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    How To Choose a First Telescope?

    The holiday gift-giving season is upon us and you may be looking for a telescope, possibly as a gift for someone else, or for yourself! Find out what to look for in a first telescope - or pair of binoculars - inside.

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    Visitors to Both Jupiter and Saturn

    Have you observed Jupiter and Saturn moving closer to each other over the past few months? While the two worlds may appear close, in reality they are hundreds of millions of miles apart. Despite this vast distance, a select few NASA missions have visited both worlds! Find out more about these hardy robotic visitors to Jupiter and Saturn inside.

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    2020 Outreach Award Pin & Certificate Information

    It's time for the annual NSN Outreach Award Pins! Award your club's volunteers for their hard work during the past year with these these shiny metal pins and custom award certificates. Details on how to order this year's comet-themed pin, along with tips for customizing and printing out the associated award certificate, are inside.

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    NSN Webinar Series: The Best of Astronomy Picture of the Day 2020

    Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Thursday, December 17 at 6:00 pm Pacific (9:00 pm Eastern) to hear Robert Nemiroff give us a tour of the highlights from the Astronomy Picture of the Day archive for 2020.

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    The International Space Station: 20 Continuously Crewed Years of Operation

    Did you know that humans have been living in the International Space Station, uninterrupted, for twenty years? On November 2, 2000, Expedition-1 brought the first three permanent crew members to the station, and since then, an entire generation has been born into a world where humans continually live and work in space. Find out more about the International Space Station in our latest article!

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    Check Out the Library Telescope Program!

    Did you know that many libraries let you check out telescopes, as well as books? Find out more about the Library Telescope Program inside!

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    Observe the Skies Near Mars

    October is a banner month for Mars observers! Mars is very bright this month, and astronomers are eager to observe the red planet. However, don't forget to look at the space around Mars; by doing so, you can observe the planet's remarkable retrograde motion and find a few nearby objects that you may otherwise overlook. Find out more inside!

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    Announcing Big Astronomy - People, Places, Discoveries!

    Our latest Outreach Toolkit highlights the amazing teams of people behind the scenes of the discoveries made at the the world's largest observatories. Activities cover topics such as dark skies, colors of the universe, and sky legends from around the world. Discover more about these materials - and the planetarium show that inspired them - inside!

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    Public Programs in the time of COVID - Galileoscopes for Outreach

    The folks behind the Galileoscope share updates about the availability of Galileoscopes and their potential uses for outreach during these socially distanced times! Find out more inside.

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    Summer Triangle Corner: Altair

    Altair is the final stop on our trip around the Summer Triangle! Altair might be the most unusual of the three stars of the Triangle, due to its great speed: this star spins so rapidly that it appears "squished." Find out more about this bright -and fast - star inside!

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    How Are We Performing Astronomy Outreach During COVID-19?

    Astronomers have discovered many creative ways to do outreach in their communities while staying safe. While many events are online only, there are other avenues for doing outreach - even some that still use the sidewalk!

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    Free Online Workshop: Confidence and Curiosity: Girls at the Telescope

    Did you miss our earlier sessions? Fear not! The Night Sky Network and Reach for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts have teamed up to offer another round of free online workshops for amateur astronomers about the new Space Science badges and best practices for engaging Girl Scouts with astronomy. Find more details inside- and sign up before August 30!

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    Summer Triangle Corner: Deneb

    What makes Deneb special, in addition to being one of the three points of the Summer Triangle? Its brilliance has stirred the imaginations of people for thousands of years! Find out more about this incredibly bright star - including how to spot it - in this month's stargazing feature!

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    Mars's Latest Visitor: NASA's Perseverance Rover

    NASA's latest Mars rover, Perseverance, is launching very soon! This amazing robot explorer will scout the surface of Mars for possible signs of ancient life and collect soil samples for return to Earth by future missions. Find out more about Perseverance - and see where you can spot Mars in early morning skies - in our latest article.

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    Toolkit Hack: Illustrate Opposition

    Want a quick and easy way to illustrate what opposition is for Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, or other outer worlds? Jerelyn Ramirez of the Kansas Astronomical Observers created a toolkit hack using our "Exploring the Solar System" worksheet to do that!

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    Add Virtual Events to Your Club Calendar!

    Did you know that there is a new event type for NSN astronomy clubs? You can now add virtual events to the calendar! Find out how, inside.

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    Toolkit Hack: Frames for Tactile Moon Sheets

    Don Knabb created this beautiful travel case for the 3-D touchable Moon surfaces from the Apollo 11 Toolkit! Find out more about these sturdy frames inside.

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    Summer Triangle Corner: Vega

    If you live in the Northern Hemisphere and look up during June evenings, you'll see the brilliant star Vega shining overhead. Did you know that Vega is one of the most studied stars in our skies? Find out why inside our latest article!

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    Galileoscope Hack: Stable Chair Mount!

    Do you have a Galileoscope but no tripod? Create a simple mount using an item you may be using right now: a chair!

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    Do Science with NASA

    Want to mix in some science with your stargazing, but not sure where to start? Can't get to your favorite stargazing spot? NASA's citizen science programs may be just the thing for you. Find out how you can do science with NASA in our latest article!

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    Hubble at 30: Three Decades of Cosmic Discovery

    The Hubble Space Telescope celebrates its 30th birthday in orbit around Earth this April. Find out more about the Hubble, including how you can try spotting it in the night sky, inside!

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    Earth Day Turns 50: Celebrate with NASA!

    Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22 with NASA's collection of educational resources and activities!

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    Dim Delights in Cancer

    Cancer the Crab is a dim constellation, yet it contains one of the most beautiful and easy-to-spot star clusters in our sky: the Beehive Cluster. Cancer also possesses one of the most studied exoplanets: the superhot super-Earth, 55 Cancri e. Discover more about these fascinating objects inside!

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    Astronomy Award Nominations Now Open!

    Do you want someone recognized for their amazing work in astronomy? Nominate them for awards from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific! Find out how inside.

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    Betelgeuse and the Crab Nebula: Stellar Death and Rebirth

    Famous star Betelgeuse and the ghostly supernova remnant known as the Crab Nebula showcase what happens when giant stars star reach the end of their lives. Find how to spot these two morbid celestial objects, and learn more about the death of stars, inside!

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