By Christie McMonigal Global Astronomy Month 2016 is over, and what a ride it has been! We had a number of new events this year. The Children's AstroArts Contest ran for the first time this year, and was incredibly popular, we have received so many amazing entries, I do not envy the judging panel who have to pick the winners. You can see all the entries on our Facebook page , and below. We also ran a very interesting hangout with some TWAN photographers talking about their adventures to capture the perfect picture, you can watch this below. We also...

By Constance E. Walker Poor quality lighting not only impedes astronomy research and our right to see a starry night sky, but creates safety issues, affects human circadian sensitivities, disrupts ecosystems, and wastes billions of dollars/year in energy consumption. It also leads to excess carbon emissions. How do you change the mindset of society that is used to turning night into day? You educate the next generation on quality lighting. The United Nations-sanctioned International Year of Light in 2015 (IYL2015) provided an opportunity to increase public awareness of dark skies preservation, quality lighting, and energy conservation. The Education and Public...

By Ajay Talwar It is an exciting time for astronomy in India. Recently on 30th March 2016, a Telescope installed on top Devasthal Peak in the lower Himalayan was remotely switched on by the Prime Minister of India and Belgium from Brussels. The two countries have collaborated in designing and installing the telescope which happens to be the largest telescope in India. The telescope has automatically been christened as "DOT", Devasthal Optical Telescope. Devasthal peak is 2450 meters above sea level, in the Himalayas and is quite easily accessible, just 55km from the plains at Kathgodam and about 50 km...

By Avivah Yamani Photo Credit: langitselatan March 9th, 2016, was a special day for Indonesia as it was the day of Total Solar Eclipse. It is special as the last TSE was in 1995, and most of the people don't really remember the event. Prior to 1995, there were 3 other total solar eclipses with totality path crossing some places in Indonesia. The first and most memorable for public was the 1983 TSE. It was famous because at that time, the government banned people from viewing the eclipse using any eclipse glasses or telescopes with filter. Indonesia is a big...

By Kyra Romero, Pedro Russo and Iris Nijman, Astronomy & Society Group, Leiden University, the Netherlands E-mail: Open Science Centre architecture views Science and innovation improves the world we live in. Fascination for science should not be confined to scientists themselves. Appropriate communication about science and technology will keep the general public in touch with the field and abreast of developments . 1 Unfortunately many communities around the world are not engaged with science and technology. At the same time some of the most advanced Observatories in the world are located in remote (and many times disadvantaged) regions. It...