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Astrophotography Program with CAPTURE


 

 

You can get more information about the Astro Photography program and also register HERE (https://www.capture.ae/astrophotography)

DISCLAIMER: The program above is a advertisment and is not being conducted by Dubai Astronomy Group. 

Astro Cinema - NOW OPEN!

Dubai Astronomy Group is proud to announce that the Astro Cinema is now open for general public! Shows will be played every day at Al Thuraya Astronomy Center and will be available for you to come and enjoy. You can find the show listings ON THIS LINK

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Geminids Meteor Shower - Thursday, 14 December

Come and camp out with Dubai Astronomy Group on Thursday,14th of Dec, 2017 for the Geminids Meteor Shower. The Geminids are considered one of the best meteor showers every year because the individual meteors are bright, and the peak can see meteors stream across the sky at rates as high as 120 meteors an hour.

Registrations for the program can be done on Q-Tickets.com or you can visit Al Thuraya Astronomy Center.

Program Fees:

  • DAG Associate/Student/International Members (Only For DAG Valid ID Card Holders)- AED 50/-
  • General - Early Bird - AED 70/- (Any Registration before 11th Dec)
  • General - Regular Price - AED 100/- (Any Registration from 11th Dec to 13th Dec)
  • General - Late - AED 200/- (Any Registration on 14th Dec)

Notes:

  • The venue for the event is at Al Qudra, Dubai. A precise location map will be sent to you by email after you register for the program
  • Keep warm clothes at hand as it will get cold in the night
  • You are requested to bring your own chairs/mats for seating. You can bring a tent with you as well if you want.
  • Food will not be served at this event so you may bring some food with you.
  • There are no transport near the area and no buses and taxies will be there. You will have to come with your own car. We will not be providing transport.
  • You don't need to have a 4x4 car to reach the location, however it is recommended.
  • Meteor showers are observable through naked eye only. We will be setting up telescopes for observing other celestial objects.
  • Any cancellation will be entertained only before 48hrs of the event

We look forward to seein you there!

Happy 46th Union Day

We at Dubai Astronomy Group would like to wish you all a very happy 46th Union Day!

Super Moon - Sunday, 3 December

Join Dubai Astronmoy Group this Sunday, 3 December, 2017 at Al Thuraya Astronomy Center to witness the SUPERMOON from 5:30 - 9:00 PM. The program will include a talk and observation. 

Entry fee:

  • AED 15 for Adults
  • AED 10 for Kids under 10
  • AED 30 for Families 
  • Free for DAG Member with valid membership cards

Notes: 

  • The program will include a lecture and observations.
  • If you're a member you must present your membership card at the reception to enter. 
  • Planetarium Show is not included in the ticket and you will have to pay for it separately. 
  • Members can attend the Planetarium show for free.

We look forward to seeing you all there

Astro Geo Day 2017 - Friday, 24 November

Join us this Friday, 24th of Nov 2017 at Al Thuraya Astronomy Center in Mushrif Park for Astro-Geology Day. The event is organized by Dubai Astronomy Group and Geo Hammer. The program is going to be centered around The Origin of the Earth, The Alternate Periods that came after, and The Geology of The United Arab Emirates. We will also be discussing The Planet Mars, and Meteors.

REGISTRATION:
Registration will be done at the venue itself.

PROGRAM FEES:

  • AED 10 for kids under 15 years of age
  • AED 15 for adults (15+)
  • AED 30 for families of 4-5
  • AED 20 for Planetarium Show
  • Members with a valid membership card can enter for free. Planetarium shows are also free for members with valid membership cards

SCHEDULE:

  • Lecture will start at 6:15 PM
  • Planetarium show and observation will start at 7:00 PM

NOTE:

  • There is a AED 10 charge per car at the entrance of Mushrif Park
  • If you're a member you must present your membership card at the reception to enter.
  • For non members, planetarium show is not included in the ticket and you will have to pay for it separately

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Leonids Meteor Shower - Friday, 17 November

Join Dubai Astronomy Group on Friday, November 17 as the Leonid Meteor Shower streaks through Dubai night skies! You can register for the program via THIS LINK or you can visit Al Thuraya Astronomy Center to register as well.
 
