- A beautiful calendar for 2018, with photos taken by our students and major astronomical events marked.
- Polish students take part in astronomical workshops in Kolonickie Sedlo Observatory, Slovakia (June 2017). The workshops were organized within Erasmus+ project entitled “Reach the Sky” (2015-2017).
- Polish students take part in astronomical workshops in Stuposiany, Bieszczady region, Poland (June 2017). The workshops were organized within Erasmus+ project entitled “Reach the Sky” (2015-2017).
- Presentations on the Moon and other moons in the Solar system:
- Presentations on the Solar System prepared by partner schools:
- Famous European Astronomers
Students of partner schools prepared films or presentations on famous European Astronomers.
FAMOUS ASTRONOMERS SPAIN– prepared by IES Magallanes, Tenerife, Spain.
Famous astronomers by the Turkish partner:
Film prepared by Franjo Malgaj Primary School , Šentjur, Slovenia:
- Observations in Tenerife
On Thursday 16th February 2017, we visited Izaña Observatory located on Teide Mountain, the peak of volcano in Tenerife, Spain. Our group was very lucky, as very few groups are accepted to visit this observatory for night observations. Our hosts gave us a tour around the observatory. They presented us the telescopes which work there, showed us a model of the Solar system in scale and told us about their work and successes.
The next important point of the visit was a lecture on astrophysics. In a very understandable way, we saw how various object on the sky can be observed and examined thanks to the light various elements emit. After the lecture it was time to observe the shadow of Teide cast by the mountain, the view of Gran Canaria to the east and the sea of clouds to our north. It was magnificent!
After dark we observed the night sky, the constellations on the sky and the International Space Station that circled the Earth. Finally, we entered one of the telescopes and we observed the Galaxy M33, which is located in Crab Nebula, millions of light years away from the Earth! It was an unforgettable experience.
- Slovenian team carrying out observations:
- Romanian team carrying observations:
- PETeR Project (2016)
Thanks to PETeR Project our students were able to take photos of the Universe using Liverpool Telescope located in Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on La Palma island (Canary Islands). Students took and worked on the photos of chosen celestial objects. The partner schoool from Tenerife proposed to take part in the project. Jose Juan, the Spanish project coordinator informed the partners about the basics of the project during the visit in Poland. All participants were given details about the project via videoconference by Nayra Redrigues Eugenio, PhD, from Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias. In may 2016 all parties got information on how to work in the project. In June 2016 students esbablished their accounts on th eplatform, learned how to work in the project, how to observe and take and download photos. From June to August 2016 students ordered the photos of the chosen planets, galaxies and nebulae.
- Observing the Sun in I LO Kromer, Poland
On 21st September 2016 students and Geography and Physics teachers observed the Sun in the schoolyard. The purpose of these activities was determining the local meridian by observing the shadow cast by a gnomon (the ”hand” of sundial), determining the East and the West on the plane of the horizon and measuring the position of the Sun over the horizon and calculating the latitude of the position of our observation. Similar observtions were held in the first year of the project but they were repeated with new students of 1st grade.
- Summer solstice in Reach the Sky Partner schools
On 21st June 2016 Erasmus Teams carried out observations of the Sun. We determined local meridian, measured the height of the Sun over the horizon. We marked the moment of the solar noon and measured the time with sundials. On the school playground we made a model of the Solar System in the scale. We observed the face of the Sun using Newtonian mirror telescope with Baader solar film. We counted spots on the Sun, calculating Wolf’s number- determining the activity of our star.
- Transit of Mercury over the Sun
On the 9th May 2016 students and teachers from Kromer school observed as Mercury was seen on the face of the Sun. At first, the cloudy sky and showers did not make it easy for us to carry out the observations, but then, there were a few clear intervals when we managed to do observations as well as take photos of this rare astronomical occurrence.
- Film presenting common observations and workshops in Radocyna, 7th April 2016 during Erasmus+ Meeting in Gorlice
- Presentation on Solar System, prepared by Liceul Teoretic „Gheorghe Lazar”, Romania
- Solar System presented by Jure Podgorsek, a student of Franjo Malgaj Primary School, Slovenia
- Presentation on the topic of Solar System prepared by Mustafa Gürbüz Necat Bayel Anadolu Lisesi, Turkey in March 2016.
- “Solar System” created by students and teachers of I LO im. M. Kromera in Gorlice, March 2016.
- Presentation on the topic of Solar System
It was prepared by students of Ies Magallanes, Spain
- Our Erasmus+ students took photos of the Earth within NASA Sally Ride EarthKam:
- Astronomical workshops in MOA Niepołomice, Poland
On 15th and 16th December 2015, a group of participants of “Reach the Sky” project (both students and teachers) from I LO in Gorlice took part in workshops and astronomical observations in MOA in Niepołomice (the so called “Picnic Under the Stars”).
