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Apr 22
2010

Iraq brings Universe closer to you

1st successful test for a "Mobile Exhibition Project" (MEP) Amateur Astronomers Association of Kurdistan (AAAK) launched a "Mobile Exhibition Project" (MEP), it is main target will be give a chance to students to looking and learn much more about astronomy and universe through most wonderful selected Astro photos about - History of astronomy, modern astronomy equipments, galaxies, nebulas, the solar system and planets, most wonderful AAAK activities shots, AAAK honorary members around the world, AAAK's activities with Astronomers Without Borders and Sidewalk Astronomers. Beside knowledge, this project will encourage students specially to involve in astronomy. This event was specially made... Read More...

Apr 22
2010

The Solar System between your hands!

Saturn for All and Lunar Week Star Party in Erbil We were waiting for a long time for a clear sky and the time is come. On April, 20.2010 star party makers of AAAK are gathered together to make another star party, but this time through (GAM's Lunar Week). The party begins at 06:15 pm local time (15:15 UT) before sun setting behind layer of Cirrus clouds which they were generous enough to let the people looking at the Moon through it. Venus was there shining very brightly and it was the first target to observing. As always, the lunar... Read More...

Apr 22
2010

North meets South virtually to share the joy of Peace

For 30 Days of Star Peace on April 17th members of Southern Maine Astronomers and Astronomical Society of Northern New England from Maine , and AWB member Mike Uberty from New York connected via Skype with Marcelo Souza and members of the Louis Cruls Astronomy Club in Brazil . The Maine clubs had wanted to show the Brazilian friends what the Northeast Telescope Forum (NEAF) was like, but were not able to make a connection from there, so they connected at their hotel room to Marcelo and his members at the observatory at his university. Marcelo and his friends showed... Read More...

Apr 22
2010

GAM Saturn Watch in Maine USA

On April 14th, four members of the Greater Portland Astronomical Society in Maine held a public Saturn Watch GAM Event at the Riverside Golf Course. Of course light pollution was pretty bad, but we still managed to show visitors views of Venus, Mars, Saturn, and the Orion Nebula before clouds came in. We also showed some of the constellations. About 12 people joined us for this event. During this event we explained how stars are being formed in the Orion Nebula and why it doesn't look like the beautiful images they see in magazines and the internet. The following pictures... Read More...

Apr 20
2010

GAM Outreach Events in Southern Maine, USA

As a member of Astronomical Society of Northern New England, I did outreach events at Shapleigh Elementary School during 3 separate days. On April 2 she worked with a third grade on showing them some of the beautiful things they can see in the night sky, explaining what constellations are, and telling them the myth about Cassiopeia, Perseus, Andromeda. In the afternoon of that day she did two presentations about supernovae and the life cycle of stars for two fifth grades. On April 5 Joan explained lunar and solar eclipses to two second grades and a third grade. They made... Read More...

Apr 20
2010

North Meets South for GAM

GAM opened in Maine, USA with Southern Maine Astronomers from Portland, Maine on April 1st. The club was supposed to have the event at the Southworth Planetarium, but had to move to another location because of a conflict. We made the best of this by meeting at the house of member, George Whitney. The event was a conjunction of Venus and Mercury at sunset. During the meeting, the group connected with Marcelo Souza from Brazil. Since it was very short notice, only Marcelo from his group was able to meet with us there on Skype. All the members took turns... Read More...

Apr 19
2010

Shannonside Astronomy Club Public Star Party for GAM Limerick Ireland

All I can say is WOW, what a night! We had prestine clear skies here in Limerick, some people asked if the volcanic dust from the Icelandic volcano would be a problem when infact it has actually helped us due to the complete absence of any contrails in the sky, and not a cloud in sight.!! Over the entire night we must have had over 150 people come along to the event with well over 100 there at one stage!!! Shannonside Astronomy Club Star Party for GAM by David Lillis and Frank Ryan Junior This was an amazing turn out... Read More...

Apr 19
2010

Astronomical Sketching talk for Kerry Astronomy Club Ireland

April 13th Kerry Astronomy Club invited Deirdre Kelleghan to give a talk in The Institute of Technology in Tralee Co Kerry. Deirdre's talk title was Astronomical Sketching taking it to a wider audience. Deirdre talking about Astronomical Sketching During the presentation Deirdre described how she goes about drawing lunar and solar features through her telescopes. She encouraged Kerry Astronomy Club members to use drawing as an educational tool to excite children about astronomy as part of their outreach work in the community. She showed examples of drawing programs she wrote and community drawing experiences she has had.She spoke about Catch... Read More...

Apr 19
2010

Ireland enjoys Saturn followed by a Star Party

A talk on Saturn and Her Wonderful Moons and a Star Party by Kerry Astronomy Club Ireland Deirdre Kelleghan talking about Saturn and Cassini On April 14th Kerry Astronomy Club arranged for outreach educator Deirdre Kelleghan to come down to St Brendan’s National School in Fenit Co Kerry to give a talk to the children. Deirdre is an Irish astronomer who enjoys doing talks on astronomy and space exploration. She is Vice Chair for IFAS i.e. The Irish Federation of Astronomical Societies and a member of The Saturn Observation Campaign an informal education program run by JPL/NASA. The presentation was... Read More...

