2010-07-18

LAG organizes a Perseids Meteor Shower Observing Night on Aug 12/13

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The Lebanese Astronomy Group - LAG is organizing an event on Thursday August 12/Friday August 13 night. The event focuses on the Perseids meteor shower which peaks at this nigh. Depending on logistics, there will also be a general observing of some targets before or after the shower observation. This will include a tour of the night sky with the un-aided eyes & a close up view of some targets using telescopes & possibly binoculars.

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Lebanese Astronomy Group - A Short Overview & the Great News

A Short History of the LAG^

Early in the year of 2005, a couple of university & school students who share the interest in astronomy and the night sky gathered on a university campus in an event on astronomy. Between 50 & 100 individuals gathered in one small auditorium for a lecture on a narrow topic in astronomy. During the event, a handful of those guys & gals met and introduced each other. A further meeting was arranged a couple of days later which resulted in a decision by those handful to form a small group of astronomy enthusiasts in hope of sharing the passion and interest in the night sky. At the time the group called it self the "Lebanese Astronomy Club - LAC".
Every now and then, the Lebanese Astronomy Club would meet up and arrange an observing night at some university campus or outdoors in the wilderness using humble personal & university equipment. In one of such meetings and still no more than 1 year old, the club (at the time) decided to organize a public sidewalk observing event in down town Beirut. In total, the club was able to attract 30 individuals for help in the organizing. In a matter of a couple of days (and when I say a couple of days i mean 3 to 4 days), th club was able to get necessary equipment (6 telescopes, projector and screen, & others), print thousands of fliers on the go, announce the event, contact local authorities for permission, attain permission to turn off the area's street lights; besides of the other many little stuff that seem minor but most similar events would not be successful without. This event was not any event, its wasn't just the first public one but it was the " International Day of Astronomy 2005 - IDA'05 ". It was both a big day, a first & big event, & the first time in public. The date was April 16, 2005. The success of the event amazed us. At least 2000 people either took a look through the eyepiece, or asked what that picture was on the screen; others of course asked who we were & others asked some astronomy questions. It was a great start.
Later the founders agreed that the LAC should be renamed as the Lebanese Astronomy Group - LAG & that it shall be a group that unifies all astronomy clubs in Lebanon as well as individual amateurs and professionals.