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Jul 18
2016

The Moon and How to Observe It

The Manila Street Astronomers conducted a public lecture event last July 17 at the National Museum Planetarium. The lecture was entitled The Moon and How to Observe It and was given by MSA core team members Christopher Louie Lu and Norman Marigza. The MSA event was originally designed for the cast and crew (volunteers); but as the advocacy of MSA goes, we aim to make astronomy accessible to the public. Our original estimate was for 20 individuals, which later became 50 the day before the event. We were setup at the NMP Library which soon became a full-house during the... Read More...

Jul 17
2016

Finallly the dove was in my hand, Instead of on the roof in Boulder & Denver Colorado!!

First Premiere of (almost) Clear weather in Boulder, Friday July 8!!! The planest were Partout Not sharp, but visible. In Denver Co. were they Finally sharp! 20" & 11.5" telescope. The 20" in the dome, the 11.5" portable. PRAISE THE LORD!!!! HALLELUJAH!!! Read More...

Jul 09
2016

"Stars Are Your Guidance", Derna, Libya

Adhering Roaya Astro vision regarding the spreading of astronomical knowledge, a lecture entitled "Stars Are Your Guidance" was delivered to Boy Scouts by the assembly's member, Attia Alhasadi on the 26th of June, in the eastern Libyan city, Derna. Mr. Alhasadi demonstrated information and facts that could be helpful for scouts such as finding the four cardinal directions and reading astronomical charts. Interesting information regarding Earth and the Solar System was also presented during the lecture. Read More...

Jul 08
2016

Global Astronomy Month in Rasht, Iran

On 23 and 24 Ordibehesht 1395 (12 and 13 May 2016), UNAWE Iran participated in the Global Astronomy Month for the second time, in collaboration with the Thaqib Astronomical Association. The events around the Global Astronomy Month took place in the city of Rasht, and like last year many organisations participated, such as the Rasht Islamic City Council, Rasht Municipality, Rasht Athletic Culture Organization, Mehrpouyan Library, as well as a large number of amateur astronomers. UNAWE Iran also joined other national and international events organised by astronomy clubs. For the Global Astronomy Month, this year UNAWE Iran organised a special... Read More...

Jul 04
2016

ISS - Solar Transit - 07/03/16 2:02:19pm PDT

I recently purchased a Lunt 80mm Ha scope and have been enjoying viewing the Sun as of late. With the Sun approaching solar minimum the surface is pretty quite in normal white light. As of this writing on July 4th we've had 11 days of no sunspots visible on the surface. But when viewed in H-Alpha light the sun shows a great deal of detail with small prominence's popping up on the surface and along the edge. Another exciting thing to do when viewing the Sun is to watch for transit's of the International Space Station. Finding out when they... Read More...

Jul 04
2016

Part of the Milky Way

Part of the Milky Way seen from Gscheid . This is a place in the foothills near Mariazell in Austria . The picture was taken with a Canon EOS 1200D on 29 June 2016 . Exposure time 25 sec with ISO 6400 . Read More...

Jul 02
2016

Public Astronomy Evening at the Vake City Park

Georgia Astronomy Club "GeoAstroClub" hosted Public Astronomy Evening at the Vake City Park in Tbilisi, Georgia. Visitors observed Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter as well as their personal favorite objects, such as: double stars in UM - Mizar and Alchor, M101,  Andromeda Galaxy, Polaris and Arcturus. More than 200 people have attended. There was a special hand-made chair for the kids that can be adjusted for their comfortable observation. Constellation viewing session has been organized by the professional astronomer Irakli Kobiashvili. Organizers: Temo Kuchadze, Alexsander ArtDvali, Marika Tarasashvili, Giorgi Gzirishvili, Kakha Gogolashvili, Beka Mamukashvili You can view the complete photo... Read More...

Jun 28
2016

GAM2016 Opened a Window to Connect People to the Sky!

Introduction Global Astronomy Month (GAM) provides again new chances for all people around the world to observe night sky and enjoy observing the heavens above. It opens new windows of opportunity for amateur astronomers, teachers, astro-photographers and even astrophysics and astronauts to share their knowledge and experiences with public and new generations. GAM gathers new ideas not only in astronomy but also in “Art, Culture and Peace” by connecting people across the world together through the astronomy! GAM 2016 inspired a lot of citizens to share their joy and happiness by observing celestial bodies with each other in Saadat-shahr ,... Read More...