On arrival to Niepołomice, everyone had a chance to walk around the town. Then, workshops began with Mr Janusz Nicewicz’s lecture about the history of the universe. All of the evening and late night hours were devoted to practical classes, such as moon puzzles, searching for and recognising the most important objects in the sky, learning how to operate both professional and amateur telescopes. Because of bad weather, there was no chance to carry out observations. Instead, students participated in a “Selection” competition, checking their knowledge about the Universe. The winner was Maciej Stępień from class 2a.
To take advantage of the connnection with TAD telescope in Spain on the website of the “Gloria” project, students took photos of astronomical objects. At about midnight everyone took part in a show in planetarium in Niepołomice. There was also time for toast supper made by Paulina Setlak, during which everyone could talk to the organizers of the picnic about many interesting topics connected with astronomy.
Next day was full of hard work, too- first, the lecture in the planetarium, which was devoted to the Sun and the history of astronomical observations. At the end of the picnic everyone could take and order photos of chosen objects, using MicroObservatory Robotic Telescope Network Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and learn about interesting apps and astronomical projects useful for observations.
The atmosphere during the classes was really nice – for sure all of the participants will remember the two days of hard work.
- Astronomical observations and workshops in Slovenia
On 26th November 2015 Erasmus+ team visited Šentjur Astronomical Observatory in Golovec District. There, employees of the Department of Mathematics and Physics of University of Ljubljana presented us the contemporary methods of conducting research and photographing objects on the celestial sphere using modern telescopes.
In the afternoon we went on a field trip to the mountains, but because of heavy snowfall the plans had to be modified. We were warmly received by the hosts of “House on Kurešcku” where interesting workshops were conducted by students of active Astronomical Society. In addition to interesting information about the selected objects of the Universe, we heard about the problem of light pollution. The summary of activities was the making of a Cosmic Calendar – we calculated the time events of since the beginning of the universe to the present times for 1 calendar year. In the intervals between activities, students were playing a snowball fight. We returned to Šentjur after midnight tired, but very happy.
- Sally Ride EarthKam programme in Kromer, November 2015
In November 2015, a large group of students took part in the international educational programme called Sally Ride EarthKam. It is a NASA education program that enables students, teachers, and the public all over the world to learn about Earth from the perspective of space. Our students took photos of our planet from International Space Station. Their photos were presented at our 1st Transnational Erasmus+ Meeting in Sentjur and took part in a contest. The jury, consisting of representatives of all partner schools chose the best photos and the winners of the contest turned out to be Bartłomiej Gurba (with the photo of Himalaya Mountains and Natalia Gwóźdź (the photo of Australia)
- Astro dictionaries
To work in our project, the partners needed to get to know astronomy vocabulary. Groups of students from partner countries prepared them for their schools.
- Astronomical Observations in Radocyna, 3rd November 2015
In the afternoon of 3rd November, a group of students from Kromer school went on a field trip to Radocyna, a small village near Gorlice. The aim of the trip was to develop astronomical knowledge and carry out observations. The weather was good for observations- the sky was clear. The teachers and students spaced telescopes out. At first, they observed the Milky Way. The Galaxy was well-lit and clearly visible. Then they watched the Taurids, which appeared in the atmosphere every now and again. The students observed interesting objects in the sky, like Aldebaran (the brightest star in the constellation of Taurus) or Andromeda Galaxy (also known as M31). They were able to see the Pleiades. It was possible to observe them with the naked eye, but the Pleiades impressed most when seen with binoculars or telescopes.The students also counted stars with cardboard tubes and they conducted an electronic research with Sky Quality Meter-L. At about 9 p.m. the group dismantled the telescopes and went back home.
- Astronomical observations of the Sun in Kromer School, 1st October 2015
On the 1st of October 2015 we took part in astronomical observations again. The goal of these workshops was to analyse sun spots and the proturbulences (big arcs and loops of burning material rising surface of Sun and falling on them again. They usually appear near the sun splashes and are related to the magnetic field of the Sun) The observations were conducted using a Sun filter in the BAADER foil form and an optical telescope in the Newton system. A special interest was given to the Observations made by the sun telescope CORONADO equipped with an Ha filter were the most popular among all participants.
- Astronomical observations in Kromer School, 23rd September 2015
On the day of Autumn equinox- 23rd September students of Kromer took part in astronomic workshops in the playground. The purpose of these activities was determining the local meridian by observing the shadow cast by a gnomon (the ”hand” of sundial), determining the East and the West on the plane of the horizon and measuring the position of the Sun over the horizon and calculating the latitude of the position of our observation.
A large group of students gathered in the playground and took part in the lesson outdoors. Splendid weather and our students’ engagement helped us reach the aims of the workshop.