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Aug 05

10 years of Hill of Beyond Full Moon Reunions.

10 Years of Hill of Beyond. . In this seventh edition of the Festival do Brilho, we celebrate 10 years of a very special project and internationally known the Full Moon Renions at Morro do Alem. The meetings started even before the formation of the Gunstar Team, where we climbed the hill with only friends and family from our clan and right when we saw a telescope, people were already somehow attracted to observation, that's when we thought ... because not to open this enchantment opportunity for all people the following month in September we started the official activities and... Read More...

Aug 02

Interview- Students from the military civic college of Goias talks about Astronomy and Robotics projects

Interview - Students from the military civic college of Goias talks about Astronomy and Robotics Projects Students from the military college Padre Pelagio de Goianiara went to the Gunstar headquarters for a super live talking about school projects for the next Robotica peasant camps. Professor Jerfesson L brought students representing the team they work on and 2 fronts: 1 the RBI - 19 robot is a medical robot project to measure people's temperature autonomously to face Covid19, the second is a prototype inspired by the Mars mission with the ingenuity drone probe made with low cost and recycled parts. In... Read More...

Aug 01

Astronomy Festival 2020 in Gori, Georgia

On July 31, 2020, with the funding of #SRNSFG - Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia, organized by the Georgian Astronomy Club, an Astronomy Festival was held in the state recreation area “New Garden”, Gori, Georgia. Astronomical Festival "Astrofest - 2020" is a public event that includes popular lectures and telescope observations of celestial bodies (Sun, Jupiter, Saturn, constellations). The event is also sponsored by the official partner of #Celestron in Caucasus - #Planetarium. The event has no age restrictions and is completely free! The Astronomy Club offered its telescopes to the attendees, though some brought their own optics.... Read More...

Jul 25

Glorious Day - Gunstar making the news - Long live to Gunstar.

On the 22nd at 18:45 a Big Bólido literally tears the skies of Brazil, especially the State of Goias, almost immediately the phones and chats of all our social networks are overloaded with several testimonies about the sighting of a big ball of fire, was reported to us in several municipalities in Goias, São Paulo and Minas Gerais. The buzz was such that of course the great media reported the event and of course those of the Gunstar Team as a reference of Astronomy in Goias was called to give explanations about the fact live on the biggest local news... Read More...

Jul 22

Glitter Festival Advance on the Astro adventure.

In the second round of Festival Actions, which was scheduled for an Epic visit where it all started in the city of Crominia, it was postponed (canceled) due to municipal decrees, temporarily preventing tourist visits due to the high number of people infected with the Corona virus. So we followed plan B, and left with a small group to investigate a possible meteorite found in Faina, a region of Goias close to the famous Araguaia River. A complete Astro adventure, where we take samples of meteorites from Goias to the natives in a super didactic presentation about the meteorites, hunting... Read More...

Jul 21

Astronomy Festival "AstroFest_2020" in Telavi, Georgia.

On July 20, 2020, with the funding of #SRNSFG - Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia, organized by the Georgian Astronomy Club, an Astronomy Festival was held near the King Erekle monument in Telavi, Georgia. Astronomical Festival "Astrofest - 2020" is a public event that includes popular lectures and telescope observations of celestial bodies (Sun, Jupiter, Saturn, constellations). The event is also sponsored by the official partner of #Celestron in Caucasus - #Planetarium. The event has no age restrictions and is completely free! The Astronomy Club offered its telescopes and binoculars to attendees, though some brought their own optics.... Read More...

Jul 16

AWB SERBIA - ASTRONOMY QUIZ ON JULY 15th 2020

Every 15th of the month, except in April, AWB is organizing a small quiz featuring 10 questions on a selected astronomical subject. On July 15th, 2020, the 5th year with 42th quiz took place, the theme of the day was: "Exo planets". We had 76 participants, each of whom got a free e-book on astronomy. Those who had all 10 answers correct, received an e-book and a gold certificate. Read More...

Jul 12

Comet NEOWISE

Friday 10 July 2020, I got to our observation field at 22:30 CET with in mind the info that according to Stellarium, comet NEOWISE could be visible before midnight. The sky is perfect! Jupiter, Saturn are there, and I use my Nexstar 6-inches and spot the moons. I also use my eVscope and take pictures of the deep sky objects. I spot the milky way. A friend texts me he saw the comet, so I take my binoculars with stabilator and manage to see it!! I answer back I could also see it...He lost track, but I was a little... Read More...

Jul 07

The biggest Astro adventure of the Year will started

The Glitter Festival 2020 Astronomy festival of the State of Goias has started with a Skyrunners theme. This year we will have several activities, including Planetarium Sessions Online, meteor shower transmission, photo and record expeditions, mini documentaries, and 2 face-to-face events. In its 7th Edition celebrating the 10 years of the IGTAC Gunstar team. we consider historical edition and of great relevance since 98, 9% of the astronomy institutions of our State, Country and of the world are paralyzed but in the ones of Gunstar we continue creating protocols of biosafety for the observation being faithful to our main motto... Read More...

