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This picture was taken in July 2014 by Valentin Grigore during the time of an astronomical camp for children, which he led in Runcu, Dambovita County, Romania.

31 July

July Google Hangout Available For Your Viewing Pleasure

If you missed our monthly hangout on July 31, 2014, no worries. We have it archived ready for you to enjoy whenever you like. This month our guests included   Daniela DePaulis AstroArtist, Mark Thompson of OPT Telescopes, and Bob Eklund, AstroPoetry...

30 July


  In the last episode of this mini-series dedicated to the Isaac Newton Telescope, we have to thank Dr. Ovidiu Vaduvescu, its current manager, who obtained the access for the SARM expedition 2014 to the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory...

15 July


Obviously, the Isaac Newton Telescope was named after he who, in the 17th century, founded classical mechanics formulating the laws of motion and universal gravitation, which are available anywhere in the Cosmos.

15 July


The 2.54-m Isaac Newton Telescope was launched in 1967 by Queen Elisabeth II in Sussex, in a site of the Royal Greenwich Observatory, becoming the symbol telescope and the largest telescope in the UK at its time. But in 1979,...

15 July


MAGIC or the Major Atmospheric Gamma-ray Imaging Cerenkov telescopic system was made in the 2000s in La Palma (Canary Islands), being at its time the largest of this kind in the world. It is fascinating to be there when its...

11 July

Special Astronomy for STEM Education Hangout

Astronauts Ron Garan and Anousheh Ansari join us for our special AWB Hangout, "Astronomy In the Development of STEM Education" on August 6, 2014 @ 16:00 UT / 12 pm ET/ 9 am PT .   Though often neglected in...

30 July

Telescopes To Tanzania Campaign In Third Week

Our fundraiser campaign on the Indiegogo crowdsourcing website is going strong - passing the 10% funding milestone - and there already has been quite a bit of media coverage too which has helped get the word out. Thanks so much...

17 July


This is a sequence taken by Valentin Grigore during an observational night at the Isaac Newton Telescope. It is interesting that, soon after the SARM expedition 2014 to La Palma, three astronomers of Romanian origin, Ovidiu Vaduvescu (manager at the...

15 July


After it was moved to La Palma, the Isaac Newton Telescope became also a symbol of entire European astronomy, many other telescopes being constructed after that on that island! So that in 1984, the Royal Family of Spain and a...

15 July

AWB Donation Thanks to OPT

The 10th annual Southern California Astronomy Expo , hosted by OPT Telescopes was a great event this year and a big one for AWB. A raffle of equipment donated by the attending vendors is always a highlight and this year...

13 July


Here is another vision on the ORM in La Palma, this time with: the Herschel Telescope (the second largest in Europe), the Swedish Solar Telescope (which produced the best images of the Sun in 2005) and the Dutch Open Telescope,...

10 July