Pale Blue Dot

Celebrating the 30th Pale Blue Dot (Planet Earth) revolution around our Star (The Sun) since the owner of this website was born.

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This is the “Pale Blue Dot” photograph of the Earth taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft on July 6, 1990. The Earth is the relatively bright speck of light about halfway across the uppermost sunbeam. The original version of this image can be obtained from NASA.

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This narrow-angle color image of the Earth, dubbed ‘Pale Blue Dot’, is a part of the first ever ‘portrait’ of the solar system taken by Voyager 1. The spacecraft acquired a total of 60 frames for a mosaic of the solar system from a distance of more than 4 billion miles from Earth and about 32 degrees above the ecliptic. From Voyager’s great distance Earth is a mere point of light, less than the size of a picture element even in the narrow-angle camera. Earth was a crescent only 0.12 pixel in size. Coincidentally, Earth lies right in the center of one of the scattered light rays resulting from taking the image so close to the sun. This blown-up image of the Earth was taken through three color filters – violet, blue and green – and recombined to produce the color image. The background features in the image are artifacts resulting from the magnification.

Transcript: From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it’s different. Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there—on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.

— Carl Sagan (1934-1996)

A Moment to remember, Always

Crescent Visibility Combined Report for Ramadan & Shawwal 1436

In the Name of God, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

Crescent Visibility Combined Report for Ramadan 1436 (Wednesday 17th June 2015) & Shawwal 1436 (Thursday 16th July 2015), Based on settings*

Crescent Visibility  Report for Ramadan 1436 (Wednesday 17th June 2015) (29th of Shaaban 1436)

17 June 2015

* Settings:-

OMAN Muscat, Long: 58:35:36.0, Lat: 23:36:48.0, Ele:21.0 m, Zone:4.00

Timing: (17th/06/2015)
@18:00:00 UTC+4

Sun Moon
Rise 05:18:48 05:59:52

Transit

12:06:25 12:47:22
Set 18:54:28 19:34:41
Azimuth (Degree)@18:00 ~291° 3.107` ~281° 39.044`
Altitude (Degree)@18:00 ~10° 36.487` ~19° 19.410`

Age of Moon: Waxing Crescent : ~ 1 days old.

Set Time difference : 41 minutes

Based on the Astronomical data report, the Sun sets at 6:54 Pm @ (296° WNW), and 7:34 pm @ (289° WNW) for the Moon which makes out around 41 minuets before each set below the Horizon.

Sun and Moon @18:00UTC+4 on June 17th

On this day, the Moon sets nearly 41 minuets after the sunset, which makes the crescent sighting possible.

The New Moon will be in conjunction with the Sun on June 16th @ 18:14 UTC+4, and based on the astronomical calculations, the Crescent (Hilal) should  be visible across the country and mostly in clear quality skies zones by using the optical aid and minimal chance by naked eye.

Shaa’ban will continue its 30 days, if Hilal (the moon crescent sighted with negative results) Otherwise, Ramadan will start on Thursday, 18th June 2015  InShaAllah (If God Wills)  

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Crescent Visibility Report for Shawwal 1436 (Tuesday 16th July 2015) (29th Ramadan 1436)

16 July 2015 The crescent will be impossible if “not possible” to sight in most parts of the world on this day, however the chances to sight increases as we head towards south east; South Africa and South America.

* Settings:-

OMAN Muscat, Long: 58:35:36.0, Lat: 23:36:48.0, Ele:21.0, Zone:4.00

Timing: (16th/07/2015)
@18:00:00 UTC+4

Sun Moon
Rise 05:28:08 05:38:58

Transit

12:11:38 12:22:01
Set 18:54:57 19:03:11
Azimuth (Degree)@18:00 ~288° 41.175` ~281° 27.013`
Altitude (Degree)@18:00 ~10° 59.171` ~12° 51.939`

Age of Moon: Waxing Crescent : ~ 0.52 days old.
Set Time difference : ~8 minutes

Based on the Astronomical data report, the Sun sets at 6:54:57 Pm @ (293° WNW), and 6:03:11 pm @ (287° WNW) for the Moon which makes out only 8 minuets before each set below the Horizon.

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The Azimuth between the Moon and the Sun is nearly and   for the Altitude, which makes the sighting not possible.

Based on the astronomical calculations and personal experience , the Crescent (Hilal) will NOT be visible across the country on this day.

 

Please note: Ramadan will be 30 days InShaAllah, if the Crescent was sighted on Wednesday 17th June 2015. However if not sighted on that day, then Ramadan will be 29 days. It is highly possible to sight Hilal of Shawwal on 17th July 2015 across the country. For other countries such as Saudi Arabia, UAE, etc, They will sight hilal on 16th June 2015, since it’s 29th of Shaban on that day. However due to the Moon will set before the Sun, it will not be possible to sight Hilal on that day, Therefore Shaban will continue its 30 days and Ramadan will start on 18th June 2015.

