7 to 8 April, 2012 In the Interstices of Life by Thomas Riess A video titled “Space Trip,” celebrating new works by the Austrian artist Thomas Riess, will be featured as part of AWB’s GAM AstroArt program.  Riess works at the very forefront of the artistic experience, seeking to break the limitations of painting and establish a “dialogue on the phenomenon of reality.”  Visit him on his website and visit this page on the dates mentioned above to watch his new video “In the Interstices of Life.”

8 April, 2012, at 19.00 UTC What is the link between bats and radio astronomy? Bats are amazing animals that utilize ultrasonic sound to navigate and hunt insects in the dark. Thanks to microelectronics, we now can search for bats using a device called a "batdetector". This device transforms the ultrasonic sounds into audible sounds in real-time. So in a bat’s life it’s all about waves and frequencies—just as in radio astronomy.

What if you have only a few minutes to learn about the impact of dark skies on our lives? Ten minute audio podcasts on dark skies awareness are available at 365DaysofAstronomy.org . They’re a fun way of learning about serious light pollution issues that affect energy use, our health and wildlife. 2012: International Dark Sky Week Dark Skies in Harmony Global Astronomy Month and the Quest for the Dark (k)Night GLOBE at Night Kickoff: Seeing the Light Dark Skies Crusader Challenges Cities during February’s GLOBE at Night Campaign Dark Skies Crusader, This is Your Light! The 3rd 2012 GLOBE at...

Be part of a chain of events traveling around the world in 30 nights... THIRTY NIGHTS OF STARPEACE is a global project inspired by the idea of sharing the starry-night experience among neighboring astronomy groups across national borders, one segment of the globe at a time, on successive nights during the month of April. It's a way of bringing to focus a spirit of fellowship, communication, and a love for the high and open sky within a specific part of the world every single night. ( Download higher resolution full poster )

Special planetarium program for the visually impaired. To make astronomy available to everyone during IYA2009, including those with special needs, the Spanish IYA2009 National Node created the national project called “Astronomical Activities for People with Special Needs”. As part of this project, a planetarium program for the blind, “El Cielo en tus Manos ( The Sky in Your Hands )”, was produced to bring the beauty of astronomy to the visually-impaired public. Now, in association with Astronomers Without Borders, the Astronomical Observatory of the University of Valencia has made resources for this special program available to other theaters, institutions and...