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Jan 06

Annular Solar Eclipse 2019 December 26

Annular Solar Eclipse Public Observation Camp 2019 December 26 On 26th of coming December, As Sri Lanka got a very rare opportunity to observe an annular solar eclipse which was occurred during 7.45 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. time, we, J'Pura Astronomy Club (with the technological support of Arthur C. Clarke Institute and with the facilitation given by Security Force Headquarters, Iranamdu) have organized a public solar eclipse observational camp along with a special astronomical research project. We planned to conduct this camp in Iranamadu as the central pathway of the solar eclipse falls directly across it. For the programme, 52... Read More...

Jan 06

Night Sky Observation Camp 2019 - Organized by J'pura Astronomy Club

Night Sky Observation Camp 2019 This event was held the day before the Annular Solar Eclipse 2019 at Security Force Headquaters, Iranamadu, Sri Lanka. Both observational and fun items were practised for a better experience. Read More...

Dec 30
2019

STATISTICS OF ASTRONOMY QUIZZES AWB-SERBIA

Every 15th of the month, except in April, AWB is organizing a small quiz featuring 10 questions on a selected astronomical subject. This quiz can be participated by all interested people, regardless of nationality, level of knowledge or age. Off course, disabled people are always welcome. Those who had all 10 answers correct, receive an e-book and a gold certificate. At the end of each year, an electronic book of all questions and answers will be compiled and offered for download in Serbian language here: http://bit.ly/awb-download These are the quiz statistics for the last four years. We have had a... Read More...

Dec 29
2019

Annular Solar Eclipse 2019 Island-wide Project by NCAS

by NCAS

Nalanda College Astronomical Society (NCAS) and Nalanda College Alumni Astronomical Society (NCAAS) organized an island-wide project for the 2019 December 26 Annular Solar Eclipse, which included carrying out 6 observation events, and distributing solar eclipse observation glasses. A crew that included 22 members went to Jaffna Kaddaikadu Roman Catholic Tamil Mixed School to witness the annular solar eclipse and a crew of 10 members went to St. Joseph's College Anuradhapura. A small crew of three members went to Kanthale Central College to acquire data for research that will be conducted with the Arthur C. Clarke Institute. Another observation camp was... Read More...

Dec 29
2019

Proper Solar Safety

Activities like the annular solar eclipse last December 26 often get a lot of media attention. Astronomers and telescope manufacturers always caution against directly viewing the Sun, but sometimes the increased media attention brings a certain 'fear of missing out'. Several free telescope viewing setups were even deployed across the Philippine archipelago just to provide the public with a chance to view the eclipsed Sun safely. But since the activity falls right after Christmas and there is only so much ground that local astronomy groups can cover, people attempted to view and image the eclipse through unsafe methods. While events... Read More...

Dec 29
2019

Hamadryas Arete Planetarium Project .

Hamadryas arete is the name of the rare Starry Sky Butterfly, an itinerant Domestic planetarium light as the flight of a butterfly is where we got the inspiration for the project. At Gunstar Team we did a survey and we observed that the traditional centers of Astronomy and Planetarium functioned at their own pace and institutions and schools in others. We met the challenge of bringing to the Institutions a project that has flexibility to follow the school routine and not opposite, prioritizing it. Looking for interesting and quality solutions and tools for the dissemination of astronomy (cheap), we researched... Read More...

Dec 25
2019

Partial Solar Eclipse observation Ahmedabad

*SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING* *26th December 2019* 1AU in association with Hiramani School is happy to invite you for viewing the *Rare Celestial Event of Solar Eclipse* from Hiramani campus on 26th December 2019 from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. Groups of astronomers and volunteers would be conducting different activities related to Solar Eclipse observation. The event would host information exhibit on solar eclipse, activities, telescope projections, observation of eclipse by safe solar viewers, telescope viewing and several more. The event is a public awareness event and we request you to forward it to all Hiramani contacts of who would be... Read More...