This is technical report only for sighting assistance, No final conclusion until the sighting has been taken place. 

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Ramadan Kareem and Eid Mubarak in advance to Everyone.

May Allah Accept our fasting, Prayers and good deeds. Ameen.

For more information regarding the topic; Please feel free to search this blog above, just type “Hilal” under the search window.

This post results are almost similar to the older post “Crescent Visibility Combined Report for Ramadan & Shawwal 1435

GAM 2015

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Global Astronomy Month 2015

 

Astronomers Without Borders encourages you to join in our month long international celebration of astronomy. Beginning on April 1 through to April 30 we will be hosting a large amount of global events including the largest star party in the world, online star gazing and much more! Check the previous post for more information and links for the events..

Further updates on Twitter and AstrOceanOmy Facebook Page

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~ One People, One Sky ~

Earth Hour 2015

It’s Earth Hour Today 28th March 2015 @8:30 pm WorldWide

 

As usual, each year we celebrate Earth Hour to Save our planet from climate changes. Today, use your power to change climate change.

Join an event near you

26-Mar-(celebrate-with-us)

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International Year of Light

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International Year of Light (IYL 2015)

The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies, 2015 (IYL 2015) is a United Nations observance that aims to raise awareness of the achievements of light science and its applications, and its importance to humankind.

IYL 2015 is a global initiative adopted by the United Nations to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communications and health.

IYL 2015 opening ceremonies which was held on 19-20 January 2015 in Paris.

 

At the beginning of the 20th century, Einstein changed the
way we think about Time and Light. Now in the 21st century,
Einstein’s thinking is shaping one of the key scientific and
technological wonders of contemporary life: atomic clocks,
the best timekeepers ever made. Today, atomic clocks are still being improved, using atoms cooled by the pressure of light to incredibly low temperatures. A multimedia presentation at UNESCO Headquarters by the Nobel Prize William D. Phillips.

A Tour of IYL 2015
To recognize the start of IYL, the Chandra X-ray Center is releasing a collection of images that combine data from telescopes tuned to different wavelengths of light.

For More Info, Please visit:

www.light2015.org

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Asteroid 2004 BL86

A Huge space rock has approached  Earth in a harmless but eye-catching close encounter on Monday night, Jan. 26-27.

This Asteroid is believed to be 740,000 miles away (3.1 times farther from us than the Moon) with a 0.5 km in diameter.

It can be seen by optical aid such as powerful binoculars or a Telescope. Please watch the video below on how and where to look for it in the sky.

This Asteroid “2004 BL86” will be the closest by any known space rock this large until asteroid 1999 AN10 flies past Earth in 2027.

Visit Spaceweather.com for more info (Archives 26th Jan 2015)

& NASA JPL Database & Spaceweather Realtime Image Gallary 

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Earth’s Orbit arOund the Sun

29th Earth revolution around the Sun since the owner of this website was born

Screen Shot from StarryNight Pro Plus 7 

The image above is taken from the famous Starry Night Pro Plus 7 software. The red dot represents Our nearest star – The Sun.

On this Day in History – 2013, July 19th, the Cassini spacecraft photographed Earth through the rings of Saturn, and the world waved at Saturn.

Image Above: Cassini’s latest shot at that day of Saturn looking back at Earth (we’re the small blue dot in the bottom right beneath the rings), 1.44 billion km’s away.

AWB Saturn MosaicImage above is a AWB Saturn Mosaic Project, click on the image for zoom in options.

Here are some of my images which might be see included in the Mosaic:

For more information of the event, please refer to the previous post>> Our Planet around Our Star.

Clear Skies & Ramadhan Kareem

Crescent Visibility Combined Report for Ramadan & Shawwal 1435

In the Name of God, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

Crescent Visibility Combined Report for Ramadan 1435 (Friday 27th June 2014) & Shawwal 1435 (Sunday 27th July 2014), Based on settings*

Crescent Visibility  Report for Ramadan 1435 (Friday 27th June 2014) (29th of Shaaban 1435)

Ramadan 1435

* Settings:-

OMAN Muscat, Long: 58:35:36.0, Lat: 23:36:48.0, Ele:21.0 m, Zone:4.00

Timing: (27th/06/2014)
@18:00:00 UTC+4

Sun

Moon

Rise

05:21:22

05:20:21

Transit

12:08:58

12:08:07

Set

18:56:31

18:54:18

Azimuth (Degree)@18:00

~290° 50`

~285° 12`

Altitude (Degree)@18:00

~10° 55`

~10° 33`

Age of Moon: Waxing Crescent : ~ 0.24 days old.