VENUE:
The venue is in Dubai and will be disclosed to the people once they have registered for the program. You will be requested to present the registration confirmation at the event.

REGISTRATION:
You can register for the program HERE or you can register by visiting Al Thuraya Astronomy Center. All participants will be requested to present their registration confirmation at the event. 

Only DAG valid membership ID card holders may apply for the discounted price. If anyone registers with the discounted price and is unable to present their valid membership ID card, they will be turned away or will be requested to pay the balance fees.
 
PROGRAM FEES:

  • Paid DAG Members (Associate/Student/International) with valid membership ID cards will be requested to pay AED 50 AED per head.
  • Early Bird registrations for basic or non-members (till 11th November) – AED 70 AED per head
  • Regular registrations (12th – 16th November) – AED 100 per head
  • Late registrations (17th November) AED 200 per head

CONTACT:
If you require any further information, you contact us on shaneer@dubaiastronomy.com or call at 050 3962350 (Mr. Shaneer). 


The event is will be going late into the night so you are advised to prepare accordingly. Participants are requested to bring along some mats so that they can lay down on the ground and also keep some warm clothing at hand in case it gets cold.
 
We look forward to seeing you there!

Space debris falls and burns over UAE and Oman skies

PRESS CONFERENCE FOR THIS WILL BE TAKING PLACE ON OCTOBER 17, 2017 AT AL THURAYA ASTRONOMY CENTER BY 2 PM. 

 

Yesterday at around 19:30 UAE time, many people witnessed and captured images of falling space debris of the Progress module which is used to supply ISS (international space station) regularly.

The view was spectacular and last for almost 80 seconds. The space craft disintegrated in the upper atmosphere and broke up into smaller chunks and burned like fireworks.

The trajectory of the debris was over Arabian Peninsula crossing UAE and Oman to finally over Indian Ocean.




The map above shows the location of the reentry of the space junk SL-4 R/B (42972U) predicted by modeling of orbital evolution until the fragment or satellite reaches the altitude of nominal burst.

The SL-4 R/B satellite reentered the atmosphere Oct/16/2017 at 15:28 UTC with an approximate error of +/- 1 minute(s)

The above information is available freely from www.satview.org

The Progress (Russian: Прогресс) is a Russian expendable cargo spacecraft. Its purpose is to deliver supplies needed to sustain human presence in orbit. While it does not carry a crew it can be boarded by astronauts when docked with a space station, hence it being classified as manned by its manufacturer. Progress is derived from the manned Soyuz spacecraft and launches on the same vehicle, a Soyuz rocket.

Progress has supported space stations as early as Salyut 6 and as recently as the International Space Station. Each year there are between three and four Progress flights to the ISS. A Progress remains docked until shortly before being replaced with a new one or a Soyuz (which will use the same docking port). Then it is filled with waste, disconnected, and de-orbited, at which point it burns up in the atmosphere. Due to the variation in Progress vehicles flown to the ISS, NASA uses its own nomenclature where "ISS 1P" means the first Progress spacecraft to ISS.

Progress was developed because of the need for a constant source of supplies to make long duration space missions possible. It was determined that cosmonauts needed an inflow of consumables (food, water, air, etc.), plus there was a need for maintenance items and scientific payloads that necessitated a dedicated cargo carrier. Such payloads were impractical to launch with passengers in the restricted space of a Soyuz. As of December 1, 2016 there have been 155 Progress flights with three failures. All three failures have occurred since 2011.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progress_(spacecraft)

Events like this is very common as many countries now venturing space and more junks are falling time to time, like on 18 Oct TANCREDO-1 small amateur radio satellite will fall and on 19 Oct protective cover of ISS will fall (FABRIC SHIELD (ISS DEB) is a piece of fabric shield lost in space from ISS during a EVA on Mar 30, 2017)

Many more can be followed on site like satview.org or n2yo.com

Events like this push general public to take interest in space technology and astronomy. Following it is interesting and commonly available on the internet and with our organization.