Apr 16
2010

Rocking onto the green section for an asteroid hunt

by Lee Pullen

The event that EVERYONE (technically not true) has been waiting for has arrived: the live asteroid hunt! Due to some “hiccups” this highlight was put back to 22:00. And no-one seemed to know about it. Oana had the superb (or terrible, you decide) idea of nabbing a stash of Post-It notes and creating invitations to be distributed en masse. What, you thought I was joking? Look, it’s a veritable production line. Asteroid Hunt! Live on the green section 22:00 Who could possibly ignore such an offer? Especially when they’re put on people’s keyboards / middle of monitors. By unspoken agreement,... Read More...

Apr 15
2010

A talk from a SPACE MAN

by Lee Pullen

Oana and I, Queen and King of Campus Party, are now blogging live from the front line. So speak. But first here’s a brief synopsis of the previous evening’s discoveries. This is “Zone Camping”. Please, Sir, could you point me toward “Zone Five Star Hotel?” WELCOME TO PULLEN TOWERS. Highly trained astronomy communicators, like what we are, need a lot of food. So let’s find dinner. This was it. This was literally IT. Oana will confirm, and she’s actually trustworthy. Starvation rations. Prisoners get more. This must be a breach of human rights. Hello Oana, working hard. And, alas, making... Read More...

Apr 15
2010

Don’t lose the chance when it comes

Fastest and most sudden sidewalk event of AAAK Location: In front of Hawler High School  Date: Tuesday - April, 13. 2010 Time: 04:30 AM – 05:10 PM local time. By: Azhy Hasan / April, 14.2010 Photos by: Aso Abdulrazzaq   Thank God! Finally the weather changed before sunset by 1.5 hours from patches of clouds and dust to clear sky, the PST Coronado telescope was there waiting for an action, we take it outside the AAAK's office and put it in an open square in front of Hawler High School. It was a golden chance to let too many of students... Read More...

Apr 15
2010

Navigation and Astronomy in Vienna AUSTRIA

About 70 people visited the interesting lecture of Matthias Wolf about "Navigation and Astronomy" - a real globally theme! 70 people more in Austria who got to know about GAM and Astronomers Without Borders ;-) The planned observing session after the talk didn't happen because the weather was very wet and rainy :-( In this lecture Wolf explained the essentials of astronomical navigation using three-dimensional computer graphics. What looked like a simple screensaver turned out being right angel triangles in a Thalescircle, converting and subscribing a dangerous coastal landscape needful to circumnavigate. The simple geometric landscape converts to the earth... Read More...

Apr 15
2010

Iraqi first SunDay Activity

Always there is plan-B! Location: Fakir Mirgasuri Private High School Date: Sunday - April,11. 2010 Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM local time. By: Aso Razaq Salih Translated: Azhy Hasan Still there were clouds and muddy skies covered Erbil city and whole Iraq, but these things will not stop presentations. Mr.Sherzad Ali Muhammad, our active member has volunteered to present an exciting subject about universe and the position of the sun, and then he turned to the born and the fate of the sun according o the recorded events in our galaxies. This presentation takes nearby 1:30 minutes after plenty... Read More...

Apr 15
2010

GAM at Blackrock Castle Observatory in Ireland

GAM 2010 kicked off in Ireland on Friday April 2 at Blackrock Castle Observatory's monthly event First Fridays at the Castle. Global Astronomy Month was highlighted to all visitors. A total of 35 attended the Cork Science Café. Tony O Hanlon’s Lecture "2012 is it the End?" had an audience of 60 StarGazing in association with Denis Walsh and the Cork Astronomy Club – 40 plus attended in the Castle grounds. Mercury and Venus were the observed targets until 8.15pm then the 5 telescopes were turned to Orion, the Moon, Saturn and other targets. Cosmic Calendars workshops for families had... Read More...

Apr 15
2010

It's a Sun Day: another GAM2010 event in Nepal!

Nepal Astronomical Society (NASo) organized an event to mark SunDay , global program of GAM2010 here in Nepal on Sunday, April 11, 2010. The program was organized in H.B. Complex during 14:00-17:00 Hrs for the public to view the Sun through 8 Inch Dobsonian and some solar eclipse glasses. Unfortunately we could not show Sun spot to the participants during the event :-( There were more than 50 participants of different ages with remarkable presence of women and children. During the event, Rishi Shah, president of NASO explained to the public why NASO is conducting such outreach events in Nepal.... Read More...

Apr 15
2010

Not even Madrid is safe from GAM...

by Lee Pullen

Hola from Espania! Or whatever they call Spain in Spain. Oana and I are spreading the GAM gospel far and wide. Well, as far and wide as Campus Party Europe, a.k.a GEEKFEST 2010. This display of talent and innovation in Madrid sees "800 young people from the 27 European Union countries participate in activities, conferences and challenges." I'm very glad to still be considered a "young person". ANYWAY, the idea behind Campus Party Europe is to showcase new technology. As official campuseros, Oana and I (who will henceforth be referred to as TEAM LEE) are hoping to run a GAM... Read More...

