UPDATE: Two participating schools, in China and Nicaragua, have discovered new asteroids . The International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC=”Isaac”) is an online educational outreach program for high schools and colleges, in which students make original astronomical discoveries. Each day students receive telescopic images, only hours old and taken along the ecliptic. Using the software Astrometrica, they accurately measure the time and position of asteroids moving in the background. The measurements are recorded in a report sent to the Minor Planet Center (Harvard). Each year 5000 students from 500 schools in more than 40 countries participate in IASC asteroid searches. There...

Guidelines for GAM2012 Global Programs Each April, Astronomers Without Borders (AWB) organizes Global Astronomy Month (GAM), which provides a global audience to many programs. The first two editions of GAM in 2010 and 2011 included more than 50 programs.

What if you like photographing the night sky? From 1 to 22 April, an on-line “ Earth and Sky ” photo contest will be open for submission by photography enthusiasts from around the world. The contest theme, “ Dark Skies Importance ,” has two categories: “ Beauty of the Night Sky ” and “ Against the Lights .” Photos submitted to the contest should aim to address either category: either to impress people on how important and amazing the starry sky is or to impress people on how bad the problem of light pollution has become. Both categories illustrate how...

Is there is a single day set aside emphasizing the right to starlight? World Night in Defence of the Starlight happens on April 20 every year to remind us of the need to preserve our right to view a dark night sky full of stars and to take steps to prevent its disappearance. The World Night in Defence of the Starlight is promoted annually as part of our cultural, scientific and environmental heritage. Activities can include switching off lights at night to recover the stars and save energy. You can organize artistic competitions, exhibitions, media campaigns, or conferences on the...

30 April at 20.00 UT GAM 2012 Closing Event As part of the Remote Observing program for Global Astronomy Month (GAM2012), the Virtual Telescope is proud to again offer unique event offering you the chance to discover an astronomical object: "Write Your Name in The Sky!". To close GAM 2012, our cutting-edge technology telescopes will start surfing the spring skies, hunting for new, previously unknown asteroids. The images will be made available online, in real time, to make it possible for you to search them and make the discovery! The first to report to us a potential new...