• NSN Calendar Tip: Schedule Upcoming & Recurring Events

    This tip will help you manage your club's NSN calendar and post events for your upcoming meetings and outreach events for everyone to see - and keeps your club listed as having upcoming events on the public NSN calendar and club map t help entice non-club members to visit, too!

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    How Can You Help Curb Light Pollution?

    Light pollution has long troubled astronomers, who generally shy away from deep sky observing under light-polluted skies. In recent years human-made light pollution has dramatically surpassed the interference of even a bright full Moon, and its effects are now noticeable to a great many people outside of the astronomical community. This article lists some ways you can help measure and mitigate light pollution with smart lighting choices and helpful education efforts in your community.

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    Halloween Outreach: Trick or Treat Sidewalk Astronomy

    Halloween is a great time to go out in your neighborhood for some spooky sidewalk astronomy. The American Astronomical Society has some tips for sidewalk astronomers with their new "Trick or Treat and Telescopes" initiative.

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    Celebrate International Observe the Moon Night on October 20

    International Observe the Moon Night for 2018 is on Saturday, October 20. Go look at the Moon...and invite your family, friends, and community to join you. Find out more about InOMN and how you can host or attend an event near you in this article.

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    Celebrate World Space Week!

    Each year, UN-declared World Space Week (WSW), October 4-10, is celebrated globally, and is on track to make 2018 the biggest ever, with your help! Schools, space agencies, museums, aerospace companies, astronomers, scientists, artists and many other participants promote space and inspire students by synchronizing their events during this worldwide celebration.

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    What NSN Outreach Toolkits Are Available to Member Clubs?

    The Night Sky Network's toolkit collection has received many updates over the many years of the program. Some of our older ones are no longer available, while newer kits have since become available on a variety of topics.

    This article lists all of the toolkits that are now available to Night Sky Network member clubs that regularly report on their outreach events.

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    Girl Scouts Release New Space Science Badges

    The Girl Scouts USA recently released new Space Science Badges for Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors, with additional badges for grades 6-12 coming in in the fall of 2019 Each badge has a step encouraging troops to connect with their local astronomy club--and that's you, the members of the Night Sky Network! Find out more about how you can get involved inside.

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    Touch the Sun: The Parker Solar Probe has launched!

    The Parker Solar Probe is on its way to explore the mysteries of our nearest star: the Sun! Find out more about this exciting mission and check out NSN resources that help explore the Earth-Sun connection inside.

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    Prepare for Perseids!

    The annual Perseid meteor shower is scheduled to peak this August 12-13. There will be little light from the Moon this year, making for some potentially dark skies in areas free of light pollution! Cross your fingers for good weather, find a nice dark spot to bring a blanket or lounge chair, and get ready to relax and spot some meteors.

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    Catch Mars on its Close Approach!

    Spot Mars this month as it makes its close approach to Earth. Backyard telescopes will show details on the Martian surface that are normally too small to be seen from Earth, making this close pass a special event for Mars lovers! Find out the details on why this close approach of Mars is so special, along with how to find a Mars observing party near you, and details on how to join a special NASA Mars livestream event inside.

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    Collected Handy NSN Handouts

    Looking for some quick and simple outreach materials? Want to give your visitors something to remember your event, engage their interest, or spark their interest in more astronomy? These handouts from the Night Sky Network may be just the thing you need!

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    Girl Scouts and Amateur Astronomers Team Up to Reach for the Stars!

    Amateur astronomers and Girl Scouts are getting the chance to go to Goddard for a weeklong intensive space science workshop as part of the "Girl Scouts: Reaching for the Stars" NASA grant. As part of this program, the Night Sky Network has created a special webpage full of resources to help amateurs work with Girl Scouts as they work towards their new "Space Sciences" badges. Find out more inside!

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    Fireballs in the Sky: A Global Fireball Observatory

    Fireballs in the Sky is a citizen science program whose goal is to better understand the origins of the solar system by observing the paths of meteors as they streak across the sky. With the help of volunteers around the world the pre-fall orbits of many of these meteors can be reconstructed; sometimes, the landing sites of a few of the surviving meteorites can even be pinpointed! Find out how contribute your fireball observations to this project inside.

