As I walked across a college campus several years ago, I overheard the following conversation: “What’s that bright star there?” “That’s not a star, I think that might be Venus.” “Naw, I thought Venus was pink!” There are many misconceptions about astronomy , some of them easy to address (I caught up to the students and explained yes, that was indeed Venus, and no, Venus wasn’t pink), and others more ingrained in our worldview. Correcting astronomy misconceptions reveals the universe in a new light, and that’s what makes astronomy education as fun as it is important. Grand Canyon Star Party...

Astronomers all over the world have a positive trait of working together to unravel the mysteries of the Universe. This is very good for the growth of knowledge. The increasing need for better observations of a certain kind causes Astronomy to have certain phases of growth. The past 3 decades saw a lot of advances in space-based technology & observations. While that continues, we are currently looking ahead to the next three decades which will see some of the most colossal fantasies of astronomers brought to life. We are now in the age of the Mega Projects! Megaprojects are the...

Australia is a user of space. We consume it. We've done so for a very long time and we are very good at it. There are some people (myself included) that really think Australia should take a few steps beyond this relationship we have with space, the international space industry and space based technologies. We have a lot people working on space in Australia and we are renowned worldwide for our contributions and ingenuity. This blog post is what I think an Australian space plan should look like. This plan has been developed to take the best ideas from the...

Greetings from Japan! My name is Lina and very recently have joined the Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO) based in Mitaka, a twenty minutes train ride from central Tokyo. OAO is based at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) and I must say I feel more than honoured to be able to join this great team. I’ve been following GAM Blog since back 2012 and I feel very lucky that one of my first official tasks for OAO is to write an article for it, giving me the chance to express some of my initial insights on OAO and...

Since I was young, I have interested about how to imagine constellations and asterisms in the night sky but in many star guide books in Thailand at that time had only western constellations. So, I doubted about traditional asterisms of my motherland but just few traditional asterisms in Thailand were depicted. Lacking of Thai traditional asterisms’ depiction in 1990s has become better after the first edition of “Tai Baan Doo Dao” Thai language book by Miss.Nipatporn Pengkaew in 2000. Content of this book is about traditional asterisms in many regions of Thailand from interviewed knowledgeable elder people in each region...