Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Open Day at the Wise Observatory - April 1st., 2010

Come see the 40 inch university telescope at Mizpe Ramon.

This observatory is almost never open to the public, so don't miss it!


Wise Observatory, Israel

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From: Astro Club astroclub@wise.tau.ac.il

Subject: TAU Astroclub: Open Day at the Wise Observatory - April 1st., 2010

For a Hebrew announcement please visit:

Pesah holiday 2010 - Open day at the Wise Observatory

On Thursday 01-04-2010, we shall have an "Open day" at the Wise
observatory, near Mizpe-Ramon. Activity will take place between 15:00
and 22:00, and will include the following:

* Short talks about current research in the observatory
* Guided tours in the observatory
* Automated observations using the 1m telescope
* Observations through small telescopes
* Stargazing

** The event is FREE and open for everyone !!!


* The Wise observatory is located 5km west from Mizpe-Ramon.

* Map of Mizpe-Ramon is available at:

* We recommend bringing warm clothes.

For more details about our activities, and for viewing video lectures,
please visit our web-site: http://astroclub.tau.ac.il/

TAU AstroClub team

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Get ready for Spring in a few more minutes.

In a few more minutes at 7:32pm the Sun will cross the celestial equator on its way north to mark the Vernal Equinox.

Although the equinox is supposed to have equal hours of daylight and night, due to the refraction of light through the atmosphere, we actually had an extra 8 minutes of sunshine today. And unfortunately for star gazers, the nights will continue to get shorter each night as the Sun  climbs higher in the sky, till it turns around again at the Summer Solstice in June,



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Friday, March 19, 2010

Venus is now clearly visible

After all the recent cloudy weather, it was nice to see Venus blazing low in the west yesterday below the crescent Moon.
Bright-twilight view

Venus is now up for about  an hour after sunset and getting higher, and setting later each night. Have you spotted her yet?

Also keep an eye on the Moon as it passes near the Pleiades and  Hyades in Taurus Sat and Sunday night.
Looking west after dark Here in Israel the Moon will be about 1/2 a distance lower each night.