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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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    NSN Webinar Series: Exoplanets: Finding Life in the Galaxy

    Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Thursday, October 28 at 6:00pm Pacific Time (9:00pm Eastern) to hear Dr. Robert Zellem from NASA's JPL share how astronomers discover and characterize exoplanets.

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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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    Take the Survey: Amateur Astronomers in 2021

    Take a few minutes to tell us about your astronomy interests, club activities, and public engagement, both during the pandemic and beyond. Let us know how we can support you!

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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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    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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    Join NASA's Astrophoto Challenges: M87

    NASA's latest Astrophoto Challenges event has started, and runs from July 1 - August 16! The subject: M87, the famed active galaxy whose center is home to a supermassive black hole, the event horizon of which was imaged by the Event Horizon Telescope. Find out how you can join inside!

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    Observe the Milky Way and Great Rift

    Summer skies bring glorious views of the Milky Way to observers blessed with dark skies. Find tips on how to observe our galaxy - along with the dark dust clouds of the Great Rift - inside!

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

    Deadline extended to August 1st! 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.

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    Astronomers: Exoplanet Watch Needs You!

    Want to help NASA find exoplanets? You can use your own telescope to observe transit events and share your data as part of the Exoplanet Watch citizen science project! Details inside.

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    You Can Help Discover Exoplanets!

    Hunting for exoplanets is not just for astronomers with years of training and specialized equipment-you too can join the hunt for worlds around other stars! There are many citizen science projects you can join to help find more planets and assist in the search for life around other stars. Amateur astronomers also help confirm exoplanets from their own backyards, and have even made a few discoveries of their own. Find out more inside.

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    Safe Solar Eclipse Viewing Tips

    Want to safely observe the Sun during an eclipse? We have a few tips on how to do so without endangering your most useful observing tool-your eyesight!

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    Astrophotography With Your Smartphone

    Have you ever wanted to take your own beautiful astrophotos, but felt intimidated? Anyone can take astrophotos, even if the only camera you have is on your smartphone - you just need to practice! Find out how you can do smartphone astrophotography in our latest article!

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    Find an Observing Program for You with the Astronomical League!

    Restart your interest in observing! Get to the next level in your skills! Get recognized for your long nights under the stars! Join an observing program from the Astronomical League! There are observing programs for astronomers of all levels and interests-from the most beginning beginner surrounded by light pollution, to the most advanced astronomer under dark clear skies, there truly is an observing program for everyone. Find out more inside!

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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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  • 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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    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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    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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    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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  • 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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