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Dec 07

Discovery Report from International Astronomical Search Collaboration

I'm so proud to announce that our team in Afaghrahbar Azarbayjan institute, from the October 2018 campaign of IASC, has discovered 2 asteroids attained provisional status. In the first step, we found 35 asteroids as preliminary discovery and finally 2 asteroids attained provisional status. Our team members: Miss. Sara Seyed hatami (team leader) Mr. Morteza Naderifard Miss. Sareh Vahedi A preliminary discovery is the first, original observation of new asteroid. The asteroid must be observed a second time within the next 7-10 days. If it is, then the discovery is changed to provisional status by the Minor Planet Center (MPC).... Read More...

Dec 04

School Outreach in Dubai

On November 20 th 2018, The UAE Astronomy Group & Astronomers Without Borders organized an outreach program at a local elementary school in Dubai's Motor City. 4 presentations lasting 1 hour each were given throughout the day, reaching a total of 240 children. The specific goals were as follows: Complement the ongoing study of astronomy in the school's science department. Build the awareness and belief that amateur astronomy is for everyone. Introduce students to astronomical equipment and show them the basics of using it. Advise students on how to get started, and what objects for beginners are the most satisfying... Read More...

Dec 04

The Adventure of Golden Records 3

The Adventure of Golden Record's III. Adventure of the golden discs on the legendary scientist Carl Sagan and the golden discs of Voyager. Celebrating the National Astronomy Day in Brazil. Astronomy is the oldest of the sciences from the ancestral ages, the stars were studied for practical purposes, such as measuring the passage of time to predict the best time for planting and harvesting, or for purposes more closely related to astrology, such as forecasting future, since they believed that the gods of the sky had the power of the harvest, of the rain and even of the life. On... Read More...

Dec 03

AWB-SERBIA - IMPORTANT SCHOOL PROJECT

Konstantin Gracanin is 11 years old and goes to the elementary school in Belgrade, Serbia. He made a project to show how our planet looks from inside. Read More...

Dec 01

Supernova from M77, picture from Bucharest Astroclub, Romania on November 30th, 2018

47 million years ago, a giant star from the Messier 77 Galaxy in the direction of the constellation Cetus collapsed gravitationally. In a few seconds, it nucleus undergoes a cataclysmic implosion that raises it temperature to several billion degrees Kelvin and whose shock wave spreads to the outer layers of the star making it to explode. It's just a type II Supernova. The giant temperature and pressure generated by this explosion are large enough to produce heavier chemical elements such as gold and platinum inside the star. The supernovae are so bright that if it is placed at a distance... Read More...

Nov 24

Astroclubul Bucuresti finished Astronomy Workshop in Bucharest, Romania (21th November 2018)

Astroclubul Bucuresti recently finished an Astronomy Workshop consisting of 11 lectures/sessions, each featuring practical applications as well. The participants were introduced in the numerous aspects of amateur astronomy: learning the night sky, handling a telescope, learning how astronomical observations are done, taking their first steps in astrophotography, spectroscopy in astronomy, etc. The workshop ended on the 21st of November 2018 with a tour of the Astronomical Institute of Romanian Academy in Bucharest. Also, each participant received a diploma for finishing the workshop. We are always eager to share our passion with other people and to continuously increase the ranks of... Read More...

Nov 17

When Worlds Erupt: Volcanism in the solar system

In 1995, Merry Edenton-Wooten, former Executive Secretary of the Astronomical League, used oils to create the artwork for a new and prophetic planetarium program, "When Worlds Erupt". Later NASA, ESA, and JAXA missions proved many of her artistic insights correct, as noted by Cassini imaging director Carolyn Porco of JPL and Dr. Tony Phillips of SpaceWeather. Her paintings are now on loan to the Space and Science Theater Planetarium at Pensacola State College. Here is a .pdf paper on her work and subsequent discoveries. https://lookaside.fbsbx.com/file/When%20Worlds%20Erupt_2017.pdf?token=AWwcA3J8coCZ5JTMhAJcRCH9GjWJlAw84bXQ0yT7hkaPs2l72dfDAYC-aYZKY0qtiM3nJpUHXyEEn_Rye61EGbobIZwwxBxDNQQyyduWMc7ZuqLBG8kWysbcyi6o8cn_sBAov2gjlWQLKZChwhcLIOuV Read More...

