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ESA announces workshop for science teachers

The European Space Agency invites teachers of science at secondary school to register to attend a Galileo Teacher Training Program Workshop to be held at the NEMO Science Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from 29 June to 1 July 2009. A limited number of places are available for this hands-on workshop. Registration closes on 25 May 2009.

The vision for the International Year of Astronomy is the realisation that astronomy and other fundamental sciences have a profound impact on our daily lives. ESA has already made an outstanding contribution to the field of astronomy, and space science, and continues to push technological frontiers to deepen our understanding of the Universe. ESA is contributing to the International Year of Astronomy in two ways: by direct involvement in a selected number of IYA cornerstone activities, and with special activities designed to promote ESA's special place in modern astronomy. This workshop is organised by the ESA Science and Robotic Exploration Directorate, with the support of the ESA Education Office, in the framework of the International Year of Astronomy

Become a Galileo Teacher

Participants at the ESA/GTTP workshop will be eligible to be certified as a "Galileo Teacher". This is a tangible recognition of their professional development as a science teacher. The creation of a global network of Galileo Teachers, capable of continuing to implement the effective use and transfer of astronomy education tools and resources into classroom science curricula, will be one of the primary legacies of the GTTP.

All relevant information can be found here

May Highlight - Half Dozen Planets
As April ended, Mercury had taken center stage. The first week of May, it will continue to be visible, though becoming harder to spot. Saturn continues to be one to watch for while Jupiter and Neptune will cruise together for a while in the mornings. Another couple cruising the morning skies together will be Venus and Mars. Especially wtach for them on the 21st as the crescent moon will add the third point on a celestial traingle. Fickle Uranus can't decide who it likes more. Early in the month it can be spotted hanging around Venus and Mars but as the month progresses it will travel closer to Jupiter and Neptune.
The Learning Activity "The Planets and their Characteristics" by Christian Reimers (Austria)offers a nice guide to explore the night sky during May. For more info, please click here

Αστροβραδιές στην Ελληνογερμανική Αγωγή
The dates for Astronomy Day this year are in the spring on May 2 and in the fall on October 24. Local astronomical societies, planetariums, museums, and observatories will be sponsoring public viewing sessions, presentations, workshops, and other activities to increase public awareness about astronomy and our wonderful universe.
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May 2, 2009 - Astronomy Day
The dates for Astronomy Day this year are in the spring on May 2 and in the fall on October 24. Local astronomical societies, planetariums, museums, and observatories will be sponsoring public viewing sessions, presentations, workshops, and other activities to increase public awareness about astronomy and our wonderful universe.

Hand of God?
It looks like a hand of God reaching out into the cosmos, but scientists say it's something just as incredible: electromagnetic energy pumped out by a neutron star.
Taken by NASA's Chandra X-ray observatory from it's orbiting 360 miles above the Earth, the recently released photo of Pulsar B1509 captures the X-Ray nebula in a state shaped like a human hand. NASA estimates the shape spans 150 light years, but is caused by a dense neutron star that's just 12 miles in diameter.
"The pulsar is a rapidly spinning neutron star which is spewing energy out into the space around it to create complex and intriguing structures, including one that resembles a large cosmic hand," NASA said in a release.
That energy makes B1509 "one of the most powerful electromagnetic generators in the Galaxy," said NASA, with a magnetic field at it's surface that's 15 trillion times stronger than that of Earth's.
Astronomers believe B1509 is roughly 1,700 years old and is located 17,000 light years from Earth.
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ΘΕΡΙΝΟ ΣΧΟΛΕΙΟ ΑΣΤΡΟΝΟΜΙΑΣ ΕΕΦ
Έχοντας ήδη πραγματοποιήσει με μεγάλη επιτυχία Θερινά μας Σχολεία στη Ζάκυνθο, στην Ερέτρια και σε Κυπαρισσία συνεχίζουμε την προσπάθεια μας οργανώνοντας ένα ξεχωριστό Θερινό Σχολείο Αστρονομίας, στο πλαίσο του εορτασμού του Έτους Αστρονομίας 2009, στο Ινστιτούτο ΝΕΣΤΩΡ, στην Πύλο από 24 Ιουνίου έως 2 Ιουλίου 2009. Το θερινό σχολείο της ΕΕΦ οργανώνεται σε συνεργασία με το πρόγραμμα COSMOS και απευθύνεται σε απόφοιτους της Α και Β τάξης Λυκείου και θα πραγματοποιηθεί με τη συμμετοχή πανεπιστημιακών δασκάλων.
Σκοπός του σχολείου είναι η ευαισθητοποίηση των μαθητών σε θέματα Αστροφυσικής, Διαστημικής και Περιβάλλοντος. Οι μαθητές θα έχουν την ευκαιρία να αναδείξουν την ερευνητική και εφευρετική ικανότητα τους και συγχρόνως να αναζητήσουν με διάφορους τρόπους ότι έχει σχέση με το Σύμπαν.
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100 Hours of  Astronomy Live Webcast
Opening Event Featuring Galileo's Telescope
MEET THE TELESCOPE THAT STARTED IT ALL!
Philadelphia’s The Franklin Institute will kick off 100 Hours of Astronomy on 2 April with a LIVE international interactive web streaming event. The Franklin’s Galileo exhibit features one of only two remaining telescopes that Galileo trained on the night skies 400 years ago.

