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Aug 26
2015

GAM 2015 Wrap-Up Report

GAM 2015 was a great success! With 28 programs that ran through out the month, 18 posts from around the world at our GAM Blog, and 70,000 viewers took part in the Virtual Telescope online parties. Our social media was ablaze with 750,000 impressions (the number of times a post was “Liked”, shared, or had a comment) on Facebook over the whole month and an average of 1500 likes per day. Twitter was also very popular with 44,000 impressions during April. Our most popular events were the Virtual Telescope shows, Asteroid Search Campaign and the AstroPhotography Contest. View the full...

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Feb 19
2012

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
2012

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
2011

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
2011

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
2011

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
2010

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
2010

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
2010

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
2010

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
2009

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
2009

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
2009

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
2009

Stay Tuned

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

Jul 30
2009

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...

Jun 18
2009

Seasons without Borders

Seasons without Borders is a new project developed by AWB Affiliates in Brazil, India and Iraq. On June 21, 2009 the Sun will reach its most northern point in our sky, marking the beginning of summer north of the equator and the beginning of winter in the south.  AWB Affiliate groups will gather to view the shadow falling on a sundial or even just a stick put into the ground.  They'll connect with other Affiliates to share their observations from different parts of the world.  All AWB Affiliates are invited to join in. Read More...

Apr 27
2009

AWB Gallery and FAQs

The AWB Gallery is ready for you to use!  You can upload pictures to these categories: IYA, Astronomical Pictures, Equipment, Educational Activities, Projects (currently including 100 Hours of Astronomy, and The Sky at Night), and Starparties. There is a how-to guide for viewing and uploading Pictures to the Gallery, which you can find both on the Forum under "Introduction to the AWB Website" , and also as a FAQ . There are also FAQs for registering and logging in , and for using the AWB Forum . Read More...

Mar 24
2009

A 400 anni da Galileo: The World At Night , la mostra a Torino e a Chivasso

Italian site discussing The World At Night (TWAN) Project. Read More...

Mar 24
2009

Planetary Radio: Bringing Astronomy to the People With Mike Simmons

Planetary Radio interview with Mike Simmons about the 100 Hours of Astronomy worldwide celebration. Read More...

Mar 08
2009

100 Hours of Astronomy in Coonabarabran NSW

We have lots of events planned over this period.  A village astrofest in Baradine on Friday night preceded by talks in the schools, solar observing and a BBQ as well telescope workshop, followed by observing at the High School oval. Thursday night will see sidewalk astronomy on the main street of Coonabarabran. There will be live broadcasts to a number of schools on the Friday morning and a Starry Starry night event in the park on the Saturday night. Read More...

Sep 14
2008

The Earth and Sky International Workshop

by Laura Hiller

An International  Workshop on "The Earth and Sky, Astrophotography and Image Processing" (a TWAN project) is scheduled to be held next month in Delhi. Read More...