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The “Skopje Astronomical Society” (SAS) is a society of citizens, astronomy lovers of all age and nationality. It was founded on the founding assembly held on December 10th 1998, in the city of Skopje.
The goal of the society is to spread and promote astronomy as a science, and to unite all astronomy lovers in their mutual quest for more knowledge, bonding and clearer skies.
www.astronomija.com.mk is the official web-site of the Society.
The logo at the beginning of this page (up) is the official logo of the Society.
SAS nowadays has approximately 70 active members.
The Skopje Astronomical Society maintains contact and cooperates with other domestic and foreign astronomy societies on a regular basis, such as: the Macedonian AS, the Bitola AS, the Youth Cultural Center of Macedonia, Emiter (magazine for popularization of science and technology), the International Meteor Organization (IMO), Astronomski Magazin (web magazine from Serbia), AS “Infinitum” (Zagreb, Croatia), Loznica AS (Serbia and Montenegro), "Rudzer Boskovic" AS (Belgrade, Serbia), Alfa AS (Nis, Serbia), etc…
The regular meetings of the SAS are held every second Monday at 8 pm, at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Skopje. The Society organizes courses of astronomy, series of lectures on astronomy, field observations for its members general public, astro-camps, active cooperation with the media through obtaining fresh and up-to-date information about the ongoing celestial happenings and phenomena.
Annually, every year since its foundation, Skopje Astronomical Society organizes astronomy courses opened to general public. Because astronomy is not included in the school system, the goal of the courses is to promote astronomy and to bring it closer to general public. Therefore the courses are opened for everyone, with and without previous knowledge in astronomy. They cover lectures as:
On average, the courses are attended by 30 participants of all ages.
Lectures in the field of astronomy
Beside these courses, SAS organizes annual series of lectures on the field of astronomy. The lectures, unlike the lectures that are part of the courses are not related with each other. The topics include:
Frequently SAS invites university professors and members of other NGOs to hold lectures on their field of research or NGO’s domain activity, all in the spirit of promoting science and astronomy.
On special occasions, like commemoration day of Chernobyl, Lunar landing, Sputnik’s anniversary, first human flight, etc, themed lectures are held in order to commemorate the day.
Throughout various projects, members of the Society hold astronomy lectures for students in elementary and secondary schools.
Field observations are organized for the members of the SAS on regular bases, whether there’s a specific astronomy event going on (such as eclipses, conjunctions, oppositions etc.), or just performing astro-photography, or even simply hunger for clear skies. Since its foundation, the Society has been observing many astronomical phenomenon so far, such as the Sun and Moon eclipses, meteor showers, comets, oppositions, conjunctions etc. From the latter bigger activities we single out the observation of the total solar eclipse on May 27th 2006, close to Antalya, Turkey. In an organized journey, 10 members of the Society, 3 Italian guests and 4 Croatian guests had the opportunity to witness this rare astronomical phenomenon.
Every year in spring, SAS organizes so called Messier Marathon.
The Society is maintaining contacts with IMO (the International Meteor Organization), where several members are registered and send reports of meteor showers on a regular basis. For the two biggest showers, the Leonids and the Perseids, detailed reports were sent for every year since 2002, when the weather conditions allowed field observations on the day of the peak of the shower.
Every summer since 2002 SAS organizes astronomy camps. The location where the camps were held had varied over the years: Galichnik, near the towns Kumanovo, Berovo, Shtip and Skopje. Often, as guests of the camp, come members of astronomy clubs from other towns in Macedonia and neighboring countries.
The Skopje Astronomy Society has organized a number of observations open to the public. So far, through the equipment owned by SAS and its members, the citizens of Skopje have had the opportunity to observe:
- partial solar eclipses
- numerous lunar eclipses
- planets and planets’ oppositions
- transit of Venus over Sun’s disk
- Sun spots
On each occasion, approximately 300 people have the chance to look at the beauties of the sky with the help of our telescopes.
SAS has published three issues of the magazine “Vselena” (”Space”) so far, which during 2001 was available to the public as feuilleton in the daily newspaper “Vest”. The complete preparation and elaboration of the feuilleton was done by the members of the Society.
SAS has its own bulletin called “InfoSAD”, which in 2002 changed its name to “Merak” and continued to exist under that name. Twelve different issues were released under the name “InfoSAD”, and additional three, entitled “Merak”.
Once the Society’s web page was launched, the bulleting was integrated into the web page. At this moment, all the attention on the field of media is focused on the Society’s official web-site astronomija.com. mk, which has an informative and educational role. It represents a contact place for the astronomers of these regions, functioning at the same time as an astronomy classroom and a web-portal, on which the latest astronomy news are published (in Macedonian) on a daily basis.
Cooperation with the media
SAS has organized numerous public discussions on various astronomy topics, and its representatives have participated in a number of debates on radio or TV shows and programs of an informative character.
Very often, members of the Society give short interviews to various TV stations, thus meeting their need for information about different astronomy events. Reports are sent on regular bases to all media (written and electronic) in order to inform the public of the current astronomy events. Macedonian daily newspapers have published news about the activities of the SAS, or texts about the Society itself, on various occasions.
The Society is always available for consultations and giving useful information for the needs of any medium, especially for helping in the preparation and realization of educational programs in the field of astronomy.
A special cooperation was established with the Macedonian Radio Television (MRTV) for the needs of the contact educational show “Dzvon”, intended mainly for children, when members of the Society completely prepared and organized 10 short-term educational shows with astronomy subjects.
Cooperation is also established with “Emiter” (monthly magazine for popularization of science and technology), where the article “The sky above Macedonia this month” is prepared on a regular basis for every issue, as well as short news and other articles on astronomy subjects from the members of the Society.
Skopje astronomical society has executed many projects funded by the society itself, governmental or international institutions.
The Skopje Astronomical Society maintains active cooperation with various astronomical societies and associations outside Macedonia, mainly from the Balkans.
So far, members of the Society participated in the following events:
Guests from Serbia participated in three summer astronomy camps organized by SAS, expecting more international guests on the next summer camps.
Future projects of the Skopje Astronomical Society
SAS will continue to organize observations for all significant astronomy events and will continue informing and educating the public on all ongoing astronomy phenomena.
The web-page www.astronomija.com.mk is the official web-site of the Society. Everything you need to ask about us or about astronomy in general, please feel free to write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
last updated: june 2010
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