Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Beauty Without Borders - Hello! Red Planet
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Beauty Without Borders(BWB) is a project of Astronomers Without Borders and Sidewalk Astronomers. Through
BWB, we hope to share the beauty of the celestial events. Last year we spent an evening with Venus and this year we are celebrating
the Opposition of Mars.
So this week, grab a scope, call some friends and head out to the sidewalk and share
the beauty of Mars with your community and join amatuers around the world. We have a blog set up where you can post
event reports and share your experiences.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
4th ISAN and Much More for 2010!
ISANWe hope everyone will take part in ISAN on March 20. The 4th ISAN should
be more successful than any in the past as we have so many more members.
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We've added a page to this website for
ISAN and you can start posting your events at any time. We also posted some flyers for handouts during the event that you
can customize with your local contact information.
Astronomy Month (GAM) will be held this April. Consisting of hundreds of events worldwide and a variety of online activies,
GAM will once again bring the worldwide focus to astronomy.
GAM is an Astronomers Without Borders event, but because
so much of it will involve public outreach, it is the perfect project for the Sidewalk Astronomers to support. We'll
be posting more information in the coming weeks but its never to early to start planning your events.
John Dobson on Facebook
We've made John a Facebook page and he has logged in a couple
of times to check it. www.facebook.com/johnldobson is the address and we ask if you have greetings or photos of that you'd like to share, please do so. Since John isn't traveling
as much as he used to, it is a good way for him to keep in contact with everyone.
DUSK of IYA 2009
We did have a few people go out for DUSK on Dec 31, but many had to cancel because of weather.
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It seems like the most
successful events were in the Philippines and here in the Los Angeles area.
We have this from Armando Lee:
participated in the Dusk of IYA here in Pasay City Philippines last December 31, 2009. Free public viewing session was given
from 7pm to 10pm infront of Astrocamp Observatory in SMBY Park in SM Mall of Asia Complex. Views of Jupiter and the Galilean
satellites were given from Dusk to around 8:30pm then views of the Moon through an apochromat telescope was given up to 10pm.
Live webcast of the event was done via www.justin.tv/medlee
Video clips of the event can be seen in that website. There
were approximately 500 people that participated and we were blessed with clear sky all throughout the event.
here in California, we had a pretty good turn out.
Early in the evening, John Dobson, Inara Scwharts, Mike Sepulveda
and I took two telescopes out, one 8" and one 10". We set up near Barney's on 1st street and had about 50 people
stop to look at Jupiter. We stayed there from about 5pm until about 6:30, when we moved up closer to the theater entrance
to observe the Moon.
We were joined by Sidewalk Astronomers George Willis and Leslie Kendall, as well as Sawsan
and her son Ben. Sawsan's older son had built a telescope with John a few years ago.
Overall, we had about 300
people get a chance to observe. Everyone was very excited by the moons of Jupiter and our own Blue Moon!
have a couple of other reports, but they weren't posted on the blog and the information isn't readily available. While we
can't count DUSK as a major success, we did give about 1000 people a chance to look through a telescope that night.