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    Touch the Sun: The Parker Solar Probe has launched!

    The Parker Solar Probe is on its way to explore the mysteries of our nearest star: the Sun! Find out more about this exciting mission and check out NSN resources that help explore the Earth-Sun connection inside.

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    NSN Webinar: The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS): Mission update and early results

    Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Wednesday, August 29 at 6:00pm Pacific Time (9:00pm Eastern) when we will hear from Knicole Colon with an update on the TESS mission.

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    Prepare for Perseids!

    The annual Perseid meteor shower is scheduled to peak this August 12-13. There will be little light from the Moon this year, making for some potentially dark skies in areas free of light pollution! 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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    Catch Mars on its Close Approach!

    Spot Mars this month as it makes its close approach to Earth. Backyard telescopes will show details on the Martian surface that are normally too small to be seen from Earth, making this close pass a special event for Mars lovers! Find out the details on why this close approach of Mars is so special, along with how to find a Mars observing party near you, and details on how to join a special NASA Mars livestream event inside.

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    Collected Handy NSN Handouts

    Looking for some quick and simple outreach materials? Want to give your visitors something to remember your event, engage their interest, or spark their interest in more astronomy? These handouts from the Night Sky Network may be just the thing you need!

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    Girl Scouts and Amateur Astronomers Team Up to Reach for the Stars!

    Amateur astronomers and Girl Scouts are getting the chance to go to Goddard for a weeklong intensive space science workshop as part of the "Girl Scouts: Reaching for the Stars" NASA grant. As part of this program, the Night Sky Network has created a special webpage full of resources to help amateurs work with Girl Scouts as they work towards their new "Space Sciences" badges. Find out more inside!

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    Fireballs in the Sky: A Global Fireball Observatory

    Fireballs in the Sky is a citizen science program whose goal is to better understand the origins of the solar system by observing the paths of meteors as they streak across the sky. With the help of volunteers around the world the pre-fall orbits of many of these meteors can be reconstructed; sometimes, the landing sites of a few of the surviving meteorites can even be pinpointed! Find out how contribute your fireball observations to this project inside.

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    NSN Astronomy Clubs Reach 4 Million People!

    Night Sky Network astronomy clubs have reported more than 4 million visitors at their events nationwide. These events featured club members showing the public the wonders of the universe using NASA materials. Congratulations to all the hardworking outreach volunteers at clubs around the USA!

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    TESS: Continuing the Hunt for Habitable Planets

    NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) launched on April 18, 2018. Its goal: survey the sky and find thousands more extrasolar worlds. The stars it will see will be perfect for followup studies by other telescopes as we search for potential Earth-like worlds. Find out more inside!

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    Celebrate Global Astronomy Month for 2018

    It's April, which means it's time for Global Astronomy Month! #GAM2018 brings more astronomy fun, this month themed around a familiar, unifying sight in our night skies: the Moon!

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    How Did Astronomy Clubs Prepare Their Communities for the 2017 Solar Eclipse?

    Night Sky Network clubs helped prepare their local communities for the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017. Our latest article showcases some of this incredible outreach in their own words and photos! Find out the different ways NSN member clubs helped prepare their communities for the solar eclipse inside.

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    Congratulations to the 2018 NSN Event Scheduling Prizewinners

    To make event reporting easier, you can schedule your events on your club's NSN calendar ahead of time. We ran a contest earlier this year to encourage clubs to do just that! Find out inside who the lucky clubs were that won prizes for scheduling their upcoming events in their club's NSN calendar for 2018.

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    NASA Podcasts for Space News On the Go

    Want to catch up on the latest space news from NASA? You are in luck, because NASA produces many different podcasts each week! Find out behind the scenes information about space missions, the people behind the science, the history of NASA, spaceflight news, observing tips for amateur astronomers, and many more space-related topics. We have more details inside.

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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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    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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