Nov 17

When Worlds Erupt: Volcanism in the solar system

In 1995, Merry Edenton-Wooten, former Executive Secretary of the Astronomical League, used oils to create the artwork for a new and prophetic planetarium program, "When Worlds Erupt". Later NASA, ESA, and JAXA missions proved many of her artistic insights correct, as noted by Cassini imaging director Carolyn Porco of JPL and Dr. Tony Phillips of SpaceWeather. Her paintings are now on loan to the Space and Science Theater Planetarium at Pensacola State College. Here is a .pdf paper on her work and subsequent discoveries. https://lookaside.fbsbx.com/file/When%20Worlds%20Erupt_2017.pdf?token=AWwcA3J8coCZ5JTMhAJcRCH9GjWJlAw84bXQ0yT7hkaPs2l72dfDAYC-aYZKY0qtiM3nJpUHXyEEn_Rye61EGbobIZwwxBxDNQQyyduWMc7ZuqLBG8kWysbcyi6o8cn_sBAov2gjlWQLKZChwhcLIOuV Read More...

Nov 15

Building STEM spyglasses for Puerto Rico and Ciencia PR

While working with my astronomy students at Pensacola State College, the Escambia Amateur Astronomers built and distributed over 100 Galileoscopes, equipped with Baader solar filters from our sponsor, Draco Productions, in preparation for the eclipse in August 2017. Alas, these are no longer available, so I began looking around for a comparable scope kit for beginners. Back in 2009, the AL Reflector featured an article I wrote on using surplus optics to replicate Galileo's first scopes, at this link: https://lookaside.fbsbx.com/file/Galileo%20to%20Messier%20kit.pdf?token=AWz42YflUr1rOV2IXY4R4RHV072hYEOcLI2EQL09XovtIbvWFmtU8ToNpgQejoOoNjGU5PKE8UKOvd60qksBUFH2MYo8akPB8EkBk6wmNfq8l4hzCoSOQ2lntr1tlFbUQRFeBcjeIKgKI2A218NTl6ar I went to Surplus Shed for cheap achromats, and WalMart for inexpensive roof binocs to make a "spyglass" style terrestrail... Read More...

Nov 15

Building STEM spyglasses for Puerto Rico and Ciencia PR

While working with my astronomy students at Pensacola State College, the Escambia Amateur Astronomers built and distributed over 100 Galileoscopes, equipped with Baader solar filters from our sponsor, Draco Productions, in preparation for the eclipse in August 2017. Alas, these are no longer available, so I began looking around for a comparable scope kit for beginners. Back in 2009, the AL Reflector featured an article I wrote on using surplus optics to replicate Galileo's first scopes, at this link: https://lookaside.fbsbx.com/file/Galileo%20to%20Messier%20kit.pdf?token=AWz8f7xiVHjP-lVff5D3p-NDCQq0SBa49C-J_9LOFhg2in9YulTSV85GhOaWmS4bWpUdzJy-fKQwfWvVpbEeLB-D7_DFtM4nZdkqMaME2psu_K53OUquCSzdDrBYu8AtbUyFfGOub8b97QrA_YqQw78X I went to Surplus Shed for cheap achromats, and WalMart for inexpensive roof binocs to make a "spyglass" style terrestrail... Read More...

Nov 05

Hope in the brightness of the stars for Brazil.

After the Epic Year of Astronomy in 2009, with 100 hours of Astronomy, clubs and Self-appointed Organizations appear in hundreds, and of course Brazil was no different, Brazil enjoyed one of its best economic, social moments, The dollar with low cost , made Astronomia Cultural Florescer. But all this ended between 2012-2018 when buying an average astronomical equipment became a battle, on account of the dollar's rise, inflation, unemployment and import surcharges. Through the Wrong of the Authorities, corruption scandal about 8.1 trillion reais were stolen from our nation. We arrived at one of the darkest and darkest times for... Read More...

