Monthly Archives: April 2014

GAM: Cosmic Concert 2014


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,

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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


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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International Dark Sky Week


It’s the International Dark Sky Week starting from 20th April to 26th April 2014.

Celebrate the stars! Created in 2003 by high-school student Jennifer Barlow, International Dark Sky Week (IDSW) has grown to become a worldwide event and a key component of Global Astronomy Month. The goals of IDSW are to appreciate the beauty of the night sky and to raise awareness of how poor-quality lighting creates light pollution.

Light pollution is a growing problem. Not only does it have detrimental effects on our views of the night sky, but it also disrupts the natural environment, wastes energy, and has the potential to cause health problems.

IDSW is a great time to host a neighborhood star party to introduce the idea of preserving a dark night sky to your community or to evaluate your own lighting to make sure that it is dark sky friendly.

There lots of great ways to participate. The more people there are that turn out their lights, the less light pollution there will be. How can you help the cause? Find some great ways to fight light pollution and some cool IDSW events at the International Dark-Sky Association’s IDSW page.

Follow the Dark Skies Awareness blog and check out these Dark Sky Resources.

Please Watch out this post for further updates

At the mean time, try finding dark skies near your location area. Try to conduct a Sky quality test via iPhone Application Named “DSM” – Dark Sky Meter. And for Android users, “Loss of the night

Enjoy the dark skies while watching the Lyrid Meteor showers

Lyrid Watch 2014


From AWB:  Let’s look up together for the Lyrid meteor shower! 

The Lyrid Watch for GAM2014 will be most challenging for those located in suburban areas. The peak of the meteor shower occurs before dawn on April 22nd. Normally we would expect to see around 10-20 metoers at the peak, however, there is also a last quarter moon at this time, so viewing may be diminished.

The Lyrid meteor shower happens each year from about April 16 to 26 – most are seen on April 22. Don’t expect continuous meteors covering the sky but you’ll still see a good display. A shower occurs when Earth goes through a swarm of material in space and the meteors appear to come from one point in the sky known as the radiant, in this case in the constellation of Lyra (giving the annual event its name). You’ll see the most Lyrid meteors near the shower’s peak on April 22 as Earth moves through the debris left behind by Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, a regular visitor to the inner solar system referred to as a periodic comet. The recorded history of the Lyrids is longer than any other, with records of observations going back 2600 years.

Lyrid meteors are usually around magnitude +2, which is bright enough to be visible from most cities, but you’ll see more and enjoy them more if you leave the city for a dark place where the stars shine brighter. They often produce luminous trains of dust that can be observed for several seconds. Some Lyrids will be brighter, though, and the occassional “fireball” can cast shadows for a split second and leave behind glowing, smoky debris trails that last for minutes. Lyrid meteors disintegrate after hitting our atmosphere at a moderate speed of 29.8 miles per second.

During GAM we include a global Lyrids Watch when everyone is encouraged to observe the Lyrids and send in reports of what they saw. Observing reports like this are valuable scientific evidence that is gathered and analyzed by the International Meteor Organization (IMO). Submit your data to the IMO Visual Meteor Observation.

Tweet your data! You can also share your data by Tweeting your postcode, your country (click here to find your country code) and, optionally, the meteor count along with the hashtag; #MeteorWatch (you are welcome to use GAM hastags as well – #GAM2014 #LyridsWatch)

The meteor data will appear in a map at


EarthSky’s meteor shower guide for 2014

Lyrids 2014 details at IMO

Visual Meteor Observation information at IMO

Please Share your experience/Photography with  GAM2014 Facebook or Flickr group or Tweet using #GAM2014 and #LyridsWatch (@gam_awb) and in this comment section below.

Wish you a Clear Meteor Skies

Mars Watch

Mars Watch

As Part of GAM 2014, It’s Mars Watch Event on 11th April 2014.

Mars will be in opposition – which is where the Earth falls between the Sun and Mars on the 8th, and Mars will be closest to us on April 14th at 12:54UT.

AWB invites you, me and everyone to hold a Mars viewing party on Friday April 11, and to take advantage of the good viewing due to these two events.  Don’t forget to register your event! For the rest, please join the nearst Event in your area.

