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Celebrate Earth Hour with Dubai Astronomy Group


Come join Dubai Astronomy Group this year , in collaboration with DEWA, as we celebrate the International Earth Hour at Bay Avenue Park from 5 PM to 10 PM on Satuday, 28 March, 2015

The campaign aims at encouraging the rational use of energy among people, as well as educating and raising the awareness of the society members regarding the importance of protecting our natural resources, conserving the environment and contemplating the Universe. Dubai Astronomy Group will be focusing on one of the most magnificent aspects of our environment, which is the sky. Our perception of the night sky and its glory has been obscured by the ever increasing urban development and the artificial lights that dominate our night these days, making it increasingly difficult to view the beauty of the celestial night sky. This global occasion, however, comes to guide us to and remind us of the sky we overlooked for a long time, which the Arabs glorified in their poetry in the past; the sky which we forgot because of our immersion in our daily businesses. It also seeks to raise people’s awareness regarding saving energy on the local level and reducing greenhouse gas emissions which represent the biggest challenge our planet is facing these days. It is extremely essential to help spread the word and educate all people about the best way of using energy and the impact of this change on long-term environmental sustainability.

As part of this event, we will be presenting shows of energy conservation and the beauty of the night sky in their planetarium dome and will also be observing celestial bodies. While part of the observation will be projected for the masses, a telescope will be set up for direct observation. 

Friday Astronomy Forum - 13 March, 2015 (7PM to 9PM)

Dawn became a part of history last week when it became the first spacecraft to ever orbit a dwarf planet. And since then a wealth of data has been received from this. This Friday Astronomy Forum, DAG will be discussing this data that has been collected and then also look into the hopes that the future holds for when New Horizons visits the Pluto system for the first time in. We look forward to seeing you all at the DAG Head Office (7PM to 9PM) in Al Nahda to be part of this discussion.

Wishing you Astronomical times!

DAG Team

NASA Spacecraft Becomes First to Orbit a Dwarf Planet

Saturday, 7 March, 2015

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has become the first mission to achieve orbit around a dwarf planet. The spacecraft was approximately 61,000 kilometers from Ceres when it was captured by the dwarf planet's gravity... read more

 

 

Dawn @ Ceres - Friday Astronomy Forum


This Friday, the DAG Team has quite a treat for its members when we discuss history in the making as Dawn approaches Ceres to become the first ever spacecraft to do so. Join us at our head office as we discuss this historic journey during our Friday Astronomy Forum on March 6, 2015 at 7 PM.

Wishing you Astronomical times!

DAG Team

Basic Astronomy Course - Module 2 (UPDATED)

You have a some what of a good idea about the basics of astronomy, but what's next? Join Dubai Astronomy Group on this training program to further your knowledge and passion in the field of astronomy as we take things further. 

Introductory astronomy classes have the daunting task of introducing students to the wonders of the entire universe in one short course. Though the information you will encounter will sometimes be mind-boggling, you will find it such a fascinating experience that you will want to learn more about those places 

Course Fees

  • AED 300 for all non members (Please CLICK HERE for information about our membership programs)
  • Associate Members receive a 30% discount on the training program

Basic Astronomy Course - For Young Astronomers


Learning about Astronomy should never be boring. This program is geared towards our young astronomers to introduce them to the world of Astronomy. Join us and experience the wonders of Astronomy first hand, as we take you to the farthest reaches of space from the earliest beginning of time to the future billions of years from now. 

Course Fees

  • AED 300 for all non members. (Please CLICK HERE for information about our membership programs)
  • Student Members receive a 30% discount on the training program

Basic Astronomy Course - Module 1


This program is your first step in a journey that will take you to the farthest reaches of space and the innermost depths of matter and from the earliest beginning of time to the future billions of years from now.

Introductory astronomy classes have the daunting task of introducing students to the wonders of the entire universe in one short course. Though the information you will encounter will sometimes be mind-boggling, you will find it such a fascinating experience that you will want to learn more about those places.

Jupiter at Opposition

You are invited to a stargazing party on 6th February 7:00pm-9:00pm. It’s a special day, as Jupiter is at opposition and is at the closest it will be for the next four years.

Highlights include
•Telescopic viewing of Jupiter, Saturn, the Moon, and Mars
•Binocular viewing of asterisms like the Pleiades.
•Naked eye viewing of bright constellations like Orion and Taurus and a few of the top ten bright stars like Sirius, Betelegeuse, Procyon, and Rigel.

For more information please click here

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“Live fast, die young” galaxies lose the gas that keeps them alive

Wednesday, 4 February, 2015

A pilot study looking at galaxies that die young has found some might shoot out this gas early on, causing them to redden and kick the bucket prematurely... read more







 

The telltale signs of a galactic merger

Tuesday, 3 February, 2015

This galaxy has drifted too close to another nearby galaxy and the dramatic interaction has twisted its spiral arms out of shape... read more


 


 

 

Black hole chokes on a swallowed star

Sunday, 1 February, 2015

Extensive data analysis has led astronomers to believe they witnessed a giant black hole tear apart a star back in 2009... read more







Gazing at the Comets - Event

Quick Facts about Comet Lovejoy

  • Discovered by Australian amateur comet-hunter and astrophotographer, Terry Lovejoy, in August last year.
  • Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) is already making its way through the inner solar system.
  • Comet Lovejoy will be visible in binoculars all month from anywhere in the northern hemisphere as soon as it’s dark.
  • To find the comet, face south and look for the familiar constellation of Orion early in the month and Taurus, Aries and then Triangulum later in January to get you in the vicinity.
  • If you're using binoculars or a telescope, you'll be looking for a more precise fix to magnify your view of the comet and that means you need to get in close or have prominent stars to guide you.
  • The comet will look like a fuzzy star in binoculars or a small telescope. In larger scopes you may see the tail streaking slightly behind it.
  • This comet has grown, lost and regrown a tail at least twice already as it makes its voyage towards the sun.

