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Aug 09
2010

Night of the Shooting Stars

Let me tell you a bit about the Nuit des Etoiles Filantes (Night of the Shooting Stars) and , no, it is not an Italian movie, it's a real 20 year old astronomy event!!! http://www.afanet.fr/nuits/pdf/NDE_2010_DP.pdf I can't find anything in English, so I'm going to describe it as much as I can. The public TV channel Antenne 2 (now called France2) in august 1990 (the Friday night nearest the Perseid maximum) , organized a live public event, outside, in an arena south of France, a 4 hour long astronomy night, together with well known astronomers and youth science associations. The... Read More...

Aug 07
2010

Nights of the shooting stars ! Nuits des Etoiles Filantes

This year is the 20th year of the Nights of the Shooting Stars, started in France as "Nuits des étoiles filantes" back in 1990, with a live TV show at Antenne2 for 13 years around the time of the Perseids shower ! On Friday 6th, I went to help friends at MIRA (popular observatory, north of Brussels) entertain the public and show the heavens from the roof of their premises. We had about 2 hours of good sky after darkness fell to explain telescopes, show stars, Jupiter (the planetary trio was hidden by clouds, so no joy there). Philippe from... Read More...

Aug 06
2010

Noche Internacional de Observación Lunar

VER A LA LUNA… ¡con toda una nueva luz! Astrónomos Profesionales y Aficionado, Clubes de Astronomía, Planetarios, Centros de Ciencia y todos los entusiastas por la astronomía a nivel mundial están invitados a celebrar la compañera celeste de la Tierra, la Luna, durante el Sábado 18 de Septiembre del 2010. La Noche Internacional de Observación Lunar (InOMN por sus siglas en Inglés) da seguimiento a los grandiosos éxitos de las misiones lunares en el 2009. El Orbitador de Reconocimiento Lunar (LRO) de la NASA ha enviado ya más imágenes con acercamiento y datos digitales durante su primer año que cualquier... Read More...

Aug 06
2010

Global Astronomy Month 2010 - Maunakea, Hawai'i

For the month of April 2010 (GAM) I and my colleague Kala Babayan initiated a collaboration between Astronomers without Borders, 'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai'i and The Onizuka Visitor's Center on Maunakea, to bring traditional Hawaiian celestial navigation and wayfinding to the sacred mountain of Maunakea on the Big Island of Hawai'i. Maunakea, White Mountain, Mountain of Wakea The Sky Father. This mountain is of deep cultural significance to the people of the Hawiian islands. It is a Piko, an umbilical, a bond between heaven and earth, between man and the gods. In Hawaiian lore it is home to Poliahu,... Read More...

Aug 06
2010

Report: 3rd Seasons without Borders

The 3rd "Seasons without Borders" (SwB) concluded successfully last June 2010 celebrating the beginning of winter/summer seasons in the southern and northern hemispheres. In typical AWB tradition, groups from Brazil, Canada, Iraq, Iran, Japan, New Zealand, Pakistan, Portugal, Uruguay and USA gathered and celebrated the solstice under the theme "Two seasons, One earth, One people". Amateur Astronomers Association of Kurdistan/Iraq (AAAK) celebrated the Solstice at Minara Park in Erbil City, Iraq, where they also hosted the World Music Day Festival. The park was full of foreigners listening to music and looking through the eyepiece of telescopes. It was reported that... Read More...

Aug 06
2010

BRASILIA'S ASTRONOMY CLUB - THE PROJECTS

As my first post I would like to announce the projects of my local Amateur astronomers group - CASB - Clube de Astronomia de Brasília. This month we will keep on the project called Astronomy in the schools, that allow children, teenagers and adults , usually poor and simple people, whom don't have financial conditions to buy telescopes, to use our telescopes and get our knowledge contemplate the sky at night. We have a group of volunteers astronomers, who visit two schools per week. Today we will visit the school locate in this place . Thank you for your attention,... Read More...

Aug 06
2010

BRAZILIAN SKY BLOG

Hi friends! I want to start this blog with full acknowledgments and congratulations to this organization, this wonderful initiative - ASTRONOMERS WITHOUT BORDERS. Thanks to them we could feel the sensation to make part in a global feeling, the love to the stars , and the beauty of universe... Thanks to them we could share this feelings with a lot of people who didn't use to look to sky. but now they are looking to it every day. Thank you ! Read More...

