observational Aldebaran occultation data planning has done by occultation department of IOTA-ME, Dez Scholars Institute and Adib Astronomical Center of Isfahan, this work has done during the day. This occultation date was on 09/05/2015 at 06:36:54 GMT (11:06:54 local time). The occultation has successfully observed, timed and recorded by Dez Scholars Institute and Adib Astronomical Center of Isfahan. IOTA/ME was the data collector and all of the reports have sent to the global data collector of IOTA, Mr. Gault which he confirmed the Iranians' reports.

Occultation Properties:
Star Aldebaran (Aldebaran), Magnitude: 0.9, Location: Alpha Tauri
Positions observing the Moon: Phase: -52 °, Height: 32 °, Sun elevation: ° 51

Dezful Group:
Supervisor and observer: Hojatola Hekmat'zade
Reporter: Narges Taebjula
Timer: Reza Pourhossein, Behnaz Mohammadi Khabaz, Farnaz Ghaed

Dezful group's equipment: 150 mm achromatic sky watcher telescope, 10 mm-Ultra wide, William Optics eyepiece, 10-inch Dobsonian telescope, Celestron Binocular 28 * 120 apochromatic

Isfahan Group:
Supervisor: Sepideh Ghaziasgar
Observer: Erfan Ahmadi
Installer of telescope: Hamed Lalezar
Timing: Fatemeh Begholizadeh

Isfahan group's equipment: 14-inch MEAD telescope, LX200-GPS model with a polar compound, 14 mm-Ultra wide angel

At the end, we wish thanks IOTA/ME President, Manager of Adib Astronomical Center and observatory of Isfahan, Dez Sky Scholars Institute (Dezful astronomy Center) and all of participants.
The first successful observation lunar Occultation in daylight in the Middle East
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Workshop for New Members
Workshop for New Members

ISA Observatory
16 September 2015
Talker: Atila Poro
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Astrobiology Department was established

Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe. This multidisciplinary field encompasses the search for habitable environments in our Solar System and habitable planets outside our Solar System, the search for evidence of prebiotic chemistry and life on Mars and other bodies in our Solar System, laboratory and field research into the origins and early evolution of life on Earth, and studies of the potential for life to adapt to challenges on Earth and in space.
Since this is a very new field of science all over the world, which is separated recently, we had not organized scientific researches in Iran yet. Now International Occultation Timing Association - Middle East branch (IOTA/ME) which is active in Iran and had some related projects before, has established an independent Astrobiology department. Therefore, we invite researchers and professors who have related outstanding scientific projects, and also the ones interested in this field, for cooperation and further researches.
For more cooperation please complete and send the registration form to sebadirad@iota-me.com up to 29 September 2015. For the next step you will be notified by email and more information will be sent to you.

Best regards
Saleheh Ebadird
President of Astrobiology Department
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On Sundaymorning of August 8, 2015 at 2:22 Central time (21:52 UT). Aldebran occultation that is located in the Taurus constellation is observable. Moreover, the phase of moon will be 30 percent, the star visual magnitude will be approximately 0.9, and the occultation will occur from the eastern edge of the moon.
The moon map is particularly useful for reappearance, as it assists in identifying where the star will reappear against recognizable lunar features. The displayed map of the moon is plotted with full allowance for Libration.
Aldebaran Lunar Occultation
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The Rehional Workshop on Occultation and Eclipse in Shiraz, Iran

On 9th July 2015, a highly anticipated four-hour-lenght workshop was held under the title of "scientific observation, astronomy occultations and amatour astronomic applied projects" supervised Mr Atila Poro (head of IOTA's middle east section). In addition to Shiraz Astronomy Society members, other guests took this course in which three 75-min parts were instructed by the honoured speecher, Mr Poro. This workshop aimed the distribution of astronomic general knowledge and more organized co-operations between Shiraz Astronomy Society and IOTA's organization and at the end the certficate of both organizations were presented to the participants.
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During 5th international workshop on occultation and eclipse in Isfahan, February 2015, Dr. Eberhard Riedel honored us with his presence for improving it.
Influence by wide activities of occultation department, he donated two valuable and useful photometry tools from European IOTA.
Masters and members of IOTA/ME occultation department, thanks to him and IOTA/ES. Also we planned a regular program for effective use of given tools.

A gift from IOTA/ES
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