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Oct 23


Yesterday in Linz at AEC (Ars Electronica Center), ROLF HEMPEL , the Head of DLR's Simulation and Software Technology, presented, during the deep Space Astronomy Weekend, his breathtaking results using his great software "MoonPanoramaMaker". People who are interested in this stuff can find a discussion of this software on the U.S. astronomy forum "Cloudy Nights" see: HERE (starting with the post#20 on April 26, 2016). The software "MoonPanoramaMaker" and a handbook is provided: HERE Breathtaking views on the big video wall using the 8K equipment of AEC Rolf Hempel introduced by Andreas Bauer (Head of Ars Electronica Center) The high... Read More...

Oct 20

Fireball over Espirito Santo - Brazil

A bright fireball over Espirito Santo, Brazil on oct,20. See video: Read More...

Oct 18

Happy Diwali 2016

Diwali, the "festival of lights", is a South Asian festival in Nepal (as Tihar) and India (as Deepawali) celebrated in autumn Diwali 2016 (northern hemisphere) or spring (southern hemisphere) every year. It is an official holiday in Fiji, Guyana, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname and Diwali Wishes Trinidad and Tobago. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair and is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains. Its Diwali Poems celebration includes millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples... Read More...

Oct 13


During the World Space Week, participants submited their space related works in form of a drawing, picture, poetry, story or article. All the submissions was released in form of an e-book by the AWB national coordinator, which is now available for download. E-book has 84 pages, and can be downloaded here, as pdf (22,0 MB): Read More...

Oct 05

ASE2016 - XXIX Planetary Congress - Community Day in AUSTRIA

The Association of Space Explorers (ASE) brought together astronauts and cosmonauts from 37 nations here in Austria. HERE an overview about the participating astronauts, cosmonauts and taikonauts. Today many big public events during the ASE-Community-Day took place all over Austria. These events are organized by OEWF (Austrian Space Forum). A major focus is on inspiring the next generation of explorers in STEM subjects. In particular, school visits and the interaction with young professionals –which were carefully prepared by preceding projects- are a central element of the ASE 2016. Traditionally, space exploration also offers a leverage for gender topics and is... Read More...

Sep 25

Astronomical Night in Caguas, Puerto Rico - Sept 24, 2016

The Cipriano Manrique's First Grade school students enjoyed an astronomical observation in Urb. Borinquen Valley of Caguas, Puerto Rico on Saturday night September 24, 2016 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. These small astronomy enthusiasts were able to observe and contemplate the rings of the planet Saturn and its moon Titan seen of telescope by amateur Astrophotographer and communicator in astronomy Fernando Roquel Torres while Professor Erica Correa Felix explained the students about meteorites that took for activity. Many parents marveled as the king of the rings could be seen through the telescope as the planet was identified in the... Read More...

Sep 20

Brand New Star Walk Website

The Grossmugl Star Walk is an astronomical edutainment trail near a small village in Austria, Europe. The "Sternenweg Grossmugl", as it is called in Austria, is a self-guided tour encouraging astronomical observations with the unaided eye. Nine displays along the trail explain general astronomical topics in an easy-to-read way. On a 90 minutes' walk, visitors learn how to spot star colors, artificial satellites, the Milky Way and other objects in the night sky. The 1.5-km-long tour is free of charge, open all year round day and night and available without booking or reservation. Since the opening in 2014, nature lovers,... Read More...

Sep 16


Every 15th of each month, except in April, the Serbian AWB organize a small quiz with 10 questions with different astronomy themes. This was the sixth Quiz, this time with the theme: "Constallations". We had 42 participants. Each participant gets an e-book on astronomy as a gift. Read More...

Sep 14

Schools Astronomy Talks + Solar Outreachs in Nicaragua

During 2016, Amateurs Astronomer of León, Nicaragua, have been visiting local schools in order to promote astronomy through talks and solar outreaches. These visits have been coordinated with the Department of Natural Sciences of local University, UNAN-León. Besides, we donate to schools solar filter glasses to use them in their science classes and encourage to students and teachers to be more involved with astronomy issues, until this date we have visited 12 schools in our city: León. Emilio Zuniga ASAFILE Read More...

Sep 13

Calima Sunset

Some sunsets on the Canary Islands are eerily subdued. They look as if the sun were hiding behind a thin veil of gauze. This situation is known by the designation Calima, its Spanish name, which has crossed the language barriers as the weather condition crosses the borders of countries and sometimes even continents. What causes this meteorological phenomenon? The Calima emanates from the endless dunes of the Sahara desert, where storms of enormous proportions lift tiny particles of sand into high layers of the atmosphere. The Sirocco wind then carries these fine dust grains over the western Maghreb countries and... Read More...

Sep 13

Journey to M42 - Orion Nebula and The Trapezium

Come with me to an interesting journey to the Great Orion Nebula in Orion Constellation and the depths of the cluster of stars called the Trapezium. September 11, 2016 To the journey, press Here Read More...

Sep 06

Journey to Comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko

The Rosetta spacecraft found Philae on September 2, 2016 on comet Churymov Gerasimenko. This motivates us to make a trip to the comet! For the space trip, click here: Journey to 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko Read More...

Sep 04


Astronomers Without Borders - Serbia celebrated day of the sun eclipse with drawings of its members. We had good participation - adults, and children from many countries, with lots of drawings. Here are some of them: Read More...

Sep 03


12-13-14 August 2016 As many astronomy societies did, we, Hacettepe Astronomy Society, have attended the festival held in Olimpos/Antalya with the collaboration of Kozmik Anafor, Bilimfili and Evrim Agacı. This special festival has hosted many people from different cities. On the first day of the festival, we gave a course about astrophotography, both theoretical and practical at the workshops. Also, in the same day we have made, with participants, solar observation. Later that night, we observed the passing of ISS, which was an event. We also watched a film named ‘'Contact'', a film adaption of Carl Sagan's book. On the... Read More...

