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ASTEROID FLORENCE CLOSE FLY-BY

On the evening of September 1, 2017, Al Sadeem Astronomy (ASA) Observatory observed the closest flyby of asteroid 3122 Florence. The asteroid was sighted and captured through the observatory’s 16” Meade LX850 Compound Telescope and a typical DSLR camera. read more

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A WEEK OF AN ENERGETIC SUN

Size Comparison of AR2673 to Earth (White-light Monochrome Solar Image taken last September 5, 2017 from Al Sadeem Observatory)

Last week was a very interesting week for solar observers and space weather enthusiasts.  In spite its relatively quiet state as it heads towards solar minimum, our parent star, the Sun unleashed its dynamic state. Several active sunspot groups and its associated flaring activity were observed from both ground and space-based observations. Here is an overview of the series of significant solar activity events for the past week. read more

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POSSIBLE ASTEROIDS IN VEGA CAPTURED FROM UAE’S FIRST SPACE OBSERVATORY

In the heart of the desert of Al Wathba in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, several observations were conducted in Al Sadeem Observatory of Vega; one of the brightest stars in the night located about 25 light-years away from Earth in the constellation Lyra (the lyre). read more

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WHAT’S UP IN THE SKY THIS SEPTEMBER 2017?

The “Ber” months have come. The season is about to change as summer is going to end soon and in the UAE, many holidays are approaching. Wondering what’s going to be up in the sky for the coming month? The following is a list of astronomical events for September 2017. All dates and times were given in Gulf Standard (UAE Local) Time. read more

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PERSEID METEOR SHOWER OBSERVATION IN AL SADEEM OBSERVATORY

On a clear dark night of August 12 until the early morning hours of August 13, 2017, Al Sadeem Astronomy (ASA) conducted an overnight observation of the Perseid Meteor Shower. read more

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POSSIBLE EVIDENCE OF PAST LIFE ON THE MARTIAN SURFACE

In Atacama Desert, a cauliflower like silica are recently found and studied by scientists and are believed to be produced microbes. Same cauliflower shaped structures are also found in the by the Spirit rover on 2007 and thought to be common features until the studies in the Chelean desert intrigues scientists to look back on this Martian feature found in Gusev crater.

These “cauliflower-like” features are made from Opaline silica sprouting in the Martian surface. Steven Ruff and Jack Farmer, both of Arizona State University in Tempe said based on their studies on the same features found in Atacama Desert, microbes could play an important role in the formation of this silica. If these theories are proved to be true, this would increase the possibility that in the past Mars was harboring life.

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BEWARE: HOTTER DAYS AHEAD! THE SUMMER SOLSTICE IN THE UAE

UAE desert (Image Credit: Google Sites)

Summertime, the season of the year when some people head out to the beach and do such fun bonding activities, while others stay indoors to avoid getting tanned and cool down themselves with numerous fans and air conditioning units. Tomorrow, June 21st, marks the beginning of the astronomical summer, or in other words the summer solstice, in the Northern Hemisphere. In this article, we will have a deeper understanding of what it is, in astronomical sense, and what to expect when it approaches. The focus will be within the United Arab Emirates (UAE) setting, which is situated at the Northern Hemisphere.

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AL SADEEM OBSERVATORY RAMADAN MOON SIGHTING 2017

It’s that most wonderful time of the year for the Muslim people. Muslim communities around the world are currently commemorating Ramadan, known as their holy month. During this season, Muslims conduct numerous traditional and religious etiquette such as regular family gatherings, timely prayer, fasting and charitable works. read more

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A QUIET SUN: 4 DAYS SPOTLESS – WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

The Sun has been spotless indicating a generally very low solar activity for 4 consecutive days already. It is currently transitioning towards the solar minimum, the period in the roughly 11-year solar cycle when less solar activity is expected. This was anticipated to be reached between 2019 and 2020. Basically, the relatively cool and dark areas on the Sun’s photosphere, known as sunspots, appear and vanish due to violent twisted magnetic field interactions with its surface plasma.

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THE STARS FOR ALL SEASONS

At the time of this writing, we’re approaching to the period when we experience scorching hot days in the Northern Hemisphere, when many are heading to the beach to have fun or some who stay indoors, irritated with the intense heat and chilling inside their air-conditioned rooms. We generally call this as the “summer season”. However, the proper interpretation of the season we’re in varies from where you are Earth. Specifically, only 2 (dry and wet) in the tropical regions and 4 (winter, spring, summer, autumn/fall) in the temperate regions.

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