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Dubai to become UAE’s gateway to space

Posted on 05/12/2016

Dubai is to build an AED20 million first-of-its-kind scientific entertainment and tourism centre at Mushrif Park, as the Emirate becomes the gateway to the world of outer space. A project of Dubai Municipality, the Thuraya Astronomical Centre, one of the major planned tourist and educational projects, will cover the most prominent subjects related to astronomy and will be a centre for observing various astronomical phenomena. The project is designed as an educational reference for students, ...  >>MORE

Arab world to witness annular solar eclipse on Thursday

Posted on 31/08/2016

Many Arab states will view a partial eclipse (annular eclipse) on Thursday, 1st September, including Yemen, southwestern parts of Saudi Arabia, and all the Arab states in Africa. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the moon's apparent diameter is smaller than the sun's, blocking most of the sun's light and causing the sun to look like an annulus (ring). Regarding the sighting of Eid Al Adha 'Dhu al-Hijjah' crescent, most of the Islamic countries will detect the crescent on Thursday, 1st ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi stargazers witness rare 'Mars opposition' moment

Posted on 22/05/2016

Stargazers in Abu Dhabi witnessed a rare astronomical event dubbed by astronomers as "Mars opposition". The event happens once in every two years when Mars, the Red Planet and the Sun appear on opposite sides of the Earth. The UAE Space Agency organised an event at the Abu Dhabi Corniche where stargazers brought their telescopes to observe the phenomenon. The event saw veteran amateur astronomer Sadiq Feteh Ali and other professional stargazers who enjoyed the viewing of the phenomenon at the ...  >>MORE

Celestial treat for UAE stargazers

Posted on 10/05/2016

Abdullah Al Qouodhy took a step closer on Monday to his dream of becoming an astronaut. The 13-year-old was one of the stargazers who, at the risk of a twisted neck, turned their heads to the skies to watch as Mercury orbited between the Sun and Earth. The rare celestial event, known as a transit, took place just after 3pm as Mercury – appearing as a small black dot – crossed into view on the edge of the Sun, travelling across its bright surface. Abdullah said it was both fascinating and ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Planetarium: UAE to watch transit of Mercury across Sun disk on 9 May

Posted on 08/04/2016

Ibrahim Al Jarwan, Researcher In Astronomy, Meteorology and General Supervisor, Sharjah Planetarium, said the UAE will next month witness the transit of Mercury across the face of the Sun. 'The 7 and half hour transit commences on Monday, 9th May, at 11:12 UT (Universal Time, which is equivalent to Greenwich Mean Time) and ends later that same day at 18:42 UT, with mid-transit taking place at 14:57 UT. During a transit, Mercury is seen as a tiny black dot,' he noted. In the UAE, he explained, ...  >>MORE

UAE residents in for celestial treat as Jupiter and Venus to align

Posted on 01/07/2015

Residents across the country will be able to witness the rare alignment of Venus and Jupiter after sunset on Wednesday. The conjunction of planets, which happens approximately every two years, will be closest on Wednesday evening, when the two planets will have only 0.7 degrees of separation. Astronomers and space experts said the event will be a fascinating sight for anyone who looks westward from sunset to about 9pm, and it could be a good opportunity to study the planets. "If you have a ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Centre for Astronomy and Space opens to public on July 2

Posted on 27/06/2015

Those keen on developments to do with space exploration and astronomy can look forward to experiencing first-hand the scientific theories that have helped shape our understanding of the universe at the Sharjah Centre for Astronomy and Space Sciences when it opens to the public on July 2. The centre was built on the instructions of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to promote and develop education about astronomy and space ...  >>MORE

Dubai to open astronomical observatory in 2016

Posted on 16/06/2015

A Dh20 million astronomical observatory will be built in Dubai by the second half of 2016, Dubai Municipality said on Monday. The project, named Thuraya, has been initiated on the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Work on the project, which will be based in Mushrif Park, will start in July. It will not only allow visitors to observe heavenly bodies and phenomena but also serve as a learning and ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Ruler sets up Sharjah Centre for Space and Astronomy Sciences

Posted on 25/01/2015

H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah and President of the University of Sharjah, has issued an administrative resolution No. (3) of 2015, on setting up the Sharjah Centre for Space and Astronomy Sciences. According to the article number one, the Centre will be part of the Sharjah Centre for Space Sciences and Astronomy at the University of Sharjah in the academic, technical, administrative and financial fields. The article No. (2) states that ...  >>MORE

Supermoon puts on dazzling display for U.A.E.

