Promoting your astronomy club

Dec
19

Your astronomy club offers a special value to your community that no other organization provides. After all, how many other groups experience firsthand the wonder, beauty and mystery of this incredible universe – and happily share their views with the public! Why not produce your own video highlighting your club and amateur astronomy? You just might connect with your community. The Minnesota Astronomical Society did just that, creating an impressive work. They enlisted the talents of a young member who needed a community service project to fulfill the requirements of the Eagle Scout program. After viewing this impressive video, wouldn't you want to become a member of the MAS? http://youtu.be/2PRk_HXGapk

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Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program

Dec
11

The Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program is now accepting applications!  Here's your chance for that once in a lifetime experience!

The Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program (ACEAP https://public.nrao.edu/look-deeper/aceap/ ) is a collaboration between AUI http://www.aui.edu/ , the National Radio Astronomy Observatory https://www.nrao.edu/ , National Optical Astronomy Observatory http://www.noao.edu/, and Gemini Observatory http://www.gemini.edu/, and is supported by the National Science Foundation http://www.nsf.gov (NSF 1439408). The Program brings amateur astronomers, planetarium personnel, and K-16 formal and informal astronomy educators to US astronomy facilities in Chile. While at these facilities, ACEAP Ambassadors will receive extensive training about the instruments, the science, data products, and communicating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts. When they return home, the Ambassadors will share their experiences and observatory resources with schools and community groups across the US.

The program is open to amateur astronomers, K through college formal and informal educators who teach astronomy as part of their curriculum or program, and planetarium educators, who are U.S. Citizens.

 

Check it out at - https://public.nrao.edu/look-deeper/aceap

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How You Can Help Amateur Astronomy

Dec
06

Our universe is simply awe-inspiring with its vastness, beauty, and mystery that lie before us every time we gaze skyward. Observing is personal and its influence upon us can be profound. It is an activity that is tough to beat. 

Support your Astronomical League! The League encourages the active pursuit of astronomy through its various member–directed programs. Your dues and contributions help fund its national recognition awards, the national convention (ALCon), the Reflector, the AL Book Service, and, of course, the many popular observing clubs. 

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Philae Touchdown

Nov
12

From Lou Mayo (NASA):  History will be made today as a spacecraft touches down on a comst! The ESA Rosetta spacecraft has released its Philae lander on target for Comet 67P C-G. Touchdown is expected at around 11am EST. You can watch the feed on NASA TV beginning at 9am EST.

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Rosetta at comet, Philae on its way to surface

Nov
12

At roughly 10 AM CST the Philae Lander will touch down on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.  It separated from the Rosetta spacecraft last night.  Check out the ESA website:  http://rosetta.esa.int/​ for live updates and images as they come in.

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Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko / Rosetta Observing - Certificate

Nov
05

The Astronomical League is working with NASA to bring you some special observing opportunities and awards.  The second of these is coming up very soon.  It is to celebrate rendezvous of  Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko with the Rosetta spacecraft.  The target date is November 12, 2014.  Submissions must be made to the NASA website by January 12, 2015.

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