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Aug 31
2016

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. http://astrofotografiayciencia.blogspot.com/2016/08/viaje-proxima-b.html Read More...

Aug 29
2016

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
2016

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
2016

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
2016

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
2016

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
2016

AWB SERBIA - ASTRONOMY QUIZ ON 15. AUGUST 2016

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
2016

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
2016

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
2016

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
2016

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...

Jul 18
2016

The Moon and How to Observe It

The Manila Street Astronomers conducted a public lecture event last July 17 at the National Museum Planetarium. The lecture was entitled The Moon and How to Observe It and was given by MSA core team members Christopher Louie Lu and Norman Marigza. The MSA event was originally designed for the cast and crew (volunteers); but as the advocacy of MSA goes, we aim to make astronomy accessible to the public. Our original estimate was for 20 individuals, which later became 50 the day before the event. We were setup at the NMP Library which soon became a full-house during the... Read More...

Jul 17
2016

Finallly the dove was in my hand, Instead of on the roof in Boulder & Denver Colorado!!

First Premiere of (almost) Clear weather in Boulder, Friday July 8!!! The planest were Partout Not sharp, but visible. In Denver Co. were they Finally sharp! 20" & 11.5" telescope. The 20" in the dome, the 11.5" portable. PRAISE THE LORD!!!! HALLELUJAH!!! Read More...

Jul 09
2016

"Stars Are Your Guidance", Derna, Libya

Adhering Roaya Astro vision regarding the spreading of astronomical knowledge, a lecture entitled "Stars Are Your Guidance" was delivered to Boy Scouts by the assembly's member, Attia Alhasadi on the 26th of June, in the eastern Libyan city, Derna. Mr. Alhasadi demonstrated information and facts that could be helpful for scouts such as finding the four cardinal directions and reading astronomical charts. Interesting information regarding Earth and the Solar System was also presented during the lecture. Read More...

Jul 08
2016

Global Astronomy Month in Rasht, Iran

On 23 and 24 Ordibehesht 1395 (12 and 13 May 2016), UNAWE Iran participated in the Global Astronomy Month for the second time, in collaboration with the Thaqib Astronomical Association. The events around the Global Astronomy Month took place in the city of Rasht, and like last year many organisations participated, such as the Rasht Islamic City Council, Rasht Municipality, Rasht Athletic Culture Organization, Mehrpouyan Library, as well as a large number of amateur astronomers. UNAWE Iran also joined other national and international events organised by astronomy clubs. For the Global Astronomy Month, this year UNAWE Iran organised a special... Read More...

Jul 04
2016

ISS - Solar Transit - 07/03/16 2:02:19pm PDT

I recently purchased a Lunt 80mm Ha scope and have been enjoying viewing the Sun as of late. With the Sun approaching solar minimum the surface is pretty quite in normal white light. As of this writing on July 4th we've had 11 days of no sunspots visible on the surface. But when viewed in H-Alpha light the sun shows a great deal of detail with small prominence's popping up on the surface and along the edge. Another exciting thing to do when viewing the Sun is to watch for transit's of the International Space Station. Finding out when they... Read More...

Jul 04
2016

Part of the Milky Way

Part of the Milky Way seen from Gscheid . This is a place in the foothills near Mariazell in Austria . The picture was taken with a Canon EOS 1200D on 29 June 2016 . Exposure time 25 sec with ISO 6400 . Read More...

Jul 02
2016

Public Astronomy Evening at the Vake City Park

Georgia Astronomy Club "GeoAstroClub" hosted Public Astronomy Evening at the Vake City Park in Tbilisi, Georgia. Visitors observed Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter as well as their personal favorite objects, such as: double stars in UM - Mizar and Alchor, M101,  Andromeda Galaxy, Polaris and Arcturus. More than 200 people have attended. There was a special hand-made chair for the kids that can be adjusted for their comfortable observation. Constellation viewing session has been organized by the professional astronomer Irakli Kobiashvili. Organizers: Temo Kuchadze, Alexsander ArtDvali, Marika Tarasashvili, Giorgi Gzirishvili, Kakha Gogolashvili, Beka Mamukashvili You can view the complete photo... Read More...

Jun 28
2016

GAM2016 Opened a Window to Connect People to the Sky!