Posted on 11/08/2014

The much-awaited ‘Supermoon' dawned over the U.A.E. last night, but left star-gazers underwhelmed in terms of it appearing "huge”. The Supermoon was, however, a dazzling bright white that was stunning more for its intensity than its size. "It just seemed like it was shining much, much brighter,” says Ankita Pal, a Dubai resident and Emirates 24|7 reader. "It was not as large and ‘red' as expected,” says Anjali John, another star-gazer who had her eyes on the sky for most of the evening ...  >>MORE

UAE all set to witness ‘Super Moon’ on Aug.10

Posted on 03/08/2014

The biggest — because it is the closest to the Earth —Full Moon of 2014, a Super Moon, will appear on the horizon of the UAE around 9.45 pm on Aug.10, astronomers said. The closest lunar perigee of 2014 occurs with the Moon 356,896 kilometres distant at 9.44 pm local time, and will light up the UAE sky providing stargazers hearty joyous moments. The next major sky event will be a total lunar eclipse on Oct.8. This eclipse favours the western half of North America, the Hawaiian Islands, eastern ...  >>MORE

Meteor shower of the decade to light up desert sky

Posted on 19/05/2014

A public event is being hosted by Dubai Astronomy Group, between 9pm and 5am this coming Friday night, 23rd May, to witness a new meteor shower called the Camelopardalids (so-called as it originates in the Giraffe Constellation). The debris trail from Comet 209P/Linear, discovered in 2004, is the originator of this meteor shower and the Earth will cross the comet path on the morning of the 24th May. Based on professional forecasts, this new Meteor shower could be an astronomical experience of ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Police inaugurate Emirates Mobile Observatory, the latest and biggest observatory in the Gulf Region

Posted on 16/02/2014

Major General Dr. Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi, Director General of Central Operations at Abu Dhabi Police, has recently inaugurated the Emirates Mobile Observatory in the presence of a number of officers. The observatory is the latest and largest integrated astronomical observatory in the region. Work is currently underway to include it in the International Astronomical Union's network of robotic telescopes designed for meteorological and astronomical research. Major General Al Raisi praised the ...  >>MORE

Star-gazing party in Dubai on November 25… Click here for details

Posted on 22/11/2013

All astronomy enthusiasts, young and old, can get set to train their telescopes on Monday night. The National Geographic Abu Dhabi and Dubai Astronomy Group are holding a star-gazing party at Zubair camp on November 25 between 9pm and 4am. Designed for both novices and amateurs, the Astronomy Camp provides a unique educational experience for people from around the world in all walks of life. It is an opportunity for young and old to experience the universe in a new and exciting way. Teenage ...  >>MORE

Solar eclipse seen across the UAE

Posted on 04/11/2013

People across the UAE on Sunday witnessed a partial solar eclipse, one of nature's grand shows, as astronomers enjoyed the spectacle and many others offered special prayers. Though witnessed partially in the Middle East, the eclipse was total in some parts of the world and classified as hybrid by scientists. Hybrid solar eclipses are described as rare and the last one was in 2005 and the next will occur some 10 years later on April 20, 2023. A large number of people gathered at Jumeirah Beach ...  >>MORE

UAE to witness partial lunar eclipse on November 3

Posted on 21/10/2013

Total solar eclipse, the nature's grand spectacle, will occur on November 3, in some countries of the world, giving a partial view to the people living in the UAE. The eclipse will be visible from 2 pm and last for several hours across the emirates with a few minutes difference in different parts of the country. It will also be visible from the neighbouring GCC countries. The last partial solar eclipse on observed in the UAE was on November 25, 2011. According to the Nasa, the total solar ...  >>MORE

UAE national observatory to be constructed soon

Posted on 14/08/2013

Sky gazing in the UAE to watch for meteor showers or study celestial bodies will "soon” be done high up in the mountains at the proposed UAE national observatory that will be well underway in the next 12 months, astronomers told Gulf News. "The UAE National Astronomical Observatory and Telescope project has been approved and that has been done. We are now at the phase of putting the specification for the bidding process,” Hassan Al Hariri, CEO of the Dubai Astronomy Group, told Gulf News on ...  >>MORE

UAE gets a glimpse of astral fireworks

Posted on 14/08/2013

High heat and humidity clouded what would have been an otherwise-perfect viewing night to catch a glimpse of astral fireworks in the country. However, the annual Perseid meteor shower, which rains down pieces of millennia-old space junk into the earth's atmosphere, still offered views of about 35 meteors to those with the patience to handle the early morning viewing peak — including a blazing ‘fireball' at 1.30am, according to the Dubai Astronomy Group CEO Hasan Ahmad Al Hariri. Fireball ...  >>MORE

