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Member Reports from Johannes Stübler

Mar 15

Promoting the Global Astronomy Month (GAM2016) and telling about the history of GAM

REGISTER YOUR GAM EVENT HERE Yesterday I gave a lecture about the Global Astronomy Month in my hometown Linz. I talked about the upcoming GAM2016 and something about the history of GAM and former events here in the "Wissensturm " (meaning "tower of knowledge") of Linz. It houses a common college and the big public library of the city. Following some screenshots of my presentation: Everything started in the International Year of Astronomy 2009 ... and GAM is now a kind of followup of the big global event "100 hours of Astronomy" ...... a living proof for the sustainability of... Read More...

Dec 27

Some astonishing details on Aldebaran's occultation by the moon.

On December 23rd 2015 an interesting detail was captured here at our local public observatory (Kepler Sternwarte Linz/Austria). Herbert Raab (chief of our local association) used an DSLR and our 130mm APO to make a video of the occultation. Due to the fact the RedGiant Aldebaran has an angular diameter of 0,02" (arcseconds) - which is equal observing a human hair at the distance of 500 meter !!! - the star did not suddenly disappear. The Moon's speed was about 0,55" per second which is equal ~0,01" between single videoframes - so we could capture the "fading-out" of the star.... Read More...

Sep 29

Different kind of Lunar-eclipse-observing (an attempt to make an indirectly Lunar Eclipse observing)

Due to cloudy weather, there was no chance to make an observation of this year's Super-Moon-eclipse. At first the local weatherforecast in the north of our hometown Linz/AUSTRIA wasn't so bad ....... ........ but when we arrived at our observing location we had following scenery: So what could we do ? Hope dies last and we decided to stay to wait for some holes in the clouds ..... they didn't come :-( In the meantime we used a DSLR, using a 8mm lens and took some pictures showing the cloudy sky during the whole time. So we decided to make... Read More...

Oct 19


One week meeting, listening and talking to people doing astronomy outreach programms everytime and everywhere around the globe. That happened at CAP2013 in Warsaw. Where else someone could feel better the joining spirit of astronomy and of our all ONE SKY ? So this was one of the reasons for me to join CAP first time. Of course, knowing that some AWB-people will join it, was one more reason to fly to Poland - the homecountry of Nicolaus Copernicus. Following some of my personal photographic impressions ...... A nice monument near the center of Warsaw remembering one of the most... 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...

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

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...

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 12

Transit of Venus - some impressions from AUSTRIA

Following a short review of my (global & local) impressions and some picts of our local short Venus-transit-event organized by members of our local astronomy association (LAG) ..... Here in Austria it was a very short event but we had luck to see something of this rare event (about 1 hour). Unfortunately due to clouds we could not see the 3rd and 4th contact. Sunrise Linz 05:04 MESZ Egress Interior - 06:37 MESZ Egress Exterior - 06:55 MESZ To see the whole transit I used various sources by internet, of course the great AWB-webcast from Mt. Wilson too. (I have... Read More...

Apr 30

Connected to the Global Party

On 28. April Linz was connected to the Global Starparty. Crossing borders and looking to our one Sky. One people, one sky, one party around the globe ! Read More...

Apr 24

GAM 2012 - again meeting an NC from another country, and much more ..........

This year I had the great pleasure and honour to be invited to the 5th International Meeting of Astronomy and Astronoautics in Campos dos Goytacazes (Brazil) to represent AWB from the point of view of of an NC in the heart of Europe. Arriving in Brasil means to meet very friendly people, laughing and happy people, people with high dedication, for example with great dedication to astronomy in Campos. This depends on Marcelo de Oliveira Souza, a man with a big heart, with a nice wife and a dedication to astronomy you have to search for ! Reading his meeting... Read More...

Apr 01

GAM 2012 - SUNDAY in LINZ/Austria

Some impressions of our todays "Global SUNDAY" ICE CREAM AND SUNSPOTS Father and daughter Explore education as It was meant to be. Poem by Bob Eklund Here another important kind and attempt of crossing borders in sense of Astronomers Without Borders Read More...

Oct 21

1. digital TWAN-exhibition in Linz / AUSTRIA

To all people living in Austria, or visiting Austria I strongly recommend a stop at Ars Electronica Center (AEC- ). On 6th of October 2011 the first digital TWAN (The World At Night) - exhibition has opened. The exhibition at the Ars Electronica Center is the first purely digital presentation of this project, a display of breathtaking photographs and videos of beautiful and historically interesting places all over the world. Shot against the night sky with stars and planets as their backdrop, these images show the world from a truly extraordinary perspective. More pictures of the opening and... Read More...

Oct 12

1. digital TWAN-exhibition opening in Linz/AUSTRIA

1. digital TWAN-exhibition opened on 6.10. 2011in Linz/AUSTRIA for more pictures & infos please use following link: Best regards Joe Read More...

Jul 25


HI friends, following some links to share: Reports GAM 2011: Report TWAN Austria Tour Regards Joe Read More...

Jun 01

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 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 10

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...

Mar 30


During my trip "From Orient to Occident - One People, One Sky" with my "AWB-Car" I will visit the SAAA (Syrian Amateur Astronomers Asoociation). This will happen on 29.04.2010 during GAM2010. I have an invitation from the people of SAAA and my friends there are planning a little starparty to share the fascination of our sky - One People, One Sky. I will talk about AWB and what our organisation is doing and fullfill my role as an "Ambassador" of Astronomers Without Borders. I will deliver AWB's mission and goal to foster understanding and goodwill across national and cultural boundaries... Read More...

Feb 01


Hello I am Johannes Stübler, AWB-National-Coordinator of Austria. I am starting my tour “From Orient to Occident-One People, One Sky” on 23.4.2010. I will travell together with my wife with my astro-equipped campervan to some arabic countries. I will do some astronomic observations on the fly and will try to get some contacts to people of Turkey , Syria and Jordan by sharing the fascination of our sky – One People, One Sky. I have established some contacts to official astronomic societies and organisations and I have got some invitations to talk there about AWB and what we are doing.... Read More...