The Galileo Experience
Many congratulations to the winners and runners-up of the Galilean Nights Astrophotography competition! The judges had a difficult task in assessing the many excellent entries and the winning photos were of outstanding quality.
On 22-24 October 2009, the Galilean Nights Cornerstone Project took place all over the world and was a great success, with over 1300 events in almost 90 countries. Alongside the public observing sessions where hundreds of thousands of people looked to the night sky, many also turned their cameras to the stars and took part in the Galilean Nights Astrophotography Competition.
The Romanian Society for Metors and Astonomy (SARM) was the national coordinator for Galilean Nights in Romania, and registered events developed by SARM and other astronomical groups in 18 Romanian towns. The largest of them was organized by SARM in Targoviste (a former Capital of the Romanian Land)
Just over two weeks since the end of the official Galilean Nights dates, if you haven't already submitted your report to us, then please fill in the form as soon as possible. We will soon be selecting winners for the Galilean Nights awards, but we can only consider events that we have reports for. Submit your report by the end of Monday 16th November to be sure of consideration.
Not so long ago, I had the honor of writing the first post in the Galilean Nights Blog. Now, I’m twice honored in closing the door I opened three weeks ago.
There is no doubt that every big project first appears like a hard thing to do, but with cooperating hands and no surrendering souls, then everything becomes easy and continues easily and smoothly.
I'm sure all of us involved with the Year of Astronomy hope some level of similar programming will continue in 2010 and beyond in our communities, to bring astronomy to as wide an audience as possible. Here are some of my thoughts on how best to make that happen
400 years ago Galileo Galilee made his small telescope and pointed it to the sky. He saw the satellites of Jupiter, the phases of Venus, dark spots on the face fo the Sun and craters on the Moon. He just reported what he saw and talked about his results. He uncovered evidence that supported a heliocentric model of the world. But observation was not safe work at that time.
The joint observation of Hefei Universities for Galilean Nights was organised by the Association of Amateur Astronomers of the University of Science and Technology of China (AAA of USTC).
Galilean Nights was a global star party held across the world on the evenings of 22-24 October 2009, to commemorate 400 years since Galileo first looked to the heavens and changed the Universe for us, forever. When news came in regarding Galilean Nights, we decided to hold a small event ourselves, on the night of the 22nd October 2009
I had the great fortune to be a guest speaker aboard the Golden Princess cruise ship for her two week journey from Los Angeles California to Hawaii during the Galilean Nights! When we were not in port, I gave a total of seven presentations on Astronomy and Space Exploration topics. I wasn't sure what kind of attendance I would receive with all the distractions of a luxurious cruise ship, but I was pleasantly surprised when I found I had a stron following of over 100 people looking forward to each talk.event award.