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Sweden Calling: The story behind Asteroid Day Malmö

13 Jun 2017, 14:38 UTC
Sweden Calling: The story behind Asteroid Day Malmö
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In our continued coverage of several Asteroid Day events around the world, we are bringing you a story from the Skåne region in Southern Sweden today. Thomas Diez, Vice Chairman of the Astronomical Society Tycho Brahe, is the man behind Asteroid Day Malmö and in this post, he is not only talking about how the Malmö event came to be, but also about the history of the Planetarium organising it. Here is what he had to say:
The Astronomical Society Tycho Brahe
“The observatory belonging to the Astronomical Society Tycho Brahe (Astronomisk Skällskapet Tycho Brahe, ASTB for short) is located outside Malmö in southern Sweden. Later this year we are celebrating 80 years as a society, which was founded by the notorious astronomer professor Knut Lundmark in 1937. Much later in 1973 our observatory was inaugurated, which currently holds a remote controlled telescope with an advanced CCD camera and another telescope for visual observations during our events onsite.
Late 2016 we started to talk about Asteroid Day and doing something during this day. The question was discussed on our board and we finally took the decision to go ahead. Since ASTB is working to popularise astronomy we do a number ...

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