Jul 05

Annular Solar Eclipse of June 21, 2020 at the MMAO Summary

by Kai Staats

As the Ailangs school is not yet in session, and the boarding students not yet returned to campus due to COVID-19, ambassadors Zacharia, Eliona, Pendaeli, OSEO Board member Thomas Mbise, and just a few local students came together at the Mt. Meru Astronomical Observatory (maintaining relative safe distance) to observe the Annular Solar Eclipse of June 21, 2020. While we were challenged by the cloud cover, it opened up a few times to enable us to view the movement of the Moon relative to the face of the Sun a number of times. We were able to post a series... Read More...

Jul 04

Solar Eclipse 2020 real photograph of 98% coverage on 21st June from Kurukshetra, India

Greetings from Team SciComm! It is our immense pleasure to share with you the live experience as well as the photograph of Solar Eclipse 2020 which is covered by Team SciComm India. We have covered almost every single solar eclipse since the initiation but this time it was more special as the Annular Solar Eclipse is coincidental with the Summer Solstice. India was one of the best visible spots in the world to view this "Ring of Fire". SciComm India had put forth the initiative and effort to provide the best view of the Solar Eclipse from the city with... Read More...

Jul 03

QUARANTINE ASTRONOMY - JULY 2020 - BOLIVIA

Hello Astronomers! For sure this period of quarantine was challenging for everyone. Furthermore a positive mind is more than important! We will overcome this time. But it should be noted that spending time in backyard, having a clearer sky and gathering knowledge for Star Gazers was a suitable situation in this period! So following some pics for Astronomy till June! This time was for Refractor Bresser Telescope 90/900: Two objects to present: Saturn Jewel Box NGC 4755 We will keep improving, till moment already find many mistakes that at the moment looked like great pics, so this is what an... Read More...

Jun 24

Solar Observation

Our nearest star,the Sun is a huge globe of hot gas.This charged gas moves and generates powerful magnetic field.The sun's magnetic field goes through a cycle of approximately 11 years known as solar cycle.In a solar cycle the sun's activity is measured in terms of change in the number of sunspots on the solar surface.Sunspots are darker regions of strong magnetic fields and lower temperature than the surrounding photospheric temperature.So sunspots look darker against the brighter photospheric background.They have distinct pattern and can be easily seen when the sun's image is projected onto a white surface. Solar cycle 24 was... Read More...

Jun 23

Using YouTube to maintain outreach activities during Covid-19

I Normally I would be busy with me Mobile Planetarium, but since March I have had no work at all. To maintain my business presence in the workplace and to help both schools and Home education, I upped the output of my YouTube Channel, 'Auriga Astronomy - Science made Simple'. Since March I have gained two thousand subscribers and created short (ten minutes and under) videos on mainly Astronomical or Physics related topics, from 'Why the Sky is Blue', to Red Shift and Hubbles Law. Due to time restraints right now, I am producing a series of under 5 minute... Read More...

Jun 23

Annular Solar eclipse of June 21,2020

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon moves between the Sun and the Earth.There are three types of solar eclipses namely total,annular,partial.In an annular solar eclipse the moon covers the sun from the centre.This makes the outer rim of the sun perceptible and this phenomenon is popularly known as 'ring of fire'.On 21 June,2020 the annular eclipse is visible from parts of Africa,Asia,northern India including Central African Republic,Ethiopia and many other places but since I live in kolkata which is in eastern part of India so from there only the partial eclipse is visible.I caputured some pictures of the event... Read More...

Jun 20

African Astronomical Society Eclipse Resources

by Kai Staats

The African Astronomical Society is coordinating a pan-African public campaign for the 21 June solar eclipse in collaboration with outreach experts across the continent. It has made several resources available in Kiswahili, Amharic, and English. All resources are free for download and to be shared widely. MMAO is proud to have played a part in translation, orchestration, and weather permitting—a live broadcast from the observatory in Meru, Arusha, Tanzania. Find here a summary of the resources available to learn about and then safely observe the annular solar eclipse Sunday, June 21. As noted on the website Time and Date, “The... Read More...

Jun 19

Occultation of Venus by the Moon

4YINFO - today's Occultation of Venus by the Moon - attached my friend's picture (Herbert Raab - Kepler Observatory Linz - author of "Astrometrica" - http://www.astrometrica.at ) who used successfully a hole in the clouds :-) C-8 (f=2000mm) and Canon EOS 550D, 1/500 sec, ISO 100. Unfortunately during the exit it was cloudy. Klick on the picture for a higher resolution. Regards Joe Read More...

