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Sep 01
2015

Telescopes to Tanzania - Update on Chuck

Masaai Cancer doctor Dr. Michael Mullane and Cancer warrior August 27th it has been three weeks since the diagnosis of cancer for Chuck. In that time he has spent all but three of days in the hospital. Today he is home resting and preparing for the next round of impatient chemotherapy likely to begin later next week. Alongside us from day one has been an amazing Doctor, who yesterday wrapped himself in a Maasai Shuka blanket when he visited Chuck sharing the latest updates and information. Together with the fantastic staff on 3 B at Wheaton Franciscan Hospital, the...

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Jul 01
2013

Serene Universe DVD and GAM Hangout

During the Google hangout event organised for Global Astronomy Month 2013, the film ‘Serene Universe’ by filmmaker and planetary scientist Maarten Roos and composer William Zeitler, was screened. Prior to the screening, Maarten Ross explained how the film is an independent project which started in 2008. Read More...

Jun 29
2013

SkyScout from Celestron

The SkyScout from Celestron is all you need to identify planets, constellations, and more than 50,000 stars. Get spoken or text information for objects it identifies, the night’s highlights, astronomy, lessons, and more. Simple use for all ages; just turn it on and point to the sky. Compact and lightweight, the durable SkyScout is the perfect companion when you’re under the nighttime sky. Quantities are limited at this special price, which includes free shipping. Shipping is only available to addresses in US. All proceeds go to AWB for these SkyScounts donated as part of Celestron’s support of AWB programs. Shop... Read More...

Jun 27
2013

Give the Universe to a Blind Kid

Friends and members of Astronomers Without Borders can help share the wonders of the universe with visually impaired children around the world by contributing funds to the “A Touch of the Universe” project. The aim of the project is to create 30 tactile astronomy kits and get them into the hands of teachers in underdeveloped countries of the Americas, Asia, and Africa. The project aims to raise € 3,200 to support creation and distribution of the kits. Please help out and donate today by visiting http://astrokit.uv.es/donate.html . Read More...

Jun 22
2013

Lunt Solar Systems H-alpha Telescope

This hydrogen-alpha solar telescope is Lunt Solar Systems' most popular model so they are sold as soon as they come in. You can purchase it now and it will ship as soon as it is in stock again. There is only one available at this discounted price! This complete visual package including a reinforced aluminimum case is fully upgradeable at anytime without ever needing to go back to the factory. The newest technology for fine tuning, a True Doppler Pressure Tuner, allows basic research of the Sun’s disk and surface details. The Lunt Solar Systems eyepieces... Read More...

Jun 18
2013

AWB President to give talk at Tahoe Star

Visitors to Lake Tahoe have an opportunity to see different sorts of stars thanks to Tahoe Star Tours. The company offers stargazing tours from June through September, some of them with kayaking or a concert by a string quartet mixed in. In addition, the Tahoe Star Tours will feature a number of special guest presenters this summer, including Mike Simmons, president and CEO of Astronomers Without Borders, who will speak Aug. 10 about AWB’s efforts to unite one people under one sky. The tours are led by “star guide and poet” Tony Berendsen, who is president of the Northern Nevada... Read More...

Jun 14
2013

AWB Joins CosmoQuest Hangout-A-Thon

AWB Founder and President, Mike Simmons will be featured on CosmoQuest's Hangout-A-Thon, a telethon using Google Hangout on Air to raise money to support public engagement in science. The event will be held for 32 hours on 15 to 16 June. It will host numerous guests, ranging from scientists who will do science demos, creatives who can unite science and art/music, and researchers who will discuss citizen science and address science education from the perspective of research and metrics. Each segment will be released after the event as a stand-alone YouTube video on the AstrosphereVids channel , thus creating a... Read More...

Jun 14
2013

Celestron 80ED at AWB Shop

The Celestron 80ED features FPL-53 extra low dispersion "ED" glass that provides excellent color correction and razor sharp images and virtually eliminates chromatic aberration during planetary and lunar viewing. With a focal length of 600 mm (f/7.5) the 80ED refractor is well suited for wide field astrophotography as well as nature photography. The 80ED comes complete with a 2" rack and pinion focuser and has a bracket that can adapt to a photo tripod or attach to a Celestron equatorial mount (mount NOT included). Also included is a 25 mm 1.25" eyepiece providing a 24x wide-field view, an erect image... Read More...

Jun 07
2013

Televue "NEAF Blems" Eyepieces

A limited number of the very popular Televue "NEAF Blems" eyepieces , donated to AWB by Televue, are available in AWB’s online store. These Nagler Type 6 eyepieces are brand new but have minor cosmetic blemishes. Functionality is not affected, and blemishes are very minor (many buyers can't even find them). They are discounted $100 (33%) from their regular price, with free shipping for purchasers in the US or Canada thanks to our partner Woodland Hills Telescopes (others please write for a shipping quote). These are the same eyepieces that would generate long lines at NEAF when Televue offered them... Read More...

