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Mar 29

Mês Global da Astronomia 2013 - Chapecó/SC

MÊS GLOBAL DA ASTRONOMIA 2013 (Global Astronomy Month- GAM) Em abril de 2013, o Mês Global da Astronomia (GAM – Global Astronomy Month) movimentará astrônomos amadores, clubes, centro de ciência e sociedade em geral em noites de observação e eventos realizados em todo mundo. No ano de 2013, o evento organizado pelos Astrônomos Sem Fronteiras ( sediará sua 4ª edição, pós Ano Internacional da Astronoma em 2009. Em Chapecó, será o terceito ano de atividades desenvolvidas com o intuito de aproximar cada vez mais a comunidade das belezas celestes. Mais uma vez, o Grupo de Estudos em Astronomia vinculado ao... Read More...

Mar 26

AWB: Mr. Stübler, National Coordinator of Austria and his arrival to Vietnam

I/ The reunion meal of HAAC and dear friends from Austria. On March 13 th 2013, Ho Chi Minh City Amateur Astronomy Club (HAAC) members with Mr. and Mrs. Johannes Stübler had an unforgettable meeting in their trip to Vietnam. Mr. Stübler is currently the National Coordinator of the association named "Astronomers Without Borders" (AWB) of Austria. He worked at the Linz observatory, where the famous astronomer - Kepler used to make observations. The first day to welcome Mr. and Mrs. Stübler, we had been wondering a lot about the venue. Finally, a nearby local restaurant was chosen. Delicious Vietnamese... Read More...

Mar 18

National contest GAM 2013 / Globe at Night Program

The clubs lubs will participate in the Globe at Night campaign by measuring the maximum of main streets, submitting the data and auditing the fixtures in the streets. Read More...

Mar 06

Journey with me outside of the cultural bubble

I am going to copy this off of my facebook page. Please excuse the grammar errors and formatting. I want you all to follow me for just a minute. Find somewhere in complete silence. I need you to concentrate. Now close your eyes until all you can see is darkness. Now open your mind and prepare for a real dose of reality. I want you to forget about the TV, I want you to forget about your car, I want you to forget about the birds in the air, The wind in your hair. I want you to forget about... Read More...

Feb 23

Relatório do Mês Global da Astronomia 2012 em Chapecó SC

Facilitando a visualização dos dados e imagens. O link para o relatório do Mês Global da Astronomia em 2012 no município de Chapecó está disponível no link: Atenciosamente, Diego Read More...

Feb 20

Fireball over Teide Observatory

After ascending to 3100m to Tenerife's Pico Viejo on last Saturday (10th of November) and descending at night, the whole party of five was quite tired (after all, the sign at the beginning of the path was marked with the "Extreme difficulty" distinction). Although the initial plan was to spend the night under the stars together, the others gave in to thirst, hunger and tiredness but I could only ask them to leave me closer to the Teide Observatory : it was a night close the Taurid meteor shower maximum and some bright meteors were promised. At least for my... Read More...

Jan 24

One of the most recognizable constellations in the night sky

Orion, The Hunter, is one of the most recognizable constellations in the night sky and is easily located by his belt of three bright stars Alnitak (Zeta Orionis), Alnilam (Epsilon Orionis) and Mintaka (Delta Orionis) – one of the most prominent asterisms in the night sky. Orion’s shoulder is marked by the red supergiant Betelgeuse (Alpha Orionis), and his left leg is marked by the blue-white supergiant Rigel (Beta Orionis). Orion is generally shown as a hunter attacking Taurus, the Bull, with an upraised club. According to Greek mythology, Orion was killed by Scorpius, and the two were placed on... Read More...

Jan 22


It isn`t easy to come in contact with Thailand-Astronomers. My first attempt to meet some members of The Thai Astronomical Society in Bangkok failed, even I had some contacts by e-mail there was no opportunity to arrange a meeting during my stay. After my roundtrip to Cambodia I returned again to Thailand to visit northern parts of the country. Here I tried again to come into contact. Again some e-mails awaked my hope. But the same: When I arrived nothing happened :-( So I took matters in my own hand and went up to the highest montain of Thailand, the... Read More...