Jun 26
2016

Planetary Astrophotography - Planet Mars 6/25/2016

Hot night of June 25, 2016, I proposed to capture the planet Mars from my home in Caguas , Puerto Rico. I built my astronomical equipment (Meade LX90, Orion Mount Sirius EQ-G, barlow and camera Luminos Celestron NexImage 5) all controlled by stellarium scope and Celestron ASCOM drivers installed on a laptop Alienware 17. At 8:30 pm, I started capture the planet Mars at 25 fps a video of 3.30 minutes at 1024 x 768 resolution. The weather conditions were not optimal because it is going through a curtain of particulate dust of the Sahara. Once completed with a catch... Read More...

Jun 22
2016

European Space Education Ressource Office - “ESERO“ opened in Linz at Ars Electronica Center (AEC)

(Linz/Paris, 22.6.2016) Since today Ars Electronica Center Linz opened officially the Austrian "European Space Education Ressource Office“ - ESERO. It's the 13th office in Europe. Others are in Belgium, Czech Republic, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Denemark, Finland, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Great Britain. More to reade HERE Gerfried Stocker ( artist director and CEO of AEC ) opened the ceremony. He, and later Andreas Bauer, talked about the planned outreach activities of ESERO at AEC. The focus will be on STEM- activities, empowering teachers and students supported by the great technical, and visual capabilities of AEC. Kai-Uwe Schrogl, (Head... Read More...

Jun 18
2016

Planet Saturn in rustic night

In clear night and warm temperature, i proposed to catch planet saturn in my town of Caguas, Puerto Rico in 6/17/2016. The beautiful landscape of astronomical planet is was present (Mars, Moon, Saturn and the star Antares). Before I proceed with the astronomical activity, I lit the tiki torch in my backyard and I took a cold drink to continue my astronomical adventure. I was ready to record a lot of frames for planet Saturn with my astronomical equipment. The Telescope Meade LX90 and Celestron NexImage 5 Planetary camera. Later, i processed the videos with Castrator, Autostakkert, Registax and GIMP... Read More...

Jun 17
2016

Austrian AWB-Affiliate "ANTARES" opened a new solar observatory

On 11th of June 2016 a new solar observatory was opened. The Austrian AWB-affiliate ANTARES held a big opening ceremony. I had the big pleasure to be one of the guests officially representing AWB-Austria. ANTARES is a very vivid and active astronomical association in Lower Austria doing any kind of public outreach. Above the new self built dome housing some optical solar telescopes and a special solar-radio telescope beeing part of the world wide network e-Callisto . Of course, ANTARES beeing a partner of our Austrian-AWB-network is always supporting GAM (GLobal Astronomy Month) ! Above: The organisation's chairlady Gabriele Gegenbauer... Read More...

Jun 14
2016

Solar Astronomical Observation of Sunspots 2553 & 2554

I share my astronomical observation solar activity of sunspots from 2553 and 2554 in Caguas, Puerto Rico in 6/13/2006 - 2:30pm. The atmospheric conditions were Variable clouds. The Sunspot 2553 is larger than our planet Earth. You can see the penumbra Cleary and the umbra. Sunspot in 2554, is a group of spots, although not as large as 2553. The equipment used for this sun activity was the astronomical telescope Celestron 114mm and LCM Astromaster mount, the camera Celestron solar NexImage 5 and Seymour Solar Filter. LCM Scope mount with the Stellarium program controlled. I Included video on solar activity... Read More...

Jun 14
2016

Astrophotography workshop

As part of a series of widefield astrophotography workshops, BeirutVersus set up in the dark skies of Kfardebian, Lebanon on Sunday June 12th, targetting the Rho Ophiucci region of the sky. Tracking the sky, an hour long exposure of 30 images were taken, showing the dark nebulae in that region, the reflection off the stars in that region. Live astrophotography goes a long way in displaying the wonders of the sky, a method that we see as slightly more efficient than the use of telescopes, as long exposures, even unprocessed, yield great details off the night sky. Planning also went... Read More...

