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Nov 24
2018

Astroclubul Bucuresti finished Astronomy Workshop in Bucharest, Romania (21th November 2018)

Astroclubul Bucuresti recently finished an Astronomy Workshop consisting of 11 lectures/sessions, each featuring practical applications as well. The participants were introduced in the numerous aspects of amateur astronomy: learning the night sky, handling a telescope, learning how astronomical observations are done, taking their first steps in astrophotography, spectroscopy in astronomy, etc. The workshop ended on the 21st of November 2018 with a tour of the Astronomical Institute of Romanian Academy in Bucharest. Also, each participant received a diploma for finishing the workshop. We are always eager to share our passion with other people and to continuously increase the ranks of... Read More...

Nov 17
2018

When Worlds Erupt: Volcanism in the solar system

In 1995, Merry Edenton-Wooten, former Executive Secretary of the Astronomical League, used oils to create the artwork for a new and prophetic planetarium program, "When Worlds Erupt". Later NASA, ESA, and JAXA missions proved many of her artistic insights correct, as noted by Cassini imaging director Carolyn Porco of JPL and Dr. Tony Phillips of SpaceWeather. Her paintings are now on loan to the Space and Science Theater Planetarium at Pensacola State College. Here is a .pdf paper on her work and subsequent discoveries. https://lookaside.fbsbx.com/file/When%20Worlds%20Erupt_2017.pdf?token=AWwcA3J8coCZ5JTMhAJcRCH9GjWJlAw84bXQ0yT7hkaPs2l72dfDAYC-aYZKY0qtiM3nJpUHXyEEn_Rye61EGbobIZwwxBxDNQQyyduWMc7ZuqLBG8kWysbcyi6o8cn_sBAov2gjlWQLKZChwhcLIOuV Read More...

Nov 15
2018

Building STEM spyglasses for Puerto Rico and Ciencia PR

While working with my astronomy students at Pensacola State College, the Escambia Amateur Astronomers built and distributed over 100 Galileoscopes, equipped with Baader solar filters from our sponsor, Draco Productions, in preparation for the eclipse in August 2017. Alas, these are no longer available, so I began looking around for a comparable scope kit for beginners. Back in 2009, the AL Reflector featured an article I wrote on using surplus optics to replicate Galileo's first scopes, at this link: https://lookaside.fbsbx.com/file/Galileo%20to%20Messier%20kit.pdf?token=AWz42YflUr1rOV2IXY4R4RHV072hYEOcLI2EQL09XovtIbvWFmtU8ToNpgQejoOoNjGU5PKE8UKOvd60qksBUFH2MYo8akPB8EkBk6wmNfq8l4hzCoSOQ2lntr1tlFbUQRFeBcjeIKgKI2A218NTl6ar I went to Surplus Shed for cheap achromats, and WalMart for inexpensive roof binocs to make a "spyglass" style terrestrail... Read More...

Nov 15
2018

Building STEM spyglasses for Puerto Rico and Ciencia PR

While working with my astronomy students at Pensacola State College, the Escambia Amateur Astronomers built and distributed over 100 Galileoscopes, equipped with Baader solar filters from our sponsor, Draco Productions, in preparation for the eclipse in August 2017. Alas, these are no longer available, so I began looking around for a comparable scope kit for beginners. Back in 2009, the AL Reflector featured an article I wrote on using surplus optics to replicate Galileo's first scopes, at this link: https://lookaside.fbsbx.com/file/Galileo%20to%20Messier%20kit.pdf?token=AWz8f7xiVHjP-lVff5D3p-NDCQq0SBa49C-J_9LOFhg2in9YulTSV85GhOaWmS4bWpUdzJy-fKQwfWvVpbEeLB-D7_DFtM4nZdkqMaME2psu_K53OUquCSzdDrBYu8AtbUyFfGOub8b97QrA_YqQw78X I went to Surplus Shed for cheap achromats, and WalMart for inexpensive roof binocs to make a "spyglass" style terrestrail... Read More...

Nov 05
2018

Hope in the brightness of the stars for Brazil.

After the Epic Year of Astronomy in 2009, with 100 hours of Astronomy, clubs and Self-appointed Organizations appear in hundreds, and of course Brazil was no different, Brazil enjoyed one of its best economic, social moments, The dollar with low cost , made Astronomia Cultural Florescer. But all this ended between 2012-2018 when buying an average astronomical equipment became a battle, on account of the dollar's rise, inflation, unemployment and import surcharges. Through the Wrong of the Authorities, corruption scandal about 8.1 trillion reais were stolen from our nation. We arrived at one of the darkest and darkest times for... Read More...

Nov 01
2018

Targoviste International Astro-Fest and AWB & SARM Cosmopoetry Show 2018

“Come with us to admire the splendors of the starry sky. Look at the bright stars and discover He Who Created The Light.” -Valentin Grigore- Under this motto, Valentin Grigore founded the Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy (SARM) in 1993, imprinting to it a special motto, astronomy-culture-art-education-society. In 2009 Astronomers Without Borders organized, during the International Year of Astronomy, the largest ever world astronomical festival, 100 Hours of Astronomy, with 2400 events in 100 countries (in which SARM organized in Targoviste “the second largest event”), and in 2010 they assumed to organize annually the Global Astronomy Month, along with... Read More...