Apr 12
2010

Telescope Workshop and Saturn Watch gets under way Timaru New Zealand.

GAM got under way in South Canterbury New Zealand on Saturday evening. We started off with about 15 telescopes coming out from the closet for our telescope workshop. The novice astronomers recieved help from many of our more expierenced members, setting up there mounts,  finderscopes,  and  assisting  with  eyepiece selection. Several went away with membership forms as well,  a very benefical  two hours. At 7PM the star party started, with 8 scopes from our members, everything from 90mm Mak  to 12 inch dobs.  We had about ... 150 attend, seeing conditions were great, everybody had a good time, and many... Read More...

Apr 12
2010

30 Nights of StarPeace from India

April 4-6 was the turn of countries in 72-108 E longitude. SPACE contacted various other starpeace counterparts in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afganistan, and Nepal to host a 30NSP event during April 4-6. During this period few solar observations and night observations were done. SPACE proposed sun observation to Pakistani counterparts as they had security problems in gathering people at night. SPACE did a walk through for publicat the Jantar Mantar observatory on 4 th April and held observations there. A solar observation was also done for public and educators at SPACE’S office on 5 th April. Images can be found... Read More...

Apr 12
2010

SPACE started GAM celebrations in New Delhi, INDIA

SPACE strated GAM celebrations in New Delhi, India by having a gathering of students for the 26th anniversary of first indian in space on 5th of April at Russian Centre of Science and Culture. The programme had presentations and Videos of Rakesh Sharma's Flight to space in Soyuz T-11. Mr. D K Bedi, Principal of Apeejay School,  Pitampura addressed thye students and told them about the importance of astronomy and space sciences. Mr Sergey, Deputy director, science and technology, RCSC also talked about the russian-india collaborations in space sciences. C B Devgun, president SPACE, gave a presentation on the space... Read More...

Apr 11
2010

More GAM 2010 in New Zealand

Levin Stargazers & Foxton Beach Astro Society joined the global celebrations! Sometimes the weather gods smile upon you, and last night was one of those evenings when they are not just smiling but grinning from ear to ear! What a fantastic night to kick off GAM for Levin Stargazers and Foxton Beach Astronomical Society, who combined forces to host our first GAM event, the "Telescope Hunt". Admittedly, not as exciting as the name may suggest, but the idea was for the public to "hunt out" their old telescopes and bring them along for some pointers on how to use them... Read More...

Apr 10
2010

Clouds and Dust!

Report on 30 Nights of StarPeace in Iraq After considerable preparation for 30 Nights for StarPeace events in Iraq, bad weather seemed to cover the entire country. Clouds and dust hung over the city of Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq. It cleared later in the evening but by then everyone had gone. Other regions faired no better. Erbil Members and guests of the Amateur Astronomy Association of Kurdistan (AAAK) gathered in the office in the capital city of Kurdistan, Erbil, where they live video and phone contact with some of the participants in other countries... Read More...

Apr 10
2010

SPACE celebrated GAM at Jantar Mantar

SPACE celebrated GAM at Jantar Mantar, Delhi by organising public outreach programmes and taking readings at variuos instruments. Students from Delhi Public School, Dwarka and Our Lady of Fatima, Gurgaon took the readings of sun's position at Jantar Mantar. They also found the local noon by observing the shadow movement of samrat yantra and as the date was close to being at 0 min correction for the equation of time, it was a new experience for them to see that the local noon at delhi was at 12:22and if you do a correction for longitude, you arrive at 12'o clock.... Read More...

Apr 04
2010

Openings in Nepal, Iraq, Austria, 24-hour observing in Spain, USA

Global Astronomy Month kicks off officially in Nepal The celebration of Global Astronomy Month has started officially in Nepal. On the first day of GAM, the Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) organized a talk program at Celebration Co-Ed School, Narayan Taar, Jorpati, between 13:00-14:00. More at http://suresh-bhattarai.blogspot.com/2010/04/global-astronomy-month-kicks-off.html Welcoming ceremony of GAM in Kurdistan (northern Iraq) In order to bring astronomy to the people and to encourage the next generation to study this fascinating science, Amateur Astronomers Association of Kurdistan held a welcoming ceremony at Shubat Center Hall in Erbil city on March 31. Approximately 170 people of different ages and from... Read More...

Apr 04
2010

How to share your events using GAM resources

by Oana Sandu

Oana's profile GAM participants are encouraged to share their events with the rest of the world-letting everybody know about the activities they organize, as well as inspiring other people to do the same.  Here are four steps to follow: Announce the event The first step is registration on the GAM website so that your event can be easily found by those interested, who can search by date, venue, country or type.  Follow the simple procedure on the Register Events page . Once you are officially a GAM organizer, make sure you send the details of your event to [email protected] ,... Read More...