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Jun 03

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...

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Aug 11

GAM AstroPoetry 2014 Winners

The GAM AstroPeotry Contest this year had the most entries since the start of this competition three years ago - 255 poems from 19 different countries - truely international. Many of the younger poets were from India and Indonesia, while most of our adult entrants were from the US. We were very lucky to receive so many well crafted and thoughtful poems that it was difficult to choose our 18 winners. Chosen based on originality and how well it reflects AWB's vision, subjects ranged from children playing/pretending to be the solar system to the mystery of space. Entries were judged... Read More...

Jul 30

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

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

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

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 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...

Jun 22

AWB Founder on Planetary Radio

AWB Founder and President Mike Simmons was a special guest this month on the Planetary Radio show run by the venerable space exploration advocacy organization, The Planetary Society. Tune-in here to listen to the entire episode. Read More...

Jun 17

Painting Space: Then and Now With Space Artist David Hardy

World renowned astronomical artist David Hardy contributes a fascinating story on our AstroArts blog about changes in the genre of space art over the past century. You won't want to miss the amazing examples of his eye-catching portraits of familiar and exotic cosmic locales. Read Hardy's entire article here . Read More...

Jun 10

New Archive of GAM2014 AAS Random Astro-Fact Tweets

Need cosmic trivia ideas? We invite you to check out our new webpage archiving all the daily cosmic fact-based tweets sent out by the American Astronomical Society in honor of Global Astronomy Month 2014. The successful social media campaign began in 2013 and was retweeted and commented on widely. From our neighboring worlds to the edge of the universe, there are lot of surprising factoids in there. A tip of the hat to Crystal Tinch, Communications Manager at the AAS for putting together the tweets and providing them to AWB. See them all on the AWB Random AstroFacts web page... Read More...

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...