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Sunday, October 19, 2014

STARGAZING NIGHT with NEBULAE AND GALAXIES

It was an awesome experience going out in the desert once again after a months of very hot summer. Abu Dhabi Astronomy went the Southern part of Abu Dhabi near Al Khazna Palace to travel with time after chasing for Nebulae and Galaxies.






sand dunes and windy weather
















set-up time


Photo Credit: David Attie

M27 (Dumbbell Nebula): Telescope Celestron C11, 10 shoots, 30s, 1600 ISO, CANON EOS 450D modified ("Astrodon Inside"), F/D=10

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M57 (Ring Nebula): Telescope Celestron C11, 9 shoots, 30s, 1600 ISO, CANON EOS 450D modified ("Astrodon Inside"), F/D=10

M33 (Triangulum Galaxy): Telescope Celestron C11, 14 shoots, 60s, 1600 ISO, CANON EOS 450D modified ("Astrodon Inside"), F/D=6.


These pictures are the proof that we can travel with time if only we can move faster than speed of light. Photos are from hundreds of light years away which only means that we took the picture of these nebula and galaxy hundred of light years away.


photos Credit to Nikil Kuruvilla
 The Dumbell Nebula

 The Lagoon Nebula


The Open Cluster Nebula

Sunday, September 14, 2014

UAE'S PLAN FOR MARS RACE MISSION


“We aim for the UAE to be among the top countries in aerospace by 2021,” Sheikh Khalifa has said. “We have a great belief in the talents of our young people and the strongest determination, the greatest ambitions and a clear plan to reach our targets.”

Abu Dhabi's Ruler and President of United Arab Emirates - His Highness Sheikh Khalifa stated about the vision of having UAE as one of the top countries for aerospace race.

He formally signed a law establishing the UAE Space Agency. The announcement was made in July 2014.

The United Arab Emirates joined the ranks of the United States, Japan, China and India in working on projects and missions to the red planet as it announced the creation of its own space agency and intention to send an unmanned mission to the red planet by 2021.

The law, which was published in the Official Gazette, stated that the agency would have its headquarters in Abu Dhabi and have a branch in Dubai.

The initial meeting of the UAE Space Agency was held in July and was led by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, who directed all government institutions to provide maximum support.

The unmanned probe prject will travel in nine months and will be launched to coincide with the UAE’s 50th anniversary.


Sunday, August 3, 2014

ASTEROID APOPHIS

photo and content credit to space.com

After its discovery in 2004, astronomers gave the asteroid Apophis a 2.4 percent chance of hitting the earth during its close flyby on April 13, 2029.  If the 1,066-foot (325 meters) asteroid were to strike our planet, the blast could equal hundreds of megatons.

Fortunately, further analysis showed that Apophis will miss the Earth by 19,400 miles (31,300 kilometers) in 2029. Extrapolating further into the future, another approach in 2036 is an even bigger miss. Apophis has only a one in a million chance of hitting Earth on that pass.

An asteroid that approaches Earth closely is called a Near Earth Object, or NEO. Astronomers track these objects carefully to provide early warning if one is discovered to be on a collision course with Earth. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

PLANETARIUM AT THE GALLERIA THIS RAMADAN





Enjoy the Iftar or after the Iftar at the Galleria in Al Maryah Island this whole month of Ramadan> One mobile planetarium was set up and open after dark, every Wednesday to Saturday. Mr. Nezar Sallam, on of UAE's astronomer spearheaded this night activity.  Mr. Sallam also hosting educational workshops on Thursdays and Fridays at 9:30-10:30 pm, where everyone can learn about the moon, Saturn, Mars and satellites in the space.

All ages are welcome, children can also enjoy fun games and activities available inside the Galleria, it is located on level 1 next to Bentley Bistro restaurant.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

CAMELOPARDALIDS NIGHT

The new meteor shower said as an astronomical experienced of a life-time. This meteor shower witnessed on it’s peak last May 23 night until May 24 before sunrise, the meteor shower called Camelopardalids for it originates in the Giraffe Constellation.

The debris trail originate from Comet 209P/Linear, which discovered in 2004, the originator of this meteor shower and the Earth will cross the comet path on the morning of May 24. Based on astronomical prediction, this new meteor shower could be an astronomical experience of a life-time and produce a unique meteor storm which would see dense outbursts of bright multiple meteors and provide estimated closely to thousand shooting stars an hour during the peak shower moment. The lowest expectation would be 60 to 100 meteors an hour throughout the night.

Abu Dhabi Astronomy group once again organized a desert camping near Endurance Village in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

With the help of Abu Dhabi Week magazine people responded to this historical sky event.
To the disappointments of the people joined the group as the expectations did not happened, seen a maximum of 10 meteors the whole night that supposed to me 60-100's,  they are remain coming back for the next stargazing event. They enjoyed looking at Saturn, Jupiter and other sky objects instead and having fun with the desert camping experienced.


Photos credit to Ajmal P.M



Cars waited in Endurance Village parking area waited for the cue....

The journey begins



Towards the road of history...

Ajmal and Andy

Tents are set up....



Telescope ready



Tents set-up, waited for the time, but for the mean time enjoying the sunset

Ajmal's portait with the milky way galaxy
  

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

APRIL 2014 - TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE AS SEEN IN PRESCOTT OBSERVATORY, ARIZONA, USA


















































April 15, 2014

Total Lunar Eclipse was observed and witness by others from the other side of the world. Astronomers from the side of the Gulf region was not able to saw this sky event with their own eyes but with the help of technology, we from Abu Dhabi Astronomy still witnessed the Total Lunar Eclipse. With the online service of Slooh, viewing live from Prescott Observatory in Arizona, USA was possible to seen all over the world including Abu Dhabi.
Photos above are captured from the live broadcast of Slooh.