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Aug 25
2015

Ambassadors Report from Tanzania

Mike Simmons

Telescope Viewing Good news has arrived from Tanzania! The Ambassadors sent a report on progress both in the schools and at the observatory site. Nine schools were visited recently, with introductions to astronomy for new schools, and new lessons for continuing schools. Lessons on using a telescope, presentations on Pluto's change in planetary status, and teacher training all brought excitment to students and teachers alike. Mr Miley providing books An important presentation for teachers covered integration of astronomy with the study of other science. With small telescopes and the sky overhead science teachers have a natural laboratory that can be...

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Jan 15
2013

GAM 2012 Participation Certificates

Participation certificates for GAM 2012 events are now available! After a long delay due to website issues, updates and changes, those who registered events for GAM 2012 can now get certificates for all those who took part. Just log in to the site using your AWB user name and password and go to the certificate page on the GAM site. You'll find the menu option for Participation Certificate under Events on the GAM website . Or go directly to the certificate page . You'll be asked to log in and then redirected. Read More...

Jan 11
2013

TWAN Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Five years ago, on December 25, 2007, The World at Night's website was launched and publicly announced on NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day. The news quickly spread around the world, bringing together a team of photographers that has since been documenting the beauty of the night sky above landmarks worldwide. TWAN reached millions of people during its first five years through exhibitions, presentations and workshops, and via local and international media in more than 30 countries on six continents. The website received more than 11 million visits from 200 countries and territories, becoming one of the world's most popular... Read More...

Jan 06
2013

Mike Simmons at Museum of Flight, USA

Mike Simmons, President and Founder of AWB, will be the featured speaker for a public lecture at the famed Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington, USA on Saturday, January 19. Addressing an audience of museum visitors and supporters, Mike will describe how astronomy shows us our place in the Universe, and how observing the night sky around the Earth shows that we are “One People, One Sky.” He’ll also show how AWB programs connect the AWB community from locations worldwide. Read More...

Dec 26
2012

Uwingu Supports AWB

Uwingu provides support for AWB programs Uwingu , a new private organization created to fund science, has announced that it will be providing support for Astronomers Without Borders. Founded by astronomers, planetary scientists, and science educators, Uwingu is creating online products that connect people to the sky and space exploration, and using the profit to fund space research, education, and exploration. You can contribute to Uwingu through the two innovative programs below, or give a gift certificate through the Uwingu website. Read More...

Dec 20
2012

Globe at Night 2013 campaign

The GLOBE at Night (GaN) program, hosted by the U.S. National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), is an international citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution. The worldwide campaign invites citizen-scientists to record the brightness of the night sky by visually matching the appearance of a constellation like Orion with star maps of progressively fainter stars or using meters to obtain more precise measurements. Measurements are submitted to a central website by computer or smart phone. From these data an interactive map of all worldwide observations is created. Read More...

Dec 20
2012

GLOBE at Night & IDA Adopt-A-Street Challenge

The GLOBE at Night Campaigns are not far off and there's something new to look forward to this year. During the GLOBE at Night campaigns don't just collect sporadic data of light pollution. Organize a friends, family, and anyone who wants to participate in the Adopt-A-Street program to create a map of light pollution in your own city. Read More...

Dec 19
2012

AWB Holiday Fundraising Sale Expands

Now you can buy even more products at great prices AND support AWB's global programs. TeleVue and Lunt Solar Systems have joined Celestron in supporting Astronomers Without Borders through donations to the AWB store . Because these items are all donations, 100% of sale proceeds goes directly to AWB programs. And free shipping on every item means even greater savings. Read More...

Dec 11
2012

Report from Tanzania, Heading Home

Telescopes to Tanzania project completes workshop series in Tanzania. More results and reports will be available in late December. Chuck and Susan Ruehle write to us with an update as they are heading home. Read More...

Dec 10
2012

Report from Tanzania, Last Week

Chuck and Susan Ruehle write to us again from Arusha, Tanzania, where they are into the last week of training teachers to teach astronomy in their classrooms. Read More...

Dec 04
2012

AWB Podcast on 'Accessible Astronomy'

AWB Disabilities Program Featured in 365 Days of Astronomy Podcasts In a podcast titled " Astronomers Without Borders Helps Open the Universe ” on December 3, 2012, 365 Days of Astronomy featured the work AWB is doing to bring the night sky’s beauty and wonder to people with disabilities throughout the world. The podcast was timed to appear on the date (December 3rd) designated by the United Nations as the “International Day of People with Disability.” The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons... Read More...

