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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... Read More..

Feb 04

AWB Partners with Ahoora Foundation

AWB is partnering with the Ahoora Foundation of Plano, Texas, in the 2013 What If? Prize Competition, which is designed to excite students (grades 9-12) about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The goal of this year’s What If? Live Student Design Challenge is to develop high school students’ creative and analytical abilities by learning about the growing need for green fuels and designing a vehicle propulsion system using commonly available materials, including sweet treats and carbonated beverages. Students must create a research plan, write a research paper, develop and build the propulsion system, make a video showing the vehicle in... Read More...

Jan 31

AWB NC Austria Greets From Thailand

Johannes “Joe” Stuebler is more than AWB’s National Coordinator for Austria. He’s an AWB ambassador and enthusiast who travels to many other countries, always seeking out fellow astronomers and enlightening them about Astronomers Without Borders. In his latest AWB Member Blog , Joe writes from Thailand where he met astronomers and attended the opening celebration of the Thai National Observatory. Read More...

Jan 29

Work With Us

This position is now closed and applications are no longer being accepted. Please Join AWB to receive future mailings including volunteer and staff needs. Astronomers Without Borders is seeking a Coordinator for Global Astronomy Month 2013 (GAM 2013). This is a part-time position (20 hours per week to start). The position is available immediately and will continue through May 2013. Hours are flexible and location is not a consideration as long as there is a good internet connection, though the successful applicant will need to be flexible with hours to allow for meetings with others in different times zones. Salary... Read More...

Jan 28

Telescopes to Tanzania in, Astronomy Magazine’s online edition, featured an article about AWB’s Telescopes to Tanzania project in its 22 January 2013 issue.  Titled “Telescopes to Tanzania brings science and math to East Africa,” the article provides an update on the workshops for teachers conducted by Chuck and Susan Ruehle. The Ruehles report that as a result of this project—which aims to build instructor and student capacity in science, technology, engineering, and math in one of the poorest countries in the world—17 more telescopes are being used in classrooms that have teachers equipped to teach in them; and 45 new teachers know how... Read More...

Jan 28

“Space Kate” Features Thilina Heenatigala

Broadcast journalist Kate Arkless Gray (known as “SpaceKate”), who runs a regular podcast with space advocates, astronauts, astronomers, etc., interviewed AWB Communication Director; Thilina Heenatigala at the International Astronautical Congress in Naples, Italy, last October. The resulting 10-minute podcast, detailing AWB’s formation, present scope, and goals, is now available here . Kate is determined to find her way into space within the next decade. No newcomer to adventure, she tramped all over Iceland with her mother at the age of six . Currently she's on the way to achieving her goal with the Lynx Space Academy’s competition. The contest winners... Read More...

Jan 25

AWB Featured on Social Fundraising Blog

AWB is the subject of a January 22 post on Inspiring Generosity , a blog about cause marketing on social fundraising site Razoo. Blogger Joe Waters, an expert in cause marketing (social fundraising based on partnerships between non-profit organizations, donors, and fundraisers), was impressed by the partnership between AWB and telescope manufacturer Celestron announced last year. Joe describes how his discovery of astronomy at an early age led to his future career and why he thinks so highly of AWB’s work. Joe had mentioned AWB in an earlier post on the use of Pinterest in social fundraising as well. Read More...

Jan 25

AWB on Pinterest

If you’re a social media type and an AWB fan then you’ll definitely want to follow AWB on Pinterest . Our Pinterest shares AWB news, projects, and member activities worldwide through photos. AWB even got a shout out on Inspiring Generosity , a blog on cause marketing Razoo in a blog post about using Pinterest for cause marketing. Read More...

Jan 21

AWB on The Cosmic Ray Show

Astronomers Without Borders president Mike Simmons and program manager Thilina Heenatigala will be Featured Guests Wednesday, January 23, on The Cosmic Ray Show , which will be airing at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Google+ . In this live online TV interview, Mike and Thilina will discuss how AWB’s astronomy activism has helped promote science literacy around the world. Read More...

Jan 17

Volunteer Writers Wanted

If you have good English skills and ability to research news stories, would you consider volunteering your talent to be part of AWB’s Communications Team? Team members, working with Communications Director Thilina Heenatigala, typically will prepare newsletter content, website news features, Affiliate Profiles, and other content for the AWB website. Read More...

