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    NSN Webinar: The Juno Mission to Jupiter

    NSN Members: join Dr. Steven Levin on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 to learn about the Juno mission soon to arrive at Jupiter, and its anticipated scientific investigations.


    Links to register for the webinar and more details can be found inside.

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    Please Take A Quick Survey About the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse!

    Amateur astronomers and astronomy outreach folks! Please help us plan for the August 2017 Total Eclipse by answering 3 short questions. We want to support communities across the country to enjoy this upcoming "All American Eclipse" and need your input to make it a success.

    This survey should take less than 3 minutes to complete and will help us a lot. Take it at: http://bit.ly/eclipsesurvey

    Please share this with your networks if you can. Thanks so much for all you do, and may we all have clear skies on August !

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  • Member News for April 2016

    There are some exciting events coming up for NSN member clubs this exciting Global Astronomy Month, including another great telecon for members about Mercury and NASA's MESSENGER Mission!

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    Global Astronomy Month is here!

    Global Astronomy Month 2016 (#GAM2016) fills the entire month of April again with exciting programs for astronomy enthusiasts worldwide. Whether it's stargazing, sharing with the public, or the cosmos in art, there is something for everyone in GAM 2016.
    Find out how you can participate in these astronomical festivities inside!

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    The International Space Station: Studying Humans in Space

    The crew has returned from the One-Year Mission. What are scientists hoping to learn from this long-duration stay on the space station, and what comes next? Find out more about their mission, as well as tips on how to spot the International Space Station as it passes overhead, inside.

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    Watch the James Webb Space Telescope Assemble

    You can watch as the powerful next generation space telescope takes shape in its clean room. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) only has a couple more years on Earth before it will be launched into space to study the origins of the universe in 2018.

    In February the JWST hit a major milestone as all 18 of its primary mirror segments mirrors were installed. Find out more about how you can watch its progress as the JWST is assembled and readied for launch in this article.

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    Late Winter Skies: Sights, Activities, and Resources

    Want to see the five planets in the early morning but you aren't a morning person? Are you wondering what you can see in the evening skies, or other objects you can spot in the skies this month? We have a few resources you can go to that will help you plan your stargazing, both hosted by the Night Sky Network's website and elsewhere online. These resources will help you not just for stargazing in February, but for the rest of the year!

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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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