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Apr 13

Public Star Party on 11/12th April, 2015

Introduction: As a part of Global Astronomy Month, 2015, Akashmitra organized a public star party at Pirangut (25 km from the city of Pune) on 11 th /12 th April, 2015. There were a total of 36 people for the event. Many of them were coming for the first time for a star gazing session and had got to know about them from our Facebook page. Report: The star party was about to be rescheduled when there were big grey clouds spotted in Pune at about 2pm and rains in some parts of the city as well. However the locals... Read More...

Apr 13

Lunar Eclipse.

I saw the lunar eclipse on  4/4/2015 at my house in my telescope , Celestron powerseeker 50AZ............ Read More...

Apr 12

Globe at Night April, 2015

  I have taken readings for "Globe at night April, 2015 campaign". That day the sky was clear, but I lived in a urban area so, too much pollution was present there. The technical data which I've taken is given below. date: 2015/04/10 time: 20:30 latitude: 22.320042299999997 longitude: 73.1959084 elevation: 38.72982788085938 country: India location comments: Urban area, too much pollution ! magnitude: 3 cloud cover: clear constellation: Leo sky comments: Clear Read More...

Apr 09

Partial solar eclipse march 20

On march 20th, I went to a village called Grand-Leez near Gembloux and animated the event in a school with several other members of the club. We had no luck with the weather but had many children visiting the classroom where we had 2 screens showing the live event on internet from the Faroe Islands. It was a great event and the local TV was there and we were able to show to the other clubs what actually happened during that morning.   The next day, we were in Brussels in another school for the Astronomy Discovery Day and... Read More...

Apr 08

Learn a picture of the famous Hungarian duo M81 and M82

Today with a picture of the famous Hungarian duo M81 and M82 Located in the Big Dipper group, away from us about 12 million light-years away from each other and separated by a distance of nearly 150 thousand light-years away. . . Tools used: Telescope: 80 ED Refractor when F6 Camera: Qhy8l Andr -20 Astronomical Base: Heq5 pro cross Eqmod . Image by member Assembly,خليفة القاضي - Libya Follow-up to "ROYAA" the Association Click on the link   Read More...

Apr 08

spotted the surface of the sun

Lens "ROYAA" you spotted the surface of the sun this day, Saturday, 04.04.2015 and shows the surface free of black spots which shows a significant decrease in solar activity, which had risen in the past few days and caused the emission stream of solar wind toward the Earth. Read More...

Apr 08

FASE Lunar eclipse Observation session

Foundation of Astronomical Studies & Exploration organised an observation session for April 4th Lunar eclipse at Kandy, Sri Lanka. Due to the Hunnasgiriya and Knuckles mountain ranges at horizon we missed the maximum on 18.17 but still captured some good images including time-lapse with 60s duration. Full album of the session will be available as soon as we finished the final touch-ups. Special thanks to Amal Thilakarathna, Tharindu rajasooriya, and Waruna bandara.     Read More...

Apr 05

Solar Eclipse 20/03/15

This was the first time I held an astronomical event for real. I wento to a school near Bari to make teachers and students observe the sun through special sunglasses and  my telescope, and I made a little conference about stars, Sun and the way an Eclipse works.  This experience has been really rewarding because I realized people gladly listen to me while I am talking and I am able to involve both kids and adults. The students asked me lots of questions and someone said to me "Thanks". This is the most beautiful thing I can be told.  What a... Read More...

Apr 03


By Helio C. Vital A lunar eclipse will be visible from western North America, eastern Asia, the Pacific and Oceania as the Moon will cross the northern half of Earth`s shadow on April 4, 2015. It is expected to be a very interesting event due to the fact that at 12:00 UT its umbral magnitude will probably barely exceed 1.00. It is thus within the range of current uncertainties associated with the size of Earth`s umbra (the darker inner region of Earth`s shadow). Consequently, as surprisingly as it may seem, this time it may not be utterly appropriate to simply predict... Read More...

