Observation of the International Month with NASA at the Great Mosque of Central Java (MAJT)

SEMARANG – Saturday, (28/10) Astronomy activists in Semarang had successfully held InOMN (International Observe The Moon Night) 2017 which is organized by Month Observation Team (TOB) of UIN Walisongo Semarang Postgraduate, Himpunan Astronomi Amatir Semarang (HAAS), CSSMoRA UIN Walisongo Semarang and Hisab Rukyah Team (THR) of The Great Mosque of Central Java (MAJT) in cooperation with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) United States located on the Great Mosque of Central Java (MAJT).

There were 24 observation points of the Moon in this activity which were spread all over Indonesia. Particularly in Central Java, the center of InOMN 2017 activities was held in the Great Mosque of Central Java.

The event was attended by 200 participants who came from various circles both students and general public. Including SMA 1 Karang Tengah, SMAN 5 Semarang, SMK SPMA H. Moenadi and SMA Agriculture Semarang. The astronomical activists who came from the students were dominated by students from UIN Walisongo Semarang especially the Department of Falak which is very familiar with the observation of the Moon as well as some participants from other universities such as UPGRIS, UNNES, POLINES, UNISSULA and UNISBANK. The event lasted from 19.00 WIB until 23.00 WIB.

The event was opened by Dr. KH. Ahmad Izzudin, M.Ag as the chairman of the Association of Falak Indonesia Lecturer and Head of Falak/Cosmography Postgraduate Program UIN Walisongo Semarang. “Make the International Observe the Moon Night 2017 as a means to increase the insight of heavenly forms so that we can more have deeply reflection about God Almighty creation.” He said when opening the event.

Before the observation of the Moon, the participants who were present earlier equipped the exposure of Phase of the Moon which in this case was delivered by Muhammad Faishol Amin, then continued by the exposure of Mobile Astropotography by Nursidqon and the last of Moon’s Moment by Muhammad Farid Azmi. There were some important notes delivered by the resource person when looking to observe the moon, “the best observation time of the month is in the First Quarter Phase (First Quarter phase). Usually it is on 6.7 and 8 months of hijriah. At that time the moonlight is not too bright so it does not make the eye become painful when the observation “, said Muhammad Faishol Amin.

In addition, At the time of discussion participants were invited to learn about Mobile Astropotography delivered by Nursidqon. He explained “all this time, Smartphone users still have not utilized the camera facilities that they have optimally. Apart from being a medium of communication, another benefit that is not yet known toward many people that is Smartphone cameras can be used to photograph cosmic forms with pretty good result. This is a solution for Astrophotography lovers who have thin budget to buy DSLR camera”.

Discussion went with very high enthusiastic of participants, Ehsan, participant from SMAN 5 Semarang commented “After I follow the material presented, I get a lot of new science about the moon and how to take pictures of the sky at night with Astrophotography techniques”.

“After knowing the science of Astrophotography, I want to directly photograph the cosmos forms using a simple tool that is not too expensive because it does not require expensive telescopes”, said Firli, a participant from S1 Falak Student of UIN Walisongo.

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