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Nov 16
2015

Planning for Tanzanian Observatory

Report by Kai Staats

This past Tuesday, November 10 was a day well spent. My son Bernard and I, on behalf of Telescopes to Tanzania, had the good fortune of meeting with the founding members of the Centre for Science. Over the course the morning and early afternoon, we discussed the finer details of the design, orientation, and construction of what will be Tanzania's first professional grade astronomical observatory. There is certainly more to tell, but for now, a quick, genuine note of thanks to Frank, Samuel, Azael, Lydia, Thomas, Hodian, and Josiah for their warm welcome, hospitality, creativity, and genuine passion for the... Read More..

Jul 14
2015

Telescopes to Tanzania Update - July 12

Group Photo: Board members of the Centre for Science visit with Ngongongare Village Chairman to look at the site for the Centre Observatory. Telescopes to Tanzania founders Sue and Chuck Ruehle have arrived safely in Tanzania. They met with the Board of the Centre for Science …and proceeded to visit the site which has been selected for the construction of the observatory. The Village Chair of Ngongongare has made the land available for the Centre. After the visit the land transfer work began. While they are in Tanzania further details for construction of the observatory will be finalized. Land Photo:... Read More...

Jul 01
2015

AstroPoetry Contest 2015 Winners Announced

This year's GAM Astropoetry contest attracted a total of 339 poems, more than any other of our contests in the four year history! They were from around the world, from Brazil, India, Indonesia, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, and USA. Our younger poets were from mostly from India. So many entries were well crafted and thoughtful that it was very difficult to choose our 18 winners. Here's the quick list: Children's Category : First Place - Isabelle Byren, 
Stockholm, Sweden for " The Moon " Second Place - Emilia Russell Blom
, Stockholm, Sweden for " Stars " Third Place -... Read More...

Jun 26
2015

Heading Back to Tanzania - Telescopes in Hand

Telescopes to Tanzania is packing. Clothes and personal items get squished between the important stuff. Generous donors have made it possible for us to take 5 more telescopes, at least 4 microscopes, light benches, lenses, prisms, maps, spectroscopes, a few books, sky maps, and whatever we can squeeze into 6 suitcases weighing up to 50 pounds each!! Sue Packing gear : Sue packs a suitcase with science equipment for the Centre for Science Education as the Ruehle's prepare for another month of teaching in Tanzania. In just 2 weeks, 14 teachers will gather in Usa River Tanzania to begin to... Read More...

Jun 19
2015

A Dream Come True

The Centre for Science Education and Observatory in East Africa is a dream that has turned into a reality for educators, students, parents, and institutions throughout Tanzania. With immense challenges to education of the country's youth, particularly in critical areas of science and technology, the Centre is providing training for teachers, hands-on laboratories for students, and resources that promises to have a long-lasting impact nationwide. The Centre for Science Education and Observatory in East Africa has organizational and governmental partners to help it move forward, and is expected to be a project that will also be a model for other... Read More...

Jun 18
2015

Dream Come True

The Centre for Science Education and Observatory in East Africa is a dream that has turned into a reality for educators, students, parents, and institutions throughout Tanzania. With immense challenges to education of the country's youth, particularly in critical areas of science and technology, the Centre is providing training for teachers, hands-on laboratories for students, and resources that promises to have a long-lasting impact nationwide. The Centre for Science Education and Observatory in East Africa has organizational and governmental partners to help it move forward, and is expected to be a project that will also be a model for other... Read More...

Jun 18
2015

Telescopes to Tanzania Update from Sue Ruehle

May 28, 2015 Science Education is on the move in Tanzania. In the last two months, 14 Schools have welcomed the Science Ambassadors of the Centre for Science Education and about 1000 students have had a brief introduction to astronomy. Just this week, the Centre has received 3 computers and modems along with a printer and supplies to begin to take distance learning to rural areas around Mt. Meru Tanzania. A small grant from the Office of Astronomical Development and many contributions from individuals have made this work possible This week the work of the Ambassadors and the story of... Read More...

Jun 18
2015

Report from Tanzania - Laptops

Here's the news from Tanzania: It was good Day when we receive equipment for Astor –science ambassador auto reach we received the following: 4 modems, 4 laptops and one printer. Mr Nassary, project coodinator, together with Mr Mwakalapa and Mr Mbise Mwakalapa first from right Mr Miley at the midlle Mr Makapala the left first Mr Mbise. The activity for installation of laptop. Taking place on behalf of the center for science Mr Mbise. Thanks donors for donating equipment which we be owned and monitored by science center on Monday we are going to distribute it to ambassadors group. And... Read More...

Jun 10
2015

AWB Helping NASo for Nepal

NASO's (Nepal Astronomy Society) crowdfunding campaign "Let's Build Schools for Kids in Nepal" is closing June 13. There's only a few days left. NASO continues to fund raise for ever important schools in the earthquake-stricken district of Sindhupalchok, Nepal. Teaching science through astronomy is a goal that Astronomers Without Borders is proud to support and with NASO's crowdfunding effort, we can now directly affect the children of this country. Please visit the NASo Indigogo campaign page and give or join AWB in helping spread the word. Read More...

Jun 10
2015

Asteroid Day - June 30, 2015

What is it? Asteroid Day is a international awareness movement where people learn about asteroids and what we can do to protect our planet and future generations. Asteroid Day will be held on the anniversary of the 1908 Siberian Tunguska event, the largest asteroid impact on Earth in recent history. On June 30, why not plan to go out and try to see asteroid Pallas or Ceres as they will be visible from now through to event day and share your experience with friends, family or your local club. If you see an asteroid or are planning on an Asteroid... Read More...