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    NSN Astronomy Clubs Reach 4 Million People!

    Night Sky Network astronomy clubs have reported more than 4 million visitors at their events nationwide. These events featured club members showing the public the wonders of the universe using NASA materials. Congratulations to all the hardworking outreach volunteers at clubs around the USA!

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    TESS: Continuing the Hunt for Habitable Planets

    NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) launched on April 18, 2018. Its goal: survey the sky and find thousands more extrasolar worlds. The stars it will see will be perfect for followup studies by other telescopes as we search for potential Earth-like worlds. Find out more inside!

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    Celebrate Global Astronomy Month for 2018

    It's April, which means it's time for Global Astronomy Month! #GAM2018 brings more astronomy fun, this month themed around a familiar, unifying sight in our night skies: the Moon!

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    How Did Astronomy Clubs Prepare Their Communities for the 2017 Solar Eclipse?

    Night Sky Network clubs helped prepare their local communities for the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017. Our latest article showcases some of this incredible outreach in their own words and photos! Find out the different ways NSN member clubs helped prepare their communities for the solar eclipse inside.

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    Congratulations to the 2018 NSN Event Scheduling Prizewinners

    To make event reporting easier, you can schedule your events on your club's NSN calendar ahead of time. We ran a contest earlier this year to encourage clubs to do just that! Find out inside who the lucky clubs were that won prizes for scheduling their upcoming events in their club's NSN calendar for 2018.

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    NASA Podcasts for Space News On the Go

    Want to catch up on the latest space news from NASA? You are in luck, because NASA produces many different podcasts each week! Find out behind the scenes information about space missions, the people behind the science, the history of NASA, spaceflight news, observing tips for amateur astronomers, and many more space-related topics. We have more details inside.

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    Nominate Your Favorite Astronomer for an Award from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific

    The Astronomical Society of the Pacific wants your nominations for their annual awards to amateur astronomers. Give an award to someone that truly deserves it: your own astronomical mentor, a fellow amateur whose pro-am work you admire, or your own club's outreach superstar! Two categories are aimed specifically at amateur astronomers. The deadline is March 1, 2018; find out more inside!

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    Space Science in Museums with NISE Net

    Hundreds of museums across the US are receiving space science kits from another NASA Network this winter. It's a great time to reach out and collaborate on programing with your local museum and help bring NASA science to your community with these new outreach materials from the National Informal STEM Education Network!

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    Catch the Total Lunar Eclipse on January 31

    Early morning risers in North America will get a special early morning breakfast treat on the morning of January 31: a total lunar eclipse! You can find tips on how to observe this special celestial event inside, with links to additional NASA resources and outreach activities. You may even be able to find an eclipse viewing party near you hosted by NSN member clubs by checking out our event calendar!

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    New Resource: Perennial Astronomy Articles for Newsletters

    We've compiled a list of our own frequently updated articles about common astronomy topics you can use for your newsletters. We have posted articles about many topics that your audiences might find interesting, and you can customize them for your own audiences. Find out more inside.

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    Turn Supermoon Hype into Lunar Learning

    "Supermoons" can be used as a teachable moment for folks interested in astronomy, despite their hype. You can use interest in the supermoon to talk about the moon's orbit and why its size is different- as well as attract people to your star parties for amazing views of the moon!

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    Congratulations to Paul Winalski, Winner of the Las Cumbres Award for Astronomy Outreach!

    The Night Sky Network extends our congratulations to Paul Winalski of the New Hampshire Astronomical Society on receiving the 2017 Las Cumbres Outreach Award from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific! Paul works hard representing the NHAS at outreach events and has helped countless members of his community witness amazing views of the heavens. We got in touch with Paul to find out more about his love of bringing astronomy to the public and how he first got started with astronomy and his local club. Find out more inside!

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