and did a small event there. It was late and not many people around but 4 adults and 2 teenagers got a good look at the moon, Jupiter, and Uranus, which was a thrill to them since none of them had ever looked through a telescope before. - Joan Chamberlin Greater Portland Astronomical Society Astronomical Society of Northern... Read More...

Oct 02
2010

InOMN in Brazil in honor of Prof. Marcomede

Here in our city we had the sky with clouds and wasn't possible to see the Moon. We organized a video-conference in honor of prof. Marcomede Rangel Nunes. We used the Astronomers without Borders Adobe system. Thanks Mike and Paul!!! Was an unforgettable experience. We had participants from 3 countries and from many Brazilian States. Many people and groups participated only for few minutes and many participated for more time. I made the registration of a part of the participants (I apologize to the other participants, but I only made the registration few minutes before we finished the video-conference. Was... Read More...

Oct 02
2010

InOMN Philippine report

The Astronomical League of the Philippines set up a free public Moon observation at the AstroCamp Observatory of our colleague Dr. Armando Lee at SM Mall of Asia. San Miguel by the Bay, Philippines. You can see the full report and images at: http://astroleaguephils.org/archive/news/100918inomn.html More additional images can be be viewed at ALP facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Astronomical-League-Of-The-Philippines-Inc/125912507654?ref=nf#!/album.php?aid=208857&id=572763004&fbid=432991163004&ref=mf James Kevin Ty Astronomical League of the Philippines, Inc (ALP) Manila , Philippines Read More...