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Aug 25
2015

Ambassadors Report from Tanzania

Mike Simmons

Telescope Viewing Good news has arrived from Tanzania! The Ambassadors sent a report on progress both in the schools and at the observatory site. Nine schools were visited recently, with introductions to astronomy for new schools, and new lessons for continuing schools. Lessons on using a telescope, presentations on Pluto's change in planetary status, and teacher training all brought excitment to students and teachers alike. Mr Miley providing books An important presentation for teachers covered integration of astronomy with the study of other science. With small telescopes and the sky overhead science teachers have a natural laboratory that can be... Read More..

Nov 26
2012

Arizona Science & Astronomy Expo

Mike Simmons, AWB President, Dr. Phil Plait aka "The Bad Astronomer", and Peggy Walker AWB US National Coordinator (NC) and manager of the AWB global NC network at the AWB booth. The Arizona Science and Education Expo (ASAE) held its inaugural edition in Tucson, Arizona on November 10th and 11th at the Tucson Convention Center. Co-organized by Alan Traino and Andy Lunt of Lunt Solar Systems, ASAE focused on science and education, targeting not just amateur astronomers but also families with children. There was a wide range of activities with door prizes and raffles, a public star party, hands-on exhibits,... Read More...

Nov 22
2012

Holiday Fundraising Sale

It's time for the year-end holidays, and Astronomers Without Borders is ready. Shoppers can now make purchases from Astronomers Without Borders' online store to support its worldwide programs and get great prices on great products. These items are donated by companies that support Astronomers Without Borders' mission of connecting people worldwide through astronomy, and supporting outreach and education in astronomy as a gateway to the sciences. Read More...

Nov 16
2012

Telescopes4Teachers Gives Schools Affordable Windows on the Universe

School year 2012-2013 is in full swing, and this year something new and wonderful is happening: Children in schools that never before had a telescope are now using Galileoscopes to learn about lenses, telescopes, and astronomy—thanks to generous donors to the Telescopes4Teachers program.  Telescopes4Teachers provides interested teachers with affordable, quality telescopes and the training necessary to help them to become effective teachers of astronomy. Read More...

Oct 21
2012

Celestron Telescope Prize to Nepal Astro Club

TORRANCE, CA – October 25, 2012 – Celestron, the global leader in telescope design, and Astronomers Without Borders have announced the donation of the Global Astronomy Month Astropoetry Contest’s first-place prize—a Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ telescope (retail $279.95)—to the Damak Astronomical Club (DAC) in Damak jhapa, Nepal. Read More...

Sep 05
2012

Celebrate Peace Day with a Star Party Sept. 21

September 21, the International Day of Peace (Peace Day), is an opportunity for peacemakers around the world to replace world conflict with world friendship. The international organization StarPeace will celebrate this day by organizing mutual public star parties near the borders of neighboring countries. Read More...

Aug 26
2012

Reach for the Stars - Afghanistan

A new Astronomers Without Borders project, Reach for the Stars - Afghanistan, has launched with the goal of establishing the first astronomy curriculum for young children in Afghanistan.  Created in collaboration with the Astronomical Association of Afghanistan, Reach for the Starts - Afghanistan will be based on Afghan culture, the countries rich heritage of Islamic astronomy, and modern science.  Schools, orphanages and refugee camps in and around Kabul will also receive scarce educational resources to be used in the programs.  Supporters are needed to bring the stars and science to the children of Afghanistan. Read more...   Read More...

Aug 14
2012

AWB partners to launch SkyCube

Astronomers Without Borders is partnering with Southern Skies, developers of the popular SkySafari apps for Apple and Android devices, to put a new satellite into orbit.  A nanosatellite whose "owners" contribute as little as one dollar, SkyCube will allow its thousands of supporters to send messages from space and take images looking back at Earth.  Astronomers Without Borders (AWB) member programs will use the satellite's unique capabilities, including its high visibility when it inflates a reflective balloon near the end of its mission.  Southern Skies will in turn donate up to 50% of proceeds from SkyCube donations made through Astronomers... Read More...

Aug 09
2012

AWB to Collaborate with World Space Week Association

Astronomers Without Borders has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with World Space Week Association to jointly celebrate World Space Week on October 4–10 every year. World Space Week is an international celebration of science and technology, intended to educate, encourage, and inspire people everywhere in the human outreach toward space. The United Nations General Assembly declared in 1999 that World Space Week will be held each year from October 4–10. These dates commemorate two events:October 4, 1957: Launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1. October 10, 1967: The signing of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities... Read More...

Aug 08
2012

GLOBE at Night 2012 Final Results

The final tally is now in from the seventh annual international star-hunting activity known as GLOBE at Night.  During the 2012 campaign, citizen scientists around the world recorded a total of 16,850 measurements of night-sky brightness.   Read More...

