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Apr 10

30 Nights of StarPeace

The Sky literally brings together the Earth during GAM-be part of a global peace chain!

Inspired by the idea of sharing the beauty of the sky across national borders, "Thirty Nights of StarPeace" is a worldwide-scale event that will join together astronomy groups in neighbouring countries, one patch of Earth at the time, on successive nights during the month of April.
Using geographical longitude as a reference, we've divided the Earth into ten equal segments, each one spanning 36 degrees of longitude. Countries located in each of these 10 segments will have a period of three days to participate in the Thirty Nights of StarPeace project.
What you have to do is synchronize your group with an astronomy group across your national border, so that both groups observe the beauty of the sky at the same time. We will start at 180 degrees longitude (the International Dateline), and proceed westward in 3-day increments. Thus, countries located between 180 and 144 degrees east longitude will pick a night from April 1-3 for their public night of observation. Countries located between 144 and 108 degrees will have the April 4-6 time-slot, and so forth. In this way, through the month, the starry-night experience will progress around the globe westward in ten stages, creating a global star peace!

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Apr 10

EAAE launches Moonwalkers Contest

The EAAE has launched "Project Moonwalkers" and the first of the activities of this project is the Moonwalkers Contest. Here is the first challenge.

A photograph of a certain region of the Moon can be seen bellow.

Lunar region to be considered on the Moonwalkers Contest - April 2010.
(Click on the image to see a bigger image)

Your task is to understand what type of objects are seen on the photograph, and how some of them are called. Find these objects on the Moon, observe them and calculate the sizes of some of them. Write an essay about the objects in this region of the Moon by including interesting scientific and historical information; describe the observations of some of the objects, and determine their sizes.

Send the essays to the following e-mail address: eaae.mmon@gmail.com until May 30th 2010. A jury of teachers-members of EAAE will read and judge your essays. The team of students and teacher who send the best essay will receive a special certificate from EAAE as the best Moonwalkers of the month.

Links:

Moonwalkers Project Website

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