Aug 31

Journey to Próxima b

Come with me to travel to an interesting and popular place among all amateur and professional astronomy community . This is Próxima b . Similar to ours in the star closest planet to the Sun called Proxima Centauri 4.2 light years away To travel with me to Próxima b, click below. Read More...

Aug 29

Finishing the project of astronomy broadcast.

We have finished with success the project " Astronomie en Equilibre " on June 26, 2016. We have had the last radio emission show about basic astronomy for Haitians. The last topic discussed was the Big Bang theory, explaining the most accepted guess of the origin of the Universe. We had had a total of 26 show episodes made, each Thursday at 6hPM, made principally by Dr Rulx Narcisse (the founder and actual President of the Haitian Astronomical Society) and sometime present at the show was MarcRony Deroses, a young enthusiast about astronomy. We have made some special celebrations in... Read More...

Aug 28

Global Astronomy Month 2016 at Şcoala Gimnazială "Ion Ţuculescu" Craiova, Romania

On April 22, 2016 several activities were held in the Şcoala Gimnazială "Ion Ţuculescu" Craiova, Romania. The 6th grade students have built few spectroscopes. They also determined the height of school using lengths of shadows. These activities were carried out by Professor Anamaria Golumbeanu. Read More...

Aug 24

AstroCamp & Hiking Trip - Prizren 2016

20 - 21 August 2016 Attached you will find some photos of the last camp organized in the collaborating with Exploring (Hiking Trips). We had a chance to represent AWB and use the ONE SKY telescopes during our camp. A super night by observing celestial bodies with telescopes and the next day a top super walking at Skarpa 2474 meters altitude. On the night of August 20 the second edition of the festival of astronomy AstroFest was held but this time in the form of astronomy camp. The camp was organized in cooperation with the mountaineering club Exploring and in... Read More...

Aug 19

Nights of the Shooting stars 2016 ! A fabulous year !

Hi, From august 6th till august 15th, I went to 7 different events at 6 different locations. First, in a mediaval castle (Le chateau de Moha in the Liege province...About 50 people (families) with lots of children); Great time.. Then at our vewing site at Ramillies..A young couple with 2 children arrived there too..We saw the Milky Way. Then a rapid succession of events: the Royal Observatory of Belgium at Uccle (about 600 persons and only 10 telescopes so lots of queuing and lots of planets, stars, the Moon and ISS. The Eurospace Center at Redu under rain but lots... Read More...

Aug 16

Stargazing Sites on La Palma Island

Stargazing on La Palma Island is one of the finest astronomical experiences possible. The small volcanic island in the Atlantic Ocean is part of the European country Spain, has a modern airport, very nice accommodations, good infrastructure and offers impressively dark skies. Due to a very restrictive lighting policy, outdoor lights on La Palma are well shielded and the nighttime sky still looks how it should: dark and full of stars. First time visitors to La Palma are often overwhelmed by the pristine skies of the island. For those who want to enjoy the full show, we compiled a list... Read More...

Aug 16


Every 15th of each month, except in April, the Serbian AWB organize a small quiz with 10 questions with different astronomy themes. This is already the fifth Quiz, this time with the theme: "Large and small planets of the Solar system". Read More...

Aug 09

Astronomy Camp In Tajura

Tajura city's central scout camp, in Libya, has witnessed one of the biggest astronomy camps in Libya this August. The camp was organized by Roaya-Tripoli team, where they managed to set four space workshops and other interesting activities. The astronomy camp was a huge success along with the mesmerizing nature views. Read more in subsequent articles. Read More...

Aug 04

Hoy no haré astrofotografía... solo observaré planetas

Saludos! Comparto esto con ustedes. Hoy no voy hacer astrofotografía como de costumbre.... hoy solo voy a observar planetas con el telescopio cual aprendí a amar todas las maravillas de nuestro sistema solar. Este telescopio cual abrió mis ojos a un mundo nuevo.... totalmente desconocido para mí. Ese telescopio que con tal esfuerzo y sacrificio compré en esa tienda reconocida de un centro comercial en el área metro de San Juan, Puerto Rico y esa misma noche supe el precio real de ese equipo astronómico por internet.... entre angustias por lo mucho que me costó aca en PR ($$$) y... Read More...

Jul 18

Summer Milky Way

Now is the time to go out at night and see the splendid Summer Milky Way. These days it stretches across the whole sky already by the end of the evening twilight. Our interactive full-sphere image shows how this looks from a truly dark observing site. The bright galactic center hovers above the pitch black volcanic landscape of La Palma island. The full band of the Milky Way is clearly visible as it crosses the zenith. Where the sky above the horizon isn't illuminated by the faint orange glow of Los Llanos the Aridane it sparkles with iridescent green airglow.... Read More...

Jul 18

Winner of the contest "Lets draw the planet Saturn! Luna Arocho Sosa 7 years old from Aguadilla Puerto Rico

On Saturday July 16, 2016, Luna Arocho Sosa 7 years old from Aguadilla Puerto Rico, the winner of the contest of "Let's draw the planet Saturn!" she met in person the Astrophotographer Amateur and Communicator in Astronomy Fernando Roquel Torres. Once Fernando arrive with his wife Amateur Astronomer and Teacher Erica Felix Correa, they gave it award prizes to the winner to meet the criteria of creativity, spacecraft Cassini / Huygens and positive message about space exploration. While he showed his awards honoree, (Stickers NASA and books about the solar system and the universe), it was explaining to his mother... Read More...