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Aug 26

GAM 2015 Wrap-Up Report

GAM 2015 was a great success! With 28 programs that ran through out the month, 18 posts from around the world at our GAM Blog, and 70,000 viewers took part in the Virtual Telescope online parties. Our social media was ablaze with 750,000 impressions (the number of times a post was “Liked”, shared, or had a comment) on Facebook over the whole month and an average of 1500 likes per day. Twitter was also very popular with 44,000 impressions during April. Our most popular events were the Virtual Telescope shows, Asteroid Search Campaign and the AstroPhotography Contest. View the full...

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Jun 03

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Nov 26

Partner Programs for GAM 2015

Are you part of an astronomy organization that is planning a public project or event that you would like to have a worldwide reach?  Then why not join us as a proud partner for GAM2015, running the whole month of April. Now’s the time to submit your idea. AWB will be accepting proposals from now until January 30. Your program/event could very easily be one that is in conjunction with one of AWB's own program (Partner Program) or one that is run solely by your organization (Associate Program). As a partnered organization you will be able to use the AWB... Read More...

Oct 28

GAM 2015 AstroArts

Guidelines for submitting your art proposal for GAM 2015 This year’s Global Astronomy Month is highlighting art in all various media. We would like artists to submit proposals for programs/activities/events during GAM 2015. Here are the criteria for submissions: Must be connected to astronomy in some way Projects can be existing works or those that are specially designed for GAM 2015. It must be globally accessible (either a google hangout, blog post, photos posted online, downloadable documents). If it is a live performance it must also be broadcast simultaneously online. Artists are encouraged to present the exhibition, film or performance... Read More...

Oct 21

Got GAM Photos?

Calling All GAM Attendees In preparation for the upcoming 2015 GAM, we are putting together a promotional video trailer. And we need YOUR participation! If you have photos or videos (less than one mintue clips) of events in your locale of previous GAMs, please send them to us. Your photos can be featured in the 2015 GAM trailer that will be put out on all AWB website and social channels. Global Astronomy Month each April is the world's largest global celebration of astronomy, bringing together cultures worldwide under the motto "One People, One Sky." Hundreds of events are held all... Read More...

Oct 14

Telescope to Tanzania Update

This summer after hearing of the Telescopes to Tanzania project, Bill Pothen of Racine, Wisconsin, US decided that he would donate his 12" telescope. However, after being in storage for many years, it needed some tender-loving care. On the weekend of October 11+12....Dave a member of the Racine Astronomical Society sanded, painted, and sanded and painted and sanded and painted the pier and other parts of the the Cave Cassegrain Telescope being refurbished for the observatory in Tanzania. Here are some more photos of the continuing restoration project: Photo credit: Chuck Ruehle Read More...

Oct 01

TtT Indiegogo Update

The future of children's science education in Tanzania is looking brighter than ever. Our Indiegogo campaign was a great success, we made our goal thanks to some outstanding donations! Our founders, Sue and Chuck Ruehle were so estatic with the results that they had to put out a special thank you video. To thank all of our donors who are helping make this project possible we have created a Thank You Wall . We now have enough to build The Center for Science Education and Observator y and will become a reality in 2015. It will become a Tanzanian hub... Read More...

Sep 25

Partial Eclispe Oct. 23

On October 23 all of North America and parts of Central America will have the chance to view a partial solar eclipse. An eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun. However a partial eclipse is when the center of the shadow of the moon misses the Earth causing only part of the Sun to be obscured. WARNING: you must NEVER look at the sun with the naked eye. For protection, you can use specialized solar glasses that filters the damaging rays of the sun. Read more about viewing the solar eclipse safely. AWB has glasses for... Read More...

Sep 23

World Space Week

Coming October 4 through 10, World Space Week will be heralding International efforts in Space Science and Technology. With more than 1400 events 80 different countries world wide, this is the largest public space celebration on Earth! This year's theme is GPS or "Space Guiding Your Way". Satellites have become an essential for everyday living in the past recent years and this dependency will increase even further with the release of multiple new systems. The organizers of World Space Week hope that this theme will inspire groups around the world to join in on the festival. Read More...

Sep 23

Mike in Portugal

Astronomy education was the focus at the inaugural meeting of the Astronomy Education Alliance conference in Portugal the week of Sept. 8. From the classroom to public outreach and even space missions, all forms of astronomy awareness and education were presented and discussed. This new forum was an expansion of the regular conference of the Global Hands-On Universe program, this year held in conjunction with the European Planetary Space Conference. AWB's President, Mike Simmons, gave a presentation on AWB's education programs, from sidewalk astronomy to new partnerships in formal education. Chuck and Sue Ruehle, founders and managers of AWB's Telescopes... Read More...

Sep 10

Mike on the Mic!

Mike Simmons, AWB's president and founder, appeared on the The Space Show speaking with Dr. David Livingston about AWB's programs and especially the importance of Telescopes to Tanzania. Take a listen . Read More...

Sep 04

Telescopes to Tanzania - Stretch Goal

Improving science education in Tanzania The Center for Science is a reality! Now we can multiply its impact by adding more ambassadors right away instead of waiting. An additional $17,000 will DOUBLE the number of astronomy/science ambassadors who will: Visit schools throughout Tanzania Train teachers to teach hands-on, inquiry-based science Teach students Train government education officers in understanding science teaching and scientific concepts Bring more NEW science curricula to schools throughout Tanzania Provide science education resources to TWICE as many schools This stretch goal will allow Telescopes to Tanzania to visit an ADDITIONAL 30 schools, train an ADDITIONAL 60 teachers,... Read More...