Holiday full of catastrophic events. Forest fires, generally extremely dry weather, demonstrations against fish farms, earthquake 5.3 degree and virus SARS-CoV-2. Let see what follow.
Madeira 2020 Astro
Summary of the first season of Stars Above Ponta do Sol.
Many activities were performed between 11/01/2020 and 09/03/2020. In the following is my attempt to summarize all astronomical events on Madeira island in this period.
Night time observing session for public: 72 visitors on 16 events. The majority of them took place at the primary shool playground in Lombada. In addition several special activities happened in other places. One trip to Paul da Serra for the public and one individual to take photos, one astroparty in Ponta do Pargo, one in Estreito da Calheta and two in Garajau. The biggest telescope in Madeira was discovered in Estreito da Calheta. 50 cm Newtonian on Dobson mount owned by german amateur astronomer. In Garajau polish amateur is observing with 40 cm Newtonian on GoTo Dobson mount. However the best optical telescope located at the moment on Madeira island is 14″ Meade in Madeira Optical Museum. The instrument is not used for observations, just form a part of 2000 showpieces in awesome museum.
Scientific observations: 629 visual estimates of variable stars brightness in 28 nights. Most interesting is another fading episode of symbiotic binary YY Her. The visual observation number 70000 in my carier was achieved during the stay on Madeira.
Two successful observation of green flash during the sunset.
Weather conditions: During the hot winter more then half of the nights had suitable conditions for astronomical conditions. However the dust from Africa limited the air transparency during several nights. We experienced 2 times the “leste” phenomena.
- Visit at the place of the former UMA observatory on Achada do Teixeira.
- Lecture about supernovae by serbian astronomers in UMA
- Recovery of the Meade LX 200 on the UMA in progress.
- Preparation of the project proposal “MadAstra – Reviving the Observational Astronomy on Madeira”