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Amateur astronomy in Poltava

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Roman White
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« on: March 28, 2010, 04:23:48 pm »

On Saturday, March 27th we had our first sidewalk astronomy evening this year, which was in the coincidence with "Earth Hour" (see WWF website for more info). Weather was good, we needn't to worry about it - cloudless skies and enough warm.

We had time both for observations and for communications, and not forgetting to follow the rules of "Earth Hour" - we didn't use any piece of electricity (except of mobile phones and cameras). However, it was enough dark at the observatory grounds, so we hadn't noticed whether the city became darker during that hour.

30 people or so have intended our event, there were also a few parents with their kids.
There were 3 of us, organizers: me, Mykola F. Tyshchuk and Steven Jensen.
Also there were reporters from local newspaper "Selo Poltavs'ke" and info-agency "Novyny Poltavshchyny".

We were looking at the skies from 18:20 to 20:50 EET. Had luck to catch the evening star (Venus), then we observed consequently the Moon, Mars, Saturn, Orion Nebula, Pleiades, Mizar/Alcor. Atmosphere of our meeting was very good, not only young people & kids but also older people were excited after a view through a telescope, and they were thanking us for such an opportunity to get closer to the sky. Some of visitors have seen a "falling star", but I wasn't one of them.  Roll Eyes

A few photos of mine...

Mykola F. Tyshchuk invites everybody to the telescope dome (of 160mm refractor).

Watching through my 76mm Newton.

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