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WHAT’S UP IN THE SKY THIS AUGUST 2018?

We are in the middle of summer. Hot to very hot weather will persist in the UAE this August. Wondering what’s going to be up at the sky for the new month? The following is a list of astronomical events for August 2018. All dates and times were given in UAE Local Time. read more

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ASA OBSERVATION LOG – CRESCENT NEBULA

The Crescent Nebula taken from Al Sadeem Observatory last July 17, 2018 (Image Credit: Aldrin B. Gabuya/Al Sadeem Astronomy)

 

The Crescent Nebula (known as NGC 6888) is a spectacular emission nebula situated about 5000 light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Cygnus (the swan). The name was derived from the well-defined crescent shape; some considered it as the “Euro Sign Nebula” resembling the shape of the Euro sign. It was discovered in 1792 by the British astronomer Friedrich Wilhelm Herschel. read more

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AL SADEEM ASTRONOMY OPEN HOUSE: JULY 2018 TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE AND MARS OPPOSITION

Under the patronage of the UAE Space Agency, Al Sadeem Astronomy (ASA) conducted an open house public observation of the longest total lunar eclipse of the century held at Al Sadeem Observatory, Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi from July 27, 2018, 8 PM and ended at around 3 AM July 28, 2018. It was one of the 5 public observation stations in the Emirates designated by the space agency for this celestial event. read more

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WITNESS THE LONGEST TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE OF THE CENTURY AND MARS OPPOSITION 2018

The evening of July 27 until the early morning of July 28, 2018, will be a wonderful night for selenophiles and planet gazers as two interesting astronomical phenomena will occur simultaneously which were something to look up to, the Total Lunar Eclipse and the Opposition of Mars. Let us know what to expect during these celestial events. read more

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SUNSPOT MONITORING REPORT (MAY 2017 – MAY 2018)

Regardless of the season, whether it is the scorching hot summer or chilly winter, Al Sadeem Observatory regularly observes the Sun in monitoring daily changes in sunspot morphology which corresponds to its dynamic activity with additional information about solar flares from the NOAA-Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC), and Solar Influences Data Center (SIDC). Here is our 1st annual sunspot monitoring report from Al Sadeem Astronomy (ASA) Observatory. read more

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ASTROID VESTA (4 Vesta)

Vesta, a minor-planet designated as 4 Vesta – is one of the largest objects in the asteroid belt with a diameter of 525 kilometres (326 mi).

It was discovered by the German astronomer Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers on 29 March 1807 and is named after  Vesta the virgin goddess of home and hearth from Roman mythology.

Vesta is the second-most-massive and second-largest body in the asteroid belt next to the dwart planet Ceres and it contributes an estimated 9% of the mass of the asteroid belt  It is slightly larger than Pallas, though significantly more massive.

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WHAT’S UP IN THE SKY THIS JULY 2018?

The summer season in the UAE has just started. It will be unpleasantly hot during the day but is expected to have more clear skies at night. Wondering what’s going to be up at the sky for the new month? The following is a list of astronomical events for July 2018. All dates and times were given in UAE Local Time.

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THE STRAWBERRY MOON

It’s time for another notable celestial event.
Did you throw your look toward the sky tonight for June 2018’s Strawberry Moon.

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MESSIER 11 – THE WILD DUCK CLUSTER

 

 

Messier 11 or the Wild Duck Cluster, Catalogue as NGC  6705 is an open cluster in the constellation Scutum (the shield).   Discovered by a German Astronomer Gottfried   Kirch in 1681 at Berlin Observatory. The cluster was appeared as nothing more than a fuzzy blob through the telescope. It wasn’t until 1733 that the blob was first resolved into separate stars by the Reverend Willian Derham of England and Chales Messier included it in his catalogue in 1764.

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WHAT’S UP IN THE SKY THIS JUNE 2018?

The very hot summer season in the UAE is indeed approaching. Wondering what’s going to be up at the sky for the new month? The following is a list of astronomical events for June 2018. All dates and times were given in UAE Local Time. read more