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May 27
2016

Meteor fireball over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

On may, 25 a meteor fireball registered over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Exoss station on Itaguai filmed this bright meteor. See vídeo . Read More...

May 24
2016

Opposition of Mars May 22, 2016

The opposition of Mars means when the red planet and the sun are on opposite sides of the sky. Mars looks in the east at sunset, amounting almost to be above our heads at midnight, and glows a bright orange color that is almost 10 times brighter than a star of the first magnitude. This event occurs every 26 months (Science @ NASA). The event began on Sunday May 22, 2016 in Caguas, Puerto Rico. I began to prepare to capture this astronomical event. The weather did not help much as they had many clouds and windy. I am preparing... Read More...

May 23
2016

Night of Museums 2016 - Sidewalk Astronomy

On May 21, in collaboration with the History Museum in Ramnicu Valcea, Romania, we attended the Night of Museums. People have witnessed multimedia presentations on astronomical topics, then they made observations by telescope. Read More...

May 22
2016

Tránsito de Mercurio 2016 desde el Táchira - Venezuela

A pesar de las condiciones meteorológicas Mercurio se deja ver Tránsito del planeta más cercano al sol desde la UNET El pasado 9 de mayo el Centro Astronómico Caronte de la Universidad Nacional Experimental del Táchira tuvo la oportunidad de documentar y divulgar un singular evento astronómico: el planeta Mercurio pasó por delante del Sol. Desde el Edificio C de la UNET esta agupación estudiantil adscrita al Decanato de Investigación se dió a la tarea de instalar un conjunto de instrumentos astronómicos que permitieron a propios y extraños observar uno de los planetas mas evasivos del sistema solar. Para el... Read More...

May 21
2016

Mars green for contest

Now i Try, whether i can Insert mars 2 nights before opposition, Since today's solar group Failed 100% due to Clouds! Hopefully i can That way insert mars! Read More...

May 20
2016

Mars Contest

Mars now Far more West compared to before. For my mother's sake is date reversed. I Tried to insert mars thro' telescope, But Only the 2 Without telescope landed in the report!! How can i insert mars photo?? Hopefullly it Finally worked!!! Read More...

May 20
2016

Global Astronomy Month 2016: Capture the exquisiteness of the night sky

The Department of Earth and Space Sciences celebrated the Global Astronomy Month 2016 with a theme of “Capture the exquisiteness of the night sky” last April 14, 2016 held at Aguho Elementary School, Barangay Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal. In lined with this, the officers of the RTU – Astronomy Society organized an astrophotography competition. The said event was participated by astronomy students and faculty of both Rizal Technological University and New Era University. Global Astronomy Month is celebrated every April by astronomers worldwide. The event was done to commemorate that we are one people under one sky. It brings ideas to... Read More...

May 17
2016

Leo Triplet

This photo was captured in Feb 6, 2016 in Caguas, Puerto Rico. It's a compilation of 50 frames of 60 sec each. I used the astronomical equipment Meade LX90, Celestron Advance VX Mount, Canon Rebel EOS 450D XSi, Orion Autoguider. I used editing software PixInsight and GIMP for processing and plate solving and image annotate. For more information of this photo, go to this hyperlink: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fN-aSruTW_s Read More...

May 17
2016

Bright bolide recorded over Espirito Santo, Brazil

Bolide recorded in southern Espirito Santo. The Exoss Citizen Science recorded a bolide early on 05/16/2016 at 4:22 am on the cities of the southern state of Espirito Santo . The event was filmed by three monitoring stations : Colatina -ES , San Jose de Uba -RJ and Campos dos Goytacazes -RJ. More details in press.exoss.org See video. Read More...

May 15
2016

May 14 - International Astronomy Day - Ramnicu Valcea, Romania

Saturday, May 14 , we joined other astronomy clubs in the country and the world in celebrating the International Astronomy Day. Despite the bad weather, we managed to give people the chance to see The Moon and Jupiter through a telescope. https://www.facebook.com/astronomie.valcea/ https://astronomievalcea.wordpress.com/ Read More...

May 15
2016

Southern Maine Astronomers Celebrate GAM Solar SunDay at LL Bean in Freeport, Maine

Members of Southern Maine Astronomers had a solar party for the public at LL Bean in Freeport, Maine. Many members brought telescopes, so we had many types for the people to look at the sun through and also a small radio telescope to hear the radio waves from the sun and satellites. I brought NASA Night Sky materials for people who were waiting to look through telescopes to make solar and lunar eclipses. We had many visitors and they all loved looking at our own star, the sun. Read More...

May 15
2016

GAM Transit of Mercury at Astronomical Society of Northern New England in Maine, USA

A small group of people gathered at the observatory for a viewing of the Transit of Mercury. We had amazing views from several telescopes. It was very special to me because my Nepali friend, who shared the skies in Nepal with me, was here in Maine to observe this event with us. It really felt like One People, One Sky!! :-) Read More...

May 15
2016

GAM SunDay at Astronomical Society of Northern New England in Maine

Astronomical Society of Northern New England celebrated GAM SunDay by viewing the sun through my dobsonian witha with a white light solar filter because the observatory scopes were not working properly. We had a great view of some sun spots through my telescope. We also used some materials from the NASA Night Sky Network to make solar and lunar eclipses with visitors and members. Read More...