Dec 20
2019

December 26, Annular Solar Eclipse Observing Public Camp at Ancient Jaffna Fort, Sri Lanka

Astronomical Research Institute, Sri Lanka (ARIS) collaborating with Anandian Astronomical Association, Star Party group and Mount K Adventure Resort organizes a public camp for observing the annular solar eclipse which will be happen on 26 th of December, 2019 and will be visible to Asia and Australia. We organize this event at ancient Dutch fort of Jaffna which is located in the Northern part of the Sri Lanka. We plan to conduct the public event in 3 main languages (Sinhala, Tamil and English) in Sri Lanka. The event will be started at 0800h and will be ended at 1130 h.... Read More...

Dec 17
2019

THINK GEOGRAPHY, THINK GOD

I want to thank everyone for the successful Geography Exam Competition tagged "Think Geography, Think God". The competition were focused majorly on Space and space related topics. Thanks to the Institute of Certified Geographers of Nigeria for their endorsement as regard to the promotion of dying Geography subject in our educational system. Thanks to Ezeudu Ikpa & Associates for their great support and backups. I won't forget to appreciate the Astronomers Without Borders for their good work in promoting the astronomy. Indeed, they are wonderful professional organization. I also appreciate the students that took part in the exam, for their... Read More...

Dec 04
2019

National Astronomy Day in Brazil - Adventure of the Golden Records 4 Annual Star Party.

Celebrating Astronomy Day in Brazil is a tribute to Dom Pedro II. The Brazilian emperor was born on December 2, 1825, in the São Cristóvão Palace, in Quinta da Boa Vista, city of Rio de Janeiro and, although not an astronomer, was a great promoter of the activity in Brazil. Lover of the arts and sciences, he actively participated in the development of the National Observatory, created by Dom Pedro I on October 15, 1827. The institution's main objectives were the orientation and study of the country's geography and the teaching of navigation. Dom Pedro II died on December 5,... Read More...

Nov 21
2019

Mercury Transit - Astronomy Outreach in New York City with the Amateur Astronomers Association (AAA)

What a beautiful, clear day for the Transit of Mercury which fell on Veterans Day, November 11, 2019! The Amateur Astronomers Association of New York did A LOT of outreach. We held over 10 separate outreach events for the Transit of Mercury. Events included: -Telescopes at locations in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island -A livestream of the Transit in collaboration with B&H Photo and Video embedded on our website homepage -Veterans Day Transit of Mercury Presentation: History and Mechanics of Transits at the B&H Event Space where the President of the AAA, Irene Pease and board member/... Read More...

Nov 20
2019

2018 Christmas Star Party

We held a successful Christmas star party last year (2018). There was approximately 40 guests who showed up, though at differing time intervals. We had four telescopes that were assembled, ready to observe the Moon and other objects within observable range. Cloud cover did make seeing conditions challenging, but gradually cleared up to allow for decent viewing. Among our guests were quite a few children with their parents. It is always a joy to be in the company of curious children. One of them came prepared for the occasion with a cool looking printed T-shirt depicting the solar system. His... Read More...

Nov 20
2019

Summer 2019 Competition

Our 2019 summer astronomy competition focused on essays arguing for why Guyana needs to preserve its dark skies. Below is the winning essayist who won herself a 70mm refractor telescope based on total average score among several other subsmissions. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. WE SHOULD PRESERVE ACCESS TO THE NIGHT SKY 2019. By Dharsanie Rampersaud Growing up, I was fortunate and still am to relish in the beauty and grandeur of the night sky. Whatever I'm today is because of the perspectives I have gained by looking at the night sky, and contemplating my... Read More...

Nov 19
2019

Mercury Transit Viewing in Harare, Zimbabwe

Despite not having any telescope, high school students and teachers in Harare, Zimbabwe had one of the best treats this year on the 11th of November. The students and teachers at Queen Elizabeth High School observed the Mercury Transit through the Virtual Telescope Project. The event was organised by Noor Academy, a start-up currently being incubated by the University of Zimbabwe. The event was attended by 30 high school students and 6 teachers. Read More...

Nov 16
2019

Mercury passing through the sun

On 11september l logged in to see the mercury passing through the sun and i took 5.5 hrs for it to pass through the sun and l learnt that this happens several times in a century Read More...

