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Member Reports from Eyad S. Khailany

Apr 21

Exploring the Moon - Public Outreach

AOYA has celebrated the Global Astronomy Month 2019 this weekened at the premises of International Maarif School in Erbil. The school students, their family members, staff and outside participants had some great opportunities to explore the detailed lunar terrains at a decent magnification through or scope. The event was very exciting to all the attendees who very musch appreciated this opportunity. We're looking forward to clearing weather in the coming days to plan for more celebrating events. AOYA Team / Educating the Public ! Read More...

Feb 02

Free Astronomy Classes at International Maarif Schools!

As part of our endeavor to spreading around the knowledge of astronomy among the publics in this region; AOYA offered free astronomy classes to the kids of International Maarif Schools in Erbil; Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Today the first batch of kids was introduced to the basics astronomy; the kids have learned how to find their way in the night sky and they custom made their own star wheels! The initial class was very successful and informative; therefore AOYA will continue its relentless efforts with the other batches this program in the coming few weeks. AOYA will also call... Read More...

Jul 28
2018

Best of Mars!

Members of AOYA in Erbil, Kurdistan region of Iraq, and numerous guests and visitors have been baffled by the view of Mars at its best last night through the eyepiece of our telescope, and which as well covered by the local news media. The century longest totallunar eclipse was as well a favorite topic for observation and intellectual discussion too. Our team has briefed attendees with some information about the red planet and we we were there to answer each and every question. " People from all ages, ethnic or cultural backgrounds have come together today to observe these... Read More...

Jul 28
2018

Best of Mars!

Members of AOYA in Erbil, Kurdistan region of Iraq, and numerous guests and visitors have been baffled by the view of Mars at its best last night through the eyepiece of our telescope, and which as well covered by the local news media. The century longest totallunar eclipse was as well a favorite topic for observation and intellectual discussion too. Our team has briefed attendees with some information about the red planet and we we were there to answer each and every question. " People from all ages, ethnic or cultural backgrounds have come together today to observe these... Read More...

Jul 28
2018

Best of Mars!

Members of AOYA in Erbil, Kurdistan region of Iraq, and numerous guests and visitors have been baffled by the view of Mars at its best last night through the eyepiece of our telescope, and which as well covered by the local news media. The century longest totallunar eclipse was as well a favorite topic for observation and intellectual discussion too. Our team has briefed attendees with some information about the red planet and we we were there to answer each and every question. " People from all ages, ethnic or cultural backgrounds have come together today to observe these... Read More...

Jul 28
2018

Best of Mars!

Members of AOYA in Erbil, Kurdistan region of Iraq, and numerous guests and visitors have been baffled by the view of Mars at its best last night through the eyepiece of our telescope, and which as well covered by the local news media. The century longest totallunar eclipse was as well a favorite topic for observation and intellectual discussion too. Our team has briefed attendees with some information about the red planet and we we were there to answer each and every question. "People from all ages, ethnic or cultural backgrounds have come together today to observe these celestial... Read More...

Jul 28
2018

Best of Mars!

Members of AOYA in Erbil, Kurdistan region of Iraq, and numerous guests and visitors have been baffled by the view of Mars at its best last night through the eyepiece of our telescope, and which as well covered by the local news media. The century longest totallunar eclipse was as well a favorite topic for observation and intellectual discussion too. Our team has briefed attendees with some information about the red planet and we we were there to answer each and every question. "People from all ages, ethnic or cultural backgrounds have come together today to observe these celestial... Read More...

Jun 02
2017

Star Party

Last night AOYA star party and casual observation session sponsored by Shakespeare's & Co. Erbil. During this event, both kids and grown ups have enjoyed and appreciated the thorough look at many of the lunar features in incredible details and clarity. Also Shakespeare's & Co. valued guests were rewarded with a further look at Jupiter with all its glory surrounded by 4 of its brightest moons, followed by observing the beautiful ringed planet Saturn. To many of the guests, thi s was their ever first experience which hopefully will bring the best of their interest in Astronomy, and that's exactly... Read More...

Jun 03
2016

AOYA present at the CISK Annual Science Fair 2016

CISK Kurdistan organizes a science fair on a large scale annually. This year (also previous one) AOYA was at the heart of this magnificent event. AOYA kids and members displayed a variety of exhibits including an intriguing photo gallery depicting several astrphotograpy images shot by members, 3 different types of Celestron telescopes and a rare asteroid/meteorite fragment of almost 95% iron and 5% cobalt and nickel. AOYA valued members explained to the countless number of visitors all about the importance of astronomy and astrophysics as a key to understanding the universe and where did we come from and where we... Read More...

Apr 01
2016

AOYA Stargazing Session

On the night of Friday, April 1st. AOYA members and guests spent some valuable quality time observing the magnificent planet Jupiter and many other DSO's. Our kids also were briefed with some information on the celestial objects they were observing through the eyepiece of a Celestron NexStar 8" SE. The gathering was highly educational and fun! Read More...

Mar 27
2016

Zodiacal light in the western skies after dark

AOYA kids have skilfully captured this wide field image of the constellation Orion with much of its surroundings in the western skies right after nightfall. The Zodiacal Light is very evident in this image too as it stretches in the bottom up untill the middle of the frame. In the coming few days our dedicated members will continue their efforts to capture more vivid images of this interesting celestial phenomenon. Of course phtography through a telesopes will never serve this purpose, therefore our kids will endeavour to capture it through a low power camera body and zoom only. Read More...

Mar 19
2016

Astronomy for the School Kids in Kurdistan

AOYA in Erbil, KRG (Northern Iraq) gathers school kids regularily to teach them the fundemental basics of Astronomy. AOYA usually arranges night time observation sessions too. This image of the Great Nebula in Orion; Messier 42 was shot through Celestron Nexstar 8" SE and a Canon DSLR camera in a 20 second exposure by our members a few weeks ago. We're poor in resources however but we do have the passion to further increase the awareness of the importance of Astronomy among the humble people of Kurdistan. Read More...