Jan 20

Welcome to the Galileo Astronomy Unclub!

Welcome to the newest astronomy unclub in the Pacific Northwest. The GAU was created for the purpose of sharing the subject of amateur astronomy and the night sky without the administrative burden that volunteer registered non-profit astronomy organizations experience. There are no members, no dues, no formal structure, and no expectations other than to enjoy the night sky and share the experience with others. The GAU hosts informal astronomy events, coffeehouse meetings, and observing sessions. The GAU is also available for free public lectures and static displays on amateur astronomy for all age groups. The GAU is now in its... Read More...

Jan 17

In a Count of 30

That gray veil of dusty wind tickles my ears again. It whispers a nostalgic sovereignty of a dull atmosphere around everyone of us. Few steps then, I’m off to school. Technically, just on my way as I take my initial steps in this UV shelter. It is a long way as my eyes pay attention to this narrow way of covered pathway, it sure looks different but at least our local government finally had it accomplished. It is in no doubt an answer to those three young folks died due to skin cancer, the one aged 16, the others at... Read More...

Dec 20

School astronomy clubs in Morocco

Galileo Teacher Training Progam sessions were organised in the benefit of teachers from nearby schools interested in astronomy and who want to create clubs in their schools. Read More...

Nov 26

The time

The time distribution of an era : - Four steps are becomes in one large era. Their names & time duration is given as follows. Satya era = 1728000solar years, tretaa era = 1296000solar years, dwaapara era = 864000solar years, kali era = 432000solar years, Sum of above four eras are becomes equal to one large era. One large era = 4320000solar years. Thousands of large eras are becomes equal to one Kalpa. According to ancient Indian astronomy, from beginning of Kali era to beginning of shake era had elapsed 3179 solar year & at present time of shake era... Read More...

Sep 23

International Observe the Moon Night 2012

On september 22 2012, I went to Dinant (from Namur, following the Meuse beautiful valley) whe re the Cercle Astronomique Mosan (CAM) held its International Observe the Moon Night. The CAM has an observatory and they aimed their big refractor to the Moon and the image was shown on a TV screen for details. The Moon was never high in the sky, so there was lots of turbulence. A dozen of visitors came and enjoyed the scenery, our telescopes, a setup to show why peakes can form long shadows and a bucket with sand to show what happens when a... Read More...

Sep 17

“Hasta la Vesta” at the Ghana Planetarium, Saturday 8th September 2012

We hosted a “Hasta la Vesta” event to celebrate the Dawn mission moving on from a successful year studying its first target, Vesta, and starting its journey to the second target, Ceres. We used a lot of resources from NASA's Hasta La Vesta website: We started with an introductory talk on the Solar System, to ensure everyone was clear what asteroids are, and the location of the main asteroid belt. Since our first visitors were families with young children, the parents teamed up with the children for our “Grape or Raisin” activity. Here participants compared the attributes of their... Read More...

Sep 14

2012 Great World Wide Star Count, October 5 - 19!

Anyone planning to join in on the Great World Wide Star Count coming? :) Read More...

Sep 13

Asteroid 2012 QG42

Asteroid QG42 (about the size of a 14 story building) was discovered a few weeks ago and it’s heading towards Earth today. It will miss our planet by 7.4 Lunar distances. Check out the SLOOTH live coverage of the fly-by event (free to the public): Read More...

Sep 12

Amateur Astronomer George Hall of Dallas, TX captures an Earth-sized explosion on Jupiter

Apparently George Hall is the only person in the world to have captured an explosion on Jupiter early Monday morning. Amazing! Here is the link to the article: Read More...

Sep 11

reality of space

i want to tell the world about space beacuse me n my team were researching on space sinse many years .. i have proof that we can only tell the reality of space please do spread my message to the nasa scientist Read More...