Aug 06
2010

Two Star Parties in Canada to celebrate SwB3

We actually ended up doing two “Seasons Without Borders” Star Parties to represent Canada; one on Sunday June 20th and the other on Tuesday June 22nd. The first took place at Humber Bay Park, a spit of land sticking out into Lake Ontario, overlooking the downtown core of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. About 35 people attended (from the “Single Horizons” club) and skies cleared just in time for some spectacular viewing. We run a desk top computer & 22” LCD screen to present our initial, basic “Astronomy 101” talk on the universe (beginning with the AWB's tremendous, Hi-Def Video), then turn... Read More...

Jul 29
2010

Another Sidewalk Session....

What is the purpose of building astronomy awareness ? To whom we should build this awareness. We always said it's for everyone and we also hoped they could enjoy astronomy and the night sky. But do we really share astronomy to all people? I usually did my events with students in a public schools or private schools, or share astronomy with orphan or in a village. But almost 2 weeks ago (July14th), when I took my telescope outside and try to capture the night sky with my camera, I met a servant from house nearby. I observed in the street... Read More...

Jul 29
2010

Sidewalk Astronomy While Hanging Out? Why Not?

Blogging.. yai I'm blogging again. Well quiet busy for a moment to setup my weblog new lay out and working on its mobile website. You can check it here ;). Also I'm on deadline for our next edition of astronomy magazine. But still.. I have some time to spent with my friends to hang out at the mall nearby. Hmm.. crazy huh? Why I like to hang out? refreshing my mind of course but more than that, I love to take my camera around and try to capture celestial object that I could see at the place. Why? Because it... Read More...

Jul 27
2010

UNAWE - Romania celebrated "Match Under Starlight"

Report by Catalina Movileanu For the "Match Under Starlight" project, the “Angela Gheorghiu” School from Adjud, Vrancea, in collaboration with UNAWE Romania, organized on July 7th a football game to celebrate the July solar eclipse, world peace and the FIFA World Cup 2010. The event involved 23 children with ages between 5 and 9, currently attending the Summer School program in Adjud. The day started with a short introduction about all the countries participating in the project, continued with a debate for choosing the team names and a short handmade workshop where children had the chance to personalize their own... Read More...

Jul 23
2010

Improvized Sidewalk Astronomy in Antwerp, Belgium

On july 15th, as the sky was great (but of course, next day is a work day), I took the bike, went to the port carrying a Manfrotto tripod and the 90mm Apex Orion telescope, assembled the whole thing on a bridge (above hangars) along the river Scheld and sure enough, several groups of people came along and I proposed they had a look at the crescent Moon, Venus and Saturn....They seemed delighted! Read More...

Jul 22
2010

Opportunity Watch 1

One of the best instruments we ever have to enjoy the Universe are our own eyes. As the guys from "The World at Night" say: "If you can see it, then you can photograph it"! And you know what? It is true! How many time have you seen something in the skies worth to capture in a snapshot? Since some years ago I always carry a digital camera with me virtually all the time, so I reduce to a minimum the chance of losing the capture a nice event with it. Lastnight, while I was at home, I had the... Read More...

Jul 22
2010

THE 41st ANNIVERSARY OF APOLLO 11 LANDING ON THE MOON IN ERBIL

Every year, peoples around the world remember the historical date of July 20 1969, when mankind make another dream become true after landing on the closest celestial object, the Moon. For us in AAAK, this is not just scientific event, but it is a source of moving our emotions and always let us flies through the wonderful space between the words of conversation between the Apollo 11 crew and Huston. For this year we decide to inviting peoples to listening and watching that great tell of Man Landing on Moon documentary by presenting it on a big wide screen inside... Read More...

Jul 11
2010

WE SAID: "YES TO PEACE!"

A Match under Starlight in Iraqi Kurdistan Region Finally after long time of announcing and preparing for it, here we are, in the day of play the match on July 7 2010. Players arrived and before the match beginning we made a small opining ceremony, standing with respect beside the flags of the countries that agree to joining in that activity and listening to their national anthems, even if they couldn't made it for a reason or another, still they are AWB's most active people! It was not just a game, it was a massage of peace from our injured... Read More...

Jul 06
2010

A Story of a Sun Before Sunset

Today... when I went back home, the sky was cloudy but I could see the sun behind trees. So I try to catch it with my camera. While I set up my camera on a tripod, my neighbors came around and started to ask me what am I doing? I was quiet surprise since in the neighborhood I live in, people barely know each other or have close relation ship. Something I don't really like from living in a big city. But well.. this was a start. So we talked about sun and then solar system. They were surprised with... Read More...

Jun 29
2010

Let's start blogging and share your stories

Now we are in a new AWB websites with new style too. It has social network stuff for all of us. Well almost like facebook but this one also has a blog section. In facebook we had a notes. So.. how to blog? for the content I think most of the people knows what he/she wants to write. but what I love about blog is, you can express your feeling / activities and stories to other. And you can do it through words / pictures or videos. And blogging is always fun isn't it? In this post, I would like... Read More...

