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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...

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...