100 Hours of Astronomy in Corvo, Faial, Flores, Pico, S. Jorge and Terceira


More than 1000 students
9 Lectures in 6, out of the 7, Islands of the Western and Central groups of Azores
100% of the students from 4-12 grades at the Island of Flores
Astronomical observations in collaboration with local amateur astronomers
Relevant discussions with teachers about different topics of the scholar curriculum
Support of local amateur astronomers with their own telescopes

21 flights, of which 4 were canceled and postponed due to bad weather
5 boat trips, including a trip in a pneumatic boat under stormy weather (Corvo-Flores)

Team: Jorge Dias de Deus (CENTRA IST) , Ilídio Lopes (CENTRA and Univ Evora), Dário Passos and myself from CENTRA IST, Miguel Cunhal from ASTRO-NFIST IST.

… all this rush in about one week, to join the worldwide 100 Hours of Astronomy project

Recognition of our work

awardsbutton.jpg Award within a registered 100 Hours of Astronomy event. This is the Award Eight in the Sidewalk Astronomy and Star Party Award Winners, chosen by the 100 Hours of Astronomy Task Team and sponsors, Explore Scientific and Celestron.
Short video: QuickTimePlayer and Mac users (39.4MB)

100 Hours of Astronomy Awards Ceremony took place during the IAU XXVII General Assembly 2009, Rio de Janeiro, August 11th

In a brief report, this characterizes CENTRA’s initiative to join the 100 Hours of Astronomy celebration in the most western place of Europe.
The program was organized in coordination with the Executive councils and teachers of the Schools Vitorino Nemésio (Praia da Vitoria, Terceira Island), Velas (Island of S. Jorge), Manuel de Arriaga (Horta, Island of Faial), Cardeal Costa Nunes (Madalena, Island of Pico), Mouzinho da Silveira (Corvo, Island of Corvo) and the Basic and Secondary School of Santa Cruz das Flores (Island of Flores). It was possible also thanks to the cooperation with ASTRO-NFIST (Núcleo de Fisica do Instituto Superior Tecnico) for the astronomical observations in Flores and with the Portuguese Committee for the IYA 2009.
A strong coordination with SATA Air Açores, TAP-Air Portugal, Transmaçor and finally our taxi driver in Faial and our skipper in Flores was also crucial for the success of the all initiative.

Final remark: I have been asked why we did not go to Graciosa. Well, indeed we planned to. But due to a fire in the School and other logistic problems we have decided, together with the Direction of the School, to postpone the visit to Graciosa to the next Academic year. And I look forward to comming back to Graciosa as soon as possible.

map2.jpg More detailed reports about the initiatives in each of the islands can be found here:
S. Jorge


Figure: Snapshot of the world map with the
location of the 100 Hours of Astronomy events in Azores

The zoom-box in the image highlights from left to right the Occidental group: Corvo (top) Flores (down); the Central group: Faial, Pico, S. Jorge and Terceira and the Oriental group: S. Miguel (right) and Santa Maria.

More photos here.
Other events organized in Azores related with the 100 Hours of Astronomy program in S. Miguel >>

RTP (Portuguese Radio and TV)
News about the 100 Hours of Astronomy celebration in the most western place in Europe, images taken in Horta (Faial) >>
News about Santa Cruz das Flores (Flores) with images taken during the lecture for 4-6 grade students >>

More from the media:
RTP Notícias - Antena 1
RTP webpage : RTP webpage (cont.) : VISÃO : MaisActual.pt : Faial on Line : Ciencia.net: Açoriano Oriental: Público : Diário dos Açores : Diário Insular :

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Forum Ilha das Flores (Açores)
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Escola Básica e Secundária de Velas, S. Jorge
Escola Básica e Secundária Cardeal Costa Nunes, Madalena, Pico
Escola Básica Integrada Mouzinho da Silveira, Corvo
Escola Básica e Secundária das Flores
Where the Sun hits the Sky

Astronomy in Nepal

Elias Jordan’ s blog

Video (amateur) taken during the lecture for the 4-6 grade students in Flores

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