Introduction Global Astronomy Month (GAM) provides again new chances for all people around the world to observe night sky and enjoy observing the heavens above. It opens new windows of opportunity for amateur astronomers, teachers, astro-photographers and even astrophysics and astronauts to share their knowledge and experiences with public and new generations. GAM gathers new ideas not only in astronomy but also in “Art, Culture and Peace” by connecting people across the world together through the astronomy! GAM 2016 inspired a lot of citizens to share their joy and happiness by observing celestial bodies with each other in Saadat-shahr ,... Read More...

Jun 26
2016

Planetary Astrophotography - Planet Mars 6/25/2016

Hot night of June 25, 2016, I proposed to capture the planet Mars from my home in Caguas , Puerto Rico. I built my astronomical equipment (Meade LX90, Orion Mount Sirius EQ-G, barlow and camera Luminos Celestron NexImage 5) all controlled by stellarium scope and Celestron ASCOM drivers installed on a laptop Alienware 17. At 8:30 pm, I started capture the planet Mars at 25 fps a video of 3.30 minutes at 1024 x 768 resolution. The weather conditions were not optimal because it is going through a curtain of particulate dust of the Sahara. Once completed with a catch... Read More...

Jun 22
2016

European Space Education Ressource Office - “ESERO“ opened in Linz at Ars Electronica Center (AEC)

(Linz/Paris, 22.6.2016) Since today Ars Electronica Center Linz opened officially the Austrian "European Space Education Ressource Office“ - ESERO. It's the 13th office in Europe. Others are in Belgium, Czech Republic, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Denemark, Finland, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Great Britain. More to reade HERE Gerfried Stocker ( artist director and CEO of AEC ) opened the ceremony. He, and later Andreas Bauer, talked about the planned outreach activities of ESERO at AEC. The focus will be on STEM- activities, empowering teachers and students supported by the great technical, and visual capabilities of AEC. Kai-Uwe Schrogl, (Head... Read More...

Jun 18
2016

Planet Saturn in rustic night

In clear night and warm temperature, i proposed to catch planet saturn in my town of Caguas, Puerto Rico in 6/17/2016. The beautiful landscape of astronomical planet is was present (Mars, Moon, Saturn and the star Antares). Before I proceed with the astronomical activity, I lit the tiki torch in my backyard and I took a cold drink to continue my astronomical adventure. I was ready to record a lot of frames for planet Saturn with my astronomical equipment. The Telescope Meade LX90 and Celestron NexImage 5 Planetary camera. Later, i processed the videos with Castrator, Autostakkert, Registax and GIMP... Read More...

Jun 17
2016

Austrian AWB-Affiliate "ANTARES" opened a new solar observatory

On 11th of June 2016 a new solar observatory was opened. The Austrian AWB-affiliate ANTARES held a big opening ceremony. I had the big pleasure to be one of the guests officially representing AWB-Austria. ANTARES is a very vivid and active astronomical association in Lower Austria doing any kind of public outreach. Above the new self built dome housing some optical solar telescopes and a special solar-radio telescope beeing part of the world wide network e-Callisto . Of course, ANTARES beeing a partner of our Austrian-AWB-network is always supporting GAM (GLobal Astronomy Month) ! Above: The organisation's chairlady Gabriele Gegenbauer... Read More...

Jun 14
2016

Solar Astronomical Observation of Sunspots 2553 & 2554

I share my astronomical observation solar activity of sunspots from 2553 and 2554 in Caguas, Puerto Rico in 6/13/2006 - 2:30pm. The atmospheric conditions were Variable clouds. The Sunspot 2553 is larger than our planet Earth. You can see the penumbra Cleary and the umbra. Sunspot in 2554, is a group of spots, although not as large as 2553. The equipment used for this sun activity was the astronomical telescope Celestron 114mm and LCM Astromaster mount, the camera Celestron solar NexImage 5 and Seymour Solar Filter. LCM Scope mount with the Stellarium program controlled. I Included video on solar activity... Read More...

Jun 14
2016

Astrophotography workshop

As part of a series of widefield astrophotography workshops, BeirutVersus set up in the dark skies of Kfardebian, Lebanon on Sunday June 12th, targetting the Rho Ophiucci region of the sky. Tracking the sky, an hour long exposure of 30 images were taken, showing the dark nebulae in that region, the reflection off the stars in that region. Live astrophotography goes a long way in displaying the wonders of the sky, a method that we see as slightly more efficient than the use of telescopes, as long exposures, even unprocessed, yield great details off the night sky. Planning also went... Read More...