Space Week - October 4 - 11


Dubai Astronomy Group would like to invite you all for a week long celebration of Space Week, starting from October 4 till October 11 at Al Thuraya Astronomy Center, Mushrif Park, Dubai.

The event is FREE for all our Associate/International/Student Members and for AED 50 per day for all others. There are limited seats so registration is on first come first serve basis. You are requested to purchase your tickets in advance to avoid delays and inconvenience at the event. 

PLEASE NOTE:
* All members will be requested to present their valid ID card at the reception
** Children under 5 are not allowed at the event

Friday Members Meetup - September 8

Join us for our Friday Members Meetup, this Friday, September 8 at the Al Thuraya Astronomy Center, inside Mushrif Park, Dubai. 

Eid Al Adha 2017

On this auspicious occasion, the entire team of Dubai Astronomy Group would like to wish you all a very happy and prosperous Eid ِAl-Adha!

Al Thuraya Astronomy Center will be closed from the 31st of Aug until the 2nd of Sep and will be available again on the 3rd of Sep.

Solar Eclipse, 22 August 2017 - LIVE STREAM

Even if the eclipse is happening in a different part of the world, Dubai Astronomy Group would like for all of you to watch this celestial phenomenon right here with us. Following you can catch the live stream from NASA and the PBS Network

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Friday Members Meetup - 18 Aug

Join us this Friday, 18 August, 7:30 - 9 PM at Al Thuraya Astronomy Center in Mushrif Park for our Friday Members Meetup. 

Perseid Meteor Shower 2017

Join Dubai Astronomy Group as we observe the Perseid Meteor Shower this Friday and Saturday. The event is for two days at different venues. 

Friday, 11 August - at Al Thuraya Astronomy Center: Join us for a night of observation accompanied by a talk by Mr. Hasan Al Hariri (CEO of Dubai Astronomy Group) explaining the astronomical event. The talk will start at 8 PM and the program will go on till 10 PM. (
Click here for location map)

Saturday, 12 August: For the second day of the event we will be going out into a remote area for darker skies. The location will be disclosed only to people that will register for the program on Friday, 11 August at Al Thuraya Astronomy Center. The program is strictly for registered participants only. 

Partial Lunar Eclipse 2017

We would like to invite you all to witness the Partial Lunar Eclipse this Monday, 7th of August, which will be visible from our region. The event is being held at Al Thuraya Astronomy Center, inside Mushrif Park, Dubai. 

The event is FREE for all so everyone is welcome. We look forward to seeing you there!

Fly Your Exoplanet on The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite

 

Get a chance to send your submissions to fly aboard the TESS spacecraft while it searches the sky for new worlds outside of our solar system! Read more...

Eid Mubarak!

On this auspicious occasion, we, the entire team of Dubai Astronomy Group, would like to wish you all a very happy and prosperous Eid Mubarak!

Weekend Astronomy at Dubai Mall

This Ramadan, celebrate Astronomy with us at the Dubai Mall for the 9Hijri event. We will be there from 9 - 11 PM every Friday and Saturday for workshops and telecope observation. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Ramadan Kareem!

 We at Dubai Astronomy Group would like to wish you all for a very blessed Ramadan!

 

 

 

 

Friday Members Meetup - Friday, 26 May

Join Dubai Astronomy Group for their Friday Members Meetup this Friday on the 26th of May at the Al Thuraya Astronomy Center. We will be starting the session a little early this time in the hope that we might also get the oppertunity to do some crescent observation for the upcoming month of Ramadhan!

We would also request all the subscribers to the website to follow us on Facebook and turn on the notifications. Here is a quick guide that helps you get notifications of all our updates on Facebook.

https://tinyurl.com/lkkthh3

We will soon be shifiting all our notifications on to our social media platforms. This will ensure that you are updated with all that is happening in Dubai Astronomy Group and be able to attend all events. 

