The Photo Gallery of Astronomical Observations

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  • The Photo contest: „Heads in clouds” – astronomical observation

 

I place: Bianka Nagy – „Solar autograph”

Bianka Nagy

II place: Csaba Brezan – „Tiger Moon”

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III place: Adina Pop – „Orange Horizon”

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Popularity contest prize: Oana Jurj – „Fire sunset”

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  • Astronomical exercises in Gheoghe Lazăr High School Pecica, Romania

Students from Romanian School have performed specific exercises to determine astronomical cardinal points, points that were used in the construction of sundials. They also have made a modeling of Solar System.

  • A Study visit to Planetarium

Our Etwinning Team was in Timişoara to see a presentation about Solar System in a mobile planetarium hosted by Youth’s House.The astronomy lesson took one hour and it was very dynamic, interactive and participatory, the dialog between lecturer and audience was open, accessible, but with high quality information. It were presented celestial bodies of our Solar System, planets and natural satellites, asteroids and constellations. We discussed about the new space discoveries, and in the end we learnt about the future of Universe’s explorations.

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  • Astronomical observations in Kromer School, 23rd September 2015

On the day of Autumn equinox- 23rd September students of Kromer took part in astronomic workshops in the playground. The purpose of these activities was determining the local meridian by observing the shadow cast by a gnomon (the ”hand” of sundial), determining the East and the West on the plane of the horizon and measuring the position of the Sun over the horizon and calculating the latitude of the position of our observation.  A large group of students gathered in the playground and took part in the lesson outdoors. Splendid weather and our students’ engagement helped us reach the aims of the workshop.

  • Astronomical observations of the Sun in Kromer School, 1st October 2015

On the 1st of October 2015 we took part in astronomical observations again. The goal of these workshops was to analyse sun spots and the proturbulences (big arcs and loops of burning material rising surface of Sun and falling on them again. They usually appear near the sun splashes and are related to the magnetic field of the Sun) The observations were conducted using a Sun filter in the BAADER foil form and an optical telescope in the Newton system. A special interest was given to the Observations made by the sun telescope CORONADO equipped with an Ha filter were the most popular among all participants.

  • Astronomical Observations in Radocyna, 3rd November 2015

In the afternoon of 3rd November, a group of students from Kromer school went on a field trip to Radocyna, a small village near Gorlice. The aim of the trip was to develop astronomical knowledge and carry out observations. The weather was good for observations- the sky was clear. The teachers and students spaced telescopes out. At first, they observed the Milky Way. The Galaxy was well-lit and clearly visible. Then they watched the Taurids, which appeared in   the atmosphere every now and again. The students observed interesting objects in the sky, like Aldebaran (the brightest star in the constellation of Taurus) or Andromeda Galaxy (also known as M31). They were able to see the Pleiades. It was possible to observe them with the naked eye, but the Pleiades impressed most when seen with binoculars or telescopes.The students also counted stars with cardboard tubes and they conducted an electronic research with Sky Quality Meter-L. At about 9 p.m. the group dismantled  the telescopes and went back home.

  • Astronomical workshops in MOA Niepołomice, Poland

On 15th and 16th December 2015, a group of participants of “Reach the Sky” project (both students and teachers) from I LO in Gorlice took part in workshops and astronomical observations in MOA in Niepołomice (the so called “Picnic Under the Stars”).

On arrival to Niepołomice, everyone had a chance to walk around the town. Then, workshops began with Mr Janusz Nicewicz’s lecture about the history of the universe. All of the evening and late night hours were devoted to practical classes, such as moon puzzles, searching for and recognising the most important objects in the sky, learning how to operate both professional and amateur telescopes. Because of bad weather, there was no chance to carry out observations. Instead, students participated in a “Selection” competition, checking their knowledge about the Universe. The winner was Maciej Stępień from class 2a.

To take advantage of the connnection with TAD telescope in Spain on the website of the “Gloria” project, students took photos of astronomical objects. At about midnight everyone took part in a show in planetarium in Niepołomice. There was also time for toast supper made by Paulina Setlak, during which everyone could talk to the organizers of the picnic about many interesting topics connected with astronomy.