Nov 16
2019

Transit of Mercury - Ghana report

Two members of the Ghana Planetarium team shared the Transit of Mercury with close to 400 students and staff of Osu Presby Girls School in Accra! After a short talk on the Solar System, students were very excited to actually see planet Mercury using a Solarscope and also view the sun safely using eclipse glasses. (An astronomy club was recently set up at the school thanks to funding from the IAU 100 Special Projects) Read More...

Nov 16
2019

Transit of Mercury - Ghana report

Two members of the Ghana Planetarium team shared the Transit of Mercury with close to 400 students and staff of Osu Presby Girls School in Accra! After a short talk on the Solar System, students were very excited to actually see planet Mercury using a Solarscope and also view the sun safely using eclipse glasses. (An astronomy club was recently set up at the school thanks to funding from the IAU 100 Special Projects) Read More...

Nov 15
2019

A Transit Report

by Clarence G. Underwood

HI All, The transit is over, but not forgotten. I hosted an observation session in Esparto California. I had a turn out of 15 adults and four youths. The temperature was mild and the sky was clear with a haze. I used two telescopes, one was a Orion 130st reflector, with white light glass filter and the other scope was a PST. Both gave comfortable views of Mercury in transit. I setup at 7:30 and the bulk of the participants arrived about 8:10 and stayed until about 9:20. A good time was had by all and much Astronomy related information... Read More...

Nov 15
2019

Transit of Mercury Outreach at Shepard Park, Cocoa Beach Florida

I picked Shepard Park in Cocoa Beach as a sidewalk astronomy outreach place to honor Alan Shepard, Mercury program astronaut and first American in space, as well as the opportunity to see a SpaceX rocket launch. I prepared several things for my outreach: a Mercury helmet, a Mercury t-shirt, an Explore Scientific telescope (I am an ES brand ambassador) with a solar filter, a Sony A7RII for transit photography, an orange (a stand-in for the Sun), and a sand grain (there were plenty around). I set up distances from the Sun (orange) with chalk marks to illustrate the size and... Read More...

Nov 15
2019

Mercury Transit from Pensacola

We had clear skies for most of the event at the Pensacola State Planetarium. About 60 guests turned out. Our report on Facebook is at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.10156972406084302&type=3 Read More...

Nov 13
2019

Transit of Mercury observed in Campos dos Goytacazes- Brazil

by Marcelo de Oliveira Souza

Transit of Mercury observed in Campos dos Goytacazes- Brazil The team of the Louis Cruls Astronomy Club observed the Transit of Mercury on November 11, 2019, in the city of Campos dos Goytacazes located in Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil. It was possible to observe the transit until 16:30h UT. In the last 1 hour and thirty minutes of the Transit we had many clouds in the sky. 200 people obsverved the transit with us. Read More...

Nov 12
2019

No Transit of Mercury - event in Linz Austria, but ......

Unfortunately due to bad weather conditions and dense fog we had to cancel our planned public viewing event at our local Johannes Kepler observatory. So we could only offer some online- live-views from the Transit of Mercury to the few people who came despite fog to our observatory. So some people of our association decided to go outside of the city up to the hills and mountains in the surroundings of Linz to try to catch this event. And indeed above the fog there was a real chance to get some images of this rare event - following some pictures.... Read More...

Nov 12
2019

The Transit of Mercury

With the kids we watched Mercury transit. during transit, we saw a small black dot traveling through the face of the sun. Read More...

Nov 12
2019

Mercury transit in Batatais/SP - Brazil / Trânsito de Mercurio em Batatais/SP - Brasil

O Projeto Astronomia Para Todos - Batatais, proporcionou aos alunos, professores e funcionários da E.E. Silvio de Almeida e ao público em ge ral, a oportunidade de visualizarem o raro fenômeno do trânsito do planeta Mercurio em frente ao disco solar, ocorrido no dia 11 de novembro de 2019. Cerca de 220 pessoas puderam assistir a mais este espetáculo da natureza graças aos telescópios do Projeto. The Astronomy For All - Batatais Project provided students, teachers, and staff at E.E. Silvio de Almeida and the general public, the opportunity to view the rare phenomenon of the planet Mercurio's traffic in... Read More...

Nov 12
2019

The First Touch Encounter Between Mercury and Sun in Sky of Erbil

A wonderful moment, is here, in this simple shot with a great meanings Read More...