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Sep 30

Telescopes to Tanzania Update - Sept. 2015

When the burden is heavy and the skies are cloudy the work we have chosen can seem impossible until friends, partners and generous donors put their shoulders to the plow and their hearts on the line. Thank you for your hands and hearts in moving Chuck's dream forward. On Saturday September 26th members of the Racine Astronomical Society spent hours working on the 12 inch Cave Cassegrain Telescope being refurbished for its placement in a roll-off observatory. Now the mount is assembled, the tube rings are installed, the focuser is mounted, the counterweights are being machined to size, and the...

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Jul 19

TDTES with Morgan Freeman

NASA's Cassini spacecraft, currently in orbit around Saturn, will be turned to image that planet and its ring system during an eclipse of the sun, as it has done twice before during its previous nine years in orbit. But this time, the images collected will capture a glimpse of our own planet alongside Saturn, in what will be the first time the Earth's inhabitants know in advance their picture is being taken from a billion miles away. Read More...

Jul 17

Big Dipper to Southern Cross

Many of us never get a chance to observe the night sky from our opposite hemisphere. Now Astronomers Without Borders and its partners, the Virtual Telescope and the Las Cumbres Observatory, are making it possible for everyone to observe the Northern and Southern Hemisphere skies online! The last time AWB hosted “ Big Dipper to Southern Cross ”, in 2010, it was a big hit: more than 7,000 people from 80 countries participated in one of AWB’s most successful online observing events. Read More...

Jul 11

Mike Simmons on ArkanScience!

Astronomers Without Borders' Mike Simmons is the special guest on this week's edition of the radio show "ArkanScience!". This radio show, hosted by Christina Lynn (Central Arkansas Astronomical Society), is aired on and supported by KABF 88.3 FM (Little Rock, Arkansas, USA). The aim of the programme is to bring world science news to Arkansas and beyond - with a heavy emphasis on astronomy! Christina explained to AWB that her goal with ArkanScience! is to share her passion for science and astronomy. She hopes to spark interest in minds of all ages to bring an entertaining and educational show. The... Read More...

Jul 08

IAU-OAD Call for Proposals 2013

On 1 July 2013 the OAD launched its Call for Proposals for project proposals to be implemented throughout 2014. AWB invites you to submit ideas for funding now! You will find the details of the Call as well as an online application form on the OAD website. This year the process has been made easier for proposers and evaluators so submit your ideas for funding to Task Force 1: Universities and Research, Task Force 2: Children and Schools or Task Force 3: Public Outreach! If you would like to see examples of projects that were funded in last year's call,... Read More...

Jul 05

Highlights of Venus Transit from Mt Wilson

On June 5, 2012, at precisely 22:06 UT, Venus began its transit of the sun’s disk as viewed from the 1700-meter high Mount Wilson Observatory atop the San Gabriel Mountains near Pasadena, California; the last time it will happen until 2117. AWB founder and President, Mike Simmons joined astrophysicist and space science producer for Discovery News, Ian O’Neill as AWB video hosts for the event. Venus’ first contact with the solar limb, and its progress across the sun’s granulated, shimmering surface, was broadcast from Mt. Wilson’s 150’ solar telescope, the world’s largest of its kind. Sharp, H-alpha images were also... Read More...

Jul 02

The Day the Earth Smiled

Photographs of Earth taken from space are among the most iconic images in the history of space exploration. Think of the famed “ Earthrise ” photo from Apollo 8 or the “ Pale Blue Dot ” shot of our home taken from beyond the orbit of Neptune by Voyager 1 in 1990. The Cassini team is aiming to make another Earth portrait from Saturn later this month. July 19, 2013 will be The Day the Earth Smiled , and Cassini will snap our portrait, with a silhouette of Saturn eclipsing the Sun in the foreground, between 21:27 and 21:42 UTC... Read More...

Jul 01

Serene Universe DVD and GAM Hangout

During the Google hangout event organised for Global Astronomy Month 2013, the film ‘Serene Universe’ by filmmaker and planetary scientist Maarten Roos and composer William Zeitler, was screened. Prior to the screening, Maarten Ross explained how the film is an independent project which started in 2008. Read More...

Jun 29

SkyScout from Celestron

The SkyScout from Celestron is all you need to identify planets, constellations, and more than 50,000 stars. Get spoken or text information for objects it identifies, the night’s highlights, astronomy, lessons, and more. Simple use for all ages; just turn it on and point to the sky. Compact and lightweight, the durable SkyScout is the perfect companion when you’re under the nighttime sky. Quantities are limited at this special price, which includes free shipping. Shipping is only available to addresses in US. All proceeds go to AWB for these SkyScounts donated as part of Celestron’s support of AWB programs. Shop... Read More...

Jun 27

Give the Universe to a Blind Kid

Friends and members of Astronomers Without Borders can help share the wonders of the universe with visually impaired children around the world by contributing funds to the “A Touch of the Universe” project. The aim of the project is to create 30 tactile astronomy kits and get them into the hands of teachers in underdeveloped countries of the Americas, Asia, and Africa. The project aims to raise € 3,200 to support creation and distribution of the kits. Please help out and donate today by visiting . Read More...

Jun 22

Lunt Solar Systems H-alpha Telescope

This hydrogen-alpha solar telescope is Lunt Solar Systems' most popular model so they are sold as soon as they come in. You can purchase it now and it will ship as soon as it is in stock again. There is only one available at this discounted price! This complete visual package including a reinforced aluminimum case is fully upgradeable at anytime without ever needing to go back to the factory. The newest technology for fine tuning, a True Doppler Pressure Tuner, allows basic research of the Sun’s disk and surface details. The Lunt Solar Systems eyepieces... Read More...

Jun 18

AWB President to give talk at Tahoe Star

Visitors to Lake Tahoe have an opportunity to see different sorts of stars thanks to Tahoe Star Tours. The company offers stargazing tours from June through September, some of them with kayaking or a concert by a string quartet mixed in. In addition, the Tahoe Star Tours will feature a number of special guest presenters this summer, including Mike Simmons, president and CEO of Astronomers Without Borders, who will speak Aug. 10 about AWB’s efforts to unite one people under one sky. The tours are led by “star guide and poet” Tony Berendsen, who is president of the Northern Nevada... Read More...

Jun 14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...