Set Time difference : ~2 minutes

Based on the Astronomical data report, the Sun sets at 6:56 Pm @ (294° WNW), and 6:54 pm @ (289° WNW) for the Moon which makes out only 2 minuets before each set below the Horizon.

Screen Shot from StarryNight Pro Plus7

On this day, the Moon sets nearly 2 minuets before the sun, which makes the crescent sighting not only difficult but impossible.

The New Moon will be in conjunction with the Sun @ 12:08 UTC+4, however based on the astronomical calculations and personal experience , the Crescent (Hilal) will NOT be visible across the country.

Therefore Shaa’ban will continue its 30 days

Ramadan will start on Sunday, 29th June 2014  InShaAllah (If God Wills)

Please note, Actual Ramadan starts after the Sunset on Saturday 28th  ..

(Not to get confused, The Arabic new day always starts after Sunset)

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Crescent Visibility Report for Shawwal 1435 (Sunday 27th July 2014) (29th Ramadan 1435)

Shawwal 1435

The crescent will be impossible if “not possible” to sight in most parts of the world on this day, however the chances to sight increases as we head towards south east; South Africa and South America.

* Settings:-

OMAN Muscat, Long: 58:35:36.0, Lat: 23:36:48.0, Ele:21.0, Zone:4.00

Timing: (27th/07/2014)
@18:00:00 UTC+4

Sun

Moon

Rise

05:33:25

05:48:23

Transit

12:12:29

12:25:25

Set

18:51:18

18:59:29

Azimuth (Degree)@18:00

~286° 40`

~278° 36`

Altitude (Degree)@18:00

~9° 57`

~11° 46`

Age of Moon: Waxing Crescent : ~ 0.64 days old.
Set Time difference : ~8 minutes

Based on the Astronomical data report, the Sun sets at 6:51 Pm @ (290° W), and 6:59 pm @ (282° W) for the Moon which makes out only 8 minuets before each set below the Horizon.

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The Azimuth between the Moon and the Sun is nearly 8° and 2°  for the Altitude, which makes the sighting not possible.

Based on the astronomical calculations and personal experience , the Crescent (Hilal) will NOT be visible across the country.

Therefore Ramadan will continue its 30 days InShaAllah (If God Wills)

Shawwal will start on Tuesday, 29th July 2014 InShaAllah (If God Wills)

Shawwal 1434 Hilal sighting Day

Ramadan Kareem and Eid Mubarak in advance to Everyone.

May Allah Accept our fasting, Prayers and good deeds. Ameen.

For more information regarding the topic; Please feel free to search this blog above, just type “Hilal” under the search window.

This post results are almost similar to the older post “Crescent Visibility Combined Report for Ramadan & Shawwal 1434

GAM: Cosmic Concert 2014

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April 28, 2014, 19:00 – 20:30 UTC

The End of GAM 2014 is approaching. It’s time for a Cosmic Concert 

Live from Palazzo della Cultura, Messina (Italy) with composer Giovanni Renzo

The concert will be hosted by the astrophysicist Dr. Gianluca Masi

Online on WebTV, April 28, 2014, 19:00 – 20:30 UTC

Please Visit AWB Page for more info

Cosmic Concet Trailer

Update: Final Video of the Cosmic Concert 2014 is available via this link,

Clear Skies

 

As on 30 April 2014, 22:00 UTC,  there will be a Google Hangout on Dark Skies & AstroArts.

Join us for this exciting hangout where we will discuss light pollution and the loss of the night sky with both scientists and artists who are all working to raise awareness of these issues. Click here for more info.

GAM: SunDay

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Let’s celebrate our star, the Sun! Awareness and appreciation of the Sun are all you need to participate.

On Sunday, April 27 at 19 UTC / 3 pm EDT / 12 pm PDT, join AWB President Mike Simmons for a special online tour of the historic Snow Solar Telescope live from Mount Wilson Observatory in California, USA.

Watch the live webcast here on Sunday, April 27 starting at 19 UT / 3 pm EDT / 12 pm PDT.

Learn more about the history of the Snow Solar Telescope here.

Find plenty of activities, including Observing the Sun for Yourself, at the Stanford Solar Center.

What if it’s raining? Be ready for an indoor program with a presentation of “The Sun: Our Nearest Star” from Galilean Nights (available in English, French and Portuguese).

Look at The Sun Now via the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory or contact your local astronomy club to find a solar viewing event. Remember, NEVER look directly at the Sun.

For more information check out the AWB Page

People nearby AstrOceanOmy Observatory – Oman, please drop me a message including your contact information, so I can send you privet invitation and the  location of our live observing session. Seats are limited.

Update: Images from Oman Astronomical Society on the day of event which held in Naseem Park

 

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