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Sep 08
2015

Young Astronomy Enthusiasts from Ilboru - Telescopes to Tanzania Update

Submitted by Eliatosha Maleko At Ilboru primary school with the total of 1250 students there are different subject clubs but Geography and Science clubs are the ones with huge number of students. This is due curious nature of the students and nature of the two subjects towards responding to their curiosity. What interest them the most is the relation between what is up in the sky in connection to their environment. On today's night standard five students wanted to know more about nearby planets which we can see at night like Venus and Jupiter. And most of the students were... Read More..

Feb 14
2013

Saving Hubble and the Hubble Roadshow

Saving Hubble , a new, independently-produced documentary, tells the inspirational story of the unprecedented grassroots effort that emerged to save the Hubble Space Telescope after its cancellation in 2004. Screened at venues ranging from public outreach events (as part of the Hubble Roadshow ) to scientific conferences, this dramatic retelling of the popular movement to preserve a scientific cultural icon has been enjoyed by thousands. Independent filmmaker David Gaynes, an avowed "Hubble Hugger", personally financed the making of Saving Hubble , as well as its distribution and screenings so far. Now David and Saving Hubble need the support of that... Read More...

Feb 08
2013

TWAN Feb. 2013 Newsletter Now Available

You won’t want to miss the February 2013 The World At Night (TWAN) Newsletter, now on view at www.twanight.org/z_newsletter/ . Read More...

Feb 07
2013

Uwingu Creates the Future

Someone once said that the best way to predict the future is to invent it. That certainly is true for Uwingu , a new organization that seeks to kick-start the future through a website that connects people to the sky via commercial products, and uses the profits to fund education. The company’s name, in case you’re wondering, means “sky” in Swahili. Uwingu, which became a sponsor of Astronomers Without Borders in December 2012 , aims to be a destination for teachers and parents interested in bringing space science to their children. The organization is made up of astronomers, planetary scientists,... Read More...

Feb 07
2013

Mike Simmons on The Cosmic Ray Show

Astronomers Without Borders president Mike Simmons was a featured guest on the January episode of The Cosmic Ray Show , and Mike’s interview—which was streamed live on January 23—is now available for your viewing on YouTube . Read More...

Feb 04
2013

Good Astronomy Products at AWB Shop

Good astronomy products for amateur astronomers, good prices, and a good cause! Thanks to AWB supporters Celestron , Televue , and Lunt Solar Systems , the AWB store has deals at discounted prices, with 100% of the sale price going to AWB programs. There are ED refractors, H-alpha telescopes, Nagler 6 NEAF blems discounted as much as 50% off retail prices. Shop at the AWB online store ! Read More...

Feb 04
2013

Mike Simmons at Seattle Astronomy

Seattle Astronomy , a website covering news and events in the largest city in the US Pacific Northwest, has published a report on AWB’s Mike Simmons keynote address at the Seattle Astronomical Society’s annual banquet in January. The AWB Founder and President found a very active astronomy community in the region despite its notoriously cloudy weather. Society members were engaged and enthusiastic about the message of One People, One Sky, as well as the possibilities for interaction with others. Read More...

Feb 04
2013

AWB Partners with Ahoora Foundation

AWB is partnering with the Ahoora Foundation of Plano, Texas, in the 2013 What If? Prize Competition, which is designed to excite students (grades 9-12) about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The goal of this year’s What If? Live Student Design Challenge is to develop high school students’ creative and analytical abilities by learning about the growing need for green fuels and designing a vehicle propulsion system using commonly available materials, including sweet treats and carbonated beverages. Students must create a research plan, write a research paper, develop and build the propulsion system, make a video showing the vehicle in... Read More...

Jan 31
2013

AWB NC Austria Greets From Thailand

Johannes “Joe” Stuebler is more than AWB’s National Coordinator for Austria. He’s an AWB ambassador and enthusiast who travels to many other countries, always seeking out fellow astronomers and enlightening them about Astronomers Without Borders. In his latest AWB Member Blog , Joe writes from Thailand where he met astronomers and attended the opening celebration of the Thai National Observatory. Read More...

Jan 29
2013

Work With Us

This position is now closed and applications are no longer being accepted. Please Join AWB to receive future mailings including volunteer and staff needs. Astronomers Without Borders is seeking a Coordinator for Global Astronomy Month 2013 (GAM 2013). This is a part-time position (20 hours per week to start). The position is available immediately and will continue through May 2013. Hours are flexible and location is not a consideration as long as there is a good internet connection, though the successful applicant will need to be flexible with hours to allow for meetings with others in different times zones. Salary... Read More...