Enjoy supermoon on Sunday

Posted on 23/06/2013

People will be able to see the supermoon, the fullest and brightest moon of this year, as it will be pass by the closest point to the Earth on the elliptical orbit on Sunday. The supermoon will be around seven per cent bigger than the average full moon and 14 per cent bigger than the smallest full moon of the year, said Adil Hassan, an astronomer in Al Ain. The moon is on average 382,900km away from Earth, but when it comes close to earth astronomers call it the supermoon, he said. "It will ...  >>MORE

IAU chief lauds Green Emirates Mobile Observatory's mission

Posted on 23/08/2012

Green Emirates Mobile Observatory has won commendation from Prof. Robert Williams, President, International Astronomical Union (IAU), for its impressive, voluntary awareness drive to educate people in the UAE about astronomical phenomena. Prof. Williams made his remarks at an audience with Nizar Salam, Head and Founder of Green Emirates Mobile Observatory, on the sideline of the 28th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), which was held recently in Beijing, China. ...  >>MORE

Hundreds gather in Sharjah to watch transit of Venus

Posted on 07/06/2012

More than 200 students and families gathered at the American University of Sharjah on Wednesday morning to witness the transit of Venus across the face of the Sun. Equipped with telescopes and pin hole projectors, astronomy enthusiasts said they were excited to witness such a historical event. The next transit of Venus is expected to take place after 105 years, in December 2117. "The transit of Venus has been a deep historical discovery because it enabled scientists to measure the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Police prepare to watch transit of Venus

Posted on 04/06/2012

Abu Dhabi Police's General Headquarters will join the world in detection of Venus as it crosses between the Earth and the sun on June 5. The spectacle will be viewed worldwide unfolding by using specialised telescopes. Transit of Venus across the Sun takes place when the planet Venus passes directly between the Sun and Earth, becoming visible against, and hence, obscuring a small portion of the solar disk. During a transit, Venus can be seen from Earth as a small black disk moving across the ...  >>MORE

UAE to witness ‘super moon’ today

Posted on 06/05/2012

The moon on its perigee or the closest approach to the earth will be the biggest and the brightest — a ‘super moon' — on Sunday. The super moon will appear over the UAE horizon at 7.21pm on Sunday, posing a panoramic view — only if the sky is not hazy, meteorologists in Sharjah said. Since this month's full moon coincides with the moon's perigee — its closest approach to Earth — it will also be the year's biggest, they added. The moon will position itself at a distance of 221,802 miles ...  >>MORE

Lunar eclipse turns moon blood red

Posted on 11/12/2011

Stargazers were treated to a rare celestial event last night as the moon turned blood red during the last full lunar eclipse the region will see for three years. Astronomers and onlookers gazed at the sky for more than three hours, from when the moon first became visible about 5.30pm until the dying moments of the eclipse, about 8.30pm. Hasan Al Hariri, the head of the Dubai Astronomy Group, said weather conditions and visibility were perfect for the event. "Apart from the eclipse, the ...  >>MORE

Lunar eclipse to be visible across country

Posted on 08/12/2011

People across the emirates and much of the world would see the second total lunar eclipse of the year on Saturday. Astronomers said the moon would become red at the time of total eclipse. The eclipse begins at 3.33pm (UAE time) and the entire eclipse will end 9.30pm. The eclipse will also be visible from all of Asia and Australia Eastern Europe, and North America. This would be the second total eclipse of the year to be clearly visible in the UAE. Earlier, people saw moon turning ...  >>MORE

Wednesday night's the night for a celestial treat

Posted on 15/06/2011

People across the country, like much of the world, would see the moon turning into a red ball Wednesday night with one of the century's longest total lunar eclipse. The nature's grand spectacle has already created a great curiosity among the sky-watchers and a fear among those who believe that eclipses are punishments given to the planets for the sins committed by human beings. Atif Hassan, an amateur astronomer in Al Ain, said people should pay special attention to the Moon's colour. "It ...  >>MORE

Total lunar eclipse on
June 15

Posted on 12/06/2011

A total lunar eclipse will be seen in the Arabian Peninsula, East Africa and West Asia on Wednesday, June 15. The lunar eclipse will start in the UAE at 9.24pm while the total eclipse will be visible from 11.22pm until 1.02am the next day. The celestial event will end at 3am at dawn of Thursday, June 16. The lunar eclipse shall remain visible for five hours and 36 minutes while the total eclipse shall be seen for almost one hour and 40 minutes, said Ibrahim Al Jarawan, astronomer and ...  >>MORE

