Jan 13

A hidden treasure in the Large Magellanic Cloud

Source: ESA/Hubble Photo Release heic1301

Nearly 200 000 light-years from Earth, the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, floats in space, in a long and slow dance around our galaxy. Vast clouds of gas within it slowly collapse to form new stars. In turn, these light up the gas clouds in a riot of colours, visible in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.(read more)

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Jan 13


for teachers, parents, fans and curious.

The course is held by Nicoletta Lanciano, Giovanna Armando, Oreste Brondo, Luca Mingarelli, Rita Montinaro, Marina Tutino

Topics of the course:

1 Teaching of Astronomy, Astronomy in Padova, history of Astronomy
2 Observation and perception of space, active training, songs related to the location and themes
3 Narration of myths

Time: from Thursday, April 11, at 5:00 p.m., to Sunday, April 14, 1:00 p.m.;
However, you can participate from Friday April 12, at 5:00 p.m.

Location: Hotel VALBRENTA (P.zza Diaz, 30 – 35010 LIMENA (Padova) and Padova city

participants are asked to bring pencil, eraser, scissors, glue stick, ruler, compass, comfortable, warm clothing to work outdoors…

At the end of the course you will receive a Certificate of Attendance for up to 28 hours
The following program (for laboratories) is only a draft, subject to changes

1. From Tom Thumb to Mercatore

2. Traveling with Herodotus

3. See the Town from Above

4. From the narrated text to map design

5. terrestrial and celestial globes inside and outside

6. The song of Odysseus

7. The fire tales

The presence of a "distinguished" guest is expected.

Entries are limited and will be accepted in order of arrival.
Discounts for students and MCE members.
The presence of non-Italian is favored by individualized helps.

Cost: The course is totally self-financed and its cost is € 280 for 4 days and € 230 for three days. The cost is € 190 for those who are independent for sleeping, although we recommend the residency.

NICOLETTA LANCIANO tel 0039 06 86899590
mobile 0039 3332859833
AND SEND TO: nicoletta.lanciano@tin.it THE APPLICATION FORM which is also found in the site www.mce-fimem.it

NOTE The enrollment must be confirmed with the payment of a deposit of 90 € with a postal order addressed to:
IBAN it98x0760103200000087478004
specifying Corso di astronomia Padova 2013, before 15 March 2013. The deposit will be refunded only if the cancellation - promptly communicated – can be replaced.

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Jan 13

Light from the Darkness

Source: ESO Photo Release eso1303

Lupus 3  Dark Cloud.
Image credits: ESO/F. Comeron

An evocative new image from ESO shows a dark cloud where new stars are forming, along with a cluster of brilliant stars that have already emerged from their dusty stellar nursery. The new picture was taken with the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile and is the best image ever taken in visible light of this little-known object. (read more)

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