Jun 03
2015

AstroArtist of the Month - Danielle Futselaar

Danielle Fuselaar was inspired by SETI and the movie Contact to create poster artwork for the SETIcon 2012. As a result, Danielle has create works of asteroids for Franck Marchis, Senior Planetary Astronomer at the SETI Institute. She then went on to illustrate the planets Kepler 186 and Kepler 186. Check out her work in the first in her series of posts at our AstroArtist blog . Read More...

Jun 03
2015

SOFIA Hosts Mike

Tuesday, June 2, our president Mike Simmons will be onboard the SOFIA observatory. The SOFIA or Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy is a converted Boeing 747SP and was originally acquired by Pan American World Airways for NASA and is packed with equipment like cameras, spectrometers, and photometers. On this trip Mike will be watching and reporting on current projects like star birth and death, planets, comets and asteroids in our solar system and black holes at the center of galaxies! Follow him during this 10 hour journey into the depth of space all from the hull of an airplane flying... Read More...

Apr 30
2015

AWB @ NEAF

Our president, Mike Simmons represented Astronomers Without Borders at NEAF this year held in New York. He manned our booth and spread the word about our international outreach. Here's his report: "The Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF), was held in northern New York, and was the highlight of the year for the astronomy industry. The big companies display their wares alongside small vendors that serve every niche in the hobby of astronomy. AWB was there once again with a booth and the AWB OneSky telescope on display, and more, thanks to Planewave Instruments who is generously shipping materials and equipment for... Read More...

Apr 30
2015

Mike In Brazil

Our president, Mike Simmons visited friends in Brazil during GAM 2015 representing Astronomers Without Borders. Here's a report of his trip. "It was a pleasure to attend the International Meeting of Astronomy and Astronautics in Campos dos Goytacezes, Brazil this April after a three-year absence. As always, Marcelo Souza organized a great program attended by mostly students in the small city, with the help of eager young volunteers. There were several other international guests including Patrick Miller of the International Astronomical Search Campaign (IASC), the indefatigable Stephen Ramsden of the pioneering outreach organization Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project, Pedro Re... Read More...

Apr 29
2015

Melanie King - Largest Ever Cyanotype

This week Melanie King features her work with cyanotype, when the paper is exposed to ultraviolet light (usually from the Sun), a chemical reaction takes place resulting in an insoluble blue dye know as "prussian blue". Using the same technique, she created the largest cyanotype measuring 10 x 6 metres! The aim of Melanie's artwork "intends to remind the viewer of the interconnectedness between the individual and the universe as a whole". Explore her work at our AstroArtist Blog . Read More...

Apr 14
2015

Melanie King - AstroArtist of the Month

Melanie King is our AstroArtist of the month . She's an artist that look at the histories of photography and astronomy and sees parallels between since the 19th Century. She asked, "did the study of light by polymath inventors (Herschel, Talbot, Daguerre, Maxwell) in the field of astronomy contribute to the invention of the photograph and how is the study of light currently being used to find out more about our universe and dark matter?" Her interesting artwork explores our cultural past through photography and how important astronomical events have influenced our population. "My artwork intends to remind the viewer... Read More...

Apr 08
2015

Night Sky Diorama - AstroCraft

Kathleen Horner has created a beautiful way that you can celebrate and learn about how important dark skies. It has become more and more difficult to find a dark sky to watch the skies, and during Global Astronomy Month and International Year of Light, this craft will show you ways in which you can revisit The Night Sky. This 3D to scale representation of a front yard shows different ways that urban areas can utilize easy solutions to preserve the dark sky. In Kathleen's instructions, she encourages you to add any other backdrop, whether it is a field, mountains, or... Read More...

Apr 08
2015

Solar Eclipse - Arianna Ricchiuti

Arianna Ricchiuti of Bisceglie, Italy submitted a great Members' Report about her solar viewing during the solar eclipse that happened this past March 20. She's so proud that she can help people find objects in the sky with her telescope and says that she now holds her own observing events in collaboration with Planetario Sky-Skan in Bari! To read more about her experience, visit her complete  Members' Report . She truly enjoyed sharing her knowledge with both grown-ups and kids, "This experience has been really rewarding because I realized people gladly listen to me while I am talking and I am able... Read More...

Apr 04
2015

We Got an App for That!

To celebrate this year's Global Astronomy Month celebration, the Alive Wallpaper App will have a GAM-themed wallpapers that you can add to your Android device. This great app is the perfect souvenir of the world's largest global celebration of astronomy. AWB and Bonne-App has teamed up bring these astro-themed papers to the Alive Wallpaper app to help support our important international outreach programs. Download  this app at the Google Play store. Read More...

Mar 24
2015

Monthly Hangout - GAM

This month's hangout we will be talking about GAM 2015. We have a jam-packed line-up that will inform you of all the events that we'll having this year. Christie McGonigal, our chief coordinator has been working very hard to bring the biggest and best GAM ever! Christie will be chatting about Global Astronomy Month and what it means to the astronomy community and how GAM helps to spread the word about STEM education through out the world. She will also be at hand to let you know how best you can participate. Andrew Fazekas, our communications manager, will be chiming... Read More...

Mar 02
2015

Hangout SPECIAL: Orbital Perspective: One Earth, One Sky

Ron Garan , astronaut, while floating in space, recalls looking back at our blue dot and marvelling at the beauty of our Earth. With our shrinking borders and increased technologies, why can't we collaborate globally? While on his stint on the International Space Station this former fighter pilot worked with fifteen nationalities to put a few humans into a sustained environment in space. This is his Orbital Perspective. His newly released book has now explores how we can take that notion of Orbital Perspective and bring it to Earth. Join Ron and fellow astronaut Anousheh Ansari  and Overview Institute 's Frank White... Read More...