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    Virgo's Galactic Harvest

    Virgo is prominently featured in the skies of early May, and is host to a plethora of galaxies. Learn a great trick for spotting Spica, dive into the Virgo Cluster of galaxies, and find a fun cosmic distance scale activity, in our latest article!

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    NSN Webinar Series: Preparing for Artemis: Understanding the Moon's most important resource

    Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Thursday, May 20 at 6:00pm Pacific Time (9:00pm Eastern) to hear Dr. Casey Honniball bring us an update on the Artemis program and plans for creating a sustainable human presence on the Moon. Details inside!

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  • Member Tip: NSN Site Search

    Have you ever needed to find something on the NSN website? Hopefully you used the "Site search" feature - and if not, find out how, inside!

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    Citizen Science Resources

    Looking for ways to engage with community science programs during Citizen Science Month? We have a few tips and links to some great NASA programs and resources inside!

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    Watch the Lion: Celestial Wonders in Leo

    Leo is a prominent sight for stargazers in April. Its famous sickle, punctuated by the bright star Regulus, draws many a beginning stargazer's eyes. Leo's prominence invites deeper looks into some of its celestial delights, including a great double star and famous galactic trio. Find out how to spot these objects, as well as join some fun community science projects,inside!

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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 April 11th!

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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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    Taking the Dog Stars for a Springtime Walk: Sirius and Procyon

    March skies feature many dazzling stars and constellations but two of the brightest stars are the focus of our attention this month: Sirius and Procyon, the dog stars! Discover more about these two nearby star systems inside.

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    Landing on Mars: A Tricky Feat!

    The Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter will land in Mars's Jezero crater on February 18, 2021, NASA's latest mission to explore the red planet. Landing on Mars is an incredibly difficult feat that has challenged engineers for decades: while missions like Curiosity have succeeded, its surface is littered with the wreckage of many failures as well. Why is landing on Mars so difficult? Find out in our latest article!

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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 1, 2021; find out how to nominate your favorite hard-working astronomers inside.

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  • Coordinator Tip: Adjust Your Calendar's Display Preferences

    Too many events on your calendar? Want to include nearby club events? Wondering why a virtual event from across the country is on your calendar? Check out how to adjust your club's NSN calendar preferences inside!

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    Light Pollution Resources from NSN

    We have created a few handy resources to help you educate others about sky quality and light pollution. Check out a few handouts and activities inside, and help others enjoy clear, dark skies!

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    Check Your Sky Quality with Orion!

    Have you ever wondered how many stars you can see at night? A few thousand stars can be seen in the sky at once by lucky observers under the darkest skies! But most people don't enjoy such dark skies - and knowing your sky's brightness will help you navigate the night sky. Find out how you can use the stars of bright constellations to determine your sky's brightness 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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    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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    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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    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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