Amateur Astronomy Club


Mankind always had a passion for discovering the sky; he had a dream about exploring other worlds, that is why he established the Science of Astronomy which is one of the oldest sciences in history. In the 21st century, the interest in astronomy broadened.

Astronomy is one of the few sciences where amateurs can conduct an active role, particularly in discovering and monitoring transient phenomena, such as comets, novae and supernovae.

Do you want to observe the sky? Participate in interesting field trips and star parties? Watch movies and shows about astronomy? This is the perfect chance for you to learn about the Science of Astronomy, and also enjoy your time.  The Planetarium Science Center (PSC) will initiate the Amateur Astronomy Club (AAC), where the amateur astronomers can practice astronomy for interest and enjoyment, under the supervision of the PSC.


For additional information, please contact the PSC
Telephone: +(203) 4839999; Extension: 2350, 2351
Fax: + (203) 4820464

 

January Astronomy Night: Space Technology

From: 19 January 2017 To: 19 January 2017

For the second time, we are honored to host Engineer Akram Amin at the Planetarium Science Center, in cooperation with the Egyptian Association of Astronomy. He will hold a lecture to talk about what is new in space technology. He will also be speaking about the latest missions to space; where did they go and why, in addition to their discoveries. Engineer Akram Amin will also talk about the new organization which aims at helping those who are interested in astronomy to start their career in the field of aviation.


November Astronomy Night

From: 19 November 2015 To: 19 November 2015

If you are a sky gazer, an amateur astrophotographer, a scientific trips fonder to the desert, or an astronomy lover, join our November astronomy night entitled “Deep Sky Astrophotography” organized by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Planetarium Science Center


October Astronomy Night: Science Fiction Movies and Astronomy

From: 29 October 2015 To: 29 October 2015

Science fiction movies were not about science at all, but mere fiction. However, during the past few years, things have changed and an eminent film director like Christopher Nolan consulted specialized scientists to apply correct scientific theories in his great movie Interstellar. The movie displayed the theory of relativity on the big screen. During this month’s Astronomy night, we will be introduced to the most important scientific ideas discussed in the movie; for example, dimensions, space time, black holes, worm tunnels, and gravity.


May Astronomy Night: Observing Ramadan Crescent

From: 28 May 2015 To: 28 May 2015

The holy month of Ramadan is approaching, and the annual controversy about the observation of Ramadan crescent and the beginning of the lunar months has begun


December Astronomy Night: Horoscopes Legends

From: 25 December 2014 To: 25 December 2014

With reference to November’s Astronomy Night, this month we discuss the stories behind the famous horoscopes from Aries to Pieces. We will discuss the different assumptions form historical point of view with discussing the relation between these assumptions and also we will show some international movies parts that tackled this issue.


November Astronomy Night: Sky Maps

From: 27 November 2014 To: 27 November 2014

What are the sky maps? How is it drawn and read? How can we recognize the celestial bodies through it? We will apply this on the autumn sky of Alexandria and know is most prominent constellations: Cassiopeia, Pegasus, Andromeda, and the Summer Triangle before its disappearance. Also, there will be lunar observation conducted through the telescope for the moon’s surface and its Meteorite crater


October Astronomy Night: Astronomical Measurements

From: 30 October 2014 To: 30 October 2014

From calculating the mass of the electron to measuring the distances to stars and galaxies, there are several methods and various units to do that. This topic includes a lot of intriguing information. It will be tackled, with examples, models and applications of these units.


June Astronomy Night: The Islamic Visual Sighting and Astronomical Computations of the Crescent of Ramadan

From: 19 June 2014 To: 19 June 2014

The Islamic month of Ramadan is especially distinguished and observed by Muslims and non-Muslims across the Arab and Islamic worlds. This is because the month reschedules and changes the daily life, and it is time for fasting and devotion. Every year, people anxiously await the beginning and end of Ramadan, and there is also evident and frequent disagreement among many Arab states about determining the beginning or end of this month.