Partial solar eclipse draws enthusiastic crowds in UAE

Posted on 05/01/2011

The sun looked like someone had taken a bite out of it from the top during the partial solar eclipse on Tuesday. Groups of curious people peered through the refracting telescope set up on the steps of the Burj Khalifa. The eclipse was visible from 12.11 to 2.30pm and it reached its maximum at 1.30pm. "It's a 20 per cent [visibility]," Hassan Ahmad Al Hariri, CEO of the Dubai Astronomy Group, said. "The dark spots you see are sunspots," he told those who queued as the moon passed in front ...  >>MORE

Emirates Observatory invites star-gazers to watch eclipse in UAE sky on Tuesday noon

Posted on 04/01/2011

UAE Mobile Astronomical Observatory has invited star-gazers and astronomical enthusiasts and amateurs in the UAE watch the partial solar eclipse at the Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi. Nizar Salam, Chairman of the Observatory, said the celestial phenomenal start at 12:00 noon and last for 02:22 minutes. He said that members of the public will be provided with advanced goggles and sunglasses and educated about the phenomenon. 'The partial solar eclipse is the only one in the region up to 2013,'he ...  >>MORE

EHC to monitor partial solar eclipse Tuesday

Posted on 03/01/2011

The Emirates Heritage Club's Amateur Astronomy Association will monitor a partial solar eclipse on Tuesday. Saeed Al Manaie, acting manager of marine activities and races, said the Association is observing and monitoring most solar and lunar phenomena to educate members of the public about them. A partial eclipse occurs when the Sun and Moon are not exactly in line and the Moon only partially obscures the Sun. This phenomenon can usually be seen from a large part of the Earth outside of the ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre launches 'Star Walk'

Posted on 23/11/2010

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre has launched an initiative entitled 'Star Walk', which makes use of an astronomical software programme in Arabic, thus offering unique high-quality features for stargazing for all those who are interested in space, and is accessible to iPhone and iPad users. This program was developed by the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre in collaboration with a pioneering international computer software and communication company - "VITO Technology". It supports ...  >>MORE

Saif bin Zayed launches new UAE Mobile Planetarium

Posted on 08/09/2010

The Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior HH Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan launched in Abu Dhabi yesterday new environment friendly Green Emirates Mobile Planetarium. Sheikh Saif was briefed about the observatory, which includes the advanced hig tech astronomical telescope with huge capacities. It works with solar energy and consumes lesser energy. The planetarium avails opportunity for public to monitor and follow up closely the astronomical researches and results. ...  >>MORE

Mars at closest approach to Earth on Jan 27

Posted on 24/01/2010

Mars' closest approach will occur at 18:44 UT on January 27, 2010 (10:44pm - UAE) with an apparent planetary disk diameter of 14.11' at a distance of (99,3 million km), according to the Emirates Mobile Astronomical Observer in a statement. 3 observing points will be set up in Khalidiya Family Park by the observor in coordination with Community Police for members of the public, according to head of the Observer and member of the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences (AUASS) Nizar Salam ...  >>MORE

Partial solar eclipse can be seen on Friday

Posted on 11/01/2010

Residents will be able to see part of an annual solar eclipse on Friday when its path travels near the country. The main path, a 300km wide track, will traverse half the earth, including Kenya and through parts of India. The UAE will be able to see a partial eclipse between 9.15am and 12.29.pm. The Dubai Astronomy Group is organising an observation event between 9am and 11am when residents are invited to view the event from an observatory in New World Private School in Tawar area. View ...  >>MORE

Meteor shower to streak across UAE sky

Posted on 11/08/2009

Hundreds of meteors — the falling rocks from the annual passing of a comet — will light up the sky above UAE on August 12, astronomists said. The celestial event began on July 17 and continues until August 24 but climaxes — with up to 10 meteors a minute — early in the morning of
August 12. Hasan Ahmad Al Hariri, Dubai Astronomy Group President, encouraged residents to see the spectacle which appears to emanate from the constellation in the northern sky called Parshawyyat — Arabic for ...  >>MORE

Stargazers left in dark by biggest satellite

Posted on 23/07/2009

Several times a month the International Space Station appears over the UAE as a bright point of light, travelling across the sky at the speed of an aeroplane before disappearing over the horizon, but hardly anyone ever looks up to see it, astronomers here say. "When we have stargazing parties and we say there's a satellite, everybody goes, ‘wow',” said Hasan al Hariri, the CEO of the Dubai Astronomy Group. "Not many people know about it.”The space station is the Earth's largest man-made ...  >>MORE

