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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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UAE SPACE EXPLORATION: NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATION

Al Sadeem Astronomy (ASA) participated in the early commemoration of the 46th UAE National Day held in Khalifa University and Petroleum Institute – Women’s Campus last November 28-29, 2017 respectively. With the theme “UAE Space Exploration”, it was a great time imparting the role of earth and space sciences in the legacy of the UAE, as well as its significance to our daily lives, given the fact that its fundamental principles brought us further development in technology and as a nation over the years. read more

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WHAT’S UP IN THE SKY THIS DECEMBER 2017?

This wonderful year 2017 is about to end soon as nights becoming longer and colder further. With the upcoming holidays, there will be more time to spend chilling out and have bonding moments with family and friends. Wondering what’s going to be up in the sky for the final month of 2017? The following is a list of astronomical events for December 2017. All dates and times were given in 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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PERSEIDS METEOR SHOWER 2017

A Captured Perseid Meteor taken from Al Sadeem Observatory last 2016 (Image Credit: Praboodhan Pordar Photography)

On the evening of 12th of August 12 until dawn of August 13, there will be an annual event that will light up the sky, Perseid Meteor Shower.

The Perseid Meteor Shower is one of the brighter meteor showers of the year and it occurs every year between July 17 and August 24. However, the peak date when the most meteors will streak across the sky will fall on the late evening hours of August 12 until dawn of August 13. 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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