Watch our monthly Google+ Hangout to learn more about our successful eclipse glasses program (as well as what we plan to do next), and to see more about how space artists use science to inspire their work.
For all past hangouts, please look at our AWB Hangout Video page. Thanks for watching.
Global Astronomy Month each April is the world's largest global celebration of astronomy, bringing together cultures worldwide under the motto "One People, One Sky." Hundreds of events are held all over the globe, and we would love to showcase your efforts from 2013 and the years before.
Send us your pictures of participants in past GAM events, and we will choose the best ones to appear in a GAM promotional video for 2014! Here are the requirements:
Send them to email@example.com no later than Thursday, Nov. 28.
Our monthly Google+ Hangout Oct. 31, 2013 talked about the efforts to bring eclipse glasses to thousands of children in Africa, a Saturn mosaic from The Day The Earth Smiled, and other initiatives.
For all past hangouts, please look at our new AWB Hangout Video page. Thanks for watching.
Organizers of World Space Week, in keeping with their theme of “Exploring Mars, Discovering Earth,” are planning to literally bring two worlds together in order to send a powerful message about the importance of and broad support for interplanetary exploration and scientific understanding of the solar system. They need your help to collect an “Earth master sample” that will be made into a unique set of crystals that are part Earth and part Mars.
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Celestron’s new video release “Where Do You Celestron?” features AWB’s Founder and President, Mike Simmons, who says, “I Celestron anywhere I am on Earth.” Celestron’s video also introduces experts with remarkable Celestron applications far beyond astronomy.
“I Celestron in Wisconsin and all over the world,” said Dave Eicher, Editor of Astronomy Magazine. After seeing Saturn through a telescope eyepiece at his first star party, Eicher bought his first scope, a Celestron-8. See the Celestron video and find out what really blew Eicher’s mind out there in the universe. See Tony Berendsen who says “ I Celestron at Tahoe Star Tours” and find out what brought tears to the eyes of a guest the first time he looked through Tony’s SkyProdigy-6.
A new Astronomers Without Borders program will provide thousands of free eclipse viewing glasses to schools across Africa where a solar eclipse will take place on 3 November. This is a rare opportunity to expose students to science in a region where science resources are often non-existent. Anyone can purchase safe eclipse viewing glasses, in any amount, for donation to African schools. The need is great.
AWB will host a hangout on Google+ with Carolyn Porco, the imaging team leader for Cassini from the Space Science Institute in Boulder Colorado, Helen Schell, AWB astroartist of the month, Thilina Heenatigala of Astronomers Without Borders' National Coordinator for Sri Lanka and other guests.
Winner of the AWB Telescope Naming contest will be announced during the hangout. Join LIVE on 26 September 2013 at 16UT on AWB Google+.
Another total solar eclipse is coming on November 3, 2013. Be ready with AWB's safe solar observing glasses! They are available now from AWB’s online store, priced in single packs of 10 or at amazing discounts for more, perfect for your favorite group of astronomers.
With your Eclipse Shades® Safe Solar Glasses you’ll see the sun in glowing orange and the black silhouetted moon—minus 99.999% of the intense ultraviolet, visible and infrared—from the high seas off Florida’s eastern shores to the African coast south of Liberia to Gabon and the inland nations. They’re perfect for observing sunspots, too, anywhere, at any time.
There's a new arrival at Astronomers Without Borders and you can help give it a name! Sales of AWB first self-branded telescope will not only raise funds for global astronomy programs, it will be used in AWB's own international projects. Sourced for AWB by Celestron, the world's largest manufacturer of telescopes, the 5-inch table-top Dobsonian collapses to a small package for easy transport. It's ideal for beginning astronomers and a great "grab-and-go" scope for experts.
This latest star in the AWB universe deserves a good name, and this is where you come in. Nominate a name for the new AWB telescope, and if your name is chosen you'll win one for yourself! Submit name ideas before 2 September to be eligible to win. The winning name will be announced on mid-September.
If you missed the recent “Big Dipper to Southern Cross” worldwide observing events, you can still enjoy the photographs made by observers from around the world! Google+ hangout videos and images from both sessions of Big Dipper to Southern Cross are now posted.
The GAM AstroPoetry Contest had an especially international flavor this year, with the first-place-winning poems in the Adult and Young Adult categories coming from England and China. The contest winners and their prizes are shown on the AWB website. We’ve also posted the winning poems in each of the contest’s three categories: Adult, Young Adult, and Children.
Our thanks to all the fine poets worldwide who submitted some 90 poems to the contest. Only 15 of them could be chosen as winners (three prizes plus two honorable mentions in each of three categories), but there were many other fine poems. During the coming year, the AWB AstroPoetry Blog will be showcasing many of those poems which did not make the “winners’ circle.”
Finally, our special thanks to the contest sponsors—Celestron, Hotech, Sky & Telescope, and Woodland Hills Telescope & Camera—for their generous donation of prizes.
As the Earth prepares for its first interplanetary photo shoot, Southern Stars has released brand new updates to its SkySafari apps for iOS, Android, and Mac OS X, to let viewers all around the world follow the occasion.
SkySafari's basic version will be free on the iTunes Store from July 19th through July 21st; it's normally USD $3 on the iTunes Store and Google Play. With SkySafari, observers around the globe can easily use their iPhone or Android's GPS, compass, and accelerometer to easily locate Saturn in the sky. A brand new release of SkySafari Plus and Pro (3.8.1) lets mobile app users fly to Saturn, and simulate the view from Cassini. These powerful apps will be offered at up to 25% off regular price on July 19th, the day of the event, through Sunday July 21st.
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