Jun 13
2016

Meteor fireball over Sao Paulo

A fireball visual reported over Sao Paulo on fireballs.imo.net, filmed by Exoss Citizen Science, brazilian meteor monitoring. See video: https://youtu.be/3o7QoWQWBg0 Read More...

Jun 10
2016

ISS near Jupiter then mars

When it was Finally clear again, i was able to Catch the iss near Jupiter, flying on to Mars, before having left the sunlight. But i was Not able to Catch with the cam. Antares Nor could i film saturn sharp! Seeliger effect was past Read More...

Jun 03
2016

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...

Jun 02
2016

Faces of Planet Mars

Compilation of several catches of planet Mars from Caguas, Puerto Rico. In this picture you can see several changes as the definition of the polar caps and cloud cover due to rotation and climate changes of the red planet It is remarkable to see the region of Tharsis and Olympus Mons covered with a cloud. Major Sytris regions, Arabia and Aeria and the great desert Amazonis largely dominates these catches. For these photos, a view of the sky dome fairly clean of dust and haze is required. A larger telescope 8 "opening for the resolution of the object and a... Read More...

May 31
2016

"Keplarium" - a fascinating project to honor Johannes Kepler

In 2018 the 400-year-anniversary of dedection of 3rd Kepler Law will be celebrated. Johannes Kepler published his 3rd law in the following year in "Harmonices Mundi" in Linz (Austria) where he lived from 1612 to 1626. A big, worldwide unique project will hopefully start during this anniversary. A group of dedicated Johannes Kepler fans presented during a media conference the cornerstones of the "Keplarium-project". Beeing a consultant in this project allow me proudly to present some details of this outstanding project. The location of the media conference was the old, famous living house of Johannes Kepler in Linz During the... Read More...

May 28
2016

International Astronomy Day, Tehran, Iran, Persia

we could have our booth in Science and Astronomy Center of Tehran for the fourth year, The north branches of Saderat bank was the financial sponsor of our booth this year. we expalined about Electric Universr, Electric Geology and Plasma Cosmology in our booth for 2 days, Paria Abouhamzeh and Fereshteh Memarian were the managers of our booth. also you can see more photos from our website: http://persiantbolts.com/?p=703 Read More...

May 28
2016

International Astronomy Day - Sari, Iran, Persia

Last week, on 23rd Ordibehesht 1395, Persian division of Thunderbolts project presented its 1st presence in international astronomy day, in the city of Sari, which assembled by intellectual development institute and the cooperation of Sari astronomy club. Program was began about 3 P.M in the intellectual development institute building by showing films and videos produced in main section of thunderbolts project, translated and subtitled in Persian by Persian division staff on conference hall screen. The program continued by talks on transit of Mercury and the benefits of science of astronomy for mankind: past, present and future. During this program, the... Read More...

May 28
2016

Plasma Cosmology Seminar - University of Kurdistan

On the occasion of the Global Astronomy Week, Astronomy and Astrophysics Association of University of Kurdistan (NAK) invited Thunderbolts Project – Persian Division to speak about Plasma Cosmology Model and The Electric Universe Theory. On Saturday, May 07, 2016, 2 to 4 pm, scientific seminar entitled “Introduction to Plasma Cosmology and Electric Universe Theory” was held in the Faculty of Science, University of Kurdistan. Well attendance by students and professors of physics department was encouraged by Persian Division. Dr. K. Karami, professor at astrophysics and cosmology and Dr. B. M. Kalami, assistant professor at theoretical physics, cosmology of Faculty of... Read More...

May 28
2016

Plasma Cosmology Seminar - University of Tabriz

Physics Scientific Association of Tabriz University invited us for a seminar, Tabriz is one of the biggest cities of Iran, it's the capital of East Azerbaijan province of Iran in north west, University of Tabriz is one of the oldest Iranian universities, one of the members of Persian division, Fatemeh Tahmasebi studies physics there, the Physics Association of her university asked her about a lecture and the physics faculty invited us in an official letter, Mohammad Reza Shafizadeh lectured about EU Theory, Plasma Cosmology and Galaxies behavior in those models there on the first days of May 2016. Read More...

May 27
2016

Mars Partout Not round, but larger

Finally clear a few hours, so i Caught mars, Beautiful!! Even Tho Not round, but variations of shades, darker in the middle, it was Impossible to make it sharp enough, to see details beyond brighter outside & darker in the middle Read More...