An Asteroid Occultation in Iran and other countries in Middle East

There is an asteroid occultation on the evening of Tuesday 27 May 2014. The asteroid Arethusa (95) will be the star Hip 45163 occultation. The asteroid Ranking 99 and 198 kilometers in diameter and visual magnitude will be 12.5 of category belt middle between Mars and Jupiter. Start the privacy of Kansas in the United States and India will be the end of it.
Something that is noticeable in this occultation:
- Its high rank asteroid that is 99.
- The magnitude asteroid is 12.5 that it causes to be seen by powerful eyes.
- The magnitude star occult is 8.4 that it find star very easy.
- The duration is expected to be about 7.9 second and star will drop 5.6 magnitudes during the process.
As seen from Shiraz, the time of central occultation is 17:24 UT. On this night the moon is on below horizon. The occultation path will be possible to observe in country Jordon, Kuwait, South Iran, Pakistan and India. Coordination took place between the Middle East and North America IOTA, observing the events in Iran and team supervision by Mr. Paul Maley (Vice-President of IOTA), which will be based in Kuwait, jointly done.

Hojatola Hekmat’zade
President in Occultation and TNOs Dep. IOTA/ME
hekmat@iota-me.com
+989364206300

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The First Meeting of Associate Members of IOTA/ME

The first meeting of associate members of IOTA/ME was held in Geophysics Center of Tehran University with participation of Atila Poro, Amir Hasanzadeh, Amirnezam Amiri, Elham Salmanzadeh, Shirin Zandian, Meysam Honari Jafarpour, Rahim Heydarnia, Mohammad Hossein Talezadeh, Farida Farsian, Maryam Nemati, Sara Charmchi, Fereshteh Memarian, Houriyeh Aghanoor and Fereshteh Tavakkoli. The important decisions for next programs and projects was evaluated for 4 hours.


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Discontinuous Members workshop IOTA/me was held

This workshop was held in geophysics center of Tehran University in 30 June 2014.
There are 43 members for this department and 32 persons of them attended this workshop. According to board of IOTA/ME directors, workshop joined associated members for training in various subjects. This workshop described future plans and projects. First presentation was related to eclipse project by Mr. Hekmatzade and Ms. Taebjoula.
Other presentation:
- Transit and Detection Methods of Exoplanets, by Amirnezam Amiri
- Physics of the Variable Stars, by Shirin Zandian & Elham Salmanzadeh
- Light Curves, by Fereshteh Memarian
- Effective Factors in Formation of Binary and Multiple Asteroids by Mohammad Reza Shafizadeh
- O-C Diagrams and Their Applications for Variable Stars by Farida Farsian

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The Second IOTA/ME Astronomical Winter School (2014)

Second course of winter school of astronomy by IOTA/ME was held in Isfahan on isfand21 to 23, 1392. It provided by iota/me , iranian space agency, Adib center of astronomy education and supported by Najm Shomal science research Institute and Iranian Science Olympiads institute and attended by 40 participants from Tehran, Noorabad momsani, Isfahan, Jahrom, Najafabad, Shiraz, Rasht, Pishva, Desful, Shahr e kord, Karaj, Parand, Zarghan, Soumesara cities was finished.
Second winter school of astronomy passed the register while more 187 patients request to participated. finally, due to the capacity of school,which was 25 persons, and after screening of individuals based on knowledge needed by teachers of this school , 40 persons were accepted and attended. Winter school of astronomy was held in Imam Khomieni complex in Isfahan , and the positive points of this course were side by side in all of accommodation, resturant and classes . moreover , tried all of discuss and learning were in base of observe and experimental with data, And in second day learned sun observe with adib h-alpha telescope was done.
Main topics were selected for this course included : solar physics introduction, observe of variable stars and data absorb, teach of paper writing and work with latex, work in observatory and introduction of semi-professional astronomy. Topics teached by M.r Atila Poro (President of IOTA/ME), Amir Hasanzadeh (President of eclip department of IOTA/ME and Director of Najm Shomal science research institute) and D.r Marjan Zakerin (PHD degree from max planck in physics). Executive director of second winter school of astronomy (IOTA/ME) had claimed by M.r Seyed Reza Monajemi.

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