Jan 28
2013

Telescopes to Tanzania in Astronomy.com

Astronomy.com, Astronomy Magazine’s online edition, featured an article about AWB’s Telescopes to Tanzania project in its 22 January 2013 issue.  Titled “Telescopes to Tanzania brings science and math to East Africa,” the article provides an update on the workshops for teachers conducted by Chuck and Susan Ruehle. The Ruehles report that as a result of this project—which aims to build instructor and student capacity in science, technology, engineering, and math in one of the poorest countries in the world—17 more telescopes are being used in classrooms that have teachers equipped to teach in them; and 45 new teachers know how... Read More...

Jan 28
2013

“Space Kate” Features Thilina Heenatigala

Broadcast journalist Kate Arkless Gray (known as “SpaceKate”), who runs a regular podcast with space advocates, astronauts, astronomers, etc., interviewed AWB Communication Director; Thilina Heenatigala at the International Astronautical Congress in Naples, Italy, last October. The resulting 10-minute podcast, detailing AWB’s formation, present scope, and goals, is now available here . Kate is determined to find her way into space within the next decade. No newcomer to adventure, she tramped all over Iceland with her mother at the age of six . Currently she's on the way to achieving her goal with the Lynx Space Academy’s competition. The contest winners... Read More...

Jan 25
2013

AWB Featured on Social Fundraising Blog

AWB is the subject of a January 22 post on Inspiring Generosity , a blog about cause marketing on social fundraising site Razoo. Blogger Joe Waters, an expert in cause marketing (social fundraising based on partnerships between non-profit organizations, donors, and fundraisers), was impressed by the partnership between AWB and telescope manufacturer Celestron announced last year. Joe describes how his discovery of astronomy at an early age led to his future career and why he thinks so highly of AWB’s work. Joe had mentioned AWB in an earlier post on the use of Pinterest in social fundraising as well. Read More...

Jan 25
2013

AWB on Pinterest

If you’re a social media type and an AWB fan then you’ll definitely want to follow AWB on Pinterest . Our Pinterest shares AWB news, projects, and member activities worldwide through photos. AWB even got a shout out on Inspiring Generosity , a blog on cause marketing Razoo in a blog post about using Pinterest for cause marketing. Read More...

Jan 21
2013

AWB on The Cosmic Ray Show

Astronomers Without Borders president Mike Simmons and program manager Thilina Heenatigala will be Featured Guests Wednesday, January 23, on The Cosmic Ray Show , which will be airing at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Google+ . In this live online TV interview, Mike and Thilina will discuss how AWB’s astronomy activism has helped promote science literacy around the world. Read More...

Jan 17
2013

Volunteer Writers Wanted

If you have good English skills and ability to research news stories, would you consider volunteering your talent to be part of AWB’s Communications Team? Team members, working with Communications Director Thilina Heenatigala, typically will prepare newsletter content, website news features, Affiliate Profiles, and other content for the AWB website. Read More...

Jan 15
2013

GAM 2012 Participation Certificates

Participation certificates for GAM 2012 events are now available! After a long delay due to website issues, updates and changes, those who registered events for GAM 2012 can now get certificates for all those who took part. Just log in to the site using your AWB user name and password and go to the certificate page on the GAM site. You'll find the menu option for Participation Certificate under Events on the GAM website . Or go directly to the certificate page . You'll be asked to log in and then redirected. Read More...

Jan 11
2013

TWAN Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Five years ago, on December 25, 2007, The World at Night's website was launched and publicly announced on NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day. The news quickly spread around the world, bringing together a team of photographers that has since been documenting the beauty of the night sky above landmarks worldwide. TWAN reached millions of people during its first five years through exhibitions, presentations and workshops, and via local and international media in more than 30 countries on six continents. The website received more than 11 million visits from 200 countries and territories, becoming one of the world's most popular... Read More...

Jan 06
2013

Mike Simmons at Museum of Flight, USA

Mike Simmons, President and Founder of AWB, will be the featured speaker for a public lecture at the famed Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington, USA on Saturday, January 19. Addressing an audience of museum visitors and supporters, Mike will describe how astronomy shows us our place in the Universe, and how observing the night sky around the Earth shows that we are “One People, One Sky.” He’ll also show how AWB programs connect the AWB community from locations worldwide. Read More...

Dec 26
2012

Uwingu Supports AWB

Uwingu provides support for AWB programs Uwingu , a new private organization created to fund science, has announced that it will be providing support for Astronomers Without Borders. Founded by astronomers, planetary scientists, and science educators, Uwingu is creating online products that connect people to the sky and space exploration, and using the profit to fund space research, education, and exploration. You can contribute to Uwingu through the two innovative programs below, or give a gift certificate through the Uwingu website. Read More...

Dec 20
2012

Globe at Night 2013 campaign

The GLOBE at Night (GaN) program, hosted by the U.S. National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), is an international citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution. The worldwide campaign invites citizen-scientists to record the brightness of the night sky by visually matching the appearance of a constellation like Orion with star maps of progressively fainter stars or using meters to obtain more precise measurements. Measurements are submitted to a central website by computer or smart phone. From these data an interactive map of all worldwide observations is created. Read More...