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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...

May 13

Venus and the Pleiads

During this pandemic period, I set-up a serie of videos and propose some observations. The Venus passage near the Pleiades makes a good opportunity, so I ask friends to make photos or sketch of this rare conjunction. Here my granddaughter Zélie (12) making a naked eye sketch of the conjunction. And here, (as I'm a painting teacher), the Venus view from some of my students, click on the dancers. Some artists views of the Pleiads Here my video of the phenomenon: VIDEO Michel Read More...

May 12

STEMi Makers Africa hosts the Global Astronomy Month for 2020.

The STEMi Makers Africa hosted the world's largest celebration of Astronomy through a series of online webcast events from the 23rd of April to the 25th of April 2020. The event series had four (4) global Scientists engaging young people in Science, STEM, Astronomy and offering an array of opportunities to key into with over 1,800 Views and participants. The event was also marked to build hope in young people amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic where they can be free to explore and utilize lucrative opportunities in Science. The Global Astronomy Month series kickstarted with Dr. Brenda Namumba, the first Zambian... Read More...

May 12

Our Night Doesn't Need So Much Light: A Baby-Step on Social Media

Recently, my friends and I (a team of three, also includes an astrophotographer) created a page named “Our Night Doesn't Need So Much Light” on Facebook, as a mean to share awareness of light pollution, occurring in Kuala Lumpur (or abbreviated as ‘KL'). We are in line with the mission to search for suitable stargazing spots in this bright city. KL is the capital city of Malaysia, which also shares a common problem with other major variables of light pollution- with daily excessive artificial lighting has consistently overpowering the darkness. Of course, this is a hindrance for the stargazers to... Read More...

May 09

Full Moon of Perigeu Goias.

Civic Square - Plazza of Pionners. Small Team come to register the Full Moon of Perigeu ''Super Moon'' Hill of Beyond Goiania. Read More...

May 09

Full Moon Perigee Observation and Lunar Photography

On 7th May 2020, I have witnessed the last Full Moon Perigee or famously known as the Supermoon of 2020 through my 4.5 Newtonian Equatorial telescope and captured the images of the Moon through the telescope. I have also labelled the Moon's surface based on the image. Read More...

May 07

SPACE CHENNAI - GAM 2020 - VENUS MEETS THE PLEIADES REPORT

GLOBAL ASTRONOMY MONTH - VENUS MEETS THE PLEIADES REPORT City: Chennai Date: 02/04/2020 Global Astronomy Month (GAM), organized in April every year by Astronomers Without Borders, is the world's largest global celebration of astronomy. For this year, SPACE has suggested several GAM events for conduction by SPACE associated schools. HIGHLIGHTS: Total number of participants 500. Science behind the event is discussed in online video. This program motivated the participants to make use of this international opportunity provided by SPACE for observing the Venus-Pleiades conjunction. Participants were trained well and the concepts were made clear for performing the observation from their... Read More...

May 07

SPACE CHENNAI - GAM 2020 - SUPERMOON 2020 REPORT

GLOBAL ASTRONOMY MONTH - SUPERMOON 2020 REPORT City: Chennai Date: 09/04/2020 Global Astronomy Month (GAM), organized in April every year by Astronomers Without Borders, is the world's largest global celebration of astronomy. For this year, SPACE has suggested several GAM events for conduction by SPACE associated schools. HIGHLIGHTS: Total number of participants 500. Understanding the science behind the SuperMoon . The online video discussion and interaction of supermoon observation motivated the students to make use of this international opportunity provided by SPACE in India. Capturing the photographs of super moon and share in social media by the participants SPACE Chennai.... Read More...

May 07

SPACE CHENNAI - GAM 2020 - ZERO SHADOW DAY REPORT

GLOBAL ASTRONOMY MONTH – ZERO SHADOW DAY REPORT City: Chennai Date: 24/04/2020 Global Astronomy Month (GAM), organized in April every year by Astronomers Without Borders, is the world's largest global celebration of astronomy. For this year, SPACE has suggested several GAM events for conduction by SPACE associated schools. HIGHLIGHTS: Total number of participants 600. Science behind the Zero Shadow Day is discussed in online ZSD video . This program motivated the participants to make use of this international opportunity provided by SPACE for observing the celestial event Zero Shadow Day. Participants were trained well and the concepts were made clear... Read More...