Next day was full of hard work, too- first, the lecture in the planetarium, which was devoted to the Sun and the history of astronomical observations. At the end of the picnic everyone could take and order photos of chosen objects, using MicroObservatory Robotic Telescope Network Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and learn about interesting apps and astronomical projects useful for observations.

The atmosphere during the classes was really nice – for sure all of the participants will remember the two days of hard work.

  • Observations in Rzepiennik, Poland

On 18th June 2016 a group of 18 students and 4 teachers from Kromer school took part in a field trip and workshops in Rzepiennik Biskupi, a small village in the south of Poland, where a private Astronomical Observatory is located.

Before they started observations, they were able to admire beautiful views of Pogórze Ciężowickie Hills, which, thanks to good weather, looked lovely in the late afternoon. Then the workshops started. Students solved a crossword puzzle about astronomy in English, and visited a site where building of the first M.A.R.S. Platform ( a habitat to simulate Mars missions) is going to start in June this year. When the night came the participants took part in astronomical observations (the main aim of the workshops). They observed the Moon, Saturn, Jupiter and Mars, looked for specific objects in the sky using SkyScout device and measured the darkness of the sky using SQM-L device.

 

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  • Lunar eclipse, Observation point at Prevorje, Slovenia

On 28th September 2015 we participated in astronomy workshop at Prevorje that was prepared by the members of the astronomical society Kosci. We observed the Lunar eclipse with telescopes and we trained ourselves in astrophotography.

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  • Mercury acrosses the Sun, at Franjo Malgaj Primary School, Sentjur, Slovenia

On 9th May 2016 we observed a transit of Mercury across the Sun. That’s the astronomical name for what happens when Mercury’s orbit brings it between the Earth and our star, casting a tiny black shadow across the solar disc.  We set out your own viewing party with only some basic astronomical equipment, camera obscura.

  • Astronomical workshops, at Franjo Malgaj Primary School, Sentjur, Slovenia

On 22nd June 2016 we made some astronomical workshops on Schools’ background. We measured the high of the Sun, the latitude of the observing point and we counted Sun’s spots with Camera obscura. We also made solar clock.

  • PeTER project / National Schools’ Observatory

We applied to the PeTER project and got the first picture taken by the Liverpool Telescope (LT). LT is a professional, robotically controlled telescope for astronomical research and education, placed on the Spanish island of La Palma, which is one of the Canary Islands.

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  • Izaña Observatory visit

Izaña or Teide Observatory, on the Tenerife Island, is one of the two astronomical observation centers of the Astrophysics Institute of the Canary Islands, together with the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on La Palma Island. Its first telescope became operational in 1964. It has a privileged geographical position, which allows a wide observation from east to west, the place atmospheric stability and transparency, terrestrial light pollution shielding by the sea clouds, which rises up to a maximum altitude of 1800 m, make the Izaña Observatory the hostel of the best European solar telescopes and, along with Hawaii and Chile, is one of the three world best places for observing the Universe.

In the brief but intense visit, we were able to make the solar disk observation and see sunspots through a small telescope, the solar corona and turbulence too through another molecular hydrogen filter telescope.  We saw, in reduced solar system scale model the relative planets distance, indicating that the nearest star would be at a Sun distance equivalent to Izaña Observatory-London city one. Then a talk about the electromagnetic spectrum different frequency ranges use was given to „see” different information that the Universe gives us by a demonstration through the infrared camera „eye” and heat remaining trace monitoring, and the observations in different frequency ranges of the same stellar region overlapping photographs.

After the preliminary observation in the infrared frequency range explanation, we went into the Carlos Sanchez telescope, working on night observation in the infrared range and with a 1.55 m primary mirror diameter. Despite being a low cost telescope, it remains among the largest and most productive infrared telescopes in the world. It has served as a test-bed for the large telescopes construction. One of the most important projects of this telescope has been the first star-forming galaxies creation catalog that includes 70 of these objects and had required a huge observational time.

Finally, we moved to the tracking station microwave Spanish project Don Quixote, whose receiving antennas perform a 24 hours spatial sweep trying to detect microwave radiation, from one second after the Big Bang, which would provide essential information about the origin of the universe.

  • Astronomical workshoop at IES Magallanes

We made some astronomical workshops on Schools’ background. We measured the high of the Sun, the latitude of the observing point and we made solar clock.

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