Jun 28
2010

Moon in Saturday Afternoon

new blog again... seems like I have several blog now. hope I could stay active to share all of my activities. sometimes it isn't easy for me to have time to write. but again.. new blog.. new spirit. well this first post is about something I did several week ago. I went out with my friend to spent our weekend at the mall. And at that time.. for the first time after several weeks of rain and cloudy days, we had clear sky. so I took some pictures of the moon. just enjoy. Read More...

Jun 24
2010

Seasons Without Borders 3 in Parsonsfield, Maine, USA

By Joan Chamberlin of Greater Portland Astronomical Society. On June 21 st I set up my telescope in front of my house right on the street and invited all my neighbors to come celebrate the summer solstice by looking at the moon, Venus, and Saturn in my telescope.  Because it gets dark so late, I spent some time explaining how my telescope works, showing them how much sky they would be looking at, and letting them look through a card that shows field of view.  Then I showed them the telrad and explained how I find things in it.  I... Read More...

Jun 23
2010

WORLD MUSIC DAY AND SWB3!

After a very hot week with temperatures reached to 47C degree! Finally the weather conditions became excellent. Wonderful day it was! When we went to Minara Park in the middle of Erbil city for our SWB3 activity, music was every where inside the park! That's because French Cultural Center celebrated with World Music Day which it is on June 22 in every year. There were too many foreign guests from Germany, Japan, USA, Iran and France and from governorates of southern of Iraq. AAAK's begin with its activity at 07:40 PM local by using 4.5 inch TASCO-Galaxsee and 2 inch... Read More...

Jun 23
2010

Seasons Without Borders 3 in Parsonsfield, Maine, USA

On June 21st I set up my telescope in front of my house right on the street and invited all my neighbors to come celebrate the summer solstice by looking at the moon, Venus, and Saturn in my telescope. Because it gets dark so late, I spent some time explaining how my telescope works, showing them how much sky they would be looking at, and letting them look through a card that shows field of view. Then I showed them the telrad and explained how I find things in it. I let one of the children use the telrad to... Read More...

Jun 21
2010

SWB 3 Downunder online meeting details

Just checked in to Adobe Connect to see it still operating, I will be there late tonight NZ time, perhaps 12:00 UT, (lunchtime in UK) and again around 22:00 UT please feel free to log in and connect with us. Please use your name and country as your login so we have an idea on your time zone at a glance. thanks Paul Moss New Zealand Sharing Space http://connectpro19062456.acrobat.com/gam/ Read More...

Jun 20
2010

Global Astronomy Month 2010 in Nepal

Astro Quiz Contest 2010, April 1-30,2010 Nepal Astronomical Society(NASO) in collaboration with National TV asked four questions related to the astronomy with three options from National television during the GAM2010. People voted by sending sms as GAM_A/B/C to 4321. We announced winners every Saturday. The questions were: Where does Chhatedhunga lie in Nepal? What is the distance between the Sun and the Earth? When was International Year of Astronomy Celebrated? Where is the National Observatory of Nepal? The participants were from the different parts of Nepal. The winners were Ashim Aaudel, 13 years, Dharan; Indira Chaudari, Dhangadi; Debaki Bhattarai, Kathmandu... Read More...

Jun 19
2010

SARM’s Activities for GAM in Romania

Before, during and after GAM 2010, the Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy (SARM) presented, in a number of Romanian areas (Targoviste, Gorj County, Iasi, Sighet, Cluj County, Bucharest etc.), a rich diversity of public and observational events—including Earth Hour, Solar Week, Saturn Watch, Lunar Week, Star Peace, Lyrid Watch, Earth Day, and Astronomy Day, plus sidewalk star parties and public-education efforts in the fight against light pollution. Other April presentations by SARM included the GAM astropoetry reading and exhibition at the Admiral Vasile Urseanu Municipal Observatory in Bucharest, and SARM’s national contest and international exhibition of astrophotography in Targoviste.... Read More...

Jun 19
2010

Star Party at Moneague Training Camp Jamaica

In preparation for The distribution of GALILEOSCOPES to schools in Jamaica, The Astronomical Association of Jamaica decided that instead of having a “Star Party” for each school to establish “Astro Clubs”, it was decided to group the schools in the area and provide a safe site for the event for the first of these arrangements were made with LT. Colonel G. Rowe of the Jamaica Defence Force for the Parade Ground at the Moneague Training Camp. Members of the Group for the trip were Cleveland Gustard, Shakira Wade, Marvalyn Campbell , Chris Lee and Errol Rickman. Wayne Chin and His... Read More...