Friday, April 19 2013 @ 11:52 AM EDT
Contributed by: RayJones
Happy Spring, Astronomy Clubs!
It's Earth Month 2013 and NASA is celebrating our global connections. Find out how to connect with NASA scientists though Night Sky Network telecons and international astronomy clubs through a new IAU initiative. Plus, get your club and community involved in preserving dark skies for all. Let's get connected!
- Saving the Dark – GLOBE at Night and a light pollution PSA
- Saving the Date – May 21s t for High Energy Telecon
- Reminder: Log your first quarter events by Sunday
- IAU Astro Clubs Portal
- Update on NASA and Sequestration
Saving the Dark – GLOBE at Night and a light pollution PSA
New from the International Dark Sky Association: A short public service announcement on Light Pollution.
Losing the Dark introduces and illustrates some of the issues regarding light pollution, and suggests three simple actions people can take to help mitigate it. Available as a FREE Download! Find out more here:
This year's final Globe at Night campaign begins this month. Get in on the fun and be a part of this worldwide citizen science project April 29-May 8:
Save the Date – May 21st for High Energy Telecon
NSN members, join us on Tuesday, May 21 st at 6pm PT/9pm ET for
Blazing Galaxies, Exploding Stars and Monstrous Black Holes: High energy visions of the Universe with Dr. Lynn Cominsky.
Hear about the latest updates from high-energy missions like Fermi, Swift, and XMM-Newton.
More information here:
Left, High energy image of the W44 supernova remnant
Credit: NASA/DOE/Fermi LAT Collaboration, NRAO/AUI, JPL-Caltech, ROSAT
Log your first quarter events by Sunday
Be sure to log your 2013 events by this Sunday, April 7th to qualify for your next ToolKit and to enter to win a Super Solar Box of Goodies. Five boxes are packed full of hundreds of solar glasses, UV beads, and many, many handouts for your visitors and demos for your club, waiting to go out to five lucky clubs. Winne rs will be drawn from all NSN events held this quarter. Each 2013 event that used NSN resources and is logged by April 7th will give you another chance at winning. Just 2 logged NSN events this quarter, and you’ll qualify to receive another ToolKit that your club doesn’t already have.
If you are new to logging events, click here for a brief tutorial.
International Astronomical Union Launches Astro Clubs Portal
The IAU Astro Clubs Portal will be much more than a list of clubs: it will be a global network to bring established and newly formed associations (particularly those in developing countries) together. This is the start of an ambitious project, which we hope will grow into a valuable web community. This is a complementary network to NSN, with the aim of building global links between astronomy clubs. The IAU encourages clubs around the world to join this new initiative as it gets off the ground:
Update on NASA and Sequestration
Many of you have expressed concern about the effects of the budget sequestration on NASA and the Night Sky Network. We have not yet heard how this might effect most NASA programs, but can assure you that the NASA Night Sky Network website is stable and will remain active. We have every confidence that your efforts will continue to be supported, but we have very little information presently and will be sure to keep you updated in the member’s article as we learn more. Login to stay up to date or keep up with NASA here:
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