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Nov 16

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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May 23

GAM2014 Participation Certificates Are Ready

Finally for all the dedication and hard work you and your volunteers put into your GAM celebrations we have an official AWB participation certificate suitable for framing. Customize your certificates with the names of all you volunteers and organizers. It is now available for download here. NOTE: You must first have your event registered and have filed a report of that event beforehand. Read More...

May 14

Special GAM2014 Webcast: Celebrating the Sun

Highlights included our special online SunDay event celebrating our closest star - the Sun. On April 28th AWB President and founder Mike Simmons gave a special behind-the-scenes tour of one of the world's most historical solar observatories, the Snow Solar Telescope at Mount Wilson Observatory in California, USA. Check out the archived webcast. Read More...

Mar 10

Uwingu Mars Mapping Project Announces Grant to AWB

Uwingu, a company formed by scientists to raise funds for space exploration and education, has announced a grant to Astronomers Without Borders. The grant was generated by Uwingu's new Mars Mapping Project, an innovative program of public engagement that Uwingu hopes will raise $10 million for space research. Based on the response to the Mars Mapping Project so far, Uwingu is off to a fast start towards reaching that goal. And Astronomers Without Borders will create programs to help reach more astronomy and space enthusiasts around the world. Dr. Alan Stern, the CEO of Uwingu, said, "We're very proud to... Read More...

Mar 07

AWB Founder to Speak On John Dobson

AWB founder Mike Simmons will join a distinguished panel of speakers in Los Angeles tomorrow (Saturday, March 8) to talk about the legacy of John Dobson, who is best known for the popularization of the Dobsonian telescope for amateur astronomers. Below is the media release with full details. WHAT: John L. Dobson (September 14, 1915-January 15, 2014) was world-famous forhis passion for sharing the universe, and his novel and accessible designs fortelescopes. In 1967, he founded the San Francisco Sidewalk Astronomers, anorganization dedicated to building and bringing telescopes to people whereverthey congregate. Today, the “Dobsonian,” or “Dob,” is familiar to... Read More...

Mar 03

Your School Could Win The Chance To Do Asteroid Searches!

Astronomers Without Borders and the International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC) are sponsoring a special asteroid search campaign as part of Global Astronomy Month (GAM2014) in April. Fifteen schools from around the world will be selected to participate in this campaign, which takes place from 24 March to 28 April, 2014. The deadline to apply is March 17, 2014. Read more details on the Global Astronomy Month website! Read More...

Mar 02

Invest in the future of children's astronomy education in Tanzania!

In collaboration with UNAWE-Tanzania we are now looking for funds to establish a Centre for Science. This project is also a recommended project of the IAU-OAD and has thus been placed on its wish list. In June 2014, individuals will gather in Usa River (near Arusha, Tanzania) to prepare a Space Science model for advancing the development of inquiry based science education in Tanzania based on the current national curriculum. Find out how to contribute on the Telescopes to Tanzania page. Read More...

Mar 02

Private Mars Mission To Carry Map To Surface Of Mars

AWB is pleased to announce that Uwingu, which creates new ways for people to connect to science and astronomy, is bringing its Mars crater initiative to the Red Planet literally. Below is the news release with more details. Uwingu and the pioneering Mars one project ( ) announce a landmark partnership: All Mars One missions will carry Uwingu's Mars Map to Mars, and will use these feature names as a part of Mars One's mission operations at Mars. Additionally, a portion of Uwingu's revenues generated by Mars feature naming will help fund Mars One missions.... Read More...

Feb 20

AWB Comms Manager Plays At Being A "Marstronaut"

Crew 133 members Elizabeth Howell (left) and Pedro Diaz-Rubin at the Mars Desert Research Station near Hanksville, Utah. Credit: Matthieu Komorowski BY ELIZABETH HOWELL It's so hard to hammer in the stakes for a radio telescope while wearing a spacesuit. One after another, my crew members pounded metal into frozen ground, joking about how hot it felt with the sun beating down on us. It seemed everything was taking twice as long as it should have, which illustrates how hard a space mission can be. Crew 133 was not in space, however. We were spending two weeks at the Mars... Read More...

Nov 25

Watch Our January 2014 Google+ Hangout

Watch our monthly Google+ Hangout to learn how how AWB's successful eclipse glasses donation program has sparked astronomy education in Africa. President Mike Simmons shows photos from his meeting in Tunisia with astronomers from the region including Algeria, Libya, and Iraq. Also, the latest installation of AstroArts with Dr. Rachel Armstrong of the Institute for Interstellar Studies. For all past hangouts, please look at our AWB Hangout Video page . Thanks for watching. Read More...

Nov 07

Your GAM Pictures Could Appear On Video

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: Show people having fun at GAM, whether looking through a telescope, admiring art, or whatever your community was doing; Include a caption with... Read More...

Nov 07

Watch Our October Google+ Hangout

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. Read More...

Oct 12

Help collect an Earth Master Sample

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. Read More...

Oct 09

Where Do You Celestron?

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”... Read More...

Sep 24

AWB Solar Viewing Glasses Donation Program

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. Read More...

Sep 20

Save the Date: AWB Hangout!

Hangout video: 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+ . Read More...

Sep 07

AWB Eclipse Glasses

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,... Read More...

Aug 19

AWB Telescope Naming Contest

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... Read More...

Aug 13

Big Dipper to Southern Cross a big success!

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. Read More...

Aug 08

GAM 2013 AstroPoetry Contest Results

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... Read More...

Jul 19

SkySafari Apps Promo for TDTES

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... Read More...