May 14
2016

Watching Mercury Transit - rare celestial event.

by AP RADHAKRISHNA

We at St.Philomena College, Puttur, affiliated to Mangalore University, India, set up our 6 inch reflecting type astronomical telescope and projected the Sun on white board and observed the rare celestial event - Mercury Transit on 9th of May from 4.45 pm onwards. we could see the "SUN SPOT" on the image of the sun and then a black dot - the mercury and its transition - as time pass. Enthusiasts - teachers, students & general public - gathered on that hot sunny evening time to watch the celestial event. Great day. Transit of Mercury Read More...

May 13
2016

Mercury Transit 2016 at Planetarium Science Centre, Ghana

We held a Transit of Mercury viewing session using a Solarscope (simple projection device). We were lucky with clear skies all day, and despite our “low-tech” equipment, could make out a large irregularly-shaped sunspot, and the planet Mercury, clearly much darker and with a more definite circular shape compared to the sunspot. We had planned to use mirror projection as another way to view the transit (we had used this very successfully during the partial eclipse of November 2013) but on this occasion it was difficult to get a large enough and clear enough image. The light winds also made... Read More...

May 13
2016

Mercury Transit - Public Viewing in Laxenburg

On 9th May 2016 we organized an event in the beautiful Schlosspark Laxenburg near Vienna. All visitors from the Schlosspark were invited to join and take a closer look through our telescopes and observe this rare event. A lot of interested people took the chance and informed themselves and observed the Mercury transit with us. We also had a lot of info material and posters we could use to explain the Mercury transit. Fortunately we had a really beautiful weather and a clear sky. Even a local TV reporter team joined us for a report and an interview. We made... Read More...

May 13
2016

Mercury Transit - Public Viewing

Like many others in Austria we offered to visitors and walkers in our local town park a look to the Mercury transit on 9th May 2016. We had fine weather and we showed at our local Johannes-Kepler-Observatory the sun in white light and h-alpha light. Even at our outpost outside the city of Linz we had a little observing team showing this event to people of the neighborhood.Many people thought they can look to Mercury using sun eclipse glasses. They have been surprised that Mercury was so small and so they have been happy to see our smallest planet crossing... Read More...

May 13
2016

Mercury transit

We had a very nice weather, contrary to expectations, and we could see from Ramillies the entry of Mercury within the Sun's disk. We also had the visit of a journalist from Le Soir newspaper. We were about 25 persons, also bikers who passed by our site..And I got sun burned. We noticed how difficult it is to take a picture with a H-alpha filter. But we enjoyed it all. Read More...

May 13
2016

2016- Transit of Mercury

On May 2016, teachers and students from a public university and shool teachers in León, Nicaragua received talk about the transit of Mercury. Weather helped us with clear skies so afterwards they enjoyed to observed the Transit by themselves. ASAFILE members worked with the authorities of the University to explained to assitants of the talk about the causes of the transit, how often the transit occurs during this century, the double sunrise in the planet and its main characteristics. Emilio Zuniga Photos by: Orlando Cahvez Esquivel Read More...

May 12
2016

Mercury Transit 2016

Hello everybody, Here in Belgium, we had a clear sky during the 3 first hours of transit, with a quality of the sky transparency of 9/10. Contacts 1 & 2 could be observed, and pictures were taken. Unfortunately, the sky then come quickly to be cloudy, and observations were definitively not possible. By tradition, the weather in Belgium is against any observation when something special is to observe, something like that Scottish-people well known ... So this time, it was a little different! I was in contact with my friend Michel Deconninck (Aquarellia) to prepare this event, and were very... Read More...

May 12
2016

AWB - Trinidad and Tobago Astronomical Society - GAM2016 Conclusion

In observation of Global Astronomy Month 2016, #GAM2016 , the Trinidad and Tobago Astronomical Society (TTAS) created a Online Facebook Event Page entitled "The Past and Present of Astronomy". For each day in the month of April, a post was made in the public group event to re-illuminate some of the history of astronomy, highlighting some of the influential persons in astronomy. For the o nline event page, 30 posts were made and all can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/events/520045464870457/ . Names and blurbs posted included: Day 1 - Galileo Galilei Day 2 - Albert Einstein Day 3 - Ejnar Hertzsprung... Read More...

May 12
2016

Mercury Transit 2016

We ( Northeastern College Astronomical Society) had glorious weather for the morning session, here in Trinidad ( in west indies). First telescope was set up by 7am and the ingress was viewed. A science organisation ( NIHERST) joined us with their Coranado Solar Telescopes. Over the course of the morning more than 230 persons ( mainly students) viewed Mercury's progress across the sun. From one of the Personal Solar Telescopes we could easily see prominances erupt from the sun's surface. By Lunch clouds rolled in and they decided to stay. It was a fantastic event and very well appreciated by... Read More...

May 12
2016

Mercury Transit under clouds

We had a terrible bad weather here in Provence, this is really not common for the saison. At first we visit 4 class of the school of the village of Riez-la-Romaine. We can show them the phenomenon via the SIDC (Solar Influence Data Center) internet site, then we can show nice satellite views in real time. One hundred students were happy to receive answers to an astronomical number of questions. The main message from us was that this kind of transit is used with other stars, by the professionals, to find exoplanets. They like that! After the school we had... Read More...

May 12
2016

Mars Contest

Since i read about Mars Contest, i watch during clear nights, noticed marsmove east above Antares, Then West Read More...

May 12
2016

Mercury tranzits from Azerbaijan.

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