Residents watch lunar eclipse till wee hours

Posted on 18/08/2008

Several UAE residents flocked to astronomy clubs and parks and stayed up till the wee hours of Sunday to witness the partial lunar eclipse which was visible in the country. Despite being a partial eclipse, astronomers said 90 per cent of the moon was eclipsed in the over five-hour activity. Hasan Ahmed Al Hariri, president of Dubai Astronomy Group, said, 'Nearly 90 per cent of the moon was covered. The moon entered the half shadow around 10.30pm and the full shadow area at 11.24pm. The ...  >>MORE

Canopus to rise in UAE skies on 24th August - Astronomist

Posted on 11/08/2008

Canopus, one of the most powerful stars in our galaxy, will rise in the UAE skies minutes before the daybreak on 24th this month, and will continue to be visible until the end of winter in the Arabian Peninsula. Astronomist and general supervisor of the Planetarium affiliated to Sharjah Department of Culture and Information Ibrahim al-Jarwan said that the brightest star in the southern constellation of Carina started to appear in the Yemeni skies earlier this month, and will slowly become ...  >>MORE

Partial solar eclipse in UAE

Posted on 02/08/2008

The United Arab Emirates and other countries of the region, including Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, eastern parts of Saudi Arabia and northern parts of Palestine and Jordan, witnessed a partial solar eclipse yesterday. Emirates Astronomy Society deployed an observatory in the breakwaters area to monitor the different stages of eclipse. The eclipse lasted for about 95 minutes, reaching its peak at 3:29 p.m. Mohammad Shawkat, Head of the Society said the eclipse occurred ...  >>MORE

UAE, GCC to view solar eclipse Friday

Posted on 28/07/2008

UAE Astronomy Society has announced that the UAE, Gulf residents and other countries in the region will view partial solar eclipse Friday, as the eclipse will cover Oman, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, eastern parts of Saudi Arabia and northern parts of Jordan and Palestine. Mohammed Shokat Awda, chairman of the Islamic project for moon sighting, said the solar eclipse will take place in the UAE from UAE 2:45pm- 4:10pm. It is set to shadow 20 per cent of sun's disc, adding ...  >>MORE

Mercury to show its true colours

Posted on 23/04/2008

Star-gazers look up and watch a blissful sight in the eastern horizon ¬ the most elusive Planet Mercury will entertain your eyes and mind. The planet is the most difficult of the five brightest planets to see, because it's the planet closest to the sun, it never strays too far from the sun's vicinity in the sky. Chairman of Adco Astronomy Club and member of Abu Dhabi Heritage Club and amateur astronomer in the UAE, Mohammed Talib Al Salami said the night sky of Wednesday will be brightened ...  >>MORE

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Dubai to become UAE’s gateway to space


Arab world to witness annular solar eclipse on Thursday


Abu Dhabi stargazers witness rare 'Mars opposition' moment


Celestial treat for UAE stargazers


Sharjah Planetarium: UAE to watch transit of Mercury across Sun disk on 9 May


UAE residents in for celestial treat as Jupiter and Venus to align


Sharjah Centre for Astronomy and Space opens to public on July 2


Dubai to open astronomical observatory in 2016


Sharjah Ruler sets up Sharjah Centre for Space and Astronomy Sciences


Supermoon puts on dazzling display for U.A.E.


UAE all set to witness ‘Super Moon’ on Aug.10


Meteor shower of the decade to light up desert sky


Abu Dhabi Police inaugurate Emirates Mobile Observatory, the latest and biggest observatory in the Gulf Region


Star-gazing party in Dubai on November 25… Click here for details


Solar eclipse seen across the UAE


UAE to witness partial lunar eclipse on November 3


UAE national observatory to be constructed soon


UAE gets a glimpse of astral fireworks


Enjoy supermoon on Sunday


IAU chief lauds Green Emirates Mobile Observatory's mission


Hundreds gather in Sharjah to watch transit of Venus


Abu Dhabi Police prepare to watch transit of Venus


UAE to witness ‘super moon’ today


Lunar eclipse turns moon blood red


Lunar eclipse to be visible across country


Wednesday night's the night for a celestial treat


Total lunar eclipse on
June 15


Partial solar eclipse draws enthusiastic crowds in UAE


Emirates Observatory invites star-gazers to watch eclipse in UAE sky on Tuesday noon


EHC to monitor partial solar eclipse Tuesday


Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre launches 'Star Walk'


Saif bin Zayed launches new UAE Mobile Planetarium


Mars at closest approach to Earth on Jan 27


Partial solar eclipse can be seen on Friday


Meteor shower to streak across UAE sky


Stargazers left in dark by biggest satellite


Residents watch lunar eclipse till wee hours


Canopus to rise in UAE skies on 24th August - Astronomist


Partial solar eclipse in UAE


UAE, GCC to view solar eclipse Friday


Mercury to show its true colours