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Aug 25

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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Aug 14

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

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

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...

Aug 01

Celebrate the Curiosity Landing Live on Google +

Starting at 03:00 UTC August 6th (8:00 p.m. PDT August 5th) a live, 4-hour webcast, accessible via Google Hangout on Air, will highlight the landing of the Mars rover Curiosity. During the webcast, scientists, engineers and other experts will provide unique insight into the rover and the landing, and viewers will have the chance to interact and ask questions. Hosted by Universe Today’s Fraser Cain, along with Dr. Pamela Gay and Dr. Phil Plait, the webcast will feature interviews with special guests, a live video feed from NASA of the landing, and live coverage from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)... Read More...

Jul 27

Celestron and AWB Announce Partnership

Celestron and Astronomers Without Borders are excited to announce a new partnership that brings together two of worldwide astronomy’s brightest stars.           TORRANCE, CA – July 26, 2012 – Celestron, the global leader in telescope design, has partnered with Astronomers Without Borders, the leader in organizing programs connecting people worldwide through a shared common interest in astronomy. In this sponsorship, both companies will better serve the entire international astronomy community. Read More...

Mar 19

Astronomer’s Paradise: Journey For Everyone

You know you’re in for something special when an online video says, “Make sure to watch this full-screen with the sound on!” Especially when it comes from astrophotography masters Christoph Malin and Babak Tafreshi. Since Babak created The World at Night (TWAN) in late 2008 under Astronomers Without Borders , the project has become a legend with its unprecedented collection of images and time-lapse videos created by a carefully chosen team of experts in landscape astrophotography. Read More...

Feb 19

Eros Parallax Project Completed

The Eros Parallax Project, organized by Steven van Roode in partnership with Astronomers Without Borders, received 106 observations of the minor planet from 37 observers.  These observations were all photographic, recording the position of Eros compared to the background stars as seen from widely dispersed locations on Earth.  Some sent their photos in as well, and you can see them in the project's gallery . Of particular interest are the composite images, combining multiple images into one, showing the rapid movement of Eros across the sky. Preliminary results show, as expected, some data that closely fits the known value of... Read More...

Feb 10

CosmoQuest: Where would you like to explore today?

Science is a community endeavor. In some cases the community is reflected in long author lists on papers. In other cases it is reflected in the conversations in the hallway and in letters (emails) where scientists question and challenge one another, and in the lecture hall seminars where we learn together about what is new in our understanding of the universe. While scientists at academic and research centers can readily participate in this community of science, it is a bit harder for amateur astronomers and citizen scientists who are working from their drive ways and desktops to get engaged. The... Read More...

Nov 20

New AWB Board Chairman

Astronomers Without Borders is pleased to announce the appointment of Stanley Weinstein as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.  Stanley is recently retired after 42 years in the nonprofit sector, having served as President of Stanley Weinstein & Co. and providing services for more than 300 nonprofit organizations throughout the US.  Stanley has authored acclaimed books on fundraising for non-profits including The Complete Guide to Fundraising Management and Capital Campaigns from the Ground Up .  Impressed with the work of Astronomers Without Borders since first meeting Mike Simmons during the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009), Stanley has made Astronomers... Read More...

Sep 02

National Geographic Features Malin Video

“The Island,” a time-lapse video by internationally known photographer and AWB supporter Christoph Malin, was featured August 15 on the National Geographic website . The video shows, in time-lapse motion, the stunning vistas of La Palma in the Spanish Canary Islands, some 62 miles off the African coast. Read More...

Aug 30

Deirdre Kelleghan Wins Prestigious Award

Deirdre Kelleghan, AWB National Coordinator for Ireland, has been honored with Science magazine’s prestigious SPORE (Science Project for Online Resources in Education) award for her work in opening up the wonders of the universe to schoolchildren.  Science magazine is the journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.     Read More...

Dec 30

Solar Eclipse Live Webcasts

Live partial solar eclipse webcast 4 January 2011 The new year 2011 begins with a big celestial event, a partial solar eclipse, and Bareket Observatory in Israel will broadcast it to the world live on January 4.  The Moon will encroach 60% into the solar disk during the special live webcast. Read More...

Dec 08

Meteor Shower, Lunar Eclipse in December

This month, Astronomers Without Borders will help the global public enjoy two special night-sky events—the Geminid meteor shower, which peaks on December 13-14; and a total eclipse of the Moon on the night of December 20-21. Read More...

Nov 23

GAM 2011 Save the Dates

Save the Dates: April 2011 is Global Astronomy Month April 2011 will again be a busy month for amateur and professional astronomers, educators and astronomy enthusiasts as Global Astronomy Month (GAM) returns for its second edition. The annual event, organized by Astronomers Without Borders, celebrates the Universe in the spirit of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 cornerstone project "100 Hours of Astronomy." Astronomy clubs, science centers, schools, educators, and other astronomy enthusiasts worldwide are invited to reserve dates in April 2011 for public outreach, hands-on activities, observing sessions and more while sharing the enthusiasm with others across the globe... Read More...

Nov 22

John Dobson interview webcast

John Dobson, popularizer of the widely-used Dobsonian telescope design that now bears his name, was interviewed by AWB President Mike Simmons in the first episode of a new series of webcasts, Astronomers Without Borders' Living Legend Series on Saturday, November 13. Watch the program Read More...

Sep 08

First AWB Remote Observing Event

First AWB Remote Observing Has Been Rescheduled The AWB Remote Observing project aims to bring the fun and excitement of observing to AWB groups around the world. The goals of this project are to have AWB groups control remote telescopes online, share their sessions with other groups, and collaborate on observing projects. Read More...

Sep 04

TWAN on PBS NewsHour

The World at Night (TWAN) , a Special Project of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 administered by Astronomers Without Borders, is featured on the web site of the flagship news program of the USA's Public Broadcasting System, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. The feature includes a slide show and interviews of AWB President Mike Simmons, TWAN Director Babak Tafreshi and TWAN photographer Wally Pacholka. Coverage of one of 24 exhibitions in shopping malls around the nation accompanies the slide show. Read More...

Aug 21

Dark Sky Awareness: Earth and Sky Photo Contest

Valuable Prizes Added to First International Earth and Sky Photo Contest Valuable prizes have now been added to the the first International Earth and Sky Photo Contest. Two global projects of the International Year of Astronomy 2009, The World at Night (TWAN) and Dark Skies Awareness (DSA), have joined to organize the contest. TWAN-style photographs, which combine Earth and sky together, are easy to create. The contest, with a theme of "Dark Skies Importance", is open to everyone around the world. Read More...

Aug 01

Stay Tuned

Stay tuned to Astronomers Without Borders for a special announcement!!! Read More...

Jul 30

First India-Bangladesh Star Party by AWB and StarPeace

The International Year of Astronomy 2009 has sprung up several surprises. Some of them included star parties between two different countries at the same venue. For the first time, an actual star party was held on the Ground Zero between two different countries, which was also attended by the security forces of each country. Read More...