IAU.org – Are you an astrophotographer with an enthusiasm for astronomy education? If so, a new contest run by one of the IAU Offices is for you. The IAU’s Office of Astronomy for Education (OAE) is running an astrophotography contest until 15 April 2021. The winning photographers will receive cash prizes, and their images will be made available as Open Educational Resources for teachers and learners worldwide.
Astronomy education is a powerful tool to teach students about our place in the Universe, and it is also an exciting gateway science to the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). One of the OAE’s goals is to provide astronomy educators around the world with a foundational collection of high-quality educational resources. While many excellent images are already available for public use, the OAE has identified a number of astronomy-related themes with which educators could use further support.
The Astronomical Society of Brunei (PABD) on Saturday night gathered night sky enthusiasts at Warisan Puk Belalan in Kampong Bukit Udal, Tutong District to catch a glimpse of our nearest neighbour in space – the moon.
The gathering was the society’s first participation in the International Observe the Moon Night celebration that has been held annually around the world since 2010 as a global community outreach initiative to encourage the observation, appreciation and understanding of the moon.
IAU.org – 17 communities of underrepresented groups around the world have been selected to receive telescopes signed by astronauts and Nobel Laureates. This is the first group of telescopes to be distributed by the Telescopes for All: Inspiring Stars & Stars Shine for Everyone Collaboration.
Telescopes for All is a collaboration between the International Astronomical Union Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO), Stars Shine for Everyone (Sterren Schitteren voor Iedereen, SSVI) and Universe Awareness/University of Leiden. The programme seeks to broaden the horizons of children, parents and educators alike, to spark an interest in science, and to promote equal opportunities for pursuing a career in astronomy. The Telescopes for All programme is one of the legacy actions arising from the IAU100 celebrations and follows the successful collaboration in 2019. The 17 telescopes were donated by BRESSER.
The International Astronomical Union (IAU) in collaboration with Sterren Schitteren voor Iedereen (Stars Shine for Everyone – SSVI) & Leiden University/Universe Awareness (UNAWE) will distribute 15 telescopes to underserve communities around the world. These special telescopes were signed by astronauts and scientists including three Nobel Prize winners. It can be yours!
Selasa, 17 Disember 2019 Disediakan oleh Nur Bazilah binti Zainal Abidin Persatuan Astronomi Negara Brunei Darussalam selaku IAU National Outreach Coordinator
Paris – Sebanyak 110 pasangan nama exoplanet dan bintang induknya diberikan nama melalui kempen IAU100 NameExoWorlds telah diumumkan di sidang media di Paris pada 17 Disember 2019. Bersempena ulang tahun Kesatuan Astronomi Antarabangsa (IAU) yang ke-100 pada tahun ini, kempen di peringkat nasional telah dianjurkan di 110 negara yang melibatkan penyertaan lebih dari 780,000 orang di seluruh dunia, untuk mencadangkan dan memilih nama-nama bagi setiap exoplanet dan bintang induk negara masing-masing.
Projek IAU100 NameExoWorlds telah melihat penyertaan yang meluas dan
besar-besaran di seluruh dunia untuk memberikan masyarakat umum peluang untuk
mencadangkan nama-nama sistem exoplanet yang bermakna, kreatif dan unik bagi
negara masing-masing. Penganjuran ini adalah kali yang kedua dalam sejarah di
mana sebuah kempen telah menghasilkan penamaan bintang dan exoplanet. Pada keseluruhannya,
sebanyak 360,000 cadangan nama telah diterima dari 110 negara. Penganjur program
di setiap negara telah menyenarai pendekkan nama-nama yang dicadangkan, dan
seterusnya dibukakan bagi pemilihan melalui undian kepada orang ramai. Seramai
420,000 orang telah mengundi calon-calon nama yang diberikan. Projek ini akan
memberikan kesan yang berkekalan di mana nama-nama yang dipilih sebagai
pemenang akan digunakan selari dengan tatanama saintifik yang sedia ada dengan
penghargaan kepada individu, kumpulan ataupun institusi yang telah mencadangkan
Paris – More than 110 sets of names of exoplanets and host stars named in the IAU100 NameExoWorlds campaigns were announced at a press conference in Paris (France) on 17 December 2019. Within the framework of the International Astronomical Union’s 100th anniversary commemorations (IAU100) in 2019, more than 110 countries organised national campaigns that stimulated the direct participation of over 780 000 people worldwide, who proposed and selected names for each exoplanet and its host star.
The IAU100 NameExoWorlds project saw massive and widespread participation around the world, as the public eagerly engaged in this exciting opportunity to suggest meaningful, creative and unique names for exoplanet systems for their respective countries. This is only the second time in history that a campaign has led to the naming of stars and exoplanets. Overall, 360 000 proposals for names were received from 110+ countries. The National Committee in each country reduced their proposals to a shortlist of national candidates, which were presented to the public for their votes. A total of 420 000 people voted for their preferred candidates. This project will have a lasting impact, as the winning names will be used in parallel with the existing scientific nomenclature, credited to the person, group or institution that suggested them.
“Astronomical observations over the past generation have now discovered over 4000 planets orbiting other stars — called exoplanets. The number of discoveries continues to double about every 2½ years, revealing remarkable new planet populations and putting our own Earth and Solar System in perspective. Statistically, most of the stars in the sky are likely to be orbited by their own planets — they are everywhere,” said Eric Mamajek, co-chair of the NameExoWorlds Steering Committee. “While astronomers catalogue their new discoveries using telephone-number-like designations, there has been growing interest amongst astronomers and the public alike in also assigning proper names, as is done for Solar System bodies,” Mamajek continued.
A press conference to present the official results of the NameExoWorlds campaign to name more than 100 exoplanets and host stars by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) will be held on Tuesday, 17 December 2019 at 6 pm (Brunei Time) from Observatoire de Paris, Salle Cassini.
A live streaming of the session is available via Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=we4E8Yuc0Nc
Due to the recent outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD) has postponed most of our public engagement activities such as stargazing, new moon observation etc. until further notice and focus on implementing Astronomy at Home or in a small group activity. This is in view of prevention and to control the spread of the infection in Brunei Darussalam.