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Member Reports from Eyad S. Khailany

Jun 02

Star Party

Last night AOYA star party and casual observation session sponsored by Shakespeare's & Co. Erbil. During this event, both kids and grown ups have enjoyed and appreciated the thorough look at many of the lunar features in incredible details and clarity. Also Shakespeare's & Co. valued guests were rewarded with a further look at Jupiter with all its glory surrounded by 4 of its brightest moons, followed by observing the beautiful ringed planet Saturn. To many of the guests, thi s was their ever first experience which hopefully will bring the best of their interest in Astronomy, and that's exactly... Read More...

Jun 03

AOYA present at the CISK Annual Science Fair 2016

CISK Kurdistan organizes a science fair on a large scale annually. This year (also previous one) AOYA was at the heart of this magnificent event. AOYA kids and members displayed a variety of exhibits including an intriguing photo gallery depicting several astrphotograpy images shot by members, 3 different types of Celestron telescopes and a rare asteroid/meteorite fragment of almost 95% iron and 5% cobalt and nickel. AOYA valued members explained to the countless number of visitors all about the importance of astronomy and astrophysics as a key to understanding the universe and where did we come from and where we... Read More...

Apr 01

AOYA Stargazing Session

On the night of Friday, April 1st. AOYA members and guests spent some valuable quality time observing the magnificent planet Jupiter and many other DSO's. Our kids also were briefed with some information on the celestial objects they were observing through the eyepiece of a Celestron NexStar 8" SE. The gathering was highly educational and fun! Read More...

Mar 27

Zodiacal light in the western skies after dark

AOYA kids have skilfully captured this wide field image of the constellation Orion with much of its surroundings in the western skies right after nightfall. The Zodiacal Light is very evident in this image too as it stretches in the bottom up untill the middle of the frame. In the coming few days our dedicated members will continue their efforts to capture more vivid images of this interesting celestial phenomenon. Of course phtography through a telesopes will never serve this purpose, therefore our kids will endeavour to capture it through a low power camera body and zoom only. Read More...

Mar 19

Astronomy for the School Kids in Kurdistan

AOYA in Erbil, KRG (Northern Iraq) gathers school kids regularily to teach them the fundemental basics of Astronomy. AOYA usually arranges night time observation sessions too. This image of the Great Nebula in Orion; Messier 42 was shot through Celestron Nexstar 8" SE and a Canon DSLR camera in a 20 second exposure by our members a few weeks ago. We're poor in resources however but we do have the passion to further increase the awareness of the importance of Astronomy among the humble people of Kurdistan. Read More...