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    Find Strange Uranus in Aries

    Most of the planets in our solar system are bright and easily spotted at night, with two exceptions: Uranus and Neptune. Uranus is up almost all night during October and is at its brightest for the yea,r making it the best time to try to spot this distant, green world!

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    NSN Webinars: New Horizons: Beyond Pluto

    The NASA Night Sky Network joined Orkan Umurhan on Wednesday, October 16.  as he brought us the latest information about the New Horizons mission and its flyby of the distant Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69.  Find details on this webinar, and our webinar schedule for the rest of 2019, inside.

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

    The Night Sky Network and Reach for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts have teamed up to offer free online workshops for amateur astronomers about the new Space Science badges and best practices for engaging Girl Scouts with astronomy. Details inside!

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    Congratulations to Lynn Powers, Winner of the 2019 Las Cumbres Amateur Outreach Award!

    The Astronomical Society of the Pacific recently announced their 2019 award winners for excellence in astronomy, and Lynn Powers was recognized by the ASP for her outreach efforts in bringing astronomy to children and the general public!

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    Spot the Stars of the Summer Triangle

    Discover the skies around the Summer Triangle, welcome the change of seasons with the equinox on September 23, and look for Jupiter and Saturn with help from our guide to stargazers for this month!

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  • Andee's Corner: Sharing NSN with Your Club Members

    You can easily share the Night Sky Network with your club members. Find out how inside!

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    Chill Out: Spot an Ice Giant in August

    Is the summer heat getting to you? Cool off overnight while spotting one of the solar system's ice giants: Neptune! It's the perfect way to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Voyager 2's flyby. Find out how inside our latest article.

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    Sky Puppies: Bring the Wonders of the Universe to Youth

    The Sky Puppies program is a fun way to introduce kids to astronomical observing. Thanks to the efforts of NASA and the Astronomical League, this program is now available to all youth! Find the details and links to more information inside.

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    July's Skies: Observe Saturn and the Moon

    Saturn is at opposition this month, beckoning to future explorers with its beautiful rings and varied, mysterious moons. The Moon prominently passes Saturn mid-month, just in time for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11!

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    Make Your Own Whirlpool with NASA's Astrophoto Challenges: Open June - July 2019

    Find out how you can join NASA's Universe of Learning program for an exciting opportunity to use real astronomical data and tools to create your own beautiful images of the iconic Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) - details inside!

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  • NSN Member Magazine Subscriptions

    Special magazine subscription information for Night Sky Network club members,

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    Jupiter Shines at Opposition: Stargazing Tips for June 2019

    Jupiter stakes its claim as the king of the planets in June, shining bright all night. Saturn trails behind Jupiter, and the Moon passes by both planets mid-month. Mercury puts on its best evening appearance in 2019 late in the month, outshining nearby Mars at sunset. Find the details inside!

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  • Scheduling, Reporting, and Logging

    What is the difference between scheduling an event, reporting (or logging) an event, and logging volunteer hours?

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    New Moon Toolkits Available for NSN Member Clubs

    These new kits are packed with handouts and activities focused on our nearest neighbor, the Moon, and just in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11!

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    Watch the Late Spring Skies: Stargazing Tips for May 2019

    Find meteor watching tips for the Eta Aquarids, see how to spot the Coma Star Cluster, and read up on some daring Apollo 10 history in this month's NSN guide to the skies.

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    Global Astronomy Month is here!

    April is a special for all manner of space fans: it's time for Global Astronomy Month! #GAM2019 lands with the theme of "The Spirit of Apollo," honoring the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Find out about some of the great programs and events happening this month, and how you can participate, inside.

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    15 Years Later, Still Looking Up

    The Night Sky Network has grown from 140 clubs to more than 400 clubs across the US. The last 15 years have shown tremendous effort by these clubs, whose members have brought the wonders of the night sky to over 4 million people and counting.

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    Partner with Local NASA Volunteers

    Did you know that there are people who can help bring the wonders of the universe to Earth, living right near you? These resources will help you find out how to partner with these enthusiastic volunteer astronomers to help showcase the latest exciting developments in NASA space science and exploration to your community.

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    Nominate Your Favorite Astronomers for Prestigious Awards!

    The Astronomical Society of the Pacific wants you to nominate special astronomers for their annual awards. 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 1, 2019; find out how to nominate your favorite hard-working astronomers inside, and get them the recognition they deserve.

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    Toolkit Hack: A Light Box for Eclipse Demonstrations

    Usually astronomy requires that you turn off the lights; but sometimes you need to turn them up! Jerelyn Ramirez of the Kansas Astronomical Observers created a handy light source for use when demonstrating the "Yardstick Eclipse" activity. Find out the details inside.

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    Watch an Early Evening Eclipse on January 20

    A total lunar eclipse occurs on January 20, 2019, and totality begins before midnight for observers in the Americas. You can find observing tips inside, along with links to additional NASA eclipse resources. You may even be able to find an eclipse viewing party near you!

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    Ring in the New Year with New Horizons!

    New Horizons makes its rendezvous with Kuiper Belt Object 2014 MU69 on New Year's Day 2019! Ultima Thule, the temporary nickname for this distant object, will be the most distant body ever visited by humanity and provide our first closeup look at a small member of the icy Kuiper Belt. Find details in this article on where to get the latest news from the New Horizons team and how to participate in the flyby fun!

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    Get Ready to Observe the Geminids Meteor Shower

    The Geminids will have a great showing in 2018, especially after the Moon sets the evening of December 13th. Observers under dark clear skies will be treated to many meteors per hour during the shower peak that evening through the morning of December 14th. Find out more about this meteor shower and get some tips on how to best spot these brilliant meteors inside.

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  • Reporting Your Club Events with the NSN Event Log system

    The event log system is the best way to let NASA know you are using their resources for your outreach events. Andee Sherwood, NSN trainer and coordinator for the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, has some tips inside on how to use this system to log your club's events.

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    Celebrating InSight's Successful Mars Landing

    Night Sky Network members in the greater New York City area were on the ground at Times Square to witness the historic landing of the NASA InSight mission alongside official NASA representatives and space enthusiasts.

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