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Nov 16
2015

Planning for Tanzanian Observatory

Report by Kai Staats

This past Tuesday, November 10 was a day well spent. My son Bernard and I, on behalf of Telescopes to Tanzania, had the good fortune of meeting with the founding members of the Centre for Science. Over the course the morning and early afternoon, we discussed the finer details of the design, orientation, and construction of what will be Tanzania's first professional grade astronomical observatory. There is certainly more to tell, but for now, a quick, genuine note of thanks to Frank, Samuel, Azael, Lydia, Thomas, Hodian, and Josiah for their warm welcome, hospitality, creativity, and genuine passion for the...

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Jun 10
2015

AWB Helping NASo for Nepal

NASO's (Nepal Astronomy Society) crowdfunding campaign "Let's Build Schools for Kids in Nepal" is closing June 13. There's only a few days left. NASO continues to fund raise for ever important schools in the earthquake-stricken district of Sindhupalchok, Nepal. Teaching science through astronomy is a goal that Astronomers Without Borders is proud to support and with NASO's crowdfunding effort, we can now directly affect the children of this country. Please visit the NASo Indigogo campaign page and give or join AWB in helping spread the word. Read More...

Jun 10
2015

Asteroid Day - June 30, 2015

What is it? Asteroid Day is a international awareness movement where people learn about asteroids and what we can do to protect our planet and future generations. Asteroid Day will be held on the anniversary of the 1908 Siberian Tunguska event, the largest asteroid impact on Earth in recent history. On June 30, why not plan to go out and try to see asteroid Pallas or Ceres as they will be visible from now through to event day and share your experience with friends, family or your local club. If you see an asteroid or are planning on an Asteroid... Read More...

Jun 03
2015

AstroArtist of the Month - Danielle Futselaar

Danielle Fuselaar was inspired by SETI and the movie Contact to create poster artwork for the SETIcon 2012. As a result, Danielle has create works of asteroids for Franck Marchis, Senior Planetary Astronomer at the SETI Institute. She then went on to illustrate the planets Kepler 186 and Kepler 186. Check out her work in the first in her series of posts at our AstroArtist blog . Read More...

Jun 03
2015

SOFIA Hosts Mike

Tuesday, June 2, our president Mike Simmons will be onboard the SOFIA observatory. The SOFIA or Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy is a converted Boeing 747SP and was originally acquired by Pan American World Airways for NASA and is packed with equipment like cameras, spectrometers, and photometers. On this trip Mike will be watching and reporting on current projects like star birth and death, planets, comets and asteroids in our solar system and black holes at the center of galaxies! Follow him during this 10 hour journey into the depth of space all from the hull of an airplane flying... Read More...

Apr 30
2015

AWB @ NEAF

Our president, Mike Simmons represented Astronomers Without Borders at NEAF this year held in New York. He manned our booth and spread the word about our international outreach. Here's his report: "The Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF), was held in northern New York, and was the highlight of the year for the astronomy industry. The big companies display their wares alongside small vendors that serve every niche in the hobby of astronomy. AWB was there once again with a booth and the AWB OneSky telescope on display, and more, thanks to Planewave Instruments who is generously shipping materials and equipment for... Read More...

Apr 30
2015

Mike In Brazil

Our president, Mike Simmons visited friends in Brazil during GAM 2015 representing Astronomers Without Borders. Here's a report of his trip. "It was a pleasure to attend the International Meeting of Astronomy and Astronautics in Campos dos Goytacezes, Brazil this April after a three-year absence. As always, Marcelo Souza organized a great program attended by mostly students in the small city, with the help of eager young volunteers. There were several other international guests including Patrick Miller of the International Astronomical Search Campaign (IASC), the indefatigable Stephen Ramsden of the pioneering outreach organization Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project, Pedro Re... Read More...

Apr 29
2015

Melanie King - Largest Ever Cyanotype

This week Melanie King features her work with cyanotype, when the paper is exposed to ultraviolet light (usually from the Sun), a chemical reaction takes place resulting in an insoluble blue dye know as "prussian blue". Using the same technique, she created the largest cyanotype measuring 10 x 6 metres! The aim of Melanie's artwork "intends to remind the viewer of the interconnectedness between the individual and the universe as a whole". Explore her work at our AstroArtist Blog . Read More...

Apr 14
2015

Melanie King - AstroArtist of the Month

Melanie King is our AstroArtist of the month . She's an artist that look at the histories of photography and astronomy and sees parallels between since the 19th Century. She asked, "did the study of light by polymath inventors (Herschel, Talbot, Daguerre, Maxwell) in the field of astronomy contribute to the invention of the photograph and how is the study of light currently being used to find out more about our universe and dark matter?" Her interesting artwork explores our cultural past through photography and how important astronomical events have influenced our population. "My artwork intends to remind the viewer... Read More...

Apr 08
2015

Night Sky Diorama - AstroCraft

Kathleen Horner has created a beautiful way that you can celebrate and learn about how important dark skies. It has become more and more difficult to find a dark sky to watch the skies, and during Global Astronomy Month and International Year of Light, this craft will show you ways in which you can revisit The Night Sky. This 3D to scale representation of a front yard shows different ways that urban areas can utilize easy solutions to preserve the dark sky. In Kathleen's instructions, she encourages you to add any other backdrop, whether it is a field, mountains, or... Read More...

Apr 08
2015

Solar Eclipse - Arianna Ricchiuti

Arianna Ricchiuti of Bisceglie, Italy submitted a great Members' Report about her solar viewing during the solar eclipse that happened this past March 20. She's so proud that she can help people find objects in the sky with her telescope and says that she now holds her own observing events in collaboration with Planetario Sky-Skan in Bari! To read more about her experience, visit her complete  Members' Report . She truly enjoyed sharing her knowledge with both grown-ups and kids, "This experience has been really rewarding because I realized people gladly listen to me while I am talking and I am able... Read More...

