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Mar 27
2016

M17 - Omega, Swan Nebula!

I share this astrophoto that i captured in July 4, 2014 of M17 - Omega, Swan Nebula from Caguas, Puerto Rico. It's 39 photos of 100 secs and was proccesed with PixInsight. I include this video of Astrofotografia y Ciencia YouTube Channel that I lecture about of this nebulae. (In Spanish Language) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_ZIgQfc81E Read More...

Mar 24
2016

How stuff works? Double stations for meteor monitoring ‪

Do you know how it is done monitoring meteors with CCTV cameras? See this animation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJJDRZOi1EQ Versão português: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veGlBWTxmEw Versión Español: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5htNkYZKmY See more exoss.org Read More...

Mar 23
2016

Two Weeks with AWB en Español !

Close to 700 friends from over 40 countries have "jumped across borders" to be together in the new "Astrónomos sin Fronteras" page in Facebook. In just 2 weeks, we shared over 30 new posts in Spanish including GAM events, tips to look at the night sky and much more. We also received contributions from our fans, such as this picture from Mario Casadei, a resident of Argentina, who captured Jupiter and 3 of its satellites by just hanging his mobile from his 4.5-inch telescope. Come and join us at: www.facebook.com/astronomossinfronteras You will "like it" ! Read More...

Mar 22
2016

Moon and Jupiter Conjunction 3/21/2016 - 8:30pm

This photo was captured in Caguas, Puerto Rico in march 21 2016 - 8:30 pm. I used Nikon Coolpix P500 Camera in manual mode, f/5.7, iso 400, 1 sec, MF. This capture was realized in average condition. Moon and Jupiter Conjunction. Read More...

Mar 21
2016

Planetary Filters for Small Telescopes

Color filters are of great help when observing the planets with a telescope. They help discern small and low-contrast features on the planetary discs. But there are so many color filters available that one can easily get lost. Even the manufacturers' recommendations are of no great help, since they are mostly for larger apertures of eight inch and more. Here we present a recommended filter set that matches perfectly with a small telescope. The filters #8 light yellow, #21 orange, #80A blue and Baader Neodymium are an ideal combination for planetary observing with a small refractor, Maksutov or Newtonian telescope.... Read More...

Mar 20
2016

Annual Earth Hour 2016 - Caguas, Puerto Rico

Greetings: We want to thank all the people who gathered to enjoy a astronomical educational talk with telescopes projected on a giant screen in the "Earth Hour Earth" in the Passive Park in Urb. Boriquen Valley I in Caguas, Puerto Rico on Saturday March 19 from 7pm to 9pm, which was extended until 11pm to answer all questions from the audience. the finest details in the Jovian bands on the planet Jupiter presented 4 Galilean Moons (IO Ganymede, Callisto and Europa) and splendorous details within the craters, seas, cliffs and mountains of our natural satellite the Moon. This presents Astrofotografia... Read More...

Mar 20
2016

QUIZ - EVERY 15TH OF EACH MONTH

Every 15th of each month, except in April, the Serbian AWB organize a small quiz with 15 questions with different themes. First Theme was “The Solar System”. We had 47 participants. Read More...

Mar 19
2016

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...

Mar 19
2016

El Sol del Equinoccio

¡Mañana llega el equinoccio! - Mañana domingo (de madrugada en las Américas), el Sol cruzará la línea del ecuador de Sur a Norte. En ese momento, comenzará la primavera para el Hemisferio Norte y el otoño para el Sur. Si mañana observas el punto del horizonte por donde sale el Sol, estarás mirando exactamente al punto cardinal Este, y si haces lo mismo a la puesta del Sol, estarás mirando hacia el Oeste verdadero. Te invitamos a tomar una foto con tu cámara o celular del amanecer/a tardecer equinoccial desde tu lugar y enviarla al Facebook de AWB en Español:... Read More...

Mar 19
2016

GAM 2016 Trailer-French Version Attempt

We have made a voluntary french translation of the GAM 2016 trailer. Plese view it at https://youtu.be/nuIuoXb6YQs and feel free to comment. Read More...

Mar 18
2016

Roaya Astro - A Close Shot of The Moon

This dazzling shot of the moon was captured last night by Roaya Astro, Showing the fine line between the bright and dark sides of the moon. It is quite hard to miss noticing the numerous craters on the surface of the moon, which were caused by the unavailability of a prober atmosphere that works as a shield towards meteors. Moreover, these craters has maintained their current shapes for long periods of time due to the rather slow denudation on the moon. Translated by: Nedal N. Elhassan Read More...

Mar 18
2016

AWB-Affiliate-Member finds the meteorite from March 6, 2016

On the evening of March 6, 2016 a spectacular meteor was seen over Upper Austria and Bavaria. Part of the all-sky image showing the fireball of March 6 obtained by the automatic digital all-sky fireball camera at the station of the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute in Kocelovice (photo: ASÚ AV ČR). Michael Krippner, a member of our community “ Linzer Astronomische Gemeinschaft ” (LAG) , AWB-affiliate since 2009, has discovered the first fragment of the dropped down meteorite on 12 March. Photocredit: Sabine Krippner & Ondrejov-Observatoriums The rapid success in the search for the meteorite pieces was possible by the fact... Read More...

Mar 16
2016

The moon - first quarter 45%

This photo was captured in Caguas, Puerto Rico in march 15, 2016 at 9:20pm with clear and warm night skies. The camera i used is Nikon Coolpix P500. I proccesed with Gimp. The moon has a first quarter 45% It's see that the moon have a face with the craters of Mare Crisium, Mare Tranquilitatis and Mare Fecunditatis and Mare Serenitatis. Read More...

