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July 13th, 2011

31 May 2010

Hello visitor!

So here's what's happening. We're very sorry to inform you that Astronomy.SG has ceased its operations for good in the way that we all know it. We don't know if Astronomy.SG's going to return, but it'll be inactive for a while to come. We're very sorry for this, but we've decided that it's the best course of action.

After a year and a half online, Astronomy.SG has evolved from a very simple initiative to a full-fledged website that ran on pure passion and voluntary effort. It served a community we loved helping. With the onset of the International Year of Astronomy 2009, the site grew and it became a source of information for the public.

We were doing great and the response was hugely positive. We were invited to give talks by random groups which stumbled upon our site. We had a Straits Times journalist approaching us for an article on Astronomy. And we were even quoted as an official source by a news website. It was wonderful doing things that we really loved.

But it wasn't easy to maintain the site. The work of updating the website required immense labour. We found ourselves caught in the loop of mindlessly feeding new updates and information into the website to keep it relevant, without any incentive. Much of the local astronomy efforts are voluntary. And that makes it an incredible community with the truly passionate ones around. But something like Astronomy.SG wasn't going to survive like that.

So, in the end, our decision to pull out from the site was largely based on our inability to continue serving the same cause. On a personal level, we've greater ventures to pursue in the meantime. Astronomy.SG has a been a wonderful journey for us, and we hope that every reader has enjoyed themselves as much as we did.

Thank you all and good bye!

Clear skies!
Derek & Rong'en

P.S. Yet, there is be one particular page that will be updated: http://astronomy.sg/olympiads. We strongly feel that participation in the Olympiads is a natural progression as the community's standard rises, and will therefore make an effort to encourage students to participate in the Olympiads. The least we can do is to provide a convenient site where all relevant information about the Olympiads is gathered for easy reference.

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AstroFest 2010

April 4th, 2010

Date:  15 May 2010
Venue: ACJC


The Anglo-Chinese Junior College Astronomy Society (ACAS) is organizing AstroFest 2010, a full day event on 15 May 2010, Saturday, on the college premises.


Schedule

Agenda

Time

Astronomy Games

0945 - 1230

Lunch

1230 - 1340

Astronomy Fair

1340 - 1640

Mini-Games

1340 - 1640

Astronomy Symposium

1650 - 1750

Dinner

1815 – 1915

Stargazing

1950 - 2200


Astronomy Games

Participants will be divided into teams from various schools and engage in astronomy related games that will enhance their knowledge and skills of astronomy.


Astronomy Fair

Each team is to set up a booth. The booth must display poster, and/or project set-ups. Flexibility and creativity are encouraged; therefore participants are allowed to showcase anything from educational posters to live demonstrations. Differing from last year, there will be Mini-Games during the fair to ensure that participants are totally engaged.


Star-gazing

Weather permitting, there will be a star-gazing at the Science Centre Singapore. One-way transport is provided.


For more information, you may email acjcastrofest @ gmail . com (without the spaces).

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Astrigue Challenge

March 17th, 2010

Dates: 10 April & 17 April 2010
Venue: Hwa Chong Institution & Raffles Institution (Junior College)
Time: 8am onwards


Schedule

Date: 10th April 2010 (Day one)

TIME

ACTIVITY

VENUE (HCI)

8:00-9:00

Registration for newcomer

Area Outside Auditorium

9:00-9:30

Opening Briefing

LT3

9:30-12:30

Project round for newcomers

LT3,6B classrooms with Air-con

12:30-13:30

Lunch for newcomers

Canteen

12:30-13:30

Registration for normal category

Area Outside Auditorium

13:30- 14:00

Briefing / Opening for data- response/ MCQ

LT3

14:00- 15:00

MCQ

LT3

15:00-15:45

Break + refreshments, reserves go LT for documentary

Area outside LT3

16:00- 18:00

Data response

A201-04, A210-14, A301-04, A310-A314

18:00- 19:00

Debrief + dismissal

LT3

Date: 17th April 2010 (Finals)

TIME

ACTIVITY

VENUE (RIJC)

08:00-09:00

Registration for normal and newcomer category

Amphitheatre

09:00- 09:30

Briefing

LT1

09:30- 13.30

Project round (normal category) + special round (normal and newcomer category)

LT1, classrooms

13.30-14:30

Lunch (normal and newcomer category)

Canteen

14:30- 15:30

Address/ Lecture by guest of honour

LT1

15:30- 17:00

Finals

LT1

17:00-17:30

Closing ceremony, prize presentation, dismissal

LT1

17:30-18:00

Closing reception

Amphitheatre



Format

There will be 4 preliminary rounds, namely MCQ; data response/practical; special round and a project round. The MCQ round is pretty standard fare; for data response, only scientific calculators are allowed; for the special round, it's special so you'll have to be there to know what the round is about; and the project round task is as follows:

Construct a spaceship capable of mining resources available in space. Your model should demonstrate how the resource can be extracted, stored, and transported back to Earth for subsequent use.

Newcomer teams will be presenting their projects on 10 April, while the rest will be presenting theirs on 17 April. More reason to observe on both days.

There are only 4 spots in the finals, and no more than one team per school may enter. Preliminary scores will not be counted, so all the best to whoever they are! (The awards are really good.)


