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Sep 22
2010

Iraqis and Gulf people together…Welcomed the Giant Planet!

It was truly very wonderful evening and very different than in the (InOMN) event at 09/18/2010. Jupiter, was at the closest point to Earth on 20 and 09.21.2010 and the title of this activity was (Let's Welcome the Giant), and proudly joined us (Emirates mobile Astronomical Observatory) which designed and made by the pride of amateur astronomers (Nizar Sallam) and the active astronomical researcher from Bahrain (Ali Al-Hijre), who also initiated the process of monitoring Jupiter at that evening. Before beginning, I made a Skype contact with (Mike Simmons), president of (Astronomers without Borders) and with active amateur astronomer (John... Read More...

Sep 19
2010

International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) 2010

Hello all, Yesterday september started earlier in the late afternoon ; I went to Dinant in the Ardennes to join a Moon party! The Cercle Astronomique Mosan organized a Moon observation Night, thanks to its most Moon fan member, Albert De Bruijn, called "Moonwalker" ! He had planned a game for visitors using their refractor in the observatory and an eyepiece with graduation. The purpose was to measure a distance within Crater Ptolemaeus; they found 88 km when the real distance is 96 km which was quite a feat! http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/astroraoul/2010CAMInOMN # Movies: http://www.youtube.com/user/Astroraoul?gl=FR&hl=fr#p/a/u/2/GkBIx1NXaKk http://www.youtube.com/user/Astroraoul?gl=FR&hl=fr#p/a/u/1/5-2zfkF8V7c http://www.youtube.com/user/Astroraoul?gl=FR&hl=fr#p/a/u/0/FF_R9_hRnvU The observatory doesn't have internet... Read More...

Sep 18
2010

Everything is ready for the International Observe the Moon Night 2010 in Nicaragua

With only few hours to go, ANASA is ready to participate in the largest Lunar Observing event of the World in 2010. If weather permits, we will install 4 telescopes for public moongazing and a fifth one for live broadcasting of the surface of the Moon. In case weather decides to play with us, we have a Plan B in place: to show videos about LRO, LCROSS and Kaguya and to educate about the Moon and the importance of water on her surface. ANASA's FaceBook page is already showing the following add: By the time I write this, I was... Read More...

Sep 14
2010

Block RAM9 - Invitacion Noche Internacional de Observar la Luna 18-09-2010

Saludos a todos los foristas de AWB : Les remito la informacion acerca del evento internacional a efectuase el proximo Sabado 18092010 a cual todos estan invitados a sumarse. Atte Ricardo A. Martinez - Caracas - Venezuela - www.ram9.co.cc Representante por Venezuela en Astronomos sin Fronteras (AWB) http://astronomerswithoutborders.org/ fuentes y Mas info : http://astronomerswithoutborders.org/community/member-blogs/noche-internacional-de-observacion-lunar/blogger/Julio Vannini/ http://www.astronomerswithoutborders.org/projects/intl-observe-moon-night.html Anexo : logos para usar en sus eventos locales. VER A LA LUNA… ¡con toda una nueva luz! Astrónomos Profesionales y Aficionado, Clubes de Astronomía, Planetarios, Centros de Ciencia y todos los entusiastas por la astronomía a nivel mundial están invitados a... Read More...

Sep 05
2010

How Haggai Institute Has Influenced a Brazilian Astronomer

A Brazilian astronomer, Eduardo Baldaci de Lima, one of the only four astronomers recognized by the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA), has described how God used his training in Haggai Institute to influence his life and ministry. Astronomer Eduardo Baldaci de Lima According to him, he left Haggai Institute with a broader understanding of the hope to which he had been called. “God wants to use me in totality for the extension of His Kingdom; not just my spiritual dimension but also my abilities and capabilities with which He Himself has gifted me,” he said. “God has placed His... Read More...

