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Nov 20

Astronomy Outreach at Marian Academy (2018)

I spent a couple hours with some very intelligent kids at Marian Academy on Friday, 23rd November. Marian Academy is a beautiful private school with a Roman Catholic heritage based on Carifesta Ave. I took my ES-AR 102mm refractor telescope to demonstrate to kids the parts of a telescope, and how to use its basic features. We discussed why pursuing astronomy as a hobby could be beneficial in many ways; for instance, developing a sense of passion or meaning in life. Astronomy can do that! I then discussed about astrophotography, explaining how easy it is to get involved in taking... Read More...

Nov 20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Nov 12

Hello Tiny Small Dot!

After long time of waiting and preparations, we as (Kurdistan Astronomical Organization) leaved center of Erbil city and climbed up to the top of mount Kosar, nearby 70 km east of Erbil, and about 935 meters above the sea level, right in front of Koya city. At first time we found a very nice location inside (Kosar Resort), but unfortunately, wind was blowing strongly at that location, then we decided to change it and finally we found a quite location behind a hill and away from active winds. Although we made an alternative piece of solar filter, but unfortunately it... Read More...

Nov 12

The Transit of Mercury in Erbil

AOYA has organized an astronomy activity at the Danielle Mitterand French School of Erbil on the morning hours of Monday, November 11. Unfortunately, the transit was visible only after 3:40 pm local time, it was not possible to carry on with any visual observation. Our team has given a 2 hours presentation tackling this rare astronomical event followed by a Q & A session. The feedback we received from the school management showed a very successful and informative event that was highly appreciated by students and the school's teaching team alike. We installed a telescope indoor and students were encouraged... Read More...

Nov 12

Gunstar Team ''Transito'' Report

An event in which we at Gunstar Team once again give priority to schools on the outskirts of our dear neighboring city Aparecida de Goiania. With Alpha team IGTAC-Gunstarteam in addition to the mercury traffic we also took advantage of the International Campaign for Astronomy Day IAU100 in Schools. , with a super Meteorite Exhibition, with music and culture, students will have a day of practical Ludicas and Didactic experiences besides observing the mercury traffic, taking advantage of the campaign for the 100 years we embrace this project becoming an official program of the Gunstar Team School Astronomy Day to... Read More...

Nov 11

Mercury transit from Kovin in Serbia

In Kovin, Serbia members of Astronomical Section PS Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj have organized observation of the transit of Mercury. Unfortunately , t he results were poor, it was partly cloudy. Read More...

Nov 11

Mercury transit from Krusevac in Serbia

In Krusevac, Serbia members of Astronomical Society Eureka have successfully organized observation of the transit of Mercury. Members of the Society were able to record the flow of transit from the beginning to the maximum, when the Sun set down. Many citizens who were in the park together with members were able to observe and photograph the transit wiuth telescope SkyWatcher 90/900 using indirect method of observation, while the telescope SkyWytcher 150/750 was used to photographe transit with NikonD3100 camera. We can say that this event was a success and we hope to further similar events. Read More...

Nov 11

Mercury Transit was a success!

Contrary to both my expectations and the weather forecast, the Sun rose into a clear sky here in San Francisco, for our first fog-free morning in a week! I set up my 5" Orion Maksutov-Cassegrain in Duboce Park, outside our apartment, equipped with a Baader AstroSolar filter, around 8:30 AM. The park was quiet - it's the Veterans' Day holiday here - but very soon a few people stopped by. One of them turned out to my friend Christian, who happened to be visiting from Brussels! We spotted Mercury crossing the Sun's disk quite clearly. Another friend, Aaron, stopped by... Read More...

Nov 08

Mercury Transit, Mexico City

I am organizing an observation for this coming Monday the 11th, I have only one Coronado Telescope, so I hope more people can bring theirs. The location is this 19°22'20.4"N 99°11'04.7"W Contact me, to get more info. https://www.facebook.com/alejandro.lamothecervera Read More...

Nov 07

Dodangoda Miriswatta National School Solar Observation Camp 2019

by NCAS

Nalanda College Astronomical Society (NCAS) and Nalanda College Alumni Astronomical Society (NCAAS) conducted a sun observation camp at Dodangoda Miriswatta National School, Kalutara, Sri Lanka. It was held on 25th October 2019. First an Introduction lecture was done about Astronomy. Further lectures were carried out on telescopes and how to use a telescope to observe the sun. Subsequently the students were given the opportunity to observe the sun. They were also shown some videos regarding astronomy with a complete explanation on them. Finally they were guided by the members of the NCAS and NCAAS to do the fun activity called... Read More...

Nov 01

Astrovéga public activities in Belgium in 2019

This year was very busy in activities for the clubs (especially mine Astroclub Véga) in Belgium (thanks to Jupiter, Saturn and Moon sightings). First, a partial Moon eclipse on july 16 from the sports center of Fernelmont near Namur...Lots of clouds but still very spectacular! Moon eclipse Then a succession of nights of the stars ftom 8 august to 10 august Night of the stars at the Eurospace Center NE at Fernelmont Brussels Every time, lots of stars and people!! A special evening with parents and children at Raimillies on august 23. On september 21, a huge all day and... Read More...

Nov 01

"MOON-GATEWAY TO THE STARS" ON THE SPOT SPEECH IN PERIYAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTRE CHENNAI

ON 5 OCTOBER 2019, ON OCCASION OF WORLD SPACE WEEK 2019, THERE WAS AN ON THE SPOT SPEECH COMPETITION IN PERIYAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTRE. THERE WAS A PARADE WITH MANY STUDENTS INVITING US INSIDE THE PLANETORIUM. MANY SCIENTISTS GAVE INSPIRING LECTURES ON SPACE AND HOW IT IS YET TO BE EXPLORED. THEY TOLD US "TO DO THINGS THAT ACTUALLY MATTER AND NOT JUST BE A WASTE OF SPACE AND MATTER." AFTER HEARING MANY EYE OPENING SPEECHES, STUDENTS OF CLASSES 6-12 HAD A SPEECH COMPETITION WHERE WE PICKED CHITS WITH TOPICS WRITTEN ON THEM AND GAVE IMPROPTU SPEECHES. I HAD... Read More...