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Jun 03

AstroArtist of the Month - Danielle Futselaar

Danielle Fuselaar was inspired by SETI and the movie Contact to create poster artwork for the SETIcon 2012. As a result, Danielle has create works of asteroids for Franck Marchis, Senior Planetary Astronomer at the SETI Institute. She then went on to illustrate the planets Kepler 186 and Kepler 186. Check out her work in the first in her series of posts at our AstroArtist blog .

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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...

Sep 02

Share to Win Contest

Spread the word and win a OneSky Telescope! We're launching a referral competition. When you share information about Telescopes to Tanzania and raise the most over $1200, you can win a OneSky Telescope. Second place will win a chic AWB T-shirt. Simply go to the Indiegogo Telescopes to Tanzania web page , log in and use the sharing tools OR after you've made a donation, use the link that's given to you in your social media circles and you may win! Remember, the more you share, the more chances you have to win. Read More...

Aug 19

AWB on Airways

Mike Simmons, founder and president of AWB was featured on the online international radio show The Stuph File hosted by Peter Anthony Holder. Mike talked about AWB's world wide outreach programs and the importance of the Telescopes to Tanzania Project. To listen to the whole interview, click here . Read More...

Aug 12

Dollar Donation Day

You can also help by sharing the campaign from the indiegogo page (using the share tools under the video) and by commenting on the campaign. All of these factors will be combined to help us raise our global exposure. If we work together to push our profile high enough then Indiegogo will feature our campaign on their homepage and email it to their large number of subscribers. Read More...