In Oman/Muscat, AstrOceanOmy Observatory, will hold a Mars viewing party on Friday 11th April 2014 from 20:00 to 23:50 (UTC+4). Family and Friends are therefore invited for the event. Anyone else interested, please drop me a line in this post comments section. As I’ve got limited seats available.

Mars will be -1.5 magnitude with a diameter of 15.2” and a distance of 92.4 million kilometers making viewing quite favorable this April.

Even more: Name your very own crater on Uwingu’s map of Mars, and help create the world’s first crowdsourced Mars map.

Please visit AWB Mars Watch Page for more information

AstrOceanOmy Subscribers, please revisit this post at the end of the month for more updates and event pictures. 

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GAM: Remote Observing Programs



29th April 2014 :Solar Eclipse @06:00 UTC 

GAM Solar Eclipse

Watch the event on webTV.


21st April 2014 :Stars for all @20:30 UTC

Stars for all

Watch the event on webTV.


15th April 2014 :Total Lunar Eclipse @06:30 UTC

If you cannot view the eclipse directly yourself, including me :). You can watch it online.  Updates: This event is now over, you can watch the recording of the whole program here on YouTube

10th April 2014 :Vesta Watch @20:30 UTC

As part of GAM, Remote Observing Programs, On 10th April 2014,Vesta is one of the largest asteroids in the Solar System. At the time of viewing it will be brighter than magnitude 6. So easily visible by the Virtual Telescope.

Vesta Watch Watch the event on webTV. 


8th April 2014 : The Night Of The Red Planet Online Observing Event @23:00 UTC

As part of GAM, Remote Observing Programs, On 8th April 2014, Mars, the red planet, will be at opposition. That very same night, we will explore that inspiring and amazing world thanks to the Virtual Telescope, sharing its images online, in real-time.

Live commentary by Dr. Gianluca Masi, astrophysicist.

GAM Mars Online

Watch the event on webTV.


6th April 2014 : Near Earth Asteroid Observing Event @00:00 UTC

As part of GAM, Remote Observing Programs, today 6th April 2014, at 10:25 UTC, the 50-meters large asteroid 2014 GN1 will make a very close approach with the Earth, reaching a minimum distance of less than 930.000 km, that is 2.44 lunar distances.

This is a very safe distance, but still a very spectacular occurrence, so the Virtual Telescope Project will offer a live, online event sharing real-time images of 2014 GN1 with live commentary by our scientific staff.

Watch the event on webTV.


Note: Please visit this blog post for future update Remote events or AWB Page

5th April Global Star Party


As part of The GAM 2014, today 5th April 2014, is Global Star Party.

In Sultanate of Oman, the Global Star Party will be held in Qurum, the natural park / Muscat. Time: 18:00 to 21:00 (UTC+4).

Today we will be observing mainly the following:

  • The Great Orion Nebula (M42)
  • The Moon
  • Planet Jupiter along with its 4 Galileo moons
  • Planet Mars

For more updated news please follow AstrOceanOmy Facebook Page.

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GAM @ Oman

The GAM 2014

Global Astronomy Month, (GAM) each April is the world’s largest global celebration of astronomy since the unprecedented International Year of Astronomy 2009.

Each GAM brings new ideas and new opportunities, and again brings enthusiasts together worldwide, celebrating One People, One Sky.


In April 2009, the 100 Hours of Astronomy (100HA) Cornerstone Project of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) showed what the astronomy community can do working together. As the first truly global outreach event, amateur astronomers, clubs, science centers and others held events by the thousands around the world, attracting the largest public audience ever. The excitement was contagious as this unified global event, encouraging everyone to look skyward, swept the world.
Everyone wanted the excitement to continue, and now it will. Not just repeating 100HA, but something even bigger, built on 2009’s global success.
Global Astronomy Month is Astronomers Without Border’s response. New ideas, new opportunities and more participation. Connecting people around the world in these events will create an even greater sense of sharing, just as in AWB’s motto and the slogan for GAMOne People, One Sky.
The global outreach community’s enthusiasm and innovation was critical in making 100 Hours of Astronomy successful, and GAM will continue to bring together all that tens of thousands of enthusiasts worldwide have to offer.

GAM 2014 Trailer Video


This Month is a busy month, I will try to cover and share some interesting topics and events in this blog as much as I can. At the mean time, please have a look at GAM2014 Program Schedule.

    For more information, please visit:


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