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Apr 13

Starlink Reports em Goyaz

With the end of the rainy and cloud season in Goias, people had the opportunity to watch the constellation of artificial satellites from Star Link last Saturday, and of course due to the large number of objects and their brightness, many people have never before had visual contact with nothing like that which raised many questions and fear, and of course our role as scientific disseminators to help the media to calm people with information and the truth. The Gunstar Team provided explanations about the Star Links its objectives. Many were afraid of the starlinks colliding with aircraft with buildings... Read More...

Apr 13

Astronomy Day at Schools Live Reunion

Astronomy Day at Schools Live Reunion Presenting in a Super Live one of the projects for 10 years of the Gunstar Team Institute for Cultural Astronomy, the Day of Astronomy in Schools, a project idealized by the 100 Years of the International Astronomical Union that we embraced and we will perpetuate it as a definitive IGTAC project. The design and format for the main programs of the Gunstar Team * Planetarium Hamadryas Arete. * Itinerant Telescope with Star Shine for Everyone One Telescope * Meteoritic with diverse and real meteorite samples * MMS Meteor magnetic sticks in partnership with Bramon... Read More...

Apr 10

Supreme Adventures in the Hill of Beyond OnLine Reunião

During the quarantine in Goias, we from the IGTAC Gunstar team took our equipment to the most charming and traditional point of observation of the capital's moon, the Morro do Alem. Observation and live broadcast were made to the Gunstar media, a super event of the Global Astronomy 2020 month in Goias. Respecting the guidance of the representatives of Brazilian Astronomy, we avoid using pseudo-scientific terms such as pink moon, Super Moon as informed on Live if it is a full moon in Perigeu. Sources: On line shots: Vídeo shots: GAM2020 foto oficial: xts %5B0%5D=68.ARCt8SfeL8lDLFteDMNXGFooAL0Ua7BE6 PlG4SkwpUxLb1iCN-hb5JR8WHCrSOsZq51w4zRWqWnWMyijSe0ZRb-pnWOmGlXlfQLs6ui_uvbUWvgXQUMZJPwTPASo5W6Ij6XuQfnpxPwVcDCdxLhI7unqiptL_5nda3sH1WG7WI8Lcz5QTUHul3PhweHHFd2E2ACNPKHlS73laY_edMTGIQlhWF_8kA35MwTx3mWBvS1GHLBBZ-oLhE5w5GHlmDCGq... Read More...

Apr 10

SPACE INDIA - Now and more than ever: One People, One Sky

This April the activities of the GAM were online because of the COVID-19 pandemic in INDIA and across the world. SPACE INDIA conducted online events with the amateur astronomer where activities like ASTRO ART, ASTRO POETRY, and CAPTURING THE SUPER MOON were some to name. Students were very enthusiastic to draw wright and click the pictures of the moon and see the sky in the dark and belief in One People One Sky. Read More...

Apr 07

Are Satellites Threatening Our Night Skies?

John Green once said “the darkest nights produce the brightest stars.” This is something that the astronomical community understand all too well as observations require clear dark skies to be able to make out the faintest details. For years the community has dealt with the problem of light pollution resulting from excessive lighting and improperly directed light fixtures. This is a problem that affects not only the astronomy community but multiple other aspects such as the environment and human health. Aside from light pollution our dark skies maybe threatened by an additional problem. Recently there has been concern over the... Read More...

Apr 05

April 2020 in Spain

Hello every body !! This April the activities of the GAM are being diminished by the Covid-19 pandemic and in Spain the astronomical associations are also diminished in activities. Here we have a saying: "There is no harm that does not come for good" and that is why we resort to online methods to organize activities that arise as the days go by. For this reason, associations do not have a fixed schedule and we are doing as ideas arise. On the Twitter of AWB of Spain I am putting the activities of the associations that promote their activities online,... Read More...

Apr 05

Venus e Pleiades Astro Adventures On Line.

Nos dias 3 e 4 de abril, uma bela conjunção nos céus do Brasil. Um super show entre o planeta Vênus e as Plêiades. Nossa equipe de atiradores da IGTAC foi a uma estrela remota para gravar a conjunção e praticar astrofotografia, sem aglomerar pessoas, mas transmitir ao grande público Gunstar. GAM2020 Oficial All Photos : On Line Video Shot : On Line Video Shot : On Line Video Shot : During the 3rd and 4th of April a beautiful conjunction in the skies of Brazil. A super show between the planet venus and pleiades. Our... Read More...

