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    Kepler's Second Light: The K2 Survey Mission

    K2, the Kepler satellite's second mission, is still returning interesting science - it is not just about finding exoplanets any more, but measuring the light curves on many kinds of celestial objects!

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    NSN Telecon for June: 50 Years of Exoplanet Science - The View from 2045 (UPDATE)

    NSN Members joined us on for a special members-only telecon on July 21, 2015 at 6:00 pm PDT/9:00 PM EDT. Our guest was Dr. Charles Beichman, the Executive Director of the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute. His talk was on 50 Years of Exoplanet Science: the View from 2045.

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    How do we find Exoplanets?

    Astronomers tried for years to discover evidence that worlds existed around stars other than our Sun. By the mid 1990's, technology had finally caught up with desire for discovery and lead to the first discovery of a planet orbiting another sun-like star, Pegasi 51b. Why did it take so long to discover these distant worlds, and what techniques do astronomers use to find them?

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    A Whole New Universe: 20 Years of Exoplanets

    The first exoplanet found orbiting another Sun-like star was first discovered 20 years ago. Since then scores of alien worlds have been found and have completely changed our understanding of the Universe.

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    Galileoscopes available once again!

    These high-quality, low-cost volunteer-made telescopes are once again available for sale as part of the International Year of Light. New Galileoscope kits start shipping this May!

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    [UPDATED] Telecon: Hubble's Views of the Deep Universe

    NSN Members joined Hubble scientist Dr. Brandon Lawton for a special telecon celebrating 25 years of the Hubble Space Telescope and the incredible contributions it has made to our understanding of our Universe, with a focus on its famous "Deep Field" images. Updates, including audio, slides,and some Q&A with Dr. Lawton can be found inside.

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    April is Global Astronomy Month!

    Astronomers around the world will be hosting many wonderful events to celebrate astronomy this month. Find out about special events and how to participate here.

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    Winter skies are here: stay warm and cozy!

    Some of the most impressive sights in the skies of the Northern Hemisphere are very prominent in the winter nights. Orion, the Hyades, and the Pleiades are all lined up and shine like jewels in the night, with many the constellations and deep-sky objects ready to take your breathe away. Just don't let the cold take your breathe away too!

    Inside, we have a handy guide for staying warm and comfortable on these cold stargazing nights.

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    NSN Telecon: The ERGO Project

    NSN members join us on Monday, February 23, 2015 for a presentation by Tom Bales of the ERGO Project, a citizen science project designed to place cosmic ray detectors around the world!

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    What ToolKits are available for my club?



    The Night Sky Network has had many updates over the years: new ToolKits have arrived, older ones have run out.

    We present to you a list of all available ToolKits that are currently available to Night Sky Network member clubs!

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    Take a crash course in astronomy!

    The Bad Astronomer, aka Phil Plait (who is actually a Good Astronomer) invites you to check out his new series about astronomy. You may be an astronomer and not know it!

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    NSN Outreach Award Pins Now Available! (Updated with extended deadines)

    NSN club members really make a difference in the public understanding of the universe and change lives both young and old. The Night Sky Network would like to help astronomy clubs thank those who have gone above and beyond in your club's outreach efforts with the Night Sky Network Star annual award pins.

    Read more to learn if your club is qualified to receive three free pins, and how to order more pins if you club has more deserving members!

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    Fly with SOFIA in 2015!

    Want to fly with one of the most advanced telescopes in the world? The SOFIA airborne observatory is now accepting applications for Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors (AAA) program for educators of all kinds-from teachers, informal educators at libraries or science centers, and yes-amateur astronomers! The full details and press announcement can be found inside.

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    Telecon: Global Pairing Program (Audio now available)

    NSN Members joined Leo Heiland and Mike Simmons from Astronomers Without Borders for a telecon on November 18th, 2014. They discussed the latest initiative from the AWB, the Global Pairing Program: linking together clubs from around the world with clubs in the USA. NSN members enjoyed a lively Q&A session at the end with more details on this excellent outreach program.

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    NSN News for November 2014

    The latest news from the Night Sky Network for November including: a new telecon for NSN members with Astronomers Without Borders on an exciting new initiative for clubs around the world; a reminder to log your events to get more ToolKits and win a chance to get a quarterly prize; links to featured articles and resources.

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    Landing on a Comet

    Comets have long been mysterious objects of astronomical wonder to mankind, who gazed in wonder and feared their approach.

    History was made on November 12: the ESA's Rosetta probe will send a small lander, Philae, down to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, becoming the first spacecraft to safely land on a comet!

    What will we discover?

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    Safe Solar Eclipse Viewing

    Want to safely observe the Sun during the upcoming eclipse? We have a few tips on how to do so without endangering your most useful observing tool-your eyesight!

    You can use many tools, from simple, cheap, and and safe eclipse shades and solar viewers, to sunspotters, pinhole projection, and special telescopes and glass filters.

    Find out what methods you can employ in here!

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    Find International Partners for Your Clubs!

    Astronomers Without Borders is hosting a global pairing program for astronomy clubs, matching clubs around the world with clubs in the United States. Find out more in our special article for Night SkyNetwork members.

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    October: Full of Astronomical Wonders

    This month brings lucky viewers in North America a full lunar and partial solar eclipse, meteor showers, a great view of an ice giant, and more!

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    [UPDATE] September Telecon: Cosmological Insights from Gravitational Lensing

    NSN members ioined Dr. Mandeep Gill from SLAC as he discussed his topic: Cosmological Insights from Gravitational Lensing, or How Herr Doktor Einstein Can Come to the Rescue and Help Us Solve the Grandest Mystery in Modern-Day Physics. Audio and slides from the talk are now available!

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    Three Million people reached!

    Congratulations to all member clubs of the Night Sky Network on reaching a major milestone: three million people have now been shown the wonders of astronomy by your hard working club members!

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    Take the Future of Amateur Astronomers Survey

    The Night Sky Network is doing a new survey of amateur astronomers located in the United States. We are attempting to understand the landscape of educational outreach performed by astronomy clubs and assess the needs of the amateur astronomy community for the next 5 years. We want to hear your voice!

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    Sunspotters Relaunched: Help Classify Sunspots!

    The Zooniverse has just relaunched their Sunspotters project. You can help classify complex sunspots!

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    So far and yet so hot

    July 3rd marks aphelion, the day the Earth is the greatest distance from the Sun. So, why is it so hot in the northern hemisphere? Well, because the seasons have nothing to do with Earth's distance from the Sun!

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    NSN News: June 2014

    The latest news from the Night Sky Network for June 2014! Take a survey for a new ToolKit, prizewinners announced, and more news and updates!

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