Event Reports

Aug 29

Asante Sana Chuck & Sue Ruehle, Kai Staats, and Astronomers Without Borders

by Kai Staats

AWB Update - August 26, 2019 at 4:25 AM In the summer of 2010 Sue and Chuck Ruehle traveled from Wisconsin to Northern Tanzania, and brought with them three 50mm... Read More...

Aug 29

Working Hand-in-Hand For a Common Goal Builds Strong Connections

by Kai Staats

AWB Update - August 25, 2019 at 2:52 AM Yesterday, Saturday, August 24 saw an even more engaged venture than Friday, from mid morning 'till 3 am when the taxi... Read More...

Aug 29

Busy Day to Finish Items on the ToDo List

by Kai Staats

AWB Update - August 23, 2019 at 11:59 PM Yesterday was a whirlwind, go-go-go attempt to cross off as many final items from our TODO list. We returned to the... Read More...

Aug 29

Reflections - This Is Just the Beginning!

by Kai Staats

AWB Update - August 22, 2019 at 11:46 PM Today (Friday) is my second to last day in Tanzania. Sunday morning I fly to Cape Town, South Africa where I... Read More...

Aug 29

A Busy Day at Mt. Meru Astronomical Observatory

by Kai Staats

AWB Update - August 22, 2019 at 11:28 PM Yesterday saw a whirlwind of activity, morning 'till night. Zacharia was successful in his first installation of Ubuntu and installation of... Read More...

Aug 28

Empyreal Medusa

Medusa Nebula, serpentine haired, has never appeared more stunning, not the mortal terror Perseus dared to behead through fearless cunning. Indeed it's the death of a star we see fifteen... Read More...

Aug 26

Kai Rebuilds More Telescopes

by Kai Staats

AWB Update - August 21, 2019 at 12:55 PM Today Eliatosha, Eliona and I rebuilt the 3" Celestron refractor and a smaller, longer focal length Meade refractor telescope. It took... Read More...

Aug 26

Group Completes Work at Organization for Science Education and Observatory at Ailanga Secondary School

by Kai Staats

AWB Update - August 20, 2019 at 11:53 AM Today we completed the sorting and cleaning of the Organization for Science Education and Observatory (OSEO) at Ailanga Secondary School, taking... Read More...

Aug 23

Mt. Meru Astronomical Observatory Hosts Astronomy Ambassadors Meeting

by Kai Staats

AWB Update - August 19, 2019 at 11:39 AM Today was a big day, from sunrise to sunset. Eliona arrived to my lodge a bit past 7:00 am to engage... Read More...

Aug 23

Mt. Meru Astronomical Observatory Is Becoming a Warm and Welcoming Place

by Kai Staats

AWB Update - August 17, 2019 at 1:06 PM Today Elineema, Zacharia, and I applied a water-based polyeurethane to the observatory floor. It took three weeks to find a shop... Read More...

Aug 22

Mt. Meru Astronomical Observatory Gets a New Floor

by Kai Staats

AWB Update - August 16, 2019 at 10:14 PM Yesterday was ... challenging. We emptied the entire observatory, including removal of the telescope from the Dec arm to make way... Read More...

Aug 22

Astrotreasures in Romania (13)

The Constanta Planetarium was inaugurated in 1969 and will celebrate 50 years soon. Placed close to the Black Sea, it is an important attraction for tourists, who can admire specific... Read More...

Aug 22

Astrotreasures in Romania (12)

This is my second vision of the Christian-Orthodox Monastery of Arges, which was founded in 1514 by Neagoe Basarab, ruler (“voievod” and “domnitor”) of Wallachia. Later it became a national... Read More...

Aug 22

DEVELOPMENT OF FREE DESIGN PLANISPHERE - ASTROEDU - COCCHABAMBA #IAU100

Hi Astronomers! As part of the free teacher workshop ASTROEDU - COCHABAMBA event, part of the "Open Astronomy Schools" of The International Astronomical Union (IAU). Link of the AstroEdu -... Read More...

Aug 16

Group Focused on RA Gearbox and CCD Camera

by Kai Staats

AWB Update - August 15, 2019 at 9:57 AM Today was a slow day focused on just two objectives: getting the RA gearbox to chatter lessus and learning to use... Read More...