Raoul Lannoy


On thursday 9th, many clubs gathered at the country's Space Camp, the
Eurospace Center, near France and Luxemburg.
For most of the afternoon, my PST was used to show details on the surface of
the Sun and lots of people had a look at our star. I dressed up in my
astronaut blue suit (at least I can do that once a year) and was interviewed
by RTL-TVI, the french speaking national commercial TV station.
Later, we went inside to avertize about our astronomy clubs (we have tables
and cables for our PC's) and after sunset, went back outside with our
telescopes and showed the stars, this time (and the space station) and a few
shooting stars !
I was back home at 3:00 AM.
The next day, the 10th, I was too tired to travel much with the car, but
went to the port of Antwerp with my binoculars and Canon camera, on the
bike, and did see the triangle Saturn-Mars-Spica and again the space
station. This time, it was improvized, people from my town got interested
and we looked together at the stars:
On saturday, the big day for Astrovéga and CAO at Louvain-La-Neuve, not far
from the Cyclotron (it's a university town, 30 km south-east of Brussels).
Many people came (about a hundred) and so did the press. We had two
astronomy conferences, outside, before it became dark enough for the
observations. We even had radio-astronomy to show to the public ! Our
telescopes were all the time sollicitated, mainly by children ! I hurt my
back while unloading the Dobson Sky-Quest xx12 from the car but could still
guide the crowd. We saw twice the space station, many double stars, galaxies
and Perseïds too! It was all over at 00:40 AM! A huge success; two clubs
together, billboards in the towns, websites adapted, arrows placed to guide
people to the place....beautiful weather, shooting stars, ISS passes,
control over lamps in the direct neighbourhood........Everything!

And press reports:

Raoul Lannoy
Nerviersstraat 19
2018 Antwerpen
Lat N 51°12'22" Long E 04°25'16"


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    Born in Belgium in 1957 (from a Belgian father and an American mother). Here, everything seems a lot more complicated: more taxes, more government, more languages, more people per square kilometer or mile, more light pollution, but, nevertheless, as much passion for things going on up there, naturally or man made. This was thanks to the first time I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey back in 1968, followed by the promises of the Moon. One weakness was my dislike for maths, which led to human science studies (law and a specialization in insurance). I've been working since 1982 in the...


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