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Nov 16
2019

Transit of Mercury - Ghana report

Two members of the Ghana Planetarium team shared the Transit of Mercury with close to 400 students and staff of Osu Presby Girls School in Accra! After a short talk on the Solar System, students were very excited to actually see planet Mercury using a Solarscope and also view the sun safely using eclipse glasses. (An astronomy club was recently set up at the school thanks to funding from the IAU 100 Special Projects) Read More...

Nov 15
2019

A Transit Report

by Clarence G. Underwood

HI All, The transit is over, but not forgotten. I hosted an observation session in Esparto California. I had a turn out of 15 adults and four youths. The temperature was mild and the sky was clear with a haze. I used two telescopes, one was a Orion 130st reflector, with white light glass filter and the other scope was a PST. Both gave comfortable views of Mercury in transit. I setup at 7:30 and the bulk of the participants arrived about 8:10 and stayed until about 9:20. A good time was had by all and much Astronomy related information... Read More...

Nov 15
2019

Transit of Mercury Outreach at Shepard Park, Cocoa Beach Florida

I picked Shepard Park in Cocoa Beach as a sidewalk astronomy outreach place to honor Alan Shepard, Mercury program astronaut and first American in space, as well as the opportunity to see a SpaceX rocket launch. I prepared several things for my outreach: a Mercury helmet, a Mercury t-shirt, an Explore Scientific telescope (I am an ES brand ambassador) with a solar filter, a Sony A7RII for transit photography, an orange (a stand-in for the Sun), and a sand grain (there were plenty around). I set up distances from the Sun (orange) with chalk marks to illustrate the size and... Read More...

Nov 15
2019

Mercury Transit from Pensacola

We had clear skies for most of the event at the Pensacola State Planetarium. About 60 guests turned out. Our report on Facebook is at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.10156972406084302&type=3 Read More...

Nov 13
2019

Transit of Mercury observed in Campos dos Goytacazes- Brazil

by Marcelo de Oliveira Souza

Transit of Mercury observed in Campos dos Goytacazes- Brazil The team of the Louis Cruls Astronomy Club observed the Transit of Mercury on November 11, 2019, in the city of Campos dos Goytacazes located in Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil. It was possible to observe the transit until 16:30h UT. In the last 1 hour and thirty minutes of the Transit we had many clouds in the sky. 200 people obsverved the transit with us. Read More...

Nov 12
2019

No Transit of Mercury - event in Linz Austria, but ......

Unfortunately due to bad weather conditions and dense fog we had to cancel our planned public viewing event at our local Johannes Kepler observatory. So we could only offer some online- live-views from the Transit of Mercury to the few people who came despite fog to our observatory. So some people of our association decided to go outside of the city up to the hills and mountains in the surroundings of Linz to try to catch this event. And indeed above the fog there was a real chance to get some images of this rare event - following some pictures.... Read More...

Nov 12
2019

The Transit of Mercury

With the kids we watched Mercury transit. during transit, we saw a small black dot traveling through the face of the sun. Read More...

Nov 12
2019

Mercury transit in Batatais/SP - Brazil / Trânsito de Mercurio em Batatais/SP - Brasil

O Projeto Astronomia Para Todos - Batatais, proporcionou aos alunos, professores e funcionários da E.E. Silvio de Almeida e ao público em ge ral, a oportunidade de visualizarem o raro fenômeno do trânsito do planeta Mercurio em frente ao disco solar, ocorrido no dia 11 de novembro de 2019. Cerca de 220 pessoas puderam assistir a mais este espetáculo da natureza graças aos telescópios do Projeto. The Astronomy For All - Batatais Project provided students, teachers, and staff at E.E. Silvio de Almeida and the general public, the opportunity to view the rare phenomenon of the planet Mercurio's traffic in... Read More...

Nov 12
2019

The First Touch Encounter Between Mercury and Sun in Sky of Erbil

A wonderful moment, is here, in this simple shot with a great meanings Read More...

Nov 12
2019

Hello Tiny Small Dot!

After long time of waiting and preparations, we as (Kurdistan Astronomical Organization) leaved center of Erbil city and climbed up to the top of mount Kosar, nearby 70 km east of Erbil, and about 935 meters above the sea level, right in front of Koya city. At first time we found a very nice location inside (Kosar Resort), but unfortunately, wind was blowing strongly at that location, then we decided to change it and finally we found a quite location behind a hill and away from active winds. Although we made an alternative piece of solar filter, but unfortunately it... Read More...