Apr 04

"Virtual cellphone star party"

Let's hear what my friend and astronomy club member, Erich Meyer, tells about his first experience running his first "virtual" star observing session using cellphones. Our local observatory ( Kepler Sternwarte ) is closed due to Covid19-pandemia, so there are no public viewing events using our big telescopes. Nevertheless, using modern technology, there is an opportunity to run simple guided public sky viewing events under the starry sky - even without telescope. Of cours, everything done without gathering people and in strict accordance with Covid19 restrictions. How can this work? I will explain it with following example: On the initiative... Read More...

Apr 02

GAM2020 opening with Balcony-City-Astronomy

Unfortunately I failed this wonderful GAM2020 AWBmeeting on Facebook LIVE :-( ..... Here is the link to the videorecord: ..... but in the meantime I took the opportunity to observe our starry city-sky. Due to the environmental effects of Covid-19 we have now much better seeing conditions in our town. I started some CCD-observations from my balcony and shared some quick images with my friends. So you can see you don't necessarily have to gather to love the stars or be out of the city! I highly recommend to do this if you have a balcony. Show to the... Read More...

Mar 19

All Public Events of Aryabhatta Astronomy Club postponed till April 15 , 2020 due to COVID-19

All public gathering and social events of Aryabhatta Astronomy Club has been postponed till 15th April 2020. The Director of the club Dr.S.N.Bandyopahdyay stated " All our events are being converted to E-events as of now to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus. We are in constant contact with our Club Members and encouraging them to participate in our E-events like webinars, etc. We are using different apps like Zoom, Google Classroom, etc. Our main aim is to contain the spread of this virus and want to help in our small ways. We are also doing awareness programs electronically so... Read More...

Mar 16


Every 15th of the month, except in April, AWB is organizing a small internet quiz featuring 10 questions on a selected astronomical subject. On March 15th, 2020, the 39th quiz took place, the theme of the day was: "Constellation Centaurus". We had 92 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...

Mar 14

Covid-19 will affect GAM2020

Unfortunately the increasing Corona-pandemia will affect GAM2020 events. Here in Austria we have already canceled public GAM- events until April 12th 2020. Our schools are closed at time minimum until 12th April ... and all restrictions concerning puplic gatherings are lasting very likely weeks later. So no global Starparty on the road ... propably no Sunday .... :-( So however, make party friends, where it's possible and spread the word "One People, One Sky" I am happy to see reports from successful events :-) Best wishes Joe Read More...

Mar 09

March 2020 in Spain

Hello friends, The month of March is presented loaded with activities in Spain: In the province of Vigo we will have a conference. In the province of Pamplona we will have a couple of observations, a round table, a concert, an astronomical outing and the screening of a documentary about Apollo 11. In the province of Burgos we will have 2 astronomical outings. In the province of Zaragoza 4 conferences, in Sabadell we will have 3 and 2 more in Alicante. In the province of Malaga there will be a workshop, 2 conferences and two astronomical outings. In the province... Read More...

Mar 01

Skywatching on Leap Year Day

by William Afonso

Feb 29 2020 was of course a celebration of a Day which Come once in 4 Years. And considering that there is an astronomic reason for this , the best way to celebrate this was By Celebrating astronomy Itself. A Group of astronomy enthusiasts gathered t the City of VASCO DA GAMA , Goa , India to watch the Skies. There were three telescopes setup for the event one being a 10 inch Orion Company made Reflector telescope, another was a 2.7 Inch celestron telescope while the Last was a Legacy 2 Inch Unitron telescope. Surpising to say the Unitron... Read More...

Feb 28

Pale Blue Dot Goias 30th

Celebrating the 30 years of the pale blue dot in the Gunstar team of Astronomy institute led by the international astronomical union, we bring schools the message of empathy, ecological preservation and of course Astronomy. Our organization takes the AWB Flag in all its activities and with this it would be no different a glorious week in which we can talk about Carl Sagan, about Voyagers and cherish and embrace our pale blue dot in didactic and playful ways with what the Gunstar team has cultural Astronomy and Astro Aventura Ecologica. Thanks to Primavera Session and Banda Boogie Night Held... Read More...

Feb 25

Bangladesh Astronomy Research Center (BARC) has started a new journey

Bangladesh Astronomy Research Center (BARC) is an astronomy, astronomical outreach, and research-based organization in Bangladesh. This is the very first research-based organization in Bangladesh ever. It's situated in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This organization has built on 14th January 2020. The main motto of this organization is to spread astronomy all over Bangladesh. We are trying to make people enthusiastic about astronomy and related to this field. At first, we are working on school kids and trying to make them enthusiast to gain knowledge on Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Cosmology. We are planning to cover up the whole Dhaka and then we will... Read More...