Nov 02

ARE WE REALLY RIGHT?

when a modern physicist thinks about the extraterrestrial life we think it must be some life in a micro or macro form different from us living on a habitable planet. Habitable? I think that we need to rethink a bit about our definition of habitable conditions and redefine life.i think what we think is habitable might be horrible for other life forms. Might be they are evolved to live without oxygen and earth temperature maybe they are able to live within -200 k or even at 1000 degrees. I think we need to define life with a wide ranged definition.... Read More...

Nov 01

Targoviste International Astro-Fest and AWB & SARM Cosmopoetry Show 2018

by Frances Azaren

“Come with us to admire the splendors of the starry sky. Look at the bright stars and discover He Who Created The Light.” -Valentin Grigore- Under this motto, Valentin Grigore founded the Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy (SARM) in 1993, imprinting to it a special motto, astronomy-culture-art-education-society. In 2009 Astronomers Without Borders organized, during the International Year of Astronomy, the largest ever world astronomical festival, 100 Hours of Astronomy, with 2400 events in 100 countries (in which SARM organized in Targoviste “the second largest event”), and in 2010 they assumed to organize annually the Global Astronomy Month, along with... Read More...

Nov 01

My visit to ASTROFEST 2018 in Targoviste/Romania

Crossing borders again and meeting friends from around the globe. Following some of my impressions Valentin Grigore the Romanian AWB- National Coordinator announced, due to late funding grants very short dated, ASTROFEST-2018 in Targoviste (18. - 20. October). Anyway, for me it was clear to join. I visited Valentin already during GAM2011 .... so it was high noon to do this again. This meant 2500 km -there and back- driving by car for Ulrike, my wife, and me. Just to get an idea of this, because there are not everywhere motorways, I needed for example from Sibiu to Targoviste, where... Read More...

Nov 01

Late flashback - [email protected] in Vienna

Better late than never following some pictures and notes to remember the XXXth General Assembly, August 20-31, 2018. As part of a nice collaboration between professional and amateurastronomers I had the pleasure to assist at the ÖGAA-booth during the IAU -General Assmbly for some days. The ÖGAA booth was arranged by professional and amateurastronomers together - the 6m wide image of milkyway in the background was done by Erich Meyer an amateur of our astronomical association. There I had the pleasure to say welcome to many famous people and astronomers around the world ..... ... for example Mike Simmons who... Read More...

Oct 28

Unawe Malaysia Young Space Camp in conjunction with World Space Week 2018

6 October 2018 - Apadilangit (Universe Awareness Malaysia) organized Malaysia Space Camp in conjunction with World Space Week 2018. Main objective of this camp is to inspire Malaysia young generation with our wonderful cosmos. It is also to promote global citizenship. 30 primary schools students around Kuala Lumpur and Selangor participated in this event. Most of the activities are hands-on activities. Students work in groups of 5 and do the activities given. Participants are asked to write their Cosmic address and later exploring our solar system with puzzle and crossword puzzle. The fun part is building sun, earth and moon... Read More...

Oct 27

InOMN 2018 in Spain

The International Night of the Observation to the Moon (InOMN) had great acceptance in Spain and nearly 100 activities took place between the 19th and 20th of October. This event organized by the outreach team of NASA's LRO mission has been carried out since 2010, but has not had so much impact until this year that it has been promoted in the country by the Astronomical Federation and the coordinator of Astronomers Without Borders in Spain , although some entities did know the event and also helped to promote the activity. Spain has been the country that has generated the... Read More...