Nov 01
2018

My visit to ASTROFEST 2018 in Targoviste/Romania

Crossing borders again and meeting friends from around the globe. Following some of my impressions Valentin Grigore the Romanian AWB- National Coordinator announced, due to late funding grants very short dated, ASTROFEST-2018 in Targoviste (18. - 20. October). Anyway, for me it was clear to join. I visited Valentin already during GAM2011 .... so it was high noon to do this again. This meant 2500 km -there and back- driving by car for Ulrike, my wife, and me. Just to get an idea of this, because there are not everywhere motorways, I needed for example from Sibiu to Targoviste, where... Read More...

Nov 01
2018

Late flashback - [email protected] in Vienna

Better late than never following some pictures and notes to remember the XXXth General Assembly, August 20-31, 2018. As part of a nice collaboration between professional and amateurastronomers I had the pleasure to assist at the ÖGAA-booth during the IAU -General Assmbly for some days. The ÖGAA booth was arranged by professional and amateurastronomers together - the 6m wide image of milkyway in the background was done by Erich Meyer an amateur of our astronomical association. There I had the pleasure to say welcome to many famous people and astronomers around the world ..... ... for example Mike Simmons who... Read More...

Oct 28
2018

Unawe Malaysia Young Space Camp in conjunction with World Space Week 2018

6 October 2018 - Apadilangit (Universe Awareness Malaysia) organized Malaysia Space Camp in conjunction with World Space Week 2018. Main objective of this camp is to inspire Malaysia young generation with our wonderful cosmos. It is also to promote global citizenship. 30 primary schools students around Kuala Lumpur and Selangor participated in this event. Most of the activities are hands-on activities. Students work in groups of 5 and do the activities given. Participants are asked to write their Cosmic address and later exploring our solar system with puzzle and crossword puzzle. The fun part is building sun, earth and moon... Read More...

Oct 27
2018

InOMN 2018 in Spain

The International Night of the Observation to the Moon (InOMN) had great acceptance in Spain and nearly 100 activities took place between the 19th and 20th of October. This event organized by the outreach team of NASA's LRO mission has been carried out since 2010, but has not had so much impact until this year that it has been promoted in the country by the Astronomical Federation and the coordinator of Astronomers Without Borders in Spain , although some entities did know the event and also helped to promote the activity. Spain has been the country that has generated the... Read More...

Oct 26
2018

Astroclubul Bucuresti at Astrofest 2018 in Targoviste, Romania

Astroclubul Bucuresti was invited to participate at the International Science Festival AstroFest October 2018, held in the city of Targoviste, Romania. The event was hosted by SARM (Romanian Astronomical Meteor Society), a dedicated amateur astronomer society, led by Valentin Grigore, its tireless and enthusiastic President. We had the honor and the pleasure of meeting the leadership of the Astronomers Without Borders organization, represented by AWB Founder and President Mike Simmons. We also met numerous other important personalities that participated in the event, coming from countries all around the globe, such as Canada, France, Austria, Australia, United Arab Emirates and the... Read More...

Oct 22
2018

San Antonio Astronomical Association - Celestron NexYZ

by Andee Sherwood

My name is Mike Young. I am a member of the San Antonio Astronomical Association. I am very active with Daneille in our outreach activities. I have the Celestron NexYZ Smartphone Adapter you graciously donated to us. She asked me to evaluate and learn to use it because I have a high level of technical expertise. I have an Orion #5347 Smartphone Adapter which I have found to be somewhat cumbersome to use. So I was excited to try the Celestron adapter. I have a Celestron NexStar 6SE telescope. Our weather here in San Antonio has been really bad for... Read More...

Oct 21
2018

LAAS Public Star Party - Oct. 20, 2018 - Additional Photos by Todd Kunioka/LAAS

by Andee Sherwood

Additional photos available at: https://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesAstronomicalSociety/ Read More...

Oct 20
2018

International Observe the Moon Night

The NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center and its partners, the Delmarva Space Sciences Foundation, hosted an event on Friday, October 19, 2018 to celebrate International Observe the Moon Night. Participants started the evening out with a Moon presentation in the Visitor Center auditorium. During the presentation we highlighted featrues of the Moon, NASA missions to the Moon and kicked-off the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Program. Resources in the exhibit hall featured the Moon, NASA Missions to the Moon and InOMN. After the presentation, telescope viewing was available on the side lawn. Participants had a chance to see Saturn... Read More...

Oct 04
2018

BEIJING ANCIENT OBSERVATORY - GABRIEL JAIMES

Greetings and Clear Skies! On October, 1st I had the opportunity to visit the Ancient Observatorie in Beijing, China. Declared as UNESCO world Astronomical Heritage, the observatory was built in 1442 with Ming dinasty and during Qing dinasty it was expanded. It is located in DongCheng District. Besides structures, eight bronze instruments were constructed by Qing dinasty with Flemish Jesuit Ferdinand Verbiest: Chidao jingwei yi / 赤道经纬仪 - Equatorial armillary sphere Huangao jingwei yi / 黄道经纬仪 - Ecliptic armillary sphere Tianti yi / 天体仪 - Celestial Sphere Diping jingyi / 地平经仪 - Azimuthal ring Xiangxian yi / 象限仪 - Quadrant... Read More...