The program will feature:
* Exclusive commentary from the exhibitors behind the Galileo exhibit, including one of the world’s foremost Galileo experts, Dr. Paolo Galluzzi, Director of the Institute and Museum of the History of Science in Florence, Italy where the Galileo telescope and other artifacts are ordinarily on display
* Walking tour of the Galileo exhibit
* Telescope-maker Celestron with a telescope demonstration
* Public observatory event

Space Observation: Past, Present and Future
Organised by the Association of Science-Technology Centre, Washington, DC, USA, the webcast will feature science centres from around the world discussing the importance of space observation throughout history.

Topics:
* Prof. Paolo Galluzzi, Director of the Institute and Museum of the History of Science in Florence, Italy, describes Galileo's importance and what recent research tells us about the instrument he used.
* From Hamburg, Germany we learn why observatories and telescopes were so important to the economic evolution of our modern society.
* From Greece, participants present the COSMOS project, a unique resource for astronomy education.
* Armagh Planetarium in Ireland will examine the mechanisms of meteorite impacts and catastrophic Earth impacts from space debris.
* Hamburg Planetarium will demonstrate the power and beauty of a "3D-virtual telescope", allowing us to fly through space and time from our Milky Way Galaxy to the early Universe.

The webcast will begin at 1:00PM EDT (17:00 UTC) and last for 90 minutes.
You can join us at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/100-hours-of-astronomy and use the online chatbox to submit questions to our presenters.
This webcast is part of the International Year of Astronomy’s 100 Hours of Astronomy.

100 Hours of remote Astronomy
The wonders of the sky are coming directly to your home April 2-5 through the 100 Hours of Astronomy Cornerstone Project of the International Year of Astronomy 2009. Observatories around the globe have remotely operated telescopes at the ready for this global celebration of astronomy. Discover the skies as astronomers do, connecting with a telescope thousands of miles away and opening your own window on the Universe - anytime you like, wherever you are.
You can choose a telescope that you control yourself in real time, or one that will take images for you according to your request. This will be an unforgettable experience for beginners and experienced observers alike. Astronomers will also
be available at some telescopes for help and discussion. You can even share the journey with your local community by creating your own 100 Hours of Astronomy event with a distant telescope!
For more info, please click here.

100 Hours of Astronomy,  2-5 April 2009
The 100 Hours of Astronomy Cornerstone Project is a worldwide event consisting of a wide range of public outreach activities, live science center, research observatory webcasts and sidewalk astronomy events.One of the key goals of 100 Hours of Astronomy is to have as many people as possible look through a telescope as Galileo did for the first time 400 years ago. 100 Hours of Astronomy will take place from 2-5 April when the Moon goes from first quarter to gibbous, good phases for early evening observing. Saturn will be the other highlight of early evening observing events.
For more info, please click here.

DSpace Newsletter 6    
Published on the 22th of February 2007

2-5 April 2009 - 100 Hours of Astronomy

"Globe at Night" campaign, March 16-28, 2009

Second place for D-Space in eTEN EU voting contest.
D-Space was elected in the second place of the voting contest ‘eTEN Project of the Year 2006’. D-Space qualified in this contest, due to the nomination as November’s ‘Project of the Month’ among other eTEN E.U. projects.
For more info, please click here.

SkyWatch 2007 Contest
The D-Space project's objectives are focused on raising public awareness for scientific and technological developments by motivating the wider public to actively participate in the process of realizing the beneficial impact of science and technology on our day-to-day lives. One way of successfully raising awareness and interest on science, especially among the youth, is to present science and scientific research through challenging activities combining intelligence, existing knowledge and innovation. Within the framework of the abovementioned objectives, a scientific contest in the general field of astronomy and astronomical observations is launched in September 2006.
For more info, please visit SkyWatch 2007 Contest web site.

DSpace Newsletter 5    
Published on the 4th of September 2006

Lunar eclipse, visible from D-Space telescopes
7 September 2006

DSpace Newsletter 4    
Published on the 8th of August 2006

International Astronomical Summer School
Rozhen 2006

D-Space at Xplora Science Teachers Conference
CERN, Geneva, 15 - 18 June 2006

DSPACE Dissemination workshop
1 April 2006, Ampelakia of Larissa

Total Solar Eclipse on the 29th of March
29 March 2006

DSpace Newsletter 3    
Published on the 18th of May 2006

DSpace Newsletter 2   
Published on the 5th of January 2006

DSpace Newsletter 1     
Published on the 5th of January 2006

62% of europeans (EU-25), consider Astrology as a scientific subject
(Source: S&T Eurobarometer)
Published on the 11th of January 2006