Nov 12
2019

The Transit of Mercury in Erbil

AOYA has organized an astronomy activity at the Danielle Mitterand French School of Erbil on the morning hours of Monday, November 11. Unfortunately, the transit was visible only after 3:40 pm local time, it was not possible to carry on with any visual observation. Our team has given a 2 hours presentation tackling this rare astronomical event followed by a Q & A session. The feedback we received from the school management showed a very successful and informative event that was highly appreciated by students and the school's teaching team alike. We installed a telescope indoor and students were encouraged... Read More...

Nov 12
2019

Gunstar Team ''Transito'' Report

An event in which we at Gunstar Team once again give priority to schools on the outskirts of our dear neighboring city Aparecida de Goiania. With Alpha team IGTAC-Gunstarteam in addition to the mercury traffic we also took advantage of the International Campaign for Astronomy Day IAU100 in Schools. , with a super Meteorite Exhibition, with music and culture, students will have a day of practical Ludicas and Didactic experiences besides observing the mercury traffic, taking advantage of the campaign for the 100 years we embrace this project becoming an official program of the Gunstar Team School Astronomy Day to... Read More...

Nov 11
2019

Mercury transit from Kovin in Serbia

In Kovin, Serbia members of Astronomical Section PS Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj have organized observation of the transit of Mercury. Unfortunately , t he results were poor, it was partly cloudy. Read More...

Nov 11
2019

Mercury transit from Krusevac in Serbia

In Krusevac, Serbia members of Astronomical Society Eureka have successfully organized observation of the transit of Mercury. Members of the Society were able to record the flow of transit from the beginning to the maximum, when the Sun set down. Many citizens who were in the park together with members were able to observe and photograph the transit wiuth telescope SkyWatcher 90/900 using indirect method of observation, while the telescope SkyWytcher 150/750 was used to photographe transit with NikonD3100 camera. We can say that this event was a success and we hope to further similar events. Read More...

Nov 11
2019

Mercury Transit was a success!

Contrary to both my expectations and the weather forecast, the Sun rose into a clear sky here in San Francisco, for our first fog-free morning in a week! I set up my 5" Orion Maksutov-Cassegrain in Duboce Park, outside our apartment, equipped with a Baader AstroSolar filter, around 8:30 AM. The park was quiet - it's the Veterans' Day holiday here - but very soon a few people stopped by. One of them turned out to my friend Christian, who happened to be visiting from Brussels! We spotted Mercury crossing the Sun's disk quite clearly. Another friend, Aaron, stopped by... Read More...

Nov 08
2019

Mercury Transit, Mexico City

I am organizing an observation for this coming Monday the 11th, I have only one Coronado Telescope, so I hope more people can bring theirs. The location is this 19°22'20.4"N 99°11'04.7"W Contact me, to get more info. https://www.facebook.com/alejandro.lamothecervera Read More...

Nov 07
2019

Dodangoda Miriswatta National School Solar Observation Camp 2019

by NCAS

Nalanda College Astronomical Society (NCAS) and Nalanda College Alumni Astronomical Society (NCAAS) conducted a sun observation camp at Dodangoda Miriswatta National School, Kalutara, Sri Lanka. It was held on 25th October 2019. First an Introduction lecture was done about Astronomy. Further lectures were carried out on telescopes and how to use a telescope to observe the sun. Subsequently the students were given the opportunity to observe the sun. They were also shown some videos regarding astronomy with a complete explanation on them. Finally they were guided by the members of the NCAS and NCAAS to do the fun activity called... Read More...

Nov 01
2019

Astrovéga public activities in Belgium in 2019

This year was very busy in activities for the clubs (especially mine Astroclub Véga) in Belgium (thanks to Jupiter, Saturn and Moon sightings). First, a partial Moon eclipse on july 16 from the sports center of Fernelmont near Namur...Lots of clouds but still very spectacular! Moon eclipse Then a succession of nights of the stars ftom 8 august to 10 august Night of the stars at the Eurospace Center NE at Fernelmont Brussels Every time, lots of stars and people!! A special evening with parents and children at Raimillies on august 23. On september 21, a huge all day and... Read More...

