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Sep 15
2015

Heavenly Ali - Dark Skies in China

Dark Skies preserves are starting to pop up in China now and more is wanted. This video features a great example, "Heavenly Ali, Best Sky". Produced by Starry Sky Project of China, that is part of IDA, shows a beautiful dark sky area in Tibet. This dark sky reserve is located on a high plateau where there are ideal observing conditions and where the Chinese National Observatory is housed. Enjoy this beautiful video and help support dark skies in China.

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Jun 14
2013

AWB Joins CosmoQuest Hangout-A-Thon

AWB Founder and President, Mike Simmons will be featured on CosmoQuest's Hangout-A-Thon, a telethon using Google Hangout on Air to raise money to support public engagement in science. The event will be held for 32 hours on 15 to 16 June. It will host numerous guests, ranging from scientists who will do science demos, creatives who can unite science and art/music, and researchers who will discuss citizen science and address science education from the perspective of research and metrics. Each segment will be released after the event as a stand-alone YouTube video on the AstrosphereVids channel , thus creating a... Read More...

Jun 14
2013

Celestron 80ED at AWB Shop

The Celestron 80ED features FPL-53 extra low dispersion "ED" glass that provides excellent color correction and razor sharp images and virtually eliminates chromatic aberration during planetary and lunar viewing. With a focal length of 600 mm (f/7.5) the 80ED refractor is well suited for wide field astrophotography as well as nature photography. The 80ED comes complete with a 2" rack and pinion focuser and has a bracket that can adapt to a photo tripod or attach to a Celestron equatorial mount (mount NOT included). Also included is a 25 mm 1.25" eyepiece providing a 24x wide-field view, an erect image... Read More...

Jun 07
2013

Televue "NEAF Blems" Eyepieces

A limited number of the very popular Televue "NEAF Blems" eyepieces , donated to AWB by Televue, are available in AWB’s online store. These Nagler Type 6 eyepieces are brand new but have minor cosmetic blemishes. Functionality is not affected, and blemishes are very minor (many buyers can't even find them). They are discounted $100 (33%) from their regular price, with free shipping for purchasers in the US or Canada thanks to our partner Woodland Hills Telescopes (others please write for a shipping quote). These are the same eyepieces that would generate long lines at NEAF when Televue offered them... Read More...

Jun 01
2013

Solar Viewing Glasses

AWB's safe solar observing glasses are available again! These high-quality eclipse glasses are branded with the Astronomers Without Borders name, logo and motto, One People, One Sky, with safety information printed on the back. These Eclipse Shades® Safe Solar Glasses are absolutely safe for direct solar viewing of solar eclipses and sunspots. The black polymer lens material is scratch resistant, optical density 5 and CE certified. It filters out 100% of harmful ultra-violet, 100% of harmful infrared, and 99.999% of intense visible light and creates a pleasing orange image of the Sun. Read More...

May 25
2013

New Look for AWB!

Astronomers Without Borders has a new look! AWB's new logo illustrates the global nature of astronomy and how we're all connected through this universal interest. Figures representing people of different shades from around the world hold hands in a circle that encompasses the Earth. As the circle appears to rise into the sky, the figures transform into stars. We are all one, together in the cosmos. In fact, we are one with the stars as well; as Carl Sagan famously pointed out, we are partially made from elements created in supernova explosions so we are, as he said, "star stuff."... Read More...

May 20
2013

Winners of Earth and Sky Photo Contest

Stephane Vetter of France and Andreas Max Böckle of Austria are the first-prize winners in the fourth annual International Earth and Sky Photo Contest organized by The World at Night (TWAN) in collaboration with the Education and Public Outreach group at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory and Global Astronomy Month , a project of Astronomers Without Borders. Read More...

May 20
2013

New AWB Board Member

Astronomers Without Borders is pleased to announce the recent addition of Tim DeBenedictis to its Board of Directors. Tim’s passion for astronomy has been evident since he began writing astronomy software during his high school days, followed by his 1993 graduation from MIT with a degree in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science. Although Tim started his career focused on engineering and technology during the “dot com era,” he turned his eyes back to the stars as product architect for Carina Software from 2004 through 2010, where he oversaw the development of the Voyager Astronomy software. Tim was also one of... Read More...

May 11
2013

AstroPoets Try Wings in April

April 2013 was both National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) in America and Global Astronomy Month (GAM) worldwide. For poets with an astronomy interest, as well as astronomers trying their wings at poetry, this combination was a creative moment and a new genre, AstroPoetry , blossomed as never before. Read More...

May 11
2013

Download GAM 2013 Cosmic Concert

GAM 2013 held the fourth edition of Cosmic Concert on 28 April. Italian pianist and composer, Giovanni Renzo, gave a live performance which was streamed online. The audience was in for a spectacular journey through space that started on the night of 7 January 1610, when Galileo Galilei pointed his telescope at the sky and very soon after that discovered four satellites that orbit around Jupiter, upsetting forever the geocentric conception of the Aristotelian universe. After a close encounter with nebulae, pulsars and black holes, the journey took us to the farthest reaches of the Universe. While the music flowed... Read More...