Jun 01
2013

Solar Viewing Glasses

AWB's safe solar observing glasses are available again! These high-quality eclipse glasses are branded with the Astronomers Without Borders name, logo and motto, One People, One Sky, with safety information printed on the back. These Eclipse Shades® Safe Solar Glasses are absolutely safe for direct solar viewing of solar eclipses and sunspots. The black polymer lens material is scratch resistant, optical density 5 and CE certified. It filters out 100% of harmful ultra-violet, 100% of harmful infrared, and 99.999% of intense visible light and creates a pleasing orange image of the Sun. Read More...

May 25
2013

New Look for AWB!

Astronomers Without Borders has a new look! AWB's new logo illustrates the global nature of astronomy and how we're all connected through this universal interest. Figures representing people of different shades from around the world hold hands in a circle that encompasses the Earth. As the circle appears to rise into the sky, the figures transform into stars. We are all one, together in the cosmos. In fact, we are one with the stars as well; as Carl Sagan famously pointed out, we are partially made from elements created in supernova explosions so we are, as he said, "star stuff."... Read More...

May 20
2013

Winners of Earth and Sky Photo Contest

Stephane Vetter of France and Andreas Max Böckle of Austria are the first-prize winners in the fourth annual International Earth and Sky Photo Contest organized by The World at Night (TWAN) in collaboration with the Education and Public Outreach group at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory and Global Astronomy Month , a project of Astronomers Without Borders. Read More...

May 20
2013

New AWB Board Member

Astronomers Without Borders is pleased to announce the recent addition of Tim DeBenedictis to its Board of Directors. Tim’s passion for astronomy has been evident since he began writing astronomy software during his high school days, followed by his 1993 graduation from MIT with a degree in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science. Although Tim started his career focused on engineering and technology during the “dot com era,” he turned his eyes back to the stars as product architect for Carina Software from 2004 through 2010, where he oversaw the development of the Voyager Astronomy software. Tim was also one of... Read More...

May 11
2013

AstroPoets Try Wings in April

April 2013 was both National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) in America and Global Astronomy Month (GAM) worldwide. For poets with an astronomy interest, as well as astronomers trying their wings at poetry, this combination was a creative moment and a new genre, AstroPoetry , blossomed as never before. Read More...

May 11
2013

Download GAM 2013 Cosmic Concert

GAM 2013 held the fourth edition of Cosmic Concert on 28 April. Italian pianist and composer, Giovanni Renzo, gave a live performance which was streamed online. The audience was in for a spectacular journey through space that started on the night of 7 January 1610, when Galileo Galilei pointed his telescope at the sky and very soon after that discovered four satellites that orbit around Jupiter, upsetting forever the geocentric conception of the Aristotelian universe. After a close encounter with nebulae, pulsars and black holes, the journey took us to the farthest reaches of the Universe. While the music flowed... Read More...

May 10
2013

GAM 2013 Wrap Up Google Hangout

Join AWB's leaders in taking a look at Global Astronomy Month 2013 (GAM 2013), the latest edition of the world's largest annual global celebration of astronomy. Ask questions and comment live during the program. Read More...

May 09
2013

Losing the Dark - In Your Language

The International Dark-Sky Association and Loch Ness Productions have created “Losing the Dark”, a short planetarium show about light pollution. The show is available at no charge for education. It introduces and illustrates some of the issues regarding light pollution, and suggests simple actions people can take to help mitigate it. Read More...

Mar 26
2013

CosmoQuest Learning Space with "GAM"

Mike Simmons, AWB’s president and founder, recently chatted with astronomer, Dr. Pamela Gay, and Georgia Bracey of CosmoQuest , about Global Astronomy Month (GAM), April 2013, in the Google Plus hangout of Learning Space . “It’s a global event,” Mike said. “It’s like a star party where you’ve got people talking to each other all night long, then they begin asking where in the world they are.” GAM promotes “Star Peace,” Mike said, a core mission motivated by AWB’s motto, One People, One Sky. Mike highlighted many of GAM’s upcoming 31 global events inspired by the extraordinary successes of the... Read More...

Mar 26
2013

Changing our views of planet Earth

A gorgeous new video captures aurorae, sunsets and moonsets, star trails, lightning storms, and other views of Earth from space. Christoph Malin, one of the participating photographers in AWB’s program The World at Night , complied The ISS Image Frontier: Making the Invisible Visible from photographs taken from the International Space Station by astronaut Dr. Don Pettit. Read More...

Mar 05
2013

Messier Marathon in Bombay, India

The Amateur Astronomers’ Association (Bombay) is happy to announce a Messier Marathon event on the night of Saturday, 9 March 2013. AAA marathoners participate as part of the AAA (Bombay) group and not in their individual capacity. They will be assisted by experienced amateur and professional astronomers. All AAA marathoners will receive a participation certificate after the event. Read More...

Feb 26
2013

A Visit to Mars—in Morocco

(Image credit: Katja Zanella Kux. Click here for a larger version) What place on Planet Earth most closely resembles Mars? It could well be the northern Sahara desert near Erfoud, Morocco. And while Hatim Madani, the new AWB National Coordinator for Morocco, has no immediate plans for travel from his home in Casablanca to Mars, on a weekend in February he and his colleagues did participate in a close analog of a visit to the Red Planet—the MARS2013 Mars Analog Field Simulation . Read More...