Looking forward to seeing you all there!
DAG Team

Friday Members Meetup - Friday, 14 April


This Friday, April 14, Dubai Astronomy Group would like to invite you all to its Friday Members Meetup program, which is to be the first of many more to come! Come join us at Al Thuraya Astronomy Center where we will be discussing what is latest in astronomy and will also be having a special lecture from Mr. Hasan Al Hariri, CEO of Dubai Astronomy Group

The Friday Members Meetup is going to be a regular program and will start off as twice a once a month meeting. We will also be announcing for some projects that we would like our creative members to be able to handle. So if you have creative skills that you would like to teach and/or display to people, please do visit us this Friday and get in touch with us!

To register for the event, we would request you to send an email to info@dubaiastronomy.com with your name and the names of those that will be attending with you. 

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Jupiter Opposition - Friday, 7th April


Come and witness this phenomenon of nature as Jupiter appears bigger, brighter this weekend when it reaches opposition!

The largest planet in our solar system will shine in the night sky this weekend, Friday 7th April, the brightest it will be all year. Friday night’s celestial event is called an opposition. Jupiter will be directly opposite of the sun, causing it to appear in the sky all night long. We at Dubai Astronomy Group will be witnessing the event at our facility, Al Thuraya Astronomy Center in Mushrif Park, and would like to invite you all to this FREE EVENT!

The program will start at 8PM and will go on till 10PM. To register for the event, please send an email to info@dubaiastronomy.com confirming your attendance and of those that will be joining you for the event. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Earth Hour 2017 @ Al Thuraya Astronomy Center

Join Dubai Astronomy Group on Saturday, 25 March 2017 at Al Thuraya Astronomy Center, Mushrif Park, Dubai (location map) to once again celebrate the night sky during Earth Hour. The event will start at 7PM and will go on all the way to 9:30 PM. Mushrif Park will be switching off its lights during Earth Hour, between 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM.

The event is free for all and we would love for you to join us. Even if you can't make it for the event, please make sure you observe Earth Hour wherever you are and switch off all unnecessary electrical appliances and lights from between 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM.

REGISTER WITH US
To register for the program, please REGISTER on our website and send across your membership ID to info@dubaiastronomy.com. If you are already a registered member, please send across your membership ID to info@dubaiastronomy.com with your name and of those that will be accompanying you.

VOLUNTEER WITH US
If you wish to volunteer with Dubai Astronomy Group for this event and other for other areas, please send us an email to membership@dubaiastronomy.com with your volunteer request.

We look forward to seeing you all there! 

NASA Lecture - Dr. Ravi (March 3 and 4)

Dubai Astronomy Group is honored to have Dr. Ravi Margasahayam, recently retired as the Co-Chair for Ground Safety Review Panel (NASA), with us this coming weekend, to give a talk on his life experiences as part of the team ensured the safety of all Payloads and Science experiments integrated at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida, USA, on their way to the International Space Station (ISS).

Join us at the Al Thuraya Astronomy Center in Mushrif Park, as Dr. Ravi takes us on a journey of his experience with American rocketry and space exploration and how he came to be one of NASA's best aerospace engineers.

REGISTRATION
The event is FREE FOR ALL. To register for the program, you are requested to sign up/register on our website. You may register with us HERE. To complete your registration, you are requested to send across your Membership ID to membership@dubaiastronomy.com

Dr. Ravi N. Margasahayam, M.S., M.B.A.
International Space Station – Payload Safety (Retired)
NASA VIP Tour Guide and International Public Speaker(Current)

Dr. Ravi N. Margasahayam, recently retired as the Co-Chair for Ground Safety Review Panel (GSRP) that ensured the safety of all Payloads and Science experiments integrated at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida, USA, on their way to the International Space Station (ISS).