Feb 19

Star Party 2020, Sri Lanka - The First Ever Astronomical Observation Competition & Workshop for High-School Students in South Asia

Introduction Star Party, Sri Lanka is the Largest High-School level Astronomical event in Sri Lanka and it is organized annually by Anandian Astronomical Association and Astronomical Society of Mahamaya Girls' College, Kandy which are the pioneering schools of Sri Lankan high-school based Astronomy. In every year, the event held in a specific day at Peradeniya University premises for 15 hours overnight. Star party, Sri Lanka the event has a legendary history of 16 years which has been associated with its quality and the scope. The event consists of the first-ever Astronomical Observation Competition in South Asian region, A workshop and... Read More...

Feb 16

As temperatures rise Mercury Sets

by William Afonso

A Click of Planet Mercury onthe evening of Feb 12'th 2020 from Mudipu town in Mangalore , Karnataka South India. A Team of enthusiasts waited patiently to see the Planet nearest to the Sun. Mercury is seen either Rising over the Horizon before Sunrise or Setting over the Horizon after Sunset. Due to its proximity to the Sun it is never seen More than 28 Degrees over the Horizon. Below are Pics taken of Mercury with help of a 6 Inch Orion refractor telescope and a Vivi Mobile camera. 1) Taken without a Filter. 2) Taken with a Yellow Filter Read More...

Feb 16


Every 15th of the month, except in April, AWB is organizing a small quiz featuring 10 questions on a selected astronomical subject. On February 15th, 2019, the 5th year with 39th quiz took place, the theme of the day was: "Names of Galaxies". We had 98 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...

Feb 08

Aryabhatta Astronomy Club,Haldia India Inspiring rural students to participate in Nasa Scientist For A Day Essay Contest

Aryabhatta Astronomy Club a Unit of Haldia Institute of Management is going to promote NASA Scientist For A Day Essay Contest in schools located in Rural Bengal. The main objective of this activity is to promote the events in which students from class 5 to class 12 have the opportunity to participate. Due to a lack of information, many enthusiastic students of the Rural Bengal do not get the opportunity to participate in such events. To fill in this gap the club will be trying to go to distant places in rural Bengal and promote the event. The club has... Read More...

Feb 03

Philippine Telescope Hour 2020

“ If there were a million people, with telescopes, willing to get them out for the public, there will be a chance for the people born on this world to see where the hell they are. ” - John Dobson The Manila Street Astronomers, being a community primarily dedicated to astronomy outreach through free telescope viewings, organized a public engagement event in 2017 called the Philippine Telescope Hour. The idea was that telescope owners and astronomy organizations from around the country would setup their telescopes and share what they can see for at least an hour in their own respective... Read More...

Feb 02

Haldia Institute of Management starts an Astronomy Club

Haldia Institute of Management located in Haldia ,West Bengal,India for the first time since it's inception in 2004 has started an Astronomy Club. The main purpose of this club is to encourage students of the Insitute and other nearby schools students to gain knowledge on Astronomy and Cosmology. The Chairperson of the Institute Dr.Lakshman Chandra Seth encouraged the 6,500 students of ICARE Society to participate in the club activities. He also promised to sponsor a Reflector Telescope for the Club. Mr. Asish Lahiri,Secretary of the Institute and an astronomy enthusiasm also became a member of the club to encourage students,faculties... Read More...

Jan 29

Another kind of astronomy without borders

We started the new year, at our association "Johannes Kepler Linz", with a new key subject. Disabled people should be more in our focus. So we invited an amateurastronomer who is doing his hobby in a wheelchair and later followed by an even at our local observatory for blind people. Astronomy with a wheelchair (13 Jan 2020) Manfed Fischer from Germany, who gave a lecture in Linz, is a freelance journalist and a trainer for handicapped people and he is a dedicated Amateurastronomer. It's important to him to give this dedication to other people too - including handicapped people. To... Read More...

Jan 28


Every 15th of the month, except in April, AWB is organizing a small quiz featuring 10 questions on a selected astronomical subject. On January 15th, 2019, the 5th year with 37th quiz took place, the theme of the day was: "The Universe". We had 73 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...

Jan 28

Celestial dance in Festive Times: The Ring of Fire to end the Decade as seen from GOA, India

by William Afonso

South India experienced a Celestial spectal of an Annular eclipse(Ring of Fire) on 26 Dec 2019 to end the Decade. 100% totality was withnessed in cities like Mangalore, Masargood Coimbatore and Erode. Goa my Homestate lies on the West coast pf India about 363 miles south of Mumbai and 225 miles north of mangalore. The eclipse was Maximum at 9:25 HRS Indian standard time (3:55 A.M IST) with 82 % of the Sun covered by the Moons Shadow. Amidst Christmas celebrations on the same Day My Village called St.Estevam Island celebrated the Village Church Feast of St.Stephen. Truly the Eclipse... Read More...