Jun 16

AWB SERBIA - ASTRONOMY QUIZ ON JUNE 15th 2020

Every 15th of the month, except in April, AWB is organizing a small quiz featuring 10 questions on a selected astronomical subject. On June 15th, 2020, the 5th year with 42th quiz took place, the theme of the day was: "Neutron stars". We had 113 participants, each of whom got a free e-book on astronomy. Those who had all 10 answers correct, received an e-book and a gold certificate. Read More...

Jun 07

Live Talk on Stellar Evolution

Bangladesh Astronomy Research Center (BARC) is going to organize an event on “Live Talk on Stellar Evolution.” This event is jointly organized by “Bangladesh Astronomy Research Center (BARC) and Tunisian Association of Young Astronomers.” This is the very first international collaboration between them. This live talk will be available on the official Facebook Page. The event will be held on June 8, 2020. Event Time: 7pm (BD Time) 1pm GMT 3pm CEST Bangladesh Astronomy Research Center is trying to spread astronomy all over Bangladesh. Their motto is to spread astronomy and create a strong astro community within the country and... Read More...

Jun 06

Asteroid Day 2020 Kick Star in Goyaz

Starting the work of the international day of Asteroid, the Gunstar team taking advantage of the partial eclipse of the moon, we organized a meeting at the traditional meeting point in Goiânia, Morro do alem. Following all the guidelines of the Health Authority, wearing masks, observing social distance and using Alcohol for hands and without touching telescopes a good number of enthusiasts attended the event, a very positive result shows that Astronomy can adapt to the new reality and continue to serve the public in a safe and peaceful way. Goiania is the largest city in the world in number... Read More...

May 30

Another prominent place to spread AWB's slogan

Today I distributed the 100YearIAU-Report in Austria. Link 100Year-IAU-Info website: https://iau.org/news/announcements/detail/ann20019/ Direct-document-download-link: https://www.iau.org/static/archives/announcements/pdf/iau100-final-report-ann20019.pdf I used this opportunity to introduce myself as the new IAU-NOC (IAU-National Outreach Coordinator Austria). Following link shows my profile picture and how I implemented our slogan "One People, One Sky" ;-) https://sites.google.com/oao.iau.org/iauoaonews/national-pages/Austria I have undertaken this position quite recently and I am trying now to recruit some more people to get involved in our local National-Outreach-Committee and trying to enliven and to coordinate our outreach activities in our country, but of course this will take some time ... so please "stay tuned!" ;-) Greetings from Austria... Read More...

May 26

PUBLIC OUTREACH WORK DURING COVID19 TIMES

Here in Linz we (Kepler Observatory Linz / Kepler Sternwarte Linz) have the great opportunity to use the technical features of Ars Electronica Center to do several kinds of astronomy outreach activities during Covid19-times. The Ars Electronica Center is a modern museum of future and at time delivering any kind of sciences and arts to the homes. The center is distributing live-streams, presentations and science talks via Internet under the title "Ars Electronica Home Delivery" . We can use the capabilities of UNIVIEW-LIVE, a software which generates the nightsky in realtime calculation. It's no video! Normally the software is used... Read More...

May 21

AWB and Ciencia Puerto Rico Spyglasses featured in July Sky & Telescope, pages 74-5

Draco Productions made 100 STEM spyglasses for elementary schools in Puerto Rico. Mike Simmons and Greetchen Diaz coordinated the distribution and spanish language instructions for the 20x30 erect image scopes. Jerry Oltion of Sky and Telescope loved the fact that a good basic scope could be made for under $25, and that the construction could be used as an educational project on optics for school classes and Astronomy and Earth Day activities for whole families. For more information on how to build these spyglasses, link to: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.10156000093404302&type=3 Read More...

May 18

AWB SERBIA - ASTRONOMY QUIZ ON MAY 15th 2020

Every 15th of the month, except in April, AWB is organizing a small quiz featuring 10 questions on a selected astronomical subject. On May 15th, 2020, the 5th year with 41th quiz took place, the theme of the day was: "Electromagnetic spectrum". That was to celebrate Day of the Light on May 16. We had 114 participants, each of whom got a free e-book on astronomy. Those who had all 10 answers correct, received an e-book and a gold certificate. Read More...

May 15

Shots of the last Supermoon of the year: SUPER FLOWER MOON

A supermoon is a full moon or a new moon that nearly coincides with perigee - the closest that the Moon comes to Earth in its elliptic orbit - resulting in a slightly larger than usual apparent size of the lunar disk as viewed from Earth. The world witnessed 3 Supermoons currently: 1. March's Supermoon: Worm Moon 2. April's Supermoon: Pink Moon 3. May's Supermoon: Flower Moon I captured the last SUPERMOON of the year through smartphone. Sharing various shots of the SUPER FLOWER MOON! Read More...