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Global Astronomy Month 2012 : Programme Schedule

AWB is planning a rich schedule of programs and events for Global Astronomy Month 2012 (GAM2012), all designed to inform and inspire the public throughout the world. Below is a sampling of some major events listed by date but there is much more to come soon. For more information on each program, click on the highlighted links.

Date / Time Program
23 March to 27 April IASC Asteroid Search Campaign
1 April SunDay
1 April Online Messier Marathon (remote observing event)
1 to 7 April Lunar Week
1 to 22 April International Earth and Sky Photo Contest
7 to 8 April In the Interstices of Life (astroart video presentation)
8 April Bats & Radio Astronomy (live presentation)
11 to 20 April Globe at Night
12 April Yuri’s Night
14 to 15 April Spiral Galaxy (video presentation)
14 to 20 April International Dark Skies Week
15 April Saturn Watch (Beauty without Borders)
15 April Around the Ringed Planet (remote observing event)
19 April Cosmic Depths (remote observing event)
20 April World Night in Defence of the Starlight
21 April (deadline) Celebrate Starlight
21 to 22 April Lyrids Watch (Meteors without Borders)
21 to 22 April Neurostar (astroart video presentation)
27 April Walking on the Moon (remote observing event)
28 April Global Star Party
28 April Stars for All (remote observing event)
28 April Opticks (live moonbounce event)
29 April Cosmic Concert (live musical concert)
30 April Write Your Name in The Sky (remote observing event)
Throughout April One Star at a Time – Fight Light Pollution
Throughout April Astropoetry Contest for GAM2012
Throughout April Programs for Planetariums
Throughout April Programs for People with Disabilities
Throughout April 30 Nights of Star Peace
Throughout April MicroObservatory Astrophotography Contest
Throughout April Olympicosmopoetriada for GAM2012
Throughout April The Sky in Your Hands

Eyes on the Sky: March 19 thru March 25

Those worlds (Stars) in space are as countless as all the grains of sand on all the beaches of the earth.

Carl Sagan: Journeys in Space and Time [Episode 8]

Stars countless as all the grains of sand

To discover all the stars and all the celestial objects would be a one man’s impossible feat especially during one’s short life-span. Yet, there is so much to see in the sky through our naked eyes  that we really fail to appreciate  this obviously marvellous  view. (Only there should be “eyes”  to see. We are living in an era where though we have eyes but we can’t “see”.) The night sky  is a natural 3D paradise for the casual night star-gazer. However, for the enthusiasts the naked eyes don’t quench their  thirst, so they look for more. As such, there are interesting tools to see the night sky : Binoculars, telescopes, binoscopes, backyard observatories, real observatories, satellite telescopes  etc.

But for the small, amateur, layman sky gazer what is there for them to appreciate?

To get the best of what’s up and what’s really gorgeous  to see, one should be educated to do so. So, in my opinion, the best of all vodcasts on what to find up there, I chose among the best to help you…and me too….for your viewing ecstasy. I  am really thankful to David Fuller of for presenting these vodcasts and kindly allowing me to post on my blog too.These vodcasts  are broadcast from the Northern hemisphere, but if you watch carefully you would obviously be able to find your way out in our part of the world too.  As such,  I will be regularly posting…. hope so…… the vodcasts  weekly to help you out viewing the night sky. As it is already mid-March I am posting our first vodcast for all my readers and viewers.

How to get the whole picture of where to start?

If you are the types who really don’t get what is happening  when Dave is talking about Messiers, asteroids, meteors, deep sky objects  and other stuff, then I would recommend you to look at the previous videos since January 2012. In addition to the weekly vodcasts , I would be posting a monthly digest of the vodcasts collection for each month during this year. You just have to look at the weekly vodcasts and the monthly vodcasts section in the categories section to help you out.

If you feel still not enough, then I would recommend you to log on website and search for the past videos of  year 2011 in the Videos Section or just visit his Youtube Channel.

Eyesonthesky, Eyesonthesky, Eyesonthesky what is it?

This is what Dave wrote on the first post on his blog included in his website which was an introduction to his work plus something really profound…… in his own words.

 In the beginning, the Lord said, “Let there be light.”  And then in the 1950’s or so, Man said, “Let there be light at night too,” except then it blocked out most of the natural lights from up above, and Man (and Woman!), had to drive out to the country to see all of the stars, and even then, the Heavens aren’t nearly so glorious as they once were.


Okay, so I really wanted to say something profound and wise and whatnot with my first blog post here on the new “Eyes on the Sky” website, and I confess, the above doesn’t quite accomplish that as I’d hoped.  So here’s the deal: This site is designed for beginners and intermediate stargazers and amateur astronomers alike.  I have a dual focus: To educate about the night sky and how to find things in it, and about light pollution reduction.  It’s really that simple.  I hope you enjoy the videos I create and post here, and I look forward to adding more thoughts on things as I have the opportunity to expound on them here in this space.

Wishing you clear and dark skies!


And how Eyes on the sky is described.

“Eyes on the Sky” is both weekly night sky videos so anyone can find bright planets, constellations and other objects/phenomena in the night sky and informational videos for how to set up and use amateur telescopes with minimal confusion and frustration. Keeping in mind those in cities and suburbs, where light pollution blocks many stars, the weekly videos are designed so most anyone can see these sights naked eye, or with simple binoculars or very small telescopes. Informational videos are geared towards those who have an interest for the night sky but may not be as technically oriented.

Urban Amateur Astronomy has a great draw back and that is Light Pollution. At the end of each of his videos the astronomy passionate presenter would draw our attention to the wastage of light towards the sky. Hope you join the caravan in combating Light Pollution in your area and around.

So without much ado here is the first video of the endless series to come……

Eyes on the Sky: March 19 thru March 25

Venturing through the Virgo galaxy cluster / catching a comet

The Virgo galaxy cluster is a “must-see” area of sky for any amateur astronomer looking to conduct a Messier marathon, which are popular to attempt around this time of year.  “Eyes on the Sky” points towards the “jump off point” to find several of these galaxies.  Swinging northward, Comet Garradd is still slowly making its way through our solar system, cruising past the pointer stars of the Big Dipper this week.  It is an easier target in a small, wide-field telescope, but can be spotted with binoculars in moderately light polluted areas with careful scanning.  Download and print this star chart from Sky and Telescope magazine to help you find the comet this week.

The star charts mentioned in the video:

  2. Chart 11a: Close up of VIRGO galaxies

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And yes, take out your gears and raise your eyes up to the beautiful night sky.

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