Sep 05
2010

Mato Grosso´s Sidewalk Astronomer

Look Forward in this link http://astronomobaldaci.blogspot.com/ Read More...

Sep 04
2010

Is this the right choice for a beginner

Hi, I'm planning to purchase a 4" maksutov cassegrain computerized telescope as a starter. Probably a Meade or Celestron make. Any suggestions? Read More...

Sep 03
2010

Is Technology Spoiling the Simple Art of Star Gazing?

Today there is an IT gadget for just about every aspect of observing the heavens. Go To technology is no longer an added luxury but a standard part of most proper telescopes. The modern attitude seems to be - ‘Why go through the tedious process of aligning your scope when in two or three easy steps, a computer will do it for you?' And star-hopping your way to a target is practically frowned upon – punch in the name on your hand held device and hey presto you are there. Digital cameras, web cams, image stackers, image manipulation software,– We... Read More...

Sep 02
2010

Great way to see the Total Lunar Eclipse in Lapland

by Laura Garris

December 19-21 2010 in Vuollerim Sweden. They are hosting a Blue Lights Festival to showcase the Total Lunar Eclipse, Arctic Blue Light and Northern Lights that will all be appearing on Winter Solstice this year. Check it out at www.laplandvuollerim.se for more information Read More...

Aug 31
2010

IRAQI AND KUWAITI ASTRONOMERS BUILDING NEW BRIDGES THROUGH THE SKY!

"Whatever happens and whatever wounded and separated, but we are in the last one family and now we met again!" said Mona Anbar, the astronomer researcher from Kuwait. One People, One Sky Azhy Hasan and Mona Anber Azhy Hasan with Al-Saqaibi "As an professional astronomer, I am full ready to supporting you and whole projects that presenting by Astronomers Without Borders at side and which Amateur Astronomers Association of Kurdistan/ Iraq planning to made it, from now and on we will representing Kuwait on both of them, and also I would like to telling you that Kuwait is now and... Read More...

Aug 24
2010

International Observe the Moon Night Italian version

Vedere la Luna…. sotto una nuova luce! Astronomi professionisti e appassionati, associazioni amatoriali, planetari, science center e curiosi del cielo sono invitati a celebrare la compagna celeste della Terra, la Luna, il prossimo 18 settembre 2010. Il grande evento “International Observe the Moon Night” (InOMN) segue lo straordinario successo delle missioni lunari del 2009. La missione Nasa Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) ha già inviato più immagini dettagliate ed informazioni nel suo primo anno di attività che ogni altra missione planetaria della storia. In una ricerca senza precedenti di acqua sotto la superficie del nostro satellite, la sonda Lunar CRater Observation... Read More...

Aug 15
2010

International Observe the Moon Night - Arabic Translation

الرصد العالمي لليلة القمر 18 أيلول 2010 المختصون والهواة، الاندية الفلكية، القبب الفلكية،المراكز العلمية و كل محبي علم الفلك في العالم مدعوون للاحتفال برفيق الارض الفضائي، القمر، في يوم السبت المصادف 18 أيلول 2010 يلي الرصد العالمي لليلة القمر النجاحات الباهرة التي حققتها بعثات ومسابير استكشاف القمر في 2009. لقد أرسلت لنا مسبار (المستطلع القمري المداري) التابع ل (ناسا) صورا مقربة و معلومات رقمية بعد أول سنة من عمليات اتمام دورانه حول القمر ولأول مرة في تأريخ جميع المسابير السابقة. وفي خطوة لا مثيل لها في السابق للبحث عن الماء تحت سطح القمر، اصطدم وحدة (التابع المستشعرعن بعد لرصد فوهات... Read More...

