26 April 2012, at 18:00 UT   New date, rescheduled due to weather Would you like to explore the many treasures of the famous Messier Catalogue from home? Would you like to see as many of them as possible, in a single night? This is what is called a Messier Marathon! Following the huge popularity of the 2010 and 2011, an online Messier Marathon will again open GAM using our robotic telescopes, providing real time images and live comments. All this while chatting and sharing your passion and excitement with friends from all around the world. To join this free event,...

April 21-22, 2012 Perhaps you've seen "shooting stars" before, but during GAM you can witness a meteor shower! The Lyrids meteor shower happens each year from about April 16 to 26 but the most are seen on April 22. Don't expect continuous meteors covering the sky but you'll still see a good display. A shower occurs when Earth goes through a swarm of material in space and the meteors appear to come from one point in the sky known as the radiant, in this case in the constellation of Lyra (giving the annual event its name). You'll see the most...

Following the outstanding success of live online observing events conducted by Virtual Telescope in Italy, Global Astronomy Month 2012 (GAM2012) will again have special online observing programs throughout the month. Exciting activities using advanced, remotely-accessible observatories will include online guided cosmic shows, free personal remote observing sessions, and special discounts for observing time for those who want to do more. Discover the benefits of remote astronomy and enjoy the sky from the comfort of your own home.

The GAM 2012 Astropoetry Contest was a great success, with a total of 73 poems submitted for judging. Our thanks to all the fine poets, young and old, who contributed their work to the contest and helped make Global Astronomy Month a memorable event. Thanks also to our sponsors—Celestron, Hotech, Sky & Telescope, and Woodland Hills Telescope & Camera—for their generous donation of prizes. Read the winning poems . Following are the winning entries, and the prizes awarded: ADULT CATEGORY (age 18 and over): First Place: “Star Gazing,” by Robert A. Wilcox, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. Prize: AstroMaster 130EQ telescope...

What is a good way to help preserve the night sky? International Dark-Sky Week 14 - 20 April The week of 14 - 20 April celebrates International Dark Sky Week (IDSW). It’s a great time to host a neighborhood star party and introduce the idea of preserving a dark night sky to your community. A poster child example is the community of Harmony, Florida with their Dark Sky Festival on April 14. The main goal of IDSW is to raise awareness of the value of maintaining dark skies. Another goal of IDSW is to encourage efficient use of outdoor lighting....