Jan 15

GAM 2012 Participation Certificates

Participation certificates for GAM 2012 events are now available! After a long delay due to website issues, updates and changes, those who registered events for GAM 2012 can now get certificates for all those who took part. Just log in to the site using your AWB user name and password and go to the certificate page on the GAM site. You'll find the menu option for Participation Certificate under Events on the GAM website . Or go directly to the certificate page . You'll be asked to log in and then redirected. Read More...

Jan 11

TWAN Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Five years ago, on December 25, 2007, The World at Night's website was launched and publicly announced on NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day. The news quickly spread around the world, bringing together a team of photographers that has since been documenting the beauty of the night sky above landmarks worldwide. TWAN reached millions of people during its first five years through exhibitions, presentations and workshops, and via local and international media in more than 30 countries on six continents. The website received more than 11 million visits from 200 countries and territories, becoming one of the world's most popular... Read More...

Jan 06

Mike Simmons at Museum of Flight, USA

Mike Simmons, President and Founder of AWB, will be the featured speaker for a public lecture at the famed Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington, USA on Saturday, January 19. Addressing an audience of museum visitors and supporters, Mike will describe how astronomy shows us our place in the Universe, and how observing the night sky around the Earth shows that we are “One People, One Sky.” He’ll also show how AWB programs connect the AWB community from locations worldwide. Read More...

Dec 26

Uwingu Supports AWB

Uwingu provides support for AWB programs Uwingu , a new private organization created to fund science, has announced that it will be providing support for Astronomers Without Borders. Founded by astronomers, planetary scientists, and science educators, Uwingu is creating online products that connect people to the sky and space exploration, and using the profit to fund space research, education, and exploration. You can contribute to Uwingu through the two innovative programs below, or give a gift certificate through the Uwingu website. Read More...

Dec 20

Globe at Night 2013 campaign

The GLOBE at Night (GaN) program, hosted by the U.S. National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), is an international citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution. The worldwide campaign invites citizen-scientists to record the brightness of the night sky by visually matching the appearance of a constellation like Orion with star maps of progressively fainter stars or using meters to obtain more precise measurements. Measurements are submitted to a central website by computer or smart phone. From these data an interactive map of all worldwide observations is created. Read More...

Dec 20

GLOBE at Night & IDA Adopt-A-Street Challenge

The GLOBE at Night Campaigns are not far off and there's something new to look forward to this year. During the GLOBE at Night campaigns don't just collect sporadic data of light pollution. Organize a friends, family, and anyone who wants to participate in the Adopt-A-Street program to create a map of light pollution in your own city. Read More...

Dec 19

AWB Holiday Fundraising Sale Expands

Now you can buy even more products at great prices AND support AWB's global programs. TeleVue and Lunt Solar Systems have joined Celestron in supporting Astronomers Without Borders through donations to the AWB store . Because these items are all donations, 100% of sale proceeds goes directly to AWB programs. And free shipping on every item means even greater savings. Read More...

Dec 11

Report from Tanzania, Heading Home

Telescopes to Tanzania project completes workshop series in Tanzania. More results and reports will be available in late December. Chuck and Susan Ruehle write to us with an update as they are heading home. Read More...

Dec 10

Report from Tanzania, Last Week

Chuck and Susan Ruehle write to us again from Arusha, Tanzania, where they are into the last week of training teachers to teach astronomy in their classrooms. Read More...

Dec 04

AWB Podcast on 'Accessible Astronomy'

AWB Disabilities Program Featured in 365 Days of Astronomy Podcasts In a podcast titled " Astronomers Without Borders Helps Open the Universe ” on December 3, 2012, 365 Days of Astronomy featured the work AWB is doing to bring the night sky’s beauty and wonder to people with disabilities throughout the world. The podcast was timed to appear on the date (December 3rd) designated by the United Nations as the “International Day of People with Disability.” The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons... Read More...

Nov 30

Report from Tanzania, Week 2

Chuck and Susan Ruehle write from Arusha, Tanzania, where they are training teachers to teach astronomy in their classrooms, and send a couple more photos. Read More...