Mar 21

Eclipse eclipsado / Eclipse eclipsed

La mala climatología hizo que se anulara la actividad propuesta por AstroGEDA. La emisión en directo no pudo realizarse por la fina lluvia y los telescopios tuvieron que taparse para no ser manchados por el barro que llevaba la lluvia. Sólo se pudo disfrutar del eclipse unos 4 minutos, el tiempo que duró un pequeño claro que se abrió entre las nubes oscuras. En el momento de la máxima parcialidad si que se pudo notar algo de oscuridad sobre las nubes, ya que desde nuestras latitudes, la Luna cubría un 60% el disco solar. - The bad weather made the... Read More...

Mar 15

Retransmisión on-line del eclipse parcial de sol

Este viernes 20 de Marzo de 2015, tendremos uno de los espectáculos más bonitos que la naturaleza nos puede brindar, un Eclipse Total de Sol. Desde España podremos verlo como parcial y concretamente desde la localidad de Elche, será un 60% de sol el que será ocultado por nuestro satélite La Luna. Desde AstroGEDA transmitiremos on-line todo el momento del evento desde las 08:09 TU hasta las 10:15 TU. No faltéis a la cita on-line. Friday March 20, 2015 , will have one of the most beautiful spectacles that nature can give us a Total Solar Eclipse . From Spain... Read More...

Feb 15

Breaching the Cordilleras

The Andromeda Mobile Planetarium  since its creation in 2013 has concentrated in the Cordillera  region. The Cordillera Central Mountain Range is a massive mountain range in Central Luzon, Philippines. It encompases several provinces (Apayao, Abra, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province) and the chartered city of Baguio. The mountainous topography makes most of the areas remote. Temperatures in the Cordillera are low and roads can be treacherous. One of the main routes we take is the Halsema Highway which is among the top 10 most dangerous roads in the world. It is not uncommon for the road to have zero... Read More...

Jan 12

To jail on december 14 2014 !,

Hi, Last december 14th, I went to  a prison (Marneffe, Liege province). We were 3 from various clubs (me, Linda and Serge) to pass the checkpoint an go to a place with a noth-west free sky visibiliy (there are lots of spotlights all around). Linda had arranged this visit and it was starry but cold. We deployed ou instruments and saw ISS pass over us. Then came a group of detainees. W shook hands and Linda (with her ACS 6 inches) could go from one object to the other. My Dobson 12 inches took a while to prepare. I could... Read More...

Nov 05

Grateful and A question

I'm so bless that i can finally find a community where i can learn a lot and ask an advice about how i can be an amateur astronomer. How i can observe sky, or post a photo like others that right now i don't have a single equipment to do so. But i have a faith. I have a biggest dream that i believe with all my heart will lead me to the way i can make it real. my dream is to make my own telescope, explore the sky and build an observatory in my village. I just finished... Read More...

Oct 28

Karachi Astronomy Society's Astrodome

On 11th October 2014 in Gulistan-e-Jauhar, in a crowded and chaotic eastern district of Karachi a landmark astronomy event for Pakistan was unfolding. The President of Karachi Astronomers Society (KaAS), Muhammad Mehdi Hussain had invited members of KaAS, few friends, and the media to his rooftop to inaugurate the appropriately named KaAStrodome. KaAStrdome has a tumultuous construction history only the immediate family can aptly narrate. A handiwork of four determined brothers - Mehdi, Akbar, Ashraf, and Ayaz - KaAStrodome is a privately owned urban space observatory. That astronomy runs in the family is evident from the fact that Mr Anwar-ul-Hussain... Read More...

Aug 10

The 2014 Fist Night of the Shooting Stars at Fernelmont, Belgium

First night of the shooting stars at Fernelmont, Belgium. On friday 8th august , the firs Night of the Shooting Stars (Nuit des étoiles filantes or NEF), took place at Fernelmont , 15 km north-east of Namur. Weeks earlier, the French speaking Belgian amateur astronomers federation was contacted by a woman in charge of a group of children affected by the Xeroderma Pigmentosum desease (extreme sensitivity to UV light) with their parents. I called her the next morning, found out the group had its base (momentarily) at Namur and very quickly, Astronamur (the club nearest that town) contacted her. It... Read More...

May 30

We Are One, Under the One Sky!