Nov 30
2012

Report from Tanzania, Week 2

Chuck and Susan Ruehle write from Arusha, Tanzania, where they are training teachers to teach astronomy in their classrooms, and send a couple more photos. Read More...

Nov 26
2012

Arizona Science & Astronomy Expo

Mike Simmons, AWB President, Dr. Phil Plait aka "The Bad Astronomer", and Peggy Walker AWB US National Coordinator (NC) and manager of the AWB global NC network at the AWB booth. The Arizona Science and Education Expo (ASAE) held its inaugural edition in Tucson, Arizona on November 10th and 11th at the Tucson Convention Center. Co-organized by Alan Traino and Andy Lunt of Lunt Solar Systems, ASAE focused on science and education, targeting not just amateur astronomers but also families with children. There was a wide range of activities with door prizes and raffles, a public star party, hands-on exhibits,... Read More...

Nov 22
2012

Holiday Fundraising Sale

It's time for the year-end holidays, and Astronomers Without Borders is ready. Shoppers can now make purchases from Astronomers Without Borders' online store to support its worldwide programs and get great prices on great products. These items are donated by companies that support Astronomers Without Borders' mission of connecting people worldwide through astronomy, and supporting outreach and education in astronomy as a gateway to the sciences. Read More...

Nov 16
2012

Telescopes4Teachers Gives Schools Affordable Windows on the Universe

School year 2012-2013 is in full swing, and this year something new and wonderful is happening: Children in schools that never before had a telescope are now using Galileoscopes to learn about lenses, telescopes, and astronomy—thanks to generous donors to the Telescopes4Teachers program.  Telescopes4Teachers provides interested teachers with affordable, quality telescopes and the training necessary to help them to become effective teachers of astronomy. Read More...

Oct 21
2012

Celestron Telescope Prize to Nepal Astro Club

TORRANCE, CA – October 25, 2012 – Celestron, the global leader in telescope design, and Astronomers Without Borders have announced the donation of the Global Astronomy Month Astropoetry Contest’s first-place prize—a Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ telescope (retail $279.95)—to the Damak Astronomical Club (DAC) in Damak jhapa, Nepal. Read More...

Sep 05
2012

Celebrate Peace Day with a Star Party Sept. 21

September 21, the International Day of Peace (Peace Day), is an opportunity for peacemakers around the world to replace world conflict with world friendship. The international organization StarPeace will celebrate this day by organizing mutual public star parties near the borders of neighboring countries. Read More...

Aug 26
2012

Reach for the Stars - Afghanistan

A new Astronomers Without Borders project, Reach for the Stars - Afghanistan, has launched with the goal of establishing the first astronomy curriculum for young children in Afghanistan.  Created in collaboration with the Astronomical Association of Afghanistan, Reach for the Starts - Afghanistan will be based on Afghan culture, the countries rich heritage of Islamic astronomy, and modern science.  Schools, orphanages and refugee camps in and around Kabul will also receive scarce educational resources to be used in the programs.  Supporters are needed to bring the stars and science to the children of Afghanistan. Read more...   Read More...

Aug 14
2012

AWB partners to launch SkyCube

Astronomers Without Borders is partnering with Southern Skies, developers of the popular SkySafari apps for Apple and Android devices, to put a new satellite into orbit.  A nanosatellite whose "owners" contribute as little as one dollar, SkyCube will allow its thousands of supporters to send messages from space and take images looking back at Earth.  Astronomers Without Borders (AWB) member programs will use the satellite's unique capabilities, including its high visibility when it inflates a reflective balloon near the end of its mission.  Southern Skies will in turn donate up to 50% of proceeds from SkyCube donations made through Astronomers... Read More...

Aug 09
2012

AWB to Collaborate with World Space Week Association

Astronomers Without Borders has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with World Space Week Association to jointly celebrate World Space Week on October 4–10 every year. World Space Week is an international celebration of science and technology, intended to educate, encourage, and inspire people everywhere in the human outreach toward space. The United Nations General Assembly declared in 1999 that World Space Week will be held each year from October 4–10. These dates commemorate two events:October 4, 1957: Launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1. October 10, 1967: The signing of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities... Read More...

Aug 08
2012

GLOBE at Night 2012 Final Results

The final tally is now in from the seventh annual international star-hunting activity known as GLOBE at Night.  During the 2012 campaign, citizen scientists around the world recorded a total of 16,850 measurements of night-sky brightness.   Read More...