May 07

SPACE CHENNAI - GAM 2020 - YURI’S NIGHT CELEBRATION REPORT

GLOBAL ASTRONOMY MONTH – YURI'S NIGHT CELEBRATION REPORT City: Chennai Date: 12/04/2020 Global Astronomy Month (GAM), organized in April every year by Astronomers Without Borders, is the world's largest global celebration of astronomy. For this year, SPACE has suggested several GAM events for conduction by SPACE associated schools. HIGHLIGHTS: Appreciating the human efforts for the journey to space. Highlighting the human's first successful attempt to space travel. Celebrating Cosmonaut's Day 2020 – Yuri's Night. Honouring Yuri Gagarin – First man to go to space. DESCRIPTION: April 12, 1961 forever changed our world. Honouring the first manned flight into space was... Read More...

May 07

SPACE CHENNAI - GAM 2020 - STELLARIUM SOFTWARE SESSION REPORT

GLOBAL ASTRONOMY MONTH – STELLARIUM SOFTWARE REPORT City: Chennai Date: 17/04/2020 Global Astronomy Month (GAM), organized in April every year by Astronomers Without Borders, is the world's largest global celebration of astronomy. For this year, SPACE has suggested several GAM events for conduction by SPACE associated schools. HIGHLIGHTS: Total number of participants 600. Understanding how to plan for astronomical observation. This program motivated the participants to make use of this international opportunity provided by SPACE for planning astronomical observation through Stellarium Participants were trained well and the concepts were made clear for performing the planetary alignment of Moon, Saturn, Jupiter... Read More...

May 07

SPACE CHENNAI - GAM 2020 - SPACE QUOTES REPORT

GLOBAL ASTRONOMY MONTH – SPACE QUOTES REPORT City: Chennai Date: 13/04/2020 Global Astronomy Month (GAM), organized in April every year by Astronomers Without Borders, is the world's largest global celebration of astronomy. For this year, SPACE has suggested several GAM events for conduction by SPACE associated schools. HIGHLIGHTS: Imagining the universe and expressing it in the form of quotes. The participants had a chance to write their own quotes about space. Improving the creative and imaginative skills of the participants. DESCRIPTION: The passion of astronomy and space science towards the beauty and magnificent universe is expressed through beautiful quotes. CONCLUSION:... Read More...

May 07

SPACE CHENNAI - GAM 2020 - ROVER FROM TRASH CONTEST REPORT

GLOBAL ASTRONOMY MONTH – ROVER FROM TRASH CONTEST REPORT City: Chennai Date: 17/04/2020 Global Astronomy Month (GAM), organized in April every year by Astronomers Without Borders, is the world's largest global celebration of astronomy. For this year, SPACE has suggested several GAM events for conduction by SPACE associated schools. HIGHLIGHTS: Participants – Students of grade 7 to 12. Understanding the importance of Planetary Rovers. This program motivated the participants to make use of this international opportunity provided by SPACE for exposing their creativity and skills of making model of rover from simple backyard tools they have. Participants were given online... Read More...

May 07

SPACE CHENNAI - GAM 2020 -LYRIDS METEOR SHOWER REPORT

GLOBAL ASTRONOMY MONTH – LYRIDS METEOR SHOWER REPORT City: Chennai Date: 22/04/2020 Global Astronomy Month (GAM), organized in April every year by Astronomers Without Borders, is the world's largest global celebration of astronomy. For this year, SPACE has suggested several GAM events for conduction by SPACE associated schools. HIGHLIGHTS: Total number of participants 600. Science behind the Lyrids Meteor Showers event is discussed in online video . This program motivated the participants to make use of this international opportunity provided by SPACE for observing the celestial event meteor showers on real time. Participants were trained well and the concepts were... Read More...

May 07

SPACE CHENNAI - GAM 2020 - LIGHT POLLUTION AWARENESS REPORT

GLOBAL ASTRONOMY MONTH – LIGHT POLLUTION AWARENESS REPORT City: Chennai Date: 14/04/2020 Global Astronomy Month (GAM), organized in April every year by Astronomers Without Borders, is the world's largest global celebration of astronomy. For this year, SPACE has suggested several GAM events for conduction by SPACE associated schools. HIGHLIGHTS: Total number of participants 500. To introduce the concept of light pollution – A global threat in the environment. Science behind the light pollution and its awareness is discussed in online video. This program motivated the participants to make use of this international opportunity provided by SPACE for understanding the light... Read More...

May 07

SPACE CHENNAI - GAM 2020 - INTRODUCTION

GLOBAL ASTRONOMY MONTH EVENT REPORT City: Chennai Date: 01/04/2020 Global Astronomy Month (GAM), organized in April every year by Astronomers Without Borders, is the world's largest global celebration of astronomy. For this year, SPACE has suggested several GAM events for conduction by SPACE associated schools. HIGHLIGHTS: Total number of participants expected 1000 Number of activities 20 The teachers, parents and the school motivated the students to make use of this international opportunity provided by SPACE in India. All the events organized are completely online and the participants can participate safely from their residence itself. Various events are organized with online... Read More...