Nov 01
2019

"MOON-GATEWAY TO THE STARS" ON THE SPOT SPEECH IN PERIYAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTRE CHENNAI

ON 5 OCTOBER 2019, ON OCCASION OF WORLD SPACE WEEK 2019, THERE WAS AN ON THE SPOT SPEECH COMPETITION IN PERIYAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTRE. THERE WAS A PARADE WITH MANY STUDENTS INVITING US INSIDE THE PLANETORIUM. MANY SCIENTISTS GAVE INSPIRING LECTURES ON SPACE AND HOW IT IS YET TO BE EXPLORED. THEY TOLD US "TO DO THINGS THAT ACTUALLY MATTER AND NOT JUST BE A WASTE OF SPACE AND MATTER." AFTER HEARING MANY EYE OPENING SPEECHES, STUDENTS OF CLASSES 6-12 HAD A SPEECH COMPETITION WHERE WE PICKED CHITS WITH TOPICS WRITTEN ON THEM AND GAVE IMPROPTU SPEECHES. I HAD... Read More...

Oct 25
2019

Goiania 86th Spacial Birthday .

The most likely origin of the name Goyanna (currently Goiana) is that Goyanna comes from the Tupi-Guarani word "Guyanna", which means "land of many waters". The town's toponym appears for the first time in the catalogs of the Society of Jesus in 1592 under the name of village of "Gueena". The same document, in 1606, records it with the spelling changed to "Goyana" and finally Goiana. Some scholars say that Goiana is the source word for the Tupi language and means: esteemed people. The first suggestion of name came from Leo Lynce, a Goias intellectual from Pires do Rio. For... Read More...

Oct 21
2019

Astronomy in the Nutshell for beginners!

Sponsored by Re:Coded House in Erbil, The head of AOYA (the Association of Young Astronomy), has given a two and a half hour presentation titled "Astronomy in the Nutshell for the Beginners". In fact education has come up to better standards in Kurdistan allowing an ever growing number of youths who have built a very strong interest in astronomy but still lack the basic knowledge and therefore have no clue of where and how to make a proper start. Hence came our endeavor to guide those enthusiasts and help put them on the right track through learning the preliminary skills... Read More...

Oct 20
2019

Restart of "Austrian-Amateur-Astronomer Meeting" at the biggest public observatory of Austria

This weekend we restarted an old Austrian tradition. The so called "Austrian Amateur Astronomer Meeting", which was running for decades and was stopped about 15 years ago, had it's revival. The location was well chosen. The biggest Austrian public observatory "VEGA" formed the framework for this event. This observatory was opened last year and is situated near the city of Salzburg. It is equipped with modern presentation and multimedia techniques. The centerpiece is a 1 meter reflector telescope from ASA -Astro Systeme Austria. The revival of this traditional meeting was initiated by ÖAV - Österreichischer Astronomischer Verein. The main topic... Read More...

Oct 14
2019

WSW2019: Road to Solar Eclipse Malaysia 2019

October 5, 2019, Malaysia – In conjunction of World Space Week 2019, Telok Kemang Observatory held a workshop that open to public (limited to 30pax only). This workshop is focused on Partial Solar Eclipse that can be seen all around Malaysia on 26 th December 2019. The workshop starts around 5:00 PM MYT by Muzamir Mazlan. The workshop included how to see the eclipse (free solar eclipse glasses provided to every participant), where to see and preparation for incoming eclipse. Read More...

Oct 14
2019

International Observe The Moon Night 2019

October 5, 2019, Malaysia – Telok Kemang Observatory held a program to celebrate International Observe The Moon Night 2019 with our local community. The theme is “To The Moon and Back” which highlighted on the 50 th anniversary of Moon Landing. The program start around 8:00PM MYT with with open talk by Assistant Manager of Telok Kemang Observatory, Muzamir Mazlan at PASMA Night Klana Beach Resort Port Dickson (Night-Market Dinner Style). The talk includes the topic about basic exposure about moon landing. Next year astronomical calendar also has been discuss with the public. Muzamir Mazlan also gave a talk about... Read More...

Oct 13
2019

We know the universe

Activity name: "We know the universe teacher Violeta Petkovska School: OU: Koco Racin RS Macedonia Read More...