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Event ID:  28114
Contact Name:  Marcelo Zurita
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Contact Phone:  8399261152
Organization:  Associação Paraibana de Astronomia
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Dates:  4th October 2019 to 10th October 2019
Physical Event:  Yes
Type:  Public
Start/End Type:  Both Starts and Ends During WSW
Country:  Brazil
State/Province:  Paraiba
City:  Joao Pessoa
Address:  Av. Pres. Getúlio Vargas - Centro, João Pessoa
Location:  Liceu Paraibano
Event Name:  Liceu in the Space
Event Description:  Planets and moon observation session by telescopes in the terrace of Liceu Paraibano. In october 04, 2019, from 17:30 to 20:00.
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Report on the Results:  The Paraiban Association of Astronomy visited the Lyceu Paraibano Astronomy and Mythology Club last friday, October 5, for a telescope observation. The activity, which was part of the celebration of World Space Week, took place on Liceu Paraibano slab from 5:30 pm and featured the observation of the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn, as well as a fun Quizz with distribution of gifts. During the observation telescopes provided by APA members and IFPB were used: - A 70mm Constellation Refractor provided by Rammony Barbosa, - A 130mm Newtonian Skywatcher Reflector provided by Lucas Silva, and - A Cassegrain Celestron C8 200mm provided by the NEPA/IFPB The session was started by assembling the equipment and, at first, training was given on the operation and preparation of the NEPA C8 telescope. The Rosario Church Tower, 1.4 km away, was used as a reference for the alignment of the search scope, which was made by the students and members of the astronomy club. Initially, the telescopes were pointed to the moon, where it was possible to observe the main formations of its surface, including seas, craters, mountains, valleys and rhymes. Observation of the crescent moon facilitates the observation of these formations, since the projected shadows, especially near the terminator, make it easier to identify the relief. Next, the telescopes were pointed to Jupiter, the largest planet in the Solar System. Among the main points of interest were its Galilean moons. It was possible to observe the four, being Io to the east, and Europa, Ganymede and Callisto to the west of the planet, highlighting Europa that was about to be hidden by the gase giant. The very humid atmosphere was making it difficult to see the details, but it was possible to clearly see Jupiter's bands, and from the NEPA telescope it was also possible to see the Great Red Spot, a gigantic storm that has been going on since the planet was first observed by Galileo Galilei. Finally, we observed the planet Saturn, with its majestic rings that enchant everyone. Due to weather conditions, it was not possible to notes the Cassini Division, a huge void between Saturn's A and B rings. For those who managed to divert attention from the rings, it was also possible to observe 4 of their largest moons, Titan and Rhea in the east and Tethys and Dione in the west. The activity ended with a fun Quizz prepared by Rammony. Divided into groups, the students answered Astronomy-related questions prepared by her and at the end, the winning team received as a prize, stars with fragments of the Bendegó meteorite, the largest Brazilian meteorite. In addition, astronomical stickers from ESO (European Southern Observatory), a small globe and three nebulae prepared by Rammony were distributed. It was a very fruitful evening when it was possible to convey a little of the excitement and satisfaction of the practice of astronomy and the diffusion of knowledge.
Attendance:  40
Attendance is Unique:  Yes
Media Impressions:  1
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