May Astronomy Night: Saturn the Wonderful Giant

From: 08 May 2014 To: 08 May 2014

Saturn is known as the Jewel of the Solar System. It is characterized by magnificent rings that make it a unique cosmic view. This month’s lecture is an intriguing exploration of Saturn, the wonderful giant, and its numerous amazing moons, through a big collection of spectacular images and movies, obtained by spacecraft that visited the planet and entered orbit around it.


April Astronomy Night: Astrology: Science or Superstition?

From: 10 April 2014 To: 10 April 2014

Nowadays, we frequently hear of astrology, and watch the forecasts of some persons, who claim to be astronomers. Is astrology a true science or superstition? Is it something else? How was astrology related to mankind since the antiquities? What is the science of the zodiacs, and what are its methods? What are the events that the astrologers were able to foretell, and how did they do that? What are the most famous failures of astrologers throughout history? Was astrology related to prophets? What are the modern attempts to validate astrology and horoscopes? What is the connection between astrology and astronomy? All these questions and more will be tackled in the lecture.


March Astronomy Night "Galileo Trial"

From: 20 March 2014 To: 20 March 2014

The great astronomer Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) was a contemporary of Johannes Kepler, but the two scientists rarely communicated. However, they were both responsible for founding the basis of the sciences that later allowed Isaac Newton to contribute to physics and astronomy.


February Astronomy Night "Calendars"

From: 13 February 2014 To: 13 February 2014

Again we will meet for our new Astronomy Night! During this night, we will tackle the origins of various calendars; including the Gregorian, Coptic, Hijri, Persian and Hebrew calendars. What are the foundations of these calendars? How were they established? How did they evolve? And, which is the most precise? Why are there several calendars? We will also discuss many more topics.


January 2014 Astronomy Night "Common Misconceptions about Astronomy"

From: 09 January 2014 To: 09 January 2014

During this night, we will tackle some common misconceptions about astronomy


November's Astronomy Night

From: 14 November 2013 To: 14 November 2013

The Astronomy Nights will be held once a month and will include a variety of activities, such as open-for-public lectures, defining significant astronomical phenomena that happens in the evening, astronomical observations, in addition to competitions.


September's Astronomy Night

From: 12 September 2013 To: 12 September 2013

The Astronomy Nights will be held once a month and will include a variety of activities, such as open-for-public lectures, defining significant astronomical phenomena that happens in the evening, astronomical observations, in addition to competitions.


July's Astronomy Night

From: 08 July 2013 To: 08 July 2013

The Astronomy Nights will be held once a month and will include a variety of activities, such as open-for-public lectures, defining significant astronomical phenomena that happens in the evening, astronomical observations, in addition to competitions.


June's Astronomy Night

From: 27 June 2013 To: 27 June 2013

The Astronomy Nights will be held once a month and will include a variety of activities, such as open-for-public lectures, defining significant astronomical phenomena that happens in the evening, astronomical observations, in addition to competitions.


May's Astronomy Night

From: 16 May 2013 To: 16 May 2013

The Astronomy Nights will be held once a month and will include a variety of activities, such as open-for-public lectures, defining significant astronomical phenomena that happens in the evening, astronomical observations, in addition to competitions.


April's Astronomy Night

From: 16 April 2013 To: 16 April 2013

The Astronomy Nights will be held once a month and will include a variety of activities, such as open-for-public lectures, defining significant astronomical phenomena that happens in the evening, astronomical observations, in addition to competitions.


March's Astronomy Night

From: 21 March 2013 To: 21 March 2013

The Astronomy Nights will be held once a month and will include a variety of activities, such as open-for-public lectures, defining significant astronomical phenomena that happens in the evening, astronomical observations, in addition to competitions.


Beginners Course

From: 07 March 2013 To: 27 April 2013

Do you want to observe the sky? Participate in interesting field trips and star parties? Watch movies and shows about astronomy? This is the perfect chance for you to learn about the Science of Astronomy, and also enjoy your time. The Planetarium Science Center (PSC) will initiate the Amateur Astronomy Club Beginners Course, where the junior astronomers can practice astronomy for interest and enjoyment, under the supervision of the PSC.