Aug 01
2012

Celebrate the Curiosity Landing Live on Google +

Starting at 03:00 UTC August 6th (8:00 p.m. PDT August 5th) a live, 4-hour webcast, accessible via Google Hangout on Air, will highlight the landing of the Mars rover Curiosity. During the webcast, scientists, engineers and other experts will provide unique insight into the rover and the landing, and viewers will have the chance to interact and ask questions. Hosted by Universe Today’s Fraser Cain, along with Dr. Pamela Gay and Dr. Phil Plait, the webcast will feature interviews with special guests, a live video feed from NASA of the landing, and live coverage from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)... Read More...

Jul 27
2012

Celestron and AWB Announce Partnership

Celestron and Astronomers Without Borders are excited to announce a new partnership that brings together two of worldwide astronomy’s brightest stars.           TORRANCE, CA – July 26, 2012 – Celestron, the global leader in telescope design, has partnered with Astronomers Without Borders, the leader in organizing programs connecting people worldwide through a shared common interest in astronomy. In this sponsorship, both companies will better serve the entire international astronomy community. Read More...

Mar 19
2012

Astronomer’s Paradise: Journey For Everyone

You know you’re in for something special when an online video says, “Make sure to watch this full-screen with the sound on!” Especially when it comes from astrophotography masters Christoph Malin and Babak Tafreshi. Since Babak created The World at Night (TWAN) in late 2008 under Astronomers Without Borders , the project has become a legend with its unprecedented collection of images and time-lapse videos created by a carefully chosen team of experts in landscape astrophotography. Read More...

Feb 19
2012

Eros Parallax Project Completed

The Eros Parallax Project, organized by Steven van Roode in partnership with Astronomers Without Borders, received 106 observations of the minor planet from 37 observers.  These observations were all photographic, recording the position of Eros compared to the background stars as seen from widely dispersed locations on Earth.  Some sent their photos in as well, and you can see them in the project's gallery . Of particular interest are the composite images, combining multiple images into one, showing the rapid movement of Eros across the sky. Preliminary results show, as expected, some data that closely fits the known value of... Read More...

Feb 10
2012

CosmoQuest: Where would you like to explore today?

Science is a community endeavor. In some cases the community is reflected in long author lists on papers. In other cases it is reflected in the conversations in the hallway and in letters (emails) where scientists question and challenge one another, and in the lecture hall seminars where we learn together about what is new in our understanding of the universe. While scientists at academic and research centers can readily participate in this community of science, it is a bit harder for amateur astronomers and citizen scientists who are working from their drive ways and desktops to get engaged. The... Read More...

Nov 20
2011

New AWB Board Chairman

Astronomers Without Borders is pleased to announce the appointment of Stanley Weinstein as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.  Stanley is recently retired after 42 years in the nonprofit sector, having served as President of Stanley Weinstein & Co. and providing services for more than 300 nonprofit organizations throughout the US.  Stanley has authored acclaimed books on fundraising for non-profits including The Complete Guide to Fundraising Management and Capital Campaigns from the Ground Up .  Impressed with the work of Astronomers Without Borders since first meeting Mike Simmons during the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009), Stanley has made Astronomers... Read More...

Sep 02
2011

National Geographic Features Malin Video

“The Island,” a time-lapse video by internationally known photographer and AWB supporter Christoph Malin, was featured August 15 on the National Geographic website . The video shows, in time-lapse motion, the stunning vistas of La Palma in the Spanish Canary Islands, some 62 miles off the African coast. Read More...

Aug 30
2011

Deirdre Kelleghan Wins Prestigious Award

Deirdre Kelleghan, AWB National Coordinator for Ireland, has been honored with Science magazine’s prestigious SPORE (Science Project for Online Resources in Education) award for her work in opening up the wonders of the universe to schoolchildren.  Science magazine is the journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.     Read More...

Dec 30
2010

Solar Eclipse Live Webcasts

Live partial solar eclipse webcast 4 January 2011 The new year 2011 begins with a big celestial event, a partial solar eclipse, and Bareket Observatory in Israel will broadcast it to the world live on January 4.  The Moon will encroach 60% into the solar disk during the special live webcast. Read More...

Dec 08
2010

Meteor Shower, Lunar Eclipse in December

This month, Astronomers Without Borders will help the global public enjoy two special night-sky events—the Geminid meteor shower, which peaks on December 13-14; and a total eclipse of the Moon on the night of December 20-21. Read More...

Nov 23
2010

GAM 2011 Save the Dates

Save the Dates: April 2011 is Global Astronomy Month April 2011 will again be a busy month for amateur and professional astronomers, educators and astronomy enthusiasts as Global Astronomy Month (GAM) returns for its second edition. The annual event, organized by Astronomers Without Borders, celebrates the Universe in the spirit of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 cornerstone project "100 Hours of Astronomy." Astronomy clubs, science centers, schools, educators, and other astronomy enthusiasts worldwide are invited to reserve dates in April 2011 for public outreach, hands-on activities, observing sessions and more while sharing the enthusiasm with others across the globe... Read More...