May 10
2013

GAM 2013 Wrap Up Google Hangout

Join AWB's leaders in taking a look at Global Astronomy Month 2013 (GAM 2013), the latest edition of the world's largest annual global celebration of astronomy. Ask questions and comment live during the program. Read More...

May 09
2013

Losing the Dark - In Your Language

The International Dark-Sky Association and Loch Ness Productions have created “Losing the Dark”, a short planetarium show about light pollution. The show is available at no charge for education. It introduces and illustrates some of the issues regarding light pollution, and suggests simple actions people can take to help mitigate it. Read More...

Mar 26
2013

CosmoQuest Learning Space with "GAM"

Mike Simmons, AWB’s president and founder, recently chatted with astronomer, Dr. Pamela Gay, and Georgia Bracey of CosmoQuest , about Global Astronomy Month (GAM), April 2013, in the Google Plus hangout of Learning Space . “It’s a global event,” Mike said. “It’s like a star party where you’ve got people talking to each other all night long, then they begin asking where in the world they are.” GAM promotes “Star Peace,” Mike said, a core mission motivated by AWB’s motto, One People, One Sky. Mike highlighted many of GAM’s upcoming 31 global events inspired by the extraordinary successes of the... Read More...

Mar 26
2013

Changing our views of planet Earth

A gorgeous new video captures aurorae, sunsets and moonsets, star trails, lightning storms, and other views of Earth from space. Christoph Malin, one of the participating photographers in AWB’s program The World at Night , complied The ISS Image Frontier: Making the Invisible Visible from photographs taken from the International Space Station by astronaut Dr. Don Pettit. Read More...

Mar 05
2013

Messier Marathon in Bombay, India

The Amateur Astronomers’ Association (Bombay) is happy to announce a Messier Marathon event on the night of Saturday, 9 March 2013. AAA marathoners participate as part of the AAA (Bombay) group and not in their individual capacity. They will be assisted by experienced amateur and professional astronomers. All AAA marathoners will receive a participation certificate after the event. Read More...

Feb 26
2013

A Visit to Mars—in Morocco

(Image credit: Katja Zanella Kux. Click here for a larger version) What place on Planet Earth most closely resembles Mars? It could well be the northern Sahara desert near Erfoud, Morocco. And while Hatim Madani, the new AWB National Coordinator for Morocco, has no immediate plans for travel from his home in Casablanca to Mars, on a weekend in February he and his colleagues did participate in a close analog of a visit to the Red Planet—the MARS2013 Mars Analog Field Simulation . Read More...

Feb 26
2013

AWB Google+ Page Reaches 10,000 Followers

Astronomers Without Borders has just reached a major milestone: as of mid-February, the AWB Google+ page passed the 10,000 followers mark. Google+ is a multilingual social networking and identity service. As of December 2012, it had a total of 500 million registered users, of whom 235 million are active on a monthly basis. The AWB Google+ page provides a highly convenient means for accessing and sharing your favorite highlights from AWB activities. To check out the AWB action on Google+ and to follow, click here . Read More...

Feb 22
2013

Bringing Public Astronomy to Argentina

In the Argentine coastal city of Mar del Plata—located some 250 miles south of Buenas Ares, at about the same latitude as Melbourne, Australia—the public is being treated to some outstanding stellar experiences this year. As reported by AWB National Coordinator (NC) Claudia C. Perez Ferrer, an illustrated lecture called “Stars of a Summer Night” (playing on the name of Shakespeare’s play) was the focus of an event that brought together more than 60 people. (In Argentina, by the way, a “summer night” comes in the months that Northern Hemisphere dwellers call “winter.”) Read More...

Feb 21
2013

April is Global Astronomy Month!

Mark your calendars for GLOBAL ASTRONOMY MONTH 2013 ! Every April, Astronomers without Borders coordinates GLOBAL ASTRONOMY MONTH (GAM), bringing together about 30 programs that are free to the worldwide public to share the excitement of astronomy. There’s something for everyone: watch the Lyrid Meteor Shower on April 20-22, do some online stargazing from the comfort of your home with one of our remote observing events, enjoy the online Cosmic Concert, write and read AstroPoetry, and shut off the lights on April 20 for the World Night in Defense of Starlight. Visit the GAM calendar , and spread the word... Read More...

Feb 21
2013

GAM welcomes new Project Manager

Jessica Santascoy is this year’s GAM project manager. Jessica comes to us with experience working on the NASA Night Sky Network administrative team. She served on the board of the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers , and recently moved to New York City, where she can see Orion from her living room window. Read More...

Feb 15
2013

Watch 2012 DA14’s Earth Fly-By

Two AWB Affiliates, the Virtual Telescope and Bareket Observatory , will be streaming live coverage of the asteroid 2012 DA14 during it’s historic close encounter with Earth on February 15. Read More...