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GAM Ends

Hope Everyone had a Happy Global Astronomy Month (GAM)


Unfortunately Been so busy with my work. Therefore I couldn’t post any planed articles during that golden month of Astronomy.. However I had a great time during GAM with the people around me..Family, Friends and Amateur Astronomers of course..

During (GAM) and even in previous years, I had a hard conversation with some of the people including from family members and some friends..

Some of there questions where like:

What is the use of Astronomy?

Why waste my time in this Hobby?

Can you predict the future?!.. Well I’m not an Astrologist Smile

Well, I answered them..but some of them are having a dry mind Smile . Sorry if you were one of them and reading this.. Winking smile

In this blog of AstrOceanOmy, I will answer your questions in professional way.. Feel free to surf the blog and visit again for new posts.

Well before that..lets have some fun in the following videos ;

(Just for Fun:  Please Note that I am Amateur Astronomer & Mechanical Engineer ) I’m open minded for those people who hate Astronomy)

Sleep-deprived amateur astronomer explains his new hobby to a co-worker.

New Hobby: Amateur Astronomy


Anyone that has taken up this hobby will find humor in this 2nd video! In fact, they and their significant other and close family members will enjoy this but unfortunately no one else will so enjoy!!!!

My Hobby is Astrophotography

Click here to know more about Astrophotography! I also suggest to check the comments made by others for the above video in Youtube.. Smile

In addition.. some more videos on Amateur Astronomers


Just one more thing

Astronomy is a natural science and is one of the oldest sciences..(Click here to read more)

If you still dislike Astronomy..then you dislike the nature and modern science as well. All of the technologies which you see and use today are developed because of Astronomy.. For the rest all I’ll say

Clear Skies Smile

The new Moon (Hilal)


Some of my friends were asking me about Hilal (the new moon). Can it be seen tomorrow in our sky (Muscat-Oman). Well the answer is yes. I have used the Starry Night Pro to see whether it will be visible  in our sky or not before the sunset which is duo at 18:13.

 (left) is a screen shot from the Starry Night Pro software which shows the new moon Today. 11/9/07, 28/shaban/1428 (Arabic date). In the picture you can see that the moon is far below the sun, and the moon is only 0.02 days old which is hard to see even when viewed through telescope.



                     (Click on the pictures to englare)



(Right) shows Tomorrows screen shot of the moon, sun and the horizon  at 17:45. notice that the moon is clear, unless if the weather was bad.






 (left) shows a closer look of the moon at around 17:50. 12/09/07, 29/shaban/1428 (Arabic date)






Above is a screen shot of the wide horizon which shows the sun near to sunset and the moon at 17:50, 12/09/07. Notice the moon is clear even if the trees hides it. The moon can still be seen on the other side. (depending on the location). On this day the moon is below the sun, but the sun sets before the moon, so it will be clear to view the moon through astronomical devices or naked eye.

I’m so sure that all the timings and numbers are correct according to my setting numbers. For people who live in Muscat, I hope tomorrow you will be able to see the Hilal (new moon born), unless if the weather is bad for astronomy activities.

The setting numbers are according to the GPS coordinates are:-

*Latitude: 21° 0′ 0 N,

*Longitude: 57° 0′ 0 E

Other Info: (12/09/07)                        Sun                                       Moon

Rise:                                                17:50                                      6:23

Transit:                                            12:01                                      12:31

Set:                                                 18:13                                      18:38


Well This is it. This work is all about to know whether if Ramadan will be on the other day or not. I can see the software is really interesting. It gives me all the information that I want and at which place and time. I’ll write about the Starry Night Pro Software later on.

Have a nice Day