May 07

SPACE CHENNAI - GAM 2020 - HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE REPORT

GLOBAL ASTRONOMY MONTH – HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE REPORT City: Chennai Date: 24/04/2020 Global Astronomy Month (GAM), organized in April every year by Astronomers Without Borders, is the world's largest global celebration of astronomy. For this year, SPACE has suggested several GAM events for conduction by SPACE associated schools. HIGHLIGHTS: Total number of participants 600. Participants got introduced to telescope in space – Hubble Space Telescope 30 th Anniversary. This program motivated the participants to make use of this international opportunity provided by SPACE for understanding the universe through HST. Participants were demonstrated well and beautiful images captured by HST were... Read More...

May 07

SPACE CHENNAI - GAM 2020 - HONOURING INDIA’S FIRST SATELLITE ARYABHATA REPORT

GLOBAL ASTRONOMY MONTH – HONOURING INDIA'S FIRST SATELLITE ARYABHATA REPORT City: Chennai Date: 19/04/2020 Global Astronomy Month (GAM), organized in April every year by Astronomers Without Borders, is the world's largest global celebration of astronomy. For this year, SPACE has suggested several GAM events for conduction by SPACE associated schools. HIGHLIGHTS: Featuring the India's first artificial satellite - Aryabhata Importance of satellites and their applications. This program motivated the participants to make use of this international opportunity provided by SPACE for honouring and feel proud of India in the field of Astronomy. DESCRIPTION: Aryabhata was India's first satellite and It... Read More...

May 07

SPACE CHENNAI - CLOSING OF GAM 2020 REPORT

GLOBAL ASTRONOMY MONTH – CLOSING OF GAM 2020 REPORT City: Chennai Date: 30/04/2020 Global Astronomy Month (GAM), organized in April every year by Astronomers Without Borders, is the world's largest global celebration of astronomy. For this year, SPACE has suggested several GAM events for conduction by SPACE associated schools. HIGHLIGHTS: Closing of Global Astronomy Month GAM April 2020 celebration. Total number of events conducted 20. Compilation of celebration through various events like online interactions, discussions, sessions, contests and many more. This program motivated the participants to make use of this international opportunity provided by SPACE for experiencing celestial journey of... Read More...

May 07

SPACE CHENNAI - GAM 2020 - IMAGINING BLACKHOLES THROUGH ASTROCRAFT CONTEST REPORT

GLOBAL ASTRONOMY MONTH – IMAGINING BLACKHOLES THROUGH ASTROCRAFT CONTEST REPORT City: Chennai Date: 02/04/2020 Global Astronomy Month (GAM), organized in April every year by Astronomers Without Borders, is the world's largest global celebration of astronomy. For this year, SPACE has suggested several GAM events for conduction by SPACE associated schools. HIGHLIGHTS: The make the students super excite about black holes. This program motivated the participants to make use of this international opportunity provided by SPACE for exposing their imagination on Black holes. Participants were expose their imagination about black holes through Art and Crafts. Students can analyse their creativity and... Read More...

May 07

SPACE CHENNAI - GAM 2020 - ASTROPOTERY REPORT

GLOBAL ASTRONOMY MONTH - ASTROPOTERY REPORT City: Chennai Date: 03/04/2020 Global Astronomy Month (GAM), organized in April every year by Astronomers Without Borders, is the world's largest global celebration of astronomy. For this year, SPACE has suggested several GAM events for conduction by SPACE associated schools. HIGHLIGHTS: Total number of participants 65. Great platform for Astro-Poets. This program motivated the participants to make use of this international opportunity provided by SPACE for writing their Astro-Poems. Participants were instructed to fill online google forms by providing their details and presenting their poems. DESCRIPTION: Around 65 Students from various schools participated in... Read More...

May 07

SPACE CHENNAI - GAM 2020 - ASTRONOMERS IN MAKING REPORT

GLOBAL ASTRONOMY MONTH – ASTRONOMERS IN MAKING REPORT City: Chennai Date: 29/04/2020 Global Astronomy Month (GAM), organized in April every year by Astronomers Without Borders, is the world's largest global celebration of astronomy. For this year, SPACE has suggested several GAM events for conduction by SPACE associated schools. HIGHLIGHTS: SPACE Astronomy Club students share their experience with SPACE India. Young astronomers share their experience through the journey of astronomy club with everyone. This program motivated the participants to make use of this international opportunity provided by SPACE for exposing their passion towards astronomy and space science. DESCRIPTION: "Astronomers in Making"... Read More...