Sep 29
2018

AWB SERBIA - BEST SCHOOL WORK OF SUN SYSTEM MODEL

Students of the school in Belgrade, Serbia made a model of the Sun System. It took several days, while the works were finished. The young Konstantin Gracanin handed the most beautiful work. Read More...

Sep 24
2018

UA Sigma Sorority Event

by Andee Sherwood

Tuscon Amateur Astronomy Association From: Jim Knoll Sent: Friday, September 21, 8:14 AM We used the Astronomers without Borders Celestron NexYZ phone adapter last night at the UA Sigma Sorority event. Great hit. Probably had all 51 ladies take a picture of the Moon. They loved it. Will use it next at Agua Caliente Park Oct 13 & International Observe the Moon Oct 20th. Works great on the Moon. Can't get phones to focus on smaller objects like the planets. Read More...

Sep 23
2018

Astroclubul Bucuresti at Sci-Fi-Fest 2018 in Bucharest, Romania

Our association was invited to participate in the science themed festival "Sci+Fi FEST" in Bucharest, Romania. The festival took place at the Bucharest National Library on the 15th and 16th of September, 2018. Our members eagerly took the opportunity of bringing our wide range of telescopes to the people who attended the event. We also brought a piece of the Chelyabinsk meteorite which could be seen through a microscope. We are glad that we could share our passion and bring astronomy to the people of Bucharest. Read More...

Sep 22
2018

AWB SERBIA - ASTRONOMY QUIZ ON SEPTEMBER 15th 2018

Every 15th of the month, except in April, AWB is organizing a small quiz featuring 10 questions on a selected astronomical subject. On September 15 th , 2018, the 26th quiz took place, the theme of the day was: "Jupiter". We had 86 participants, each of whom got a free e-book on astronomy. Those who had all 10 answers correct, received an e-book and a gold certificate. Read More...

Sep 18
2018

2 AstroGuests

When the pastor looked thro bino, his wife looked thro telescope & vice versa after i aimed the telescope at moon, saturn & mars. Read More...

Sep 18
2018

InOMN 2018 with NASA

Dear friends, we are close to the International Night of the Moon Observation, only one month left. Another year the NASA LRO team organizes an activity worldwide. Are you going to miss it? Enter the web and register your activity so that everyone knows your participation and citizens can come to observe our satellite. You can also do it on our AWB website and if you are from Spain and belong to an association, you can also register your activity at the FAAE ... https://moon.nasa.gov/observe-the-moon/annual-event/overview/ http://federacionastronomica.es Estimados amigos, estamos cerca de la Noche Internacional de la Observación a la Luna,... Read More...

Sep 15
2018

A Meeting with the Planets

On August 31 st 2018, Astronomers Without Borders UAE organized a “Meeting with the Planets” for residents of the Mira Community in Dubai. The event was free and attracted over 70 participants (with a split of roughly 60% children vs. 40% adult participants). The event started promptly at 7pm, and the last guests left at midnight. Apart from general encouragement of participation to learn about Astronomy, this meeting was unique in that we reached out to people who own telescopes, but had not used them (for various reasons). The specific goals were as follows: Popularize the hobby of astronomy via... Read More...

Sep 04
2018

Night of crying and flames until national museum of Brazil in Rio.

The National Museum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, consumed by a fire on Sunday night, has one of the largest collections of anthropology and natural history in the country - about 20 million items. Located in Quinta da Boa Vista, in São Cristóvão, it is the oldest museum and one of the most important scientific institutions in Brazil. Founded by Dom Joao 6th on August 6, 1818, the museum has just completed 200 years. Currently, it was administered by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and, because it was a university, had an academic and scientific character. Many... Read More...

Aug 30
2018

Astronomy camp organized by Astroclubul Bucuresti at Naturhaus, Malinis, Brasov County, Romania

Astroclubul Bucuresti organized a successful astronomical expedition at a mountain retreat for the Perseid meteor shower event in August. The expedition took place between the 9 th and the 14 th of August in a low light pollution area, near the village of Malinis, in Brasov County, Romania. The participants, 18 members of our amateur astronomy association, engaged in visual meteor observations, deep-sky telescope observations, astrophotography, h-alpha solar observations and daytime recreational activities. The weather conditions were very good; we experienced 5 nights is a row with a clear night sky. The expedition was a success. Therefore, we plan on... Read More...

Aug 24
2018

Perseids over Qatar

Perseid meteor passing through constellation Cassiopeia at sculpture East Meets West in Western Qatar, taken around midnight on 12-13th August. Image taken with Canon EOS60D, 25s, ISO800. Best regards, Dukhan Community Astronomy https://www.facebook.com/DukhanCommunityAstronomy/ Read More...