Apr 04
2015

We Got an App for That!

To celebrate this year's Global Astronomy Month celebration, the Alive Wallpaper App will have a GAM-themed wallpapers that you can add to your Android device. This great app is the perfect souvenir of the world's largest global celebration of astronomy. AWB and Bonne-App has teamed up bring these astro-themed papers to the Alive Wallpaper app to help support our important international outreach programs. Download  this app at the Google Play store. Read More...

Mar 24
2015

Monthly Hangout - GAM

This month's hangout we will be talking about GAM 2015. We have a jam-packed line-up that will inform you of all the events that we'll having this year. Christie McGonigal, our chief coordinator has been working very hard to bring the biggest and best GAM ever! Christie will be chatting about Global Astronomy Month and what it means to the astronomy community and how GAM helps to spread the word about STEM education through out the world. She will also be at hand to let you know how best you can participate. Andrew Fazekas, our communications manager, will be chiming... Read More...

Mar 02
2015

Hangout SPECIAL: Orbital Perspective: One Earth, One Sky

Ron Garan , astronaut, while floating in space, recalls looking back at our blue dot and marvelling at the beauty of our Earth. With our shrinking borders and increased technologies, why can't we collaborate globally? While on his stint on the International Space Station this former fighter pilot worked with fifteen nationalities to put a few humans into a sustained environment in space. This is his Orbital Perspective. His newly released book has now explores how we can take that notion of Orbital Perspective and bring it to Earth. Join Ron and fellow astronaut Anousheh Ansari  and Overview Institute 's Frank White... Read More...

Oct 01
2014

TtT Indiegogo Update

The future of children's science education in Tanzania is looking brighter than ever. Our Indiegogo campaign was a great success, we made our goal thanks to some outstanding donations! Our founders, Sue and Chuck Ruehle were so estatic with the results that they had to put out a special thank you video. To thank all of our donors who are helping make this project possible we have created a Thank You Wall . We now have enough to build The Center for Science Education and Observator y and will become a reality in 2015. It will become a Tanzanian hub... Read More...

Sep 04
2014

Telescopes to Tanzania - Stretch Goal

Improving science education in Tanzania The Center for Science is a reality! Now we can multiply its impact by adding more ambassadors right away instead of waiting. An additional $17,000 will DOUBLE the number of astronomy/science ambassadors who will: Visit schools throughout Tanzania Train teachers to teach hands-on, inquiry-based science Teach students Train government education officers in understanding science teaching and scientific concepts Bring more NEW science curricula to schools throughout Tanzania Provide science education resources to TWICE as many schools This stretch goal will allow Telescopes to Tanzania to visit an ADDITIONAL 30 schools, train an ADDITIONAL 60 teachers,... Read More...

Jul 30
2014

Special Astronomy for STEM Education Hangout

Astronauts Ron Garan and Anousheh Ansari join us for our special AWB Hangout, "Astronomy In the Development of STEM Education" on August 6, 2014 @ 16:00 UT / 12 pm ET/ 9 am PT .   Though often neglected in traditional educational systems, astronomy is an ideal way to present science and other technical fields in schools. With limited resources, especially in developing countries, astronomy offers an accessible "laboratory" in a subject that already fascinates children. AWB's Telescopes to Tanzania is just one example of how astronomy is used to promote science learning and curriculum-building in developing countries. This panel... Read More...

Jul 30
2014

July Google Hangout Available For Your Viewing Pleasure

If you missed our monthly hangout on July 31, 2014, no worries. We have it archived ready for you to enjoy whenever you like. This month our guests included Daniela DePaulis AstroArtist, Mark Thompson of OPT Telescopes, and Bob Eklund, AstroPoetry judge. Daniela DePaulis partners with AWB to create a program called AstroArts where she hopes that an "...ongoing discussion between artists and scientists, creating opportunities for collaboration and dissemination of ideas..." will occur. In this hangout she gave us an update about artists and their recent contributions to the AstroArt movement. Mark Thompson of OPT Telescopes recently donated the... Read More...

Jul 17
2014

Telescopes To Tanzania Campaign In Third Week

Our fundraiser campaign on the Indiegogo crowdsourcing website is going strong - passing the 10% funding milestone - and there already has been quite a bit of media coverage too which has helped get the word out. Thanks so much to everyone who has donated so far! We are on track to hit our goal. Check out the full story on our Indiegogo page and please share the campaign as widely as you can to help us get the word out. Also if you want to see exactly how amazing the work being done in Africa is and what it... Read More...

Jul 13
2014

AWB Donation Thanks to OPT

The 10th annual Southern California Astronomy Expo , hosted by OPT Telescopes was a great event this year and a big one for AWB. A raffle of equipment donated by the attending vendors is always a highlight and this year AWB was the recipient of the more than $7000 raised in ticket sales. Mike Simmons was on hand to accept the contribution in the form of a giant check. The proceeds will help continue to fund AWB's campaigns and projects around the world. Read More...

Jun 23
2014

2014 TWAN Night Sky Photo Contest Winners Announced

We are excited to announce the 2014 International Earth & Sky Photo Contest Winners. Stunning portraits that highlight the wonders of the night sky and hightlight the battle with light pollution. Photographers from 55 countries submitted over a thousand entries to the contest this year. The images were judged in two categories: “Beauty of the Night Sky” and “Against the Lights.” “Both contest categories provide a visual awareness of the disappearing starry night sky and hopefully an understanding as to its cause,” said contest judge Connie Walker, associate scientist and education specialist at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory. “The added... Read More...