The 2018 GAM Blog is coming April 1!

By Rick Fienberg The total phase of the August 21, 2017, solar eclipse as seen from Madras, Oregon. This is a composite of short, medium, and long exposures, as no single exposure can capture the huge range of brightness exhibited by the solar corona. Credit: Rick Fienberg & TravelQuest International, with processing by Sean Walker of Sky & Telescope. It's been eight months since the “Great American Eclipse,” the first total solar eclipse to touch the U.S. mainland since 1979 and the first to stretch from coast to coast in nearly a century. I hope you were among the tens...

By Daniela De Paulis Since starting my collaboration with Astronomers Without Borders in 2010, my work as an artist has changed, shifting from a mostly studio-based practice, to an interdisciplinary and global venture. My current work involves international collaborations with astronomers, radio astronomers, neuroscientists and people from all walks of life. It is amazing for me to help organising every year the art programme for Global Astronomy Month and to present my project OPTICKS to a worldwide audience. Thanks to my collaboration with AWB, OPTICKS has developed into an international event, during which we send to the Moon and back...

By Tilly Evans Crater Counting The Moon has been there for as long as we can remember, but how do we find out how old it really is? The age of the Moon's surface can be estimated by counting its craters. These craters are from impacts from asteroids or comets that have smashed into the Moon's surface. Younger surfaces will have less impacts and therefore less craters whereas older surfaces would have more using the same logic. There is, however, a limit to the aging of these surfaces using this process as there is a limited amount of space for...

By Lindsay Bartolone Building on the excitement of the Total Solar Eclipse in the summer of 2017, AWB's US based education program, invited educators from all settings to participate in a series of lessons, professional development workshops and culminating events. These experiences helped them explore and learn from light alongside students of all ages. AWB was aware of many groups helping to prepare for the eclipse, so we looked for areas to build upon existing resources. These areas included building an online platform where resources including lesson plans and professional development webinars were linked, searchable and curated. AWB provided glasses...

By Álvaro Folhas The Global Science Opera “Moon Village”, inspired by the European Space Agency's vision of a village in the Moon. The opera "Moon Village" was created by schools, universities and art institutions in 27 countries. “Moon Village” is about human society on the Moon and begins in the year 2040. A community of scientists, artists, farmers, teachers and engineers live on the Moon Village, and so the first children in space begin to be born. Robi the Robot is their nanny, and while Robi takes care of the babies, Gravity plans to make life difficult for them. As...