Once again, “ Global Astronomy Month ” project gathered all advocates of Astronomy and Peace together around the world to highlight the motto of “ Astronomers Without Borders ”, One People_One Sky , through the largest global celebration of astronomy. “ Engineers Without Borders Iran ” has honored to participate in this celebration by organizing variety programs around GAM Program Schedules offered by AWB such as Dark-sky Awareness, Public Outreach, Observing Events, SunDay Workshop, etc. during April 2014. I’m so grateful to Mr. Mike Simmons, Founder/President of AWB, for inviting me to join Starlight Festival 2014 on May 24... Read More...

Mar 07


Hi Folks, don't miss the International Sidewalk Astronomers Night on the 8th of March. Meeting point is almost exactly onto 10° Longitude - (Postal address is Faehrdamm 13, 20148 Hamburg) Observation begins at 1800 h CET (GMT+1). Stargazing for free! Make your first picture of the moon! Ask crazy questions - get strange answers. A journey into space (and back). Warm clothing suggested! Have fun! Read More...

Oct 19


One week meeting, listening and talking to people doing astronomy outreach programms everytime and everywhere around the globe. That happened at CAP2013 in Warsaw. Where else someone could feel better the joining spirit of astronomy and of our all ONE SKY ? So this was one of the reasons for me to join CAP first time. Of course, knowing that some AWB-people will join it, was one more reason to fly to Poland - the homecountry of Nicolaus Copernicus. Following some of my personal photographic impressions ...... A nice monument near the center of Warsaw remembering one of the most... Read More...

Aug 22

Nights of the Shooting Stars- Starry Night

Hello, On august 8th, 2013, we gathered at the Eurospace Center for the first of the Nights of the Shooting Stars (Nuits des Etoiles Filantes). We met the medias, saw conferences, shoew our stuff to the public and saw the HTV chasing ISS. About 850 people came. On saturday 10th, the CAO and Astroclub Vega had our common event at Louvan-la-Neuve and we had an explanation of the solar system by Linda, the meteors on radio by Thierry and the sky cleared just as night set and we had a record number of visitors..more than 200 !! We were happy,... Read More...

Aug 05

Greek - Iran Astronomy for Peace Project

We are very happy to have been approached by Ahmad Alasti seeking cooperation and joint projects between our two countries. We have already spent more than an hour talking through Skype and building a relationship, exchanging information on Astronomy and culture. We both feel very proud that most nothern sky constellations have greek names and most stars persian names and that is a very strong bond for joint astronomy projects. Just for the History relations between the two people date back from the antiquity and before Persian invasion of Greece. There is also the report of Strabo of an Athenian... Read More...

Jul 22

The Day the Earth Smiled

Hello, We had clear skies, for once, in Belgium! It's been quite successful with other clubs, too. We had two clubs together near Gembloux, not far from the geographical center of the country. The Astroclub Vega and the Club d'Astronomie d'Ottignies Louvain-la-Neuve. (We used two Dobsons (12 inches) and various other telescopes. The Moon was very bright (we couldn't see the Milky Way). Saturn was right there, even before it became dark . Actually, at our latitude (50°), july 19th is the first night when we finally get some completely dark skies as for the two last months, the Sun... Read More...

Jun 28

Seattle Astronomy

Seattle Astronomy is a blog that covers space and astronomy news from Seattle and the United States Pacific Northwest. The blog was founded in January 2011 by Greg Scheiderer, a member of the Seattle Astronomical Society, Astronomers Without Borders, The Planetary Society, and the Northwest Science Writers Association. Greg is a freelance writer and communication consultant based in Seattle. Seattle Astronomy is also on Facebook and Twitter . You can follow our calendar to learn about space and astronomy events in the Northwest. Clear skies! Read More...

Jun 21

Venus Ecipse

Wonderful Experience

Jun 15

Getting "the kids" involved in astronomy

Much ink, many pixels, and and a great deal of time and energy have been expended of late on the pressing challenge of getting the younger generation interested and participating in astronomy. Astronomy magazine editor Dave Eicher recently blogged on the topic, noting that The Astronomical League devoted a huge chunk of the March issue of its magazine, Reflector , to the topic. Eicher and Astronomy are among the partners in the Astronomy Foundation , a nonprofit organization that aims to spread interest and enthusiasm for the hobby, particularly among generations X and Y. All of this has me pondering... Read More...