Join us at Mushrif Park this Friday, January 30 as we hunt for the comet "LoveJoy" while observing other celestial bodies. Planetarium shows will be available as well. Feel free to connect with us at 0506246172.

Star Gazing at Mushrif Park


Join us at Mushrif Park, Dubai on Saturday 3rd Jan, 2015 between 6 to 9 PM for a Star Gazing Event. We will be observing Moon, Jupiter along with constellations and star clusters. 

Entry to the event is FREE and open for all.

We will be playing Planetarium Shows of 30 Mins each @ AED 30/- Per Person. Book a show before 3rd Jan & get a DISCOUNT of AED 10 per show.

GPS Coordinates for Event Site in Mushrif Park: 25.2148116, 55.450199.

Eureka! Meteor in Auriga!


What you are looking at now is a meteor that we witnessed at the Geminids Meteor Shower at Qasr Al Sarab. All in all, we counted more than 150 meteors on Saturday, December 13! 

Geminids Meteor Shower 2014 at Qasr Al Sarab


Join us at Qasr Al Sarab for the Geminid Meteor Shower this year and witness this marvel of nature through your naked eyes! Dubai Astronomy Group will be hosting this event for two nights (December 12 and 13) from 9 PM - 3 AM. The event is FREE for all and families are welcome.

EVENT CHECKLIST - EXTREMELY IMPORTANT

  • Before you leave for the event, mark the location on your GPS (with the coordinates provided on the banner) or take print outs of the location map via Google Maps.
  • We recommend that people drive out to Qasr Al Sarab while sunlight is still there. Sunset is around 5:30 PM. 
  • We suggest that you bring warm clothing, mats, blankets / sleeping bags and tents as it could get rather chilly at night.
  • You may bring food with you but alcohol of any kind is strictly prohibited on the premisis of the activity. 
  • If you have any queries, you can reach us at the number that has been listed on the banner but only BEFORE 6 PM on the event dates. As we will be caught up with the preparation, we will not be able to entertain phone calls after 6 PM.
  • We highly advise against any dune bashing in Liwa without professional assistance. 
We look forward to seeing you there with us!

Celebrate 43rd National Day with Dubai Astronomy Group!

Dubai Astronomy Group Participates in ADSF 2014 at Sharjah Al Majaz Water Front

Leonoids Meteor Shower at Mushrif Park

DAG Saturday Forum - November 8, 2014

Welcome to the Saturday Forum! You can view previous uploads here


2021: We are heading for Mars

We are grateful for the wonderful gift we have received this Ramadhan!  

Camelopardalids 2014

Join us to witness a potentially ‘once in a lifetime’ event.  Predictions suggest that a new meteor shower will be seen on the 24th May as Earth is expected to cross the debris trail left by comet 209P/Linear.  Based on professional forecasts this meteor shower could turn out to be a unique meteor storm … read more

Steps for an Arab Astronomy Renaissance – May 14 & 15, 2014


Dubai Astronomy Group in association with American University of Sharjah (AUS) and Nature Middle East will be presenting a special seminar entitled Steps for an Arab Astronomy Renaissance, on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

With a focus on the dearth of astronomical observatories in the Arab world, the event will feature presentations by Mr. Hasan Ahmad Al Hariri (CEO of Dubai Astronomy Group), Prof. Nidhal Guessoum (AUS) and Mr. Mohammed Yahia (Nature Middle East) on recent projects revitalizing astronomy in the Arab world and the UAE’s national observatory project.















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Ahlan wa Sahlan

New Value through Collaboration

Astronomy Group is the worldwide outreach arm of Dubai Astronomy Group. Our objective is to bring together, through an online environment, active astronomy clubs and societies. Our goal is to nurture a renewed sense of purpose, collaboration and cooperative development for the outreach of amateur astronomy and planetary science.  We welcome you and warmly invite you all to communicate directly with us.

Collaborate Now

Dubai Astronomy Group in association with Sharjah Museums Department is conducting an Astronomy Seminar about the Astrolabe on 7th & 8th of May, 2014 at Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization where you will get an exclusive chance to learn about the Astrolabe: The Computer Of The Ancients & get the Astronomy Insights in Islamic Heritage by Mr. Hasan Ahmad Al Hariri, CEO of Dubai Astronomy Group.

Limited Seating

Last Date to Register: 3rd May, 2014

For further information and registration contact us at

+971 4 4410775

astro@dubaiastronomy.com

Dubai Astronomy Group participates in ThinkScience Fair 2014

From April 20 – 22, Dubai Astronomy Group, in collaboration with ICT Fund and TRA, participated in ThinkScience Fair 2014 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. With the aim to promote astronomy among the young students of UAE, Dubai Astronomy Group presented its visitors with the project of Al Marsad, the national observatory of the UAE and the largest of its kind in the Middle East. Complementing the previsulization video of Al Marsad, was a paper model telescope which was hand crafted by one of the enthusiastic student members of DAG. But the highlight of the show was when DAG unveiled the Al Marsad model in augmented reality via an app that could be installed on any android device with a camera.

 ThinkScience Fair is the UAE‘s biggest science innovation showcase event for the budding innovators of UAE.  It also gives young innovators an opportunity to demonstrate their ideas and skills in application of ideas and technology. The program aims to motivate and inspire UAE youth to pursue their curiosity and passion and to investigate solutions that tackle real-world problems

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