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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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    NSN Webinar: Looking at Earth From Space (Landsat Style)

    Night Sky Network members joined us on Tuesday, February 13 when NASA's Theresa Arvidson shared the history of the ongoing Landsat program, and updated us about the upcoming Landsat 9 mission.

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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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    Browse Hubble's Messier Catalog!

    Hubble's Messier Catalog is a beautiful series of images over 230 years in the making! Charles Messier released his final version of his famed list of objects in 1781. In October 2017 the Hubble team released a series of gorgeous images of many of these objects taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Find out more about the history of this list and where to find these amazing images inside!

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    Become an Image Detective!

    You can help analyze images taken by astronauts on board the International Space Station by becoming an Image Detective! This citizen science effort needs the help of human eyes and brains to help analyze the 1.5 millions images taken from the space station for use in better understanding our home planet. Find out how you can be a part of NASA science inside.

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    Give Your Eclipse Glasses a Second Life

    Your used eclipse glasses could be reused by schoolchildren in South America and Asia to witness the 2019 solar eclipse. The eclipse glasses recycling program from Astronomers Without Borders and Explore Scientific helps keep safe solar eclipse viewers out of the landfill and brings them to schoolchildren that may not otherwise be able to safely view these eclipses. Find out more details inside- including what glasses are accepted, and where to donate them.

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    Celebrate Fall Astronomy Day on September 30!

    Astronomy Day is a world-wide event observed each spring and fall. Fall Astronomy Day arrives on September 30, 2017. Local astronomical societies, planetariums, museums, and observatories will be sponsoring public viewing sessions, presentations, workshops, and other activities to increase public awareness about astronomy and our wonderful universe.

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    List of Ready-Made Presentations for Meetings, Class Visits, and Cloudy Days

    Summer star party season is upon us! But what happens when rain or inclement weather rolls in, and you need to do something with your visitors while you wait for the skies to clear up? Well, after you double check to make sure you've safely stashed your telescope, try out one of these popular night sky network presentations for your audiences! We've found the top ten most popular NSN presentations from the past year and  now present them to you.

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    Total Solar Eclipse of 2017

    On August 21, 2017 a total solar eclipse across a small path across the continental United States - and much of the rest of North America will be able to see a partial eclipse. You don't want to miss it! Find links to fantastic resources about this exciting cosmic event inside this article, and ensure that your eclipse viewing experience is safe and fun!

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    Member Updates for August - Eclipse 2017!

    The eclipse is coming! The Night Sky Network staff will be traveling to the path of totality and will be back by the end of August. We do have a bit of news, including tips on eclipse resources, inside! Also, please note that we will not be hosting a webinar this month. Our regular webinar series will return in September.

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    Prepare for Perseids!

    The annual Perseid meteor shower is scheduled to peak this August 11-13. While light from a waning moon may obscure some of the dimmer meteor trails, many meteors may still be visible! 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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    Check Out a Telescope From Your Local Library!

    The Library Telescope Program brings telescopes to local public libraries, making good-quality and beginner-friendly telescopes available to curious patrons.The Astronomical League is now accepting applications to bring telescopes into more lucky libraries this year - find out how to nominate your local library for this program inside!

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    A Modern Day Eddington Experiment

    You can join other citizen scientists and recreate one of the most important scientific observations of the modern era. Measure the positions of stars near the sun during the upcoming total solar eclipse to prove Einstein's General Theory of Relativity! Find out more about this astrometry-minded citizen science opportunity from NASA's Universe of Learning inside.

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    Blast Off with the Girl Scouts and NASA!

    Congratulations to the lucky amateur astronomers and Girl Scouts who get to go to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for a weeklong space science workshop as part of the "Girl Scouts: Reaching for the Stars" NASA grant! Amateur astronomers will be hearing more from Girl Scouts, both girls and adult volunteers, in the coming years as the Girl Scouts of America ramp up their own amateur astronomy programs. Find out more and get a peek at a few events inside.

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    Bringing Astronomy to Wounded Veterans in Pittsburgh

    The Amateur Astronomical Association of Pittsburgh (AAAP) bring the stars to their local veterans with astronomy events at their local VA hospital. The members of the AAAP have even begun an effort to construct a dedicated observatory on the hospital grounds in an effort to provide additional astronomy activities at the hospital to help to aid in the recovery of the veterans receiving treatment. Find out more about their project inside!

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    Girl Scouts Stars

    The Night Sky Network and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) are proud to announce an exciting new program, "Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts." The team, led by the SETI Institute, is producing new space science badges, online Girl Scout volunteer materials, and new astronomy experiences for every level of Girl Scouts from Daisies in kindergarten through Ambassadors (Seniors in high school). What does this mean for you, our amateur astronomers? Find out inside!

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    Spanish Solar Outreach Resources

    See how you can make your own materials in Spanish here.

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    Astronomers and libraries working together during Eclipse 2017

    Andrew Fraknoi (Foothill College) and Dennis Shatz (Pacific Science Center) are recruiting amateur astronomers to help local libraries prepare the public for the August 21 solar eclipse! You don't need to be in town for the eclipse to help your neighbors prepare in advance for the big day - find out more on how to help inside.

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    How to Maintain Your Club's NSN Homepage

    Here is our latest tip from Andee Sherwood, Club Mentor & Trainer for the NSN Program. This month, Andee goes into a deep dive on how to maintain your club's NSN homepage with the semi-hidden features inside the NSN's club management system. Find out how to maximize your clubs NSN presence inside this article.

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    Global Astronomy Month is back for 2017!

    Global Astronomy Month returns for 2017 to pack April 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 #GAM2017.
    Find out how you can participate in these astronomical festivities inside!

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    Join the Eclipse MegaMovie Project!

    The Eclipse Megamovie Project is now recruiting citizen science volunteers to help create a movie documenting totality of the upcoming eclipse of August 21, 2017. Find out how you can participate in this exciting citizen science project in this article!

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