Mar 16
2016

Astronomy Workshops for Scouts in Benghazi, Libya I

A lecture was delivered to Girl Scouts by one of Roaya members, Ali Algargori, within a workshop held in Benghazi. The lecture started with a brief summary about the assembly's activities. Mr. Algargori then explained about the size of planets within the solar system and briefly presented the milky-way and some other galaxies attached with pictures of the planets and other stars and orbs. Finally, he demonstrated the way of locating stars using apps like "Google-Skymap" and other useful applications. Read More...

Mar 16
2016

New episode of astronomy radio show scheduled for tomorrow

Tomorrow, on 90.9 FM (Equilibre FM), we will have a new episode of "Astronomie en Equilibre" an emission about basic astronomy for Haitian public. The subject for this episode is the asteroids belt, Mars and Jupiter. This project is possible with the help of Astronomers Without Borders who organized a successfull fundraising ( https://www.fiatphysica.com/campaigns/astronomy-radio-show-in-haiti ). It is possible to follow live this emission (in creole of course): http://haitiastronomie.blogspot.com/p/astronomie-en-equilibre.html We have to thank our donors for this show: Karen Jay, Elise Watts, Dionis Gauvin, Patricia Figueiro Spinelli, Fabio Del Sordo, Erwin Roessler, Michael Mills, Aparna Dasgupta, James Durbano. Stay tuned! Read More...

Mar 15
2016

Desafía a Marte en Facebook de AWB en Español

¿Te comunicas en Español? AWB tiene ahora un sitio para comunicarnos en esta lengua. Y ya publicamos dos desafíos para el Mes Global de la Astronomía 2016, entre otros materiales. ¡Súmate hoy mismo! Estamos en www.facebook.com/astronomossinfronteras Por favor, comparte esta oportunidad con tus amigos. Pedro Saizar / NC Argentina Read More...

Mar 15
2016

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...

Mar 15
2016

Astronomy Radio Show in Haiti

Our project of basic astronomy diffusion to Haitian public is actually on going on the station "Equilibre FM", reachable at 90.9 FM in the region of Artibonite, a department in Haiti. We have been able to do this activity with the aids of donors throu the fund rainsing organized by AWB (Big Impact Giving Project). Interrested in what we are doing in the project, please visit the page:http://haitiastronomie.blogspot.com/p/astronomy-radio-show.html where you may have access to live or archive of the emissions (on clicking on life stream). The show is done on creole. As said, we had had a successfull campaign throu... Read More...

Mar 14
2016

Presentation of Solar System Models

March 12, 2016: Presentation of Solar System Models performed by students of UNAN in Leon Nicaragua, one of our members (Association of Amateur Astronomers of León - ASAFILE) acted as judged to qualify each model in accordance to patterns designed by teachers of the University. These models were designed by teachers of middle schools of rural and urban areas. Furthermore, it was also coordinated to perform solar outreach with students of several careers of the Faculty. Emilio Zuniga ASAFILE Read More...

Mar 13
2016

GAM 2016 - Day of Astronomy in Germany with approx 200 events

The day of astronomy will see about 200 events on March 19th in Germany and Switzerland. For 14 years now this event is a highlight in the schedule of many observatories and groups of amateur astronomers. It is initiated and coordinated by the "Vereinigung der Sternfreunde" (VdS), the largest society of amateur astronomers in German speaking countries. The VdS also represents Astronomers Without Borders in Germany. This year we have selected the moon (in German 'Mond' as the main topic. Whilst for regular obervers watching the moon in a telescope might not be something special this is for sure a... Read More...

Mar 13
2016

Herois Estrelares - Stellar Heros

Gunstar team in partnership with UFG Planetario-IESA, in conjunction with the Organization Super Friends organized a Solidarity event and Science for children in cancer treatment and for low-income children. A day of Theatre and Sessions in dome of the Planetarium where we show the child session Taina kan the story of an Indio that is lost during a hunt and take shelter in a Tree in Night faces Tupi The Moon Goddess and together they travel by night Stellate Brazil of a Science and Friendship Adventure with an easy language to be understood by adults and children with Scene one... Read More...

Mar 10
2016

"Viernes Musicales y Astronomía"

En el marco de las actividades de verano realizadas por la Dirección General de Cultura de Cipolletti, acompañamos con nuestros telescopios dicha actividad, en donde una gran cantidad publico se acerco al Centro Comercial Flor del Prado, donde disfruto de buena música y de la observación de Júpiter, con este tipo de eventos la Fundación Astrónomos Aficionados Hemisferio Sur, intenta acercar cada vez mas personas a disfrutar y compartir esta hermosa actividad que realizamos los astrónomos aficionados y también una manera de generar los nuevos exploradores del universo a través de la enseñanza a los mas pequeños, en el 2016... Read More...

Mar 10
2016

Sharing the Patagonian skies with the naked eye

The Patagonia region in southern Argentina is famous for its whales and penguins, but it also has a priviledged night sky. As our summer ends and the cool autumn unfolds, the Milky Way will become a dominant view in the early hours after sunset with a magnificent display of its arms extending both sides of the nucleus and glittering with stars, clusters and nebulae. The Galaxy hanging right above your head: a breathtaking view! Tonight, I will meet for the last time with participants of an introductory workshop on naked-eye observing. This event was organized by the Fundación "Amigos de... Read More...

Mar 10
2016

Planet Jupiter and Galilean moons

This capture of Planet Jupiter with Galilean moons was made in Caguas, Puerto Rico 3/9/2016 - 8:55 pm. I used Telescope Meade LX90, Orion Sirius EQ-GT, Celestron NexImage 5, Barlow 2x. The video capture have 5000 frames. It's processed with Registax 6, PixInsight and GIMP. Celebrating the Planet Jupiter's Opposition Read More...