In his 28+ year career at NASA KSC, Ravi has supported or worked on over 100+ Space Shuttle missions and supported many Rocket programs. He is NASA’s expert on Rocket Launch-induced Noise and Vibration Technology. Prior to joining NASA, Ravi embarked on decade-long journey spanning multiple technical disciplines with diverse industries such as railroads, mining, helicopters, commercial airplanes, and military aircrafts at Boeing. He designed gears for V-22, Chinook, and Comanche helicopters.

He has authored and presented over 60+ peer reviewed technical papers, nationally and internationally. He organized and co-chaired the Ninth International Congress on Sound and Vibration, ICSV9 Congress, in Orlando, Florida, which was co-sponsored by NASA KSC. Over 600 researchers, from 70 countries attended the congress in 2002.

Al Thuraya Astronomy Center from the air

Credit: Stuart Youngs

The following images were taken by one of our members, Stuart Youngs, of how the Thuraya Astronomy Center look from the air when entering Dubai via airplane. 




Thank you very much Stuart Youngs for sharing these amazing pictures with us. We would request all of you to also take pictures of the building during landing in Dubai and share them with us so that we can share them with the rest of the group as well. 

Thuraya Astronomy Center - UPDATE

Great times are up ahead! And if you have read a specific article issued in the Al Bayan Newspaper (dated December 05, 2016), you know what we are talking about. Yes, it is the article where H.E. Hussein Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, talks about the upcoming hand over of the Thuraya Astronomy Center project to Dubai Astronomy Group!

 

For all of you who didn’t catch it, following is the link to the article.

http://www.albayan.ae/across-the-uae/news-and-reports/2016-12-06-1.2787583

And those who don’t read Arabic, the next links are follow up articles by other news vendors. 
http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/dubai/dubai-to-build-a-gateway-to-space
http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/tourism/dh20m-astronomy-centre-in-mushrif-park-1.1939761

In the articles, H.E. Hussein Nasser Lootah talks of the project, and states that the project is the most interesting and prominent projects of astronomy, and is expected to be a center for observing the various astronomical phenomena. This would be a source of reference for all students, researchers, and interested parties, and is the first project of its kind where an observatory will be open and available to the public and amateur astronomers.
He adds, “The idea of the project is to create an integrated science center with an Astronomy Academy, a center for exploration, and an observatory with a world-class, telescope, complete with all its accessories for observation and astrophotography, and equipment to transfer live images to large screens and exhibition halls, in cooperation with Dubai Astronomy Group”.

It will also be the home to educational courses, scientific lectures, hosting scientists and organizations for large scale scientific conferences. He stressed that the strategic partnership between Dubai Municipality and Dubai Group of Astronomy will be based on the operation and management of the facility as the scientific and specialist body, where this project is to be one of the first basic service projects of Dubai Municipality, which will contribute in creating a generation passionate about astronomy within schools and universities. The project aims mainly to be a scientific entertainment and aid tourism, as the nation gears up for the Space Age. 

Space Age
H.E Hussein Nasser Lootah says, “It is not a secret that this era is of Astronomy and Space and that can be concluded by the great scientific progress of humans and the various devices used in daily life, such as satellite and different TV channels of and communication devices. Space and science are the main engine of technological progress in this day and age. And as our ancestors have said that astronomy is the crown jewel in education, hence the municipality launched the project of the Thuraya Astronomy Center, an astronomical observatory available and open to the public and amateur astronomers. The primary objective is to provide scientific entertainment and happiness to the people, and in addition to that, it would be a place dedicated to scientific tourism in the Emirate, especially now that the UAE has already started to reach into space and study it closely.”

We would like to take this moment to thank our government for this wonderful initiative and all our well-wishers for their constant support and their faith in our efforts. We take it upon ourselves to exceed their expectations and much more.

And for all of you that have been anxious ever since you saw what the building looks like, here is a quick sneak peek into what the Thuraya Astronomy Center would look like from the inside!

Thank you all for your unwavering support. We couldn’t have done it without you. And we hope for your continuous support, as we venture further to create more and more gateways for you to explore the universe!

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