Aug 13
2010

Noaptea interna?ional? pentru observarea Lunii

Privind Luna… dintr-o cu totul altă lumină! Astronomi profesioniști și amatori, cluburi de astronomie, planetarii, centre de știință și oameni de pretutindeni pasionați de astronomie sunt invitați să o celebreze pe însoțitoarea celestă a Pământului, Luna, sâmbătă, pe 18 septembrie 2010. Noaptea Internațională pentru observarea Lunii (InOMN) urmează după marele succes al misiunii de pe Lună din 2009. Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) trimis de NASA a transmis deja mai multe imagini de prim-plan și informații digitale în primul an în care a orbitat în jurul Lunii decât orice altă misiune planetară din istorie. Trimisă într-o misiune fără precedent de cercetare... Read More...

Aug 10
2010

Internacional Observe a Noite da Lua

Observando a Lua… em uma nova perspectiva!!! Astrônomos profissionais e amadores, clubes de astronomia, planetários, centros de ciência e todos os entusiastas da astronomia em todo o mundo estão convidados para celebrar o companheiro celestial da Terra, a Lua, no sábado, dia 18 de setembro de 2010. Projeto Internacional “Observe a Noite da Lua (InOMN) acompanha o grande sucesso das missões lunares em 2009. Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) já enviou mais imagens detalhadas e dados digitais em seu primeiro ano orbitando a Lua do que qualquer outra missão planetária da história. Em uma busca sem precedentes de água abaixo da... Read More...

Aug 09
2010

Night of the Shooting Stars

Let me tell you a bit about the Nuit des Etoiles Filantes (Night of the Shooting Stars) and , no, it is not an Italian movie, it's a real 20 year old astronomy event!!! http://www.afanet.fr/nuits/pdf/NDE_2010_DP.pdf I can't find anything in English, so I'm going to describe it as much as I can. The public TV channel Antenne 2 (now called France2) in august 1990 (the Friday night nearest the Perseid maximum) , organized a live public event, outside, in an arena south of France, a 4 hour long astronomy night, together with well known astronomers and youth science associations. The... Read More...

Aug 07
2010

Nights of the shooting stars ! Nuits des Etoiles Filantes

This year is the 20th year of the Nights of the Shooting Stars, started in France as "Nuits des étoiles filantes" back in 1990, with a live TV show at Antenne2 for 13 years around the time of the Perseids shower ! On Friday 6th, I went to help friends at MIRA (popular observatory, north of Brussels) entertain the public and show the heavens from the roof of their premises. We had about 2 hours of good sky after darkness fell to explain telescopes, show stars, Jupiter (the planetary trio was hidden by clouds, so no joy there). Philippe from... Read More...

Aug 06
2010

Noche Internacional de Observación Lunar

VER A LA LUNA… ¡con toda una nueva luz! Astrónomos Profesionales y Aficionado, Clubes de Astronomía, Planetarios, Centros de Ciencia y todos los entusiastas por la astronomía a nivel mundial están invitados a celebrar la compañera celeste de la Tierra, la Luna, durante el Sábado 18 de Septiembre del 2010. La Noche Internacional de Observación Lunar (InOMN por sus siglas en Inglés) da seguimiento a los grandiosos éxitos de las misiones lunares en el 2009. El Orbitador de Reconocimiento Lunar (LRO) de la NASA ha enviado ya más imágenes con acercamiento y datos digitales durante su primer año que cualquier... Read More...

Aug 06
2010

Global Astronomy Month 2010 - Maunakea, Hawai'i

For the month of April 2010 (GAM) I and my colleague Kala Babayan initiated a collaboration between Astronomers without Borders, 'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai'i and The Onizuka Visitor's Center on Maunakea, to bring traditional Hawaiian celestial navigation and wayfinding to the sacred mountain of Maunakea on the Big Island of Hawai'i. Maunakea, White Mountain, Mountain of Wakea The Sky Father. This mountain is of deep cultural significance to the people of the Hawiian islands. It is a Piko, an umbilical, a bond between heaven and earth, between man and the gods. In Hawaiian lore it is home to Poliahu,... Read More...

