Did you plan an event for GAM 2013? Get certificates for yourself and others who helped! Be sure your event is registered on the GAM 2013 site it's not too late to register your past events. Already registered a GAM 2013 event? Go to http://www.astronomerswithoutborders.org/gam-2013-events/participation-certificates.html Want to register your GAM 2013 event first? Go to http://www.astronomerswithoutborders.org/register-an-event.html

A new podcast produced by “ 365 Days of Astronomy ” shows how you can participate in dark-skies-related activities during Global Astronomy Month (GAM), including: • The citizen-science light pollution research program, GLOBE at Night , which includes two campaigns (at times when the moon is not out from 8 pm–10 pm) — one from 31 March through 9 April, and another from 29 April through 8 May. • The Earth and Sky Photo Contest , an activity of The World At Night (TWAN), which is accepting entries through 22 April. • International Dark Sky Week , 5–12 April.

Global Astronomy Month 2013 has begun and there’s more to do than ever. Spread the excitement with the GAM 2013 trailer! Featuring photos from past GAM events around the world and beautiful night sky images and time-lapse videos, it’s a two minute summary of what GAM is all about. It’s perfect for club meetings and outreach events. You can watch the GAM 2013 trailer on YouTube or Vimeo . High-resolution and low-resolution versions are available for download.

The Global Astronomy Month in April 2013 brings the 4th International Earth and Sky Photo Contest on Dark Skies Importance. Coordinated by The World At Night (TWAN), the contest runs from now through Earth Day, April 22, and is open to anyone of any age.

It’s time to polish up your creativity! How? By writing an astropoem and entering it in the GAM2013 AstroPoetry Contest . Or, if you’re a teacher, encourage your students to enter. Poems should be submitted between 1 and 30 April. They may be in any style or form. It is preferred that they be less than 30 lines in length. To be judged in the contest, poems must be in English. If the poem was originally written in another language, the original may be included for reference. There are three categories: Children grades 1-6; Young Adults grades 7-12; and Adults,...

Astronomers Without Borders and its partners have a rich schedule of programs and events for Global Astronomy Month 2013 (GAM2013), all designed to inform and inspire the public. Here are 10 ways you can get involved:

If you go outside on a clear, dark night, you’ll see about 2,000 stars. During the day, though, there’s only one left to see, but it is a glorious thing! Our Sun. Join Astronomers Without Borders and stargazers around the world on April 7 to celebrate SunDay for Global Astronomy Month. It is a global star party watching our closest stellar neighbor, no matter where in the world you are. Plan a SunDay event with a local astronomy club or school. Please remember, NEVER look directly at the Sun . Only observe through approved solar filters. Watch the sun on...

Would you like to contribute to our understanding of the worldwide problem of light pollution? Then the GLOBE at Night 2013 campaign is your answer! GLOBE at Night is an international campaign to raise awareness on the impact of light pollution by submitting simple readings to a website even via your smartphone. Global Astronomy Month 2013 will run two GaN campaigns to which anyone can contribute – and for a change – you can contribute just the same if you do not have dark skies! These will take place between 31 March – 9 April 2013 and between 29 April...

Astronomers Without Borders and the Virtual Telescope project invite everyone to join in a new series of free online observing events taking place throughout April’s Global Astronomy Month! The remote observing sessions will be held live and will take participants on: a marathon run of the night sky’s deep sky objects from the Messier catalogue (1 April, 18:00 UT), a journey to our Moon (18 April, 19:00 UT), a global star party (20 April, 21:00 UT), a voyage to the planet Saturn (27 April, 22:00 UT), a trip into the depths of the cosmos, visiting the most distant objects in...

You can pitch in and do your part to promote dark nighttime skies by celebrating International Dark Sky Week (IDSW) April 5–11, 2013. The week, a key component of Global Astronomy Month , provides an opportunity for astronomers to become ambassadors for the night sky, raising awareness about light pollution, encouraging efficient use of lighting, and celebrating the beauty and wonders of the sky at night. Think local for International Dark Sky Week: Survey and evaluate the lighting at your own home, talk to your neighbors about their inefficient or intrusive lights, or hold a backyard star party or other...

For Global Astronomy Month (GAM), April, 2013, AWB invites sky watchers around the world to join in the Lyrid Watch , April 20-22, for the Lyrid meteor shower! Every year, since at least 2600 years ago, debris left behind by the Comet now called C/1861 G1 Thatcher has put on a spectacular sky show between April 16 and 26, peaking on April 22. Watch for the shadow-casting "fireballs" and for the more typical, bright magnitude +2 Lyrid meteors radiating from the direction of the constellation Lyra and its brightest star, Vega. Send your reports—including observation times, counts per minute, direction...

April 2013 promises to be an exciting month for amateur and professional astronomers, science educators and astronomy enthusiasts, as Global Astronomy Month (GAM) returns for its 4th year. Astronomers Without Borders and its partners have a rich schedule of programs and events for GAM2013, all designed to inform and inspire the public throughout the world. Astronomy clubs, science centers, schools, educators, and astronomy enthusiasts worldwide are invited to reserve dates in April 2013 for public outreach, hands-on activities, observing sessions and more while sharing the enthusiasm with others across the globe.