Awards

So, what is in for the winners of the Astrigue Challenge? For the top team in the normal category, an achromatic refractor, no less! Even with all the excitement over who battles for the fame and glory, it will prove to be an enthusiastic competition to be the proud owner of an achromat!


Normal Category:

Outstanding Astronomer: Trophy

Top Project Award: Trophy

1st Place (Finals): Bosma Beta 3.15” T f/6.3 Achromatic Refractor Complete Kit + Trophies

2nd Place (Finals): Orion SpaceProbe 3 Altaz Reflector + Trophies

3rd Place (Finals): Galileo Scope + Vouchers + Trophies

4th Place (Finals): Vouchers + Trophies


Newcomer Category:

Best Newcomer Team: Celestron FirstScope Telescope + Trophies

Runner-up Newcomer Team: Vouchers + Distinguished Certificate


For more information, please refer to http://astrigue.netau.net/Astrigue2010/Home.html. If you have any queries, you may email astrigue2010 @ gmail.com (without the spaces).

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Astrigue Convention

March 16th, 2010

Date: 3 April 2010, Saturday
Time: 8am - 10pm
Venue: Hwa Chong Institution


Schedule

0800-0900 Registration
0900-0950 Opening Ceremony
1000-1330 Activities
1330-1430 Lunch
1430-1800 Activities
1800-1900 Dinner and Exhibitions
1900-2000 Mass Lecture and Briefings
2000-2200 Mass Stargazing


Lecture Topics

History of Astronomy
Stellar Astronomy
The Sun
Celestial Mechanics and Telescopes
The Solar System
Water Rockets
Deep Sky Objects (Mass Lecture)


Observation

A mass stargazing event will be held after the Astrigue Convention. Supporting schools and institutions such as MPASTRO, AGASTRO, CJC, NJC and NYP will be bringing their telescopes to the Hwa Chong school field for a combined observation session.

Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the observation, which promises to be a large-scale, fun-filled event with at least 29 telescopes, 300 participants, and a concurrent exhibition with movie screenings and other activities. This will be the perfect opportunity to admire the beautiful night sky and interact with other astronomy enthusiasts.

Dinner will be provided for secondary school participants.


The overnight star-gazing session will be at the High School field from 7pm (3rd April) to 7am (4th April). Participants have to be attired in school-related T-shirt.


*New info*
The stargazing is open to the public, but they will have to register. More information, including the link to sign up for the mass stargazing, will be forthcoming. Please note that dinner will not be provided for members of the public unless they bring a telescope along.

The fee for attending the full-day convention is $10 per person, inclusive of meals and materials.For eligible students, it costs only $6 more to participate in the Astrigue Challenge as well. For the public, he overnight star-gazing is free, but dinner is only provided to those who arrive early to set up their telescopes.


For more information, please refer to http://astrigue.netau.net/Astrigue2010/Home.html. If you have any queries, you may email astrigue2010 @ gmail.com (without the spaces).

It is open to the public, but they will have to register (School safety issues). We will be posting up more information and the publicity poster on Singastro blog soon. We will also be sending you the link to sign up for the mass star gazing. But do note that dinner will not be provided for members of the public going for the star gazing, unless they bring a scope along.

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Astrobash XXV

March 11th, 2010

Duration: 12 May - 15 May 2010
Venue: Paya Beach Resort, Pulau Tioman
Price: $210 (Members / Ex-Astrobashers) | $220 (Non-members)
Note: Breakfast/transport/accommodation provided

NUSAS is organising the 25th Astrobash, 3 full nights of star-gazing at Pulau Tioman! Limited places available, so quickly register at http://www.kaos-theory.net/ab10/!

Update: Due to overwhelming response, all who register from now on will be put on the waiting list.

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Star-gazing at Woodlands CC

March 4th, 2010

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Venue: Woodlands Community Club rooftop

Every Wednesday (unless otherwise stated), AGASTRO is organising a star-gazing session at Woodlands CC. So there’s no excuse for not being able to star-gaze if you stay nearby!

Note: Previously, this weekly star-gazing was held on every Friday. It has since been changed to every Wednesday.

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Astronomy.SG Newsletter for March 2010 is here!

March 3rd, 2010


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Astronomy.SG Newsletter for February 2010 is here!

February 4th, 2010

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Star-gazing at Woodlands CC

February 4th, 2010

Dates: 5, 19 & 26 Feb 2010
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Venue: Woodlands Community Club rooftop

Every Friday (unless otherwise stated), AGASTRO is organising a star-gazing session at Woodlands CC. So there's no excuse for not being able to star-gaze if you stay nearby!


AGASTRO weekly star-gazing

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Official Partner of Astronomy.SG

February 4th, 2010

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In addition to our esteemed partners, MPASTRO, ACJC Astronomy Society, BP Science Team, Scitare, StarOptics Scientific and Astro Bargains, we would like to welcome Admiral Garden Astronomy Club (AGASTRO)!

AGASTRO has been a very active member of the astronomy community, having organised a wide range of activties throughout last year, and continues to do so this year. With a dedicated management, and helmed by Jin Peng, a veteran in astronomy outreach, we are certain that AGASTRO will increase the vibrancy of the local astronomy scene.

Do visit them at http://agastro.wordpress.com!

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