Sep 02


During this years AEC-festivial (Slogan: THE BIG PICTURE - Creating a new conception for the world) some very famous "Astronomy- People" visited Linz again personaly "in real life" and virtual. At the instance of Dietmar Hager ( ) the AEC invited Warren Keller ( ) and Damian Peach ( ) to Linz. These famous astrophotographers gave on Saturday lectures about their outstanding astrophotographic work. On Sunday we had a live-skype connection to La Silla to the world best exoplanet telescope: ESO telscope - HARPS (High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher).Dr. Juri Beletsky and another scientiest gave us... Read More...

Aug 13

Nights of the Shooting stars 2012

Hello, On thursday 9th, many clubs gathered at the country's Space Camp, the Eurospace Center, near France and Luxemburg. For most of the afternoon, my PST was used to show details on the surface of the Sun and lots of people had a look at our star. I dressed up in my astronaut blue suit (at least I can do that once a year) and was interviewed by RTL-TVI, the french speaking national commercial TV station. Later, we went inside to avertize about our astronomy clubs (we have tables and cables for our PC's) and after sunset,... Read More...

Aug 13

A WEEKEND FULL OF FUN - int. guests: Jerry Bonnell & Babak Tafreshi 10.-12. August 2012

The Austrian Astronomy&Space-Club ORION , who is running an German written APOD-mirror since about 5 Years invited for a special event in an old castle in Lower Austria. Jerry Bonnell and Babak Tafreshi followed this invitation and they gave some great lectures. This was a very familar and sociable meeting to talk, to discuss, to relax and to observe. Luckily we had the possibility to observe some Perseids during the last night. We had enough holes in the clouds :-) Of course Babak took as usual some nice TWAN-images we hopefully can see next time. In the meantime following a... Read More...

Aug 13

Perseid meteor Shower, Guerrara 12/08/2012

Night with the Stars : Perseid meteor Shower On Sunday, August 12, 2012, at 22:00 .Scientifique Club of Guerrara organized a trip to the outskirts of Guerrara for observation the astronomical phenomenon ' Perseid meteor Shower ' This is by the following program: - Make a presentation on the definition of meteors, during which questions about the topic of the participants. - A presentation about use of the camera and the basics of astro-photography - From 00:00 we select the appropriate location, and open horizon toward the constellation Perseus and turn off all sources of light and we started monitoring.... Read More...

Jul 30

Some photo impressions from a little "AWB-Coordinator-Meeting" & something about borders

Caused by 2 things I decided to join this year EWASS (European Week of Astronomy and Space Sience, 1-6-July 2012)). The first was the short time e-mail invitation by Rosa Doran to AWB-members (from 14.05.2012) to join here GTTP Session at special EWASS-fee in combination with the special session devoted to European astronomy education and the second was the fact that I have dedected Thilinas name on the list of registered participants. So in the same night I had to decide and I booked online a train ticket and a cheap hotel in Rome and did my registration.... and it... Read More...

Jun 29


A Naturalist looks at Comets (Reminiscences of a Sri Lankan Comet Chaser) Rex I. De Silva My interest in observational astronomy was first aroused when I bought a small terrestrial refractor in January 1968. With it and a copy of Norton's Star Atlas (1966 ed.) I commenced a personal survey of the night sky. More than two years passed before I saw my first comet. Perhaps in the long run this was a good thing as when a comet finally did appear I had a reasonably good working knowledge of the night sky and observing techniques. Comet Bennet arrived in... Read More...

Jun 28

Venus Transit 2012 at Fasa University

We had a wonderful time during the important event of astronomical history “Venus Transit 2012” at Fasa University. Most of engineering students were very enthusiastic to know more about the Venus planet. Some audiences came because they knew next Venus Transit will happen in 2117. Soheil Salimi “the founder Astronomical Society of Fasa University” and “The Scientific & Educational Manager” at “The Scientific & Educational Department of ISAFU” (ISAFU or “Islamic Students Association of Fasa University” is an association that try to develop the science and outreach) introduced Mike Simmons( President of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society (LAAS), founding President... Read More...