The GAM 2012 Dark Skies Awareness Blog (GAM DSA Blog) brings you thoughts and programs on increasing awareness of the need for preserving our dark skies and improving conditions in light polluted areas. Go to the GAM 2012 Dark Skies Awareness Blog .

21 April, 2012 (deadline) Kids & Teens' MoonBounce Global Collaboration Mission:  Kids collaborating together on a global level to raise awareness about starlight preservation for future generations.

21-22 April 2012 Canadian Artist, Landon Mackenzie Resonates a Never-Ending Sky – NEUROSTAR Watch the video here: http://vimeo.com/38396403 The artwork series “Neurostar,” created by the leading Canadian artist Landon Mackenzie , will be showcased in a new video accessible from the GAM website on 21-22 April 2012.  (See the GAM website on or after 21 April for the link.)  An award-winning painter and avant-garde experimentalist in images, she is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2003 Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal (for her outstanding contribution to art in Canada), as well as the inaugural Ian Wallace Excellence in Teaching...

28, April 2012 at 18UT OPTICKS in the Dome Watch at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/opticks2012 For Global Astronomy Month 2012 we will host for the second year in a row the project OPTICKS, by media artist Daniela de Paulis (IT/NL), in collaboration with CAMRAS radio amateurs association based at Dwingeloo radio telescope (NL). OPTICKS is a live performance during which digital images are sent to the Moon in form of radio signals from a dish situated in Brazil, Poland, the UK or Switzerland and received back by Dwingeloo radio telescope in The Netherlands.

14 to 15 April 2012 Spiral Galaxy, the Milky Way Unraveled Watch the video here: http://vimeo.com/11509817 A 45-minute video, describing how a group of Dutch astronomers created the first-ever map of our Milky Way Galaxy, will be shown as a feature of Global Astronomy Month on 14-15 April 2012. Leiden, April 1953:  After centuries of searching, years of waiting, months of observing and weeks of calculating, for the very first time in human history, a group of scientists looks at a map: the first map of our Galaxy, our Island in the Universe.  These scientists are some of the top...