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    30 Years Ago, We Visited Uranus

    The plucky Voyager 2 space probe made its closest approach to the Uranus system 30 years ago this month, giving humanity our first close-up glimpse of this cold, giant world. Voyager 2 made many observations of the ice giant planet and it's many moons and rings, giving us an unprecedented view into this strange, topsy-turvy world at the edge of our solar system. Find out more about what discoveries NASA made inside this article.

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    Important Club Coordinator Information for the End of the Year

    Club Coordinators: We have some exciting updates for you as we close out 2015. Below you'll find information on:
    2016 Outreach Pins for qualifying clubs.

    A special prize drawing for clubs with upcoming events for 2016.

    New outreach handouts are now available.

    News on current issues and upcoming improvements to the website.

    Take a look at these wonderful ways to recognize the dedication of your members doing outreach and opportunities to receive some great outreach materials.

    We want to take a minute and thank you, the dedicated and hard-working club members who make outreach happen. You are truly making a difference in the world, educating and inspiring the next generation. We salute you and look forward to supporting your inspirational outreach efforts for many years to come.

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    December News: MAVEN Mission Telecon, Citizen Science, & Much More

    We have tons of news you can use this month! Save the date: We have a special Night Sky Network members-only telecon on the latest results from the MAVEN mission on December 15th. We also have opportunities for citizen science with JunoCam and astronomy in Chile. We also have a few updates for clubs as the year closes, and some extra articles and resources as well. Check out our giant sized end of the year newsletter inside!

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    What to watch in the late fall skies

    Fall and winter bring long nights and great times for astronomy overs! Find out what to look for in the evening and morning skies, including meteor showers, a dance of planets in the early morning, and some stellar constellations rising into full view after a long summertime absence.

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    Congratulations to the latest quarterly prizewinners!

    Three member clubs won models of the James Webb Space Telescope by posting and logging their events on the Night Sky Network's calendar. Congratulations!

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    The Future of Exoplanets: The Next 20 Years of Exploration

    Twenty years ago this month, the detection of the first planet orbiting a Sun-like star was announced. As we celebrate the anniversary of this historic discovery, we look ahead to see what discoveries we will make in the next twenty years and how we will make those discoveries.

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    Telecon: Chilean Skies: Amateur and Professional Astronomy in the Andes

    Update: Audio, transcripts, and slides are now available for download!

    Night Sky Network members joined three of the Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors to learn about the incredible array of professional telescopes high in the Chilean desert on Tuesday, October 20th. Details inside!

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    Celebrate White House Astronomy Night this October 19th

    NSN member clubs are invited to host outreach events on White House Astronomy Night this October 19th. White House Astronomy Night events have been held since 2009, and serve to expand the public's knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in an informal setting and to entice young people to become the next generation of great scientists, engineers and inventors in our fast-paced and technology-driven world.

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    Help Discover Exoplanets

    Hunting for exoplanets is not just for astronomers with years of training and specialized equipment-you too can join the hunt for worlds around other stars! There are many citizen science projects you can join to help find more planets and assist in the search for life around other stars. Amateur astronomers also help confirm exoplanets from their own backyards, and have even made a few discoveries of their own!

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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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