Aug 06
2010

Report: 3rd Seasons without Borders

The 3rd "Seasons without Borders" (SwB) concluded successfully last June 2010 celebrating the beginning of winter/summer seasons in the southern and northern hemispheres. In typical AWB tradition, groups from Brazil, Canada, Iraq, Iran, Japan, New Zealand, Pakistan, Portugal, Uruguay and USA gathered and celebrated the solstice under the theme "Two seasons, One earth, One people". Amateur Astronomers Association of Kurdistan/Iraq (AAAK) celebrated the Solstice at Minara Park in Erbil City, Iraq, where they also hosted the World Music Day Festival. The park was full of foreigners listening to music and looking through the eyepiece of telescopes. It was reported that... Read More...

Aug 06
2010

BRASILIA'S ASTRONOMY CLUB - THE PROJECTS

As my first post I would like to announce the projects of my local Amateur astronomers group - CASB - Clube de Astronomia de Brasília. This month we will keep on the project called Astronomy in the schools, that allow children, teenagers and adults , usually poor and simple people, whom don't have financial conditions to buy telescopes, to use our telescopes and get our knowledge contemplate the sky at night. We have a group of volunteers astronomers, who visit two schools per week. Today we will visit the school locate in this place . Thank you for your attention,... Read More...

Aug 06
2010

BRAZILIAN SKY BLOG

Hi friends! I want to start this blog with full acknowledgments and congratulations to this organization, this wonderful initiative - ASTRONOMERS WITHOUT BORDERS. Thanks to them we could feel the sensation to make part in a global feeling, the love to the stars , and the beauty of universe... Thanks to them we could share this feelings with a lot of people who didn't use to look to sky. but now they are looking to it every day. Thank you ! Read More...

Aug 06
2010

Two Star Parties in Canada to celebrate SwB3

We actually ended up doing two “Seasons Without Borders” Star Parties to represent Canada; one on Sunday June 20th and the other on Tuesday June 22nd. The first took place at Humber Bay Park, a spit of land sticking out into Lake Ontario, overlooking the downtown core of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. About 35 people attended (from the “Single Horizons” club) and skies cleared just in time for some spectacular viewing. We run a desk top computer & 22” LCD screen to present our initial, basic “Astronomy 101” talk on the universe (beginning with the AWB's tremendous, Hi-Def Video), then turn... Read More...

Jul 29
2010

Another Sidewalk Session....

What is the purpose of building astronomy awareness ? To whom we should build this awareness. We always said it's for everyone and we also hoped they could enjoy astronomy and the night sky. But do we really share astronomy to all people? I usually did my events with students in a public schools or private schools, or share astronomy with orphan or in a village. But almost 2 weeks ago (July14th), when I took my telescope outside and try to capture the night sky with my camera, I met a servant from house nearby. I observed in the street... Read More...

Jul 29
2010

Sidewalk Astronomy While Hanging Out? Why Not?

Blogging.. yai I'm blogging again. Well quiet busy for a moment to setup my weblog new lay out and working on its mobile website. You can check it here ;). Also I'm on deadline for our next edition of astronomy magazine. But still.. I have some time to spent with my friends to hang out at the mall nearby. Hmm.. crazy huh? Why I like to hang out? refreshing my mind of course but more than that, I love to take my camera around and try to capture celestial object that I could see at the place. Why? Because it... Read More...

Jul 27
2010

UNAWE - Romania celebrated "Match Under Starlight"

Report by Catalina Movileanu For the "Match Under Starlight" project, the “Angela Gheorghiu” School from Adjud, Vrancea, in collaboration with UNAWE Romania, organized on July 7th a football game to celebrate the July solar eclipse, world peace and the FIFA World Cup 2010. The event involved 23 children with ages between 5 and 9, currently attending the Summer School program in Adjud. The day started with a short introduction about all the countries participating in the project, continued with a debate for choosing the team names and a short handmade workshop where children had the chance to personalize their own... Read More...