Oct 26

Astroclubul Bucuresti at Astrofest 2018 in Targoviste, Romania

Astroclubul Bucuresti was invited to participate at the International Science Festival AstroFest October 2018, held in the city of Targoviste, Romania. The event was hosted by SARM (Romanian Astronomical Meteor Society), a dedicated amateur astronomer society, led by Valentin Grigore, its tireless and enthusiastic President. We had the honor and the pleasure of meeting the leadership of the Astronomers Without Borders organization, represented by AWB Founder and President Mike Simmons. We also met numerous other important personalities that participated in the event, coming from countries all around the globe, such as Canada, France, Austria, Australia, United Arab Emirates and the... Read More...

Oct 22

San Antonio Astronomical Association - Celestron NexYZ

My name is Mike Young. I am a member of the San Antonio Astronomical Association. I am very active with Daneille in our outreach activities. I have the Celestron NexYZ Smartphone Adapter you graciously donated to us. She asked me to evaluate and learn to use it because I have a high level of technical expertise. I have an Orion #5347 Smartphone Adapter which I have found to be somewhat cumbersome to use. So I was excited to try the Celestron adapter. I have a Celestron NexStar 6SE telescope. Our weather here in San Antonio has been really bad for... Read More...

Oct 21

LAAS Public Star Party - Oct. 20, 2018 - Additional Photos by Todd Kunioka/LAAS

Additional photos available at: https://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesAstronomicalSociety/ Read More...

Oct 21

LAAS Public Star Party - Oct. 20, 2018

The Los Angeles Astronomical Society (LAAS) Public Star Party - Oct. 20, 2018 Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, CA USA Members of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society treated observatory visitors to views of the night sky last night on the lawn in front of the Griffith Observatory. Dave Pinsky and Joe Phipps shared the following photos from the event. Joe was using the club's 26 Inch telescope and took two photos with his cell phone, one a photo of a visitor viewing the moon. Dave captured the full beauty of the moon in his telescope and provided two additional photos... Read More...

Oct 20

International Observe the Moon Night

The NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center and its partners, the Delmarva Space Sciences Foundation, hosted an event on Friday, October 19, 2018 to celebrate International Observe the Moon Night. Participants started the evening out with a Moon presentation in the Visitor Center auditorium. During the presentation we highlighted featrues of the Moon, NASA missions to the Moon and kicked-off the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Program. Resources in the exhibit hall featured the Moon, NASA Missions to the Moon and InOMN. After the presentation, telescope viewing was available on the side lawn. Participants had a chance to see Saturn... Read More...

Oct 05

Public Star Party

Public Star Party - The Los Angeles Astronomical Society Date: Oct. 20, 2018 Time: 2:00PM to 9:45 PM Location: Griffith Observatory/2800 Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027 It is International Observe The Moon Night (IOMN) - The Luna'tics will be out in numbers - Stop by and howl at the moon! Free public star parties are held monthly at Griffith Observatory from 2:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. with the assistance of volunteers from the Los Angeles Astronomical Society , the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers , and The Planetary Society. They are a chance for the whole family to look at... Read More...

Oct 04

BEIJING ANCIENT OBSERVATORY - GABRIEL JAIMES

Greetings and Clear Skies! On October, 1st I had the opportunity to visit the Ancient Observatorie in Beijing, China. Declared as UNESCO world Astronomical Heritage, the observatory was built in 1442 with Ming dinasty and during Qing dinasty it was expanded. It is located in DongCheng District. Besides structures, eight bronze instruments were constructed by Qing dinasty with Flemish Jesuit Ferdinand Verbiest: Chidao jingwei yi / 赤道经纬仪 - Equatorial armillary sphere Huangao jingwei yi / 黄道经纬仪 - Ecliptic armillary sphere Tianti yi / 天体仪 - Celestial Sphere Diping jingyi / 地平经仪 - Azimuthal ring Xiangxian yi / 象限仪 - Quadrant... Read More...

Sep 29

AWB SERBIA - BEST SCHOOL WORK OF SUN SYSTEM MODEL

Students of the school in Belgrade, Serbia made a model of the Sun System. It took several days, while the works were finished. The young Konstantin Gracanin handed the most beautiful work. Read More...