February's Astronomy Night

From: 14 February 2013 To: 14 February 2013

The Astronomy Night will be held once a month and will include a variety of activities, such as open-for-public lectures, defining significant astronomical phenomena that happens in the evening, astronomical observations, in addition to competitions.


Lecture: Saturn

From: 20 December 2012 To: 20 December 2012

The lecture is an exploration of Saturn, the ringed giant planet, through spacecraft images and movies.


Observing Session

From: 20 December 2012 To: 20 December 2012

The participants watch the night sky through the telescope, and identify the constellations.


Science movie: The Hubble Space Telescope

From: 13 December 2012 To: 13 December 2012

The participants watch one of the science movies available on Youtube.


Observing Session

From: 13 December 2012 To: 13 December 2012

The participants watch the night sky through the telescope, and identify the constellations.


Lecture: Jupiter

From: 06 December 2012 To: 06 December 2012

The lecture is an exploration of Jupiter, the largest planet, through spacecraft images and movies.


Observing Session

From: 06 December 2012 To: 06 December 2012

The participants watch the night sky through the telescope, and identify the visible constellations.


Planetarium Show

From: 29 November 2012 To: 29 November 2012

Participants attend a planetarium theatre show.


Observing Session

From: 29 November 2012 To: 29 November 2012

The participants view the night sky through the telescope, and identify the visible constellations.


Workshop: Stellarium Software (Part 2)

From: 22 November 2012 To: 22 November 2012

The participants learn how to apply Stellarium software in exploring the night sky.


Science Movie: Origin of Earth

From: 22 November 2012 To: 22 November 2012

The participants watch a science movie available on Youtube.


Field Trip: Mahmoud Observatory and the Geological Museum

From: 15 November 2012 To: 15 November 2012

This is a field trip to Cairo, to visit Mahmoud Public Observatory and the Geological Museum.


Observing Session

From: 15 November 2012 To: 15 November 2012

The participants watch the night sky through the telescopes of Mahmoud Observatory.


Science Movie: Journey to the Edge of the Universe

From: 08 November 2012 To: 08 November 2012

This is a display of an astronomy movie available on Youtube.


Workshop: Stellarium Software (Part 1)

From: 08 November 2012 To: 08 November 2012

The participants learn how to apply Stellarium software in exploring the night sky.


Lecture: Mars

From: 01 November 2012 To: 01 November 2012

The lecture is an exploration of Mars, the Red Planet, through images relayed by spacecraft that visited the planet and intriguing movies.


Observing Session

From: 01 November 2012 To: 01 November 2012

The participants observe the sky through the telescope, and identify the visible constellations.


Workshop: The Starfinder

From: 18 October 2012 To: 18 October 2012

hrough the workshop, the participants learn how to use the Starfinder chart, also known as the star wheel.


Practical Exercise: The Starfinder

From: 18 October 2012 To: 18 October 2012

At the BA Plaza, the participants use the Starfinder to locate the constellations, and become familiar with the star patterns.


Planetarium Show

From: 11 October 2012 To: 11 October 2012

The participants attend a planetarium show, featuring simulations of celestial phenomena.


Observing Session

From: 11 October 2012 To: 11 October 2012

The participants observe the sky through the telescope.


Lecture: The Moon

From: 04 October 2012 To: 04 October 2012

The lecture is an exploration of the Moon, through spectacular spacecraft images and intriguing movies.


Observing Session

From: 04 October 2012 To: 04 October 2012

Through the session, the participants view the night sky through the telescope, and identify the visible constellations


Lecture: The Sun

From: 27 September 2012 To: 27 September 2012

The lecture is an exploration of the Sun, our home star, through spectacular spacecraft images and intriguing movie


Observing Session: The Sun

From: 27 September 2012 To: 27 September 2012

In this practical exercise, the participants observe the Sun using the Sunspotter, a special optical equipment that projects the Sun’s image onto a white screen.

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