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    Night Sky Notes: Solstice Shadows

    Solstices bring contrasting extremes in day and night to the Northern and Southern Hemisphere while marking the change of seasons, while observers in the tropics may find "Zero Shadow" days more striking. Learn more about how these striking shadows - or lack thereof - can make for some interesting science, in our latest edition of NASA's Night Sky Notes!

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    Join NASA's Astrophoto Challenges: Summer 2022 with Eta Carina and the Carina Nebula

    The summer edition of NASA's Astrophoto Challenges event has started, and runs through July 31 - and everyone is invited to participate! Create your own amazing images of the Carina Nebula using NASA data - or your own! Find out more inside.

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    NSN Webinar Series: The 2020 Decadal Survey in Astronomy and Astrophysics

    Night Sky Network members are invited to join Dr. Kelly Lepo on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 6:00 PM Pacific / 9:00PM Eastern, when she will present her talk: What to Expect from the James Webb Space Telescope's First Year of Science.. Details inside!

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    Night Lights: Aurora, Noctilucent Clouds, and the Zodiacal Light

    This month's article features three types of "night lights": the subtle false dawn of the zodiacal light, the glow from electric blue noctilucent clouds, and of course, the beautiful and unpredictable aurora! Learn more about these enchanting light shows in our latest edition of NASA's Night Sky Notes.

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    Advanced Catspotting: Lynx and Leo Minor

    Give yourself a bit of a challenge this month and try to spot the faint constellations of Lynx and Leo Minor, two wild cats hunting amongst the menagerie of animal-themed northern star patterns! Learn more about these faint but fun star patterns, along with some unusual deep-space objects contained within, in the latest edition of NASA's Night Sky Notes!

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    Embracing the Equinox

    Equinoxes can be seen as harbingers of longer nights and gloomy weather, or promising beacons of nicer temperatures and more sunlight. Observing and predicting equinoxes is one of the earliest skills in humanity's astronomical toolkit. Learn more about equinoxes in our latest edition of Night Sky Notes!

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    2021 Outreach & Service 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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    Five Quick Tools for Girl-Friendly Events

    Make your public programs more welcoming with this set of five short videos for amateur astronomers. Learn the latest best practices for engaging girls and Girl Scouts with astronomy.

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  • Coordinator Tips: Open Item Alerts and Night Sky Network Services

    You may not have noticed the alerts and services available to you- they're hiding in plain sight, right in the upper right corner of the NSN after logging in!

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    Hang Out with the Twins of Gemini

    The night skies of February are filled with beautiful star patterns, and so this month we take a closer look at another famous constellation, now rising high in the east after sunset: Gemini, the Twins! Find out more about the not quite twin stars of Castor and Pollux, and how to spot a few of Gemini's intriguing "faint fuzzies," inside!

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    Nominate Your Favorite Astronomer for an Award from the ASP!

    Nominate an amazing astronomer for an award from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific! Give an award to someone that truly deserves it: your mentor, a fellow amateur who has made incredible scientific contributions to astronomy, or your club's outreach superstar! The nomination deadline is March 15, 2022; find out how to nominate your favorite hard-working astronomers inside.

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    Help celebrate the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope

    NASA and its partners need your help to celebrate the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope - find out how you can participate inside!

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    NSN Member Contributions & Outreach Toolkit Hacks

    We've collected tips from NSN members who have shared their favorite tweaks to NSN outreach materials and related public engagement activities. Check them out!

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    Hunting the Hunter: Observing Orion

    If you are outside on a clear January night, it's hard not to notice one distinctive star pattern above all: Orion! Find out how to spot a few of the many spectacular sights in this dazzling constellation inside.

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    The James Webb Space Telescope: Ready for Launch!

    NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is ready for lift-off! In just a few short weeks, this incredibly advanced space telescope will launch, and shortly afterwards will begin its mission to investigate some of the deepest mysteries of our universe. Find out about why Webb is being placed into such a distant orbit, and what it hopes to observe from its vantage point beyond our Moon, inside!

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    Results of the Survey: Amateur Astronomers in 2021

    More than 900 of you told us about your astronomy interests, club activities, and public engagement, both during the pandemic and beyond. We have a link to some initial findings from US-based survey responders inside!

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    Night Sky Network Membership Benefits

    Membership in the Night Sky Network program offers clubs and individuals a few key benefits! Check them out inside.

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    Measure the Night Sky

    Fall and winter months bring longer nights, and these earlier evenings mean that even the youngest astronomers can get some serious stargazing in. One of the handiest things you can teach a budding young astronomer is how to measure the sky - and if you haven't yet learned yourself, it's easier than you think! Discover some elegant tricks for measuring the night sky inside.

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    The Clean Eyepiece Hack

    Worried about keeping eyepieces clean during the pandemic? What about during outreach at events with a lot of eye makeup - like, say, Halloween? Ken Silva shares a simple solution to keep your eyepieces sparkling and sanity during outreach, inside!

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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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    Weird Ways to Observe the Moon

    International Observe the Moon Night is on October 16 this year- but you can observe the Moon whenever it's up, day or night! While binoculars and telescopes certainly reveal incredible details of our neighbor's surface, these tools are not the only way to observe details about our Moon. There are more ways to observe the moon than you might expect, just using common household materials! Find out more about these unconventional techniques inside our latest article.

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    Join the Global Moon Party!

    Join us to get the International Observe the Moon party started on October 9th with 3 hours of guest speakers from NASA, the lunar observing community, Explore Alliance, and even more!

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    Catch Andromeda Rising!

    If you're thinking of a galaxy, the image in your head is probably the Andromeda Galaxy! Studies of this massive neighboring galaxy, also called M31, have played an incredibly important role in shaping modern astronomy. As a bonus for stargazers, the Andromeda Galaxy is also a beautiful sight- and you can find out how you can see it for yourself inside our latest article.

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    August 9 UPDATE : NSN Website & Messaging System is Back Online!

    Night Sky Network club members: The system is now back up and all operations should be fully restored. We have updates with additional details inside. Latest update: August 9, 2021.

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    Corner the Great Square of Pegasus

    The Summer Triangle may be the most famous seasonal star pattern, but during early August evenings another geometrically-inclined asterism rises: the Great Square of Pegasus! Find out how to spot it, and what objects to look for in and around the constellation Pegasus in our latest article!

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