Patience and excitement – perhaps adequate words to vividly explain the atmosphere of the #CosmoNights event on Friday, 22 July 2022. The CosmoHub team, astrophotography, and night sky-gazing enthusiasts spent two hours observing the sky and the objects that were visible on occasion.
Among other things, we saw beautiful rings of Saturn, shiny Jupiter with its moons, the Wild Duck Star Cluster and the Andromeda galaxy.
Diligent Aldin Kovačević, a professor at the Faculty of Engineering at International Burch University, held a short lecture on how to use the telescope, the assembly process and the best methods for moving it to locate celestial objects.
But let’s go back to these two words “patience and excitement”. Why them? – Patience because our apparently (im)patient sky lovers had to learn that this hobby requires diligence and method when it comes to choosing the celestial bodies and tools used to observe them, planning the evening, setting up and using all the equipment. Although, the excitement that followed after the first sightings of planets and galaxies marked this unforgettable evening.
We plan to create even more buzz around amateur astronomy with events like this one. These types of events inspire people and create communities with shared values. And the values we want to share with the world are curiosity for learning, ambition to strive for goals that are hard to reach, friendship and positive attitude towards life, respect for nature and other people.