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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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    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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    NSN Webinar: Lunar Science and Moon 2024

     On May 21, 2019, Night Sky Network members joined Dr. Jamie Foster as she shared the story of the ancient Earth, and how it can help us understand the potential for life on other planets. 

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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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    Follow NASA InSight's Landing on Mars

    NASA's InSight mission will land on Mars on November 26! nSight will investigate the deep interior of Mars to further our understanding of the rocky planets. Discover more about science of InSight and find out how to watch live streaming landing coverage inside.

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    2019 NSN Outreach Award Pins & Certificates

    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 embossed metal pins and custom award certificates. Details on how to order the "Apollo 11 50th Anniversary" themed pin as well as tips for customizing and printing out the associated award certificate are inside.

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  • NSN Calendar Tip: Schedule Upcoming & Recurring Events

    This tip will help you manage your club's NSN calendar and post events for your upcoming meetings and outreach events for everyone to see - and keeps your club listed as having upcoming events on the public NSN calendar and club map to help entice non-club members to visit, too!

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    How Can You Help Curb Light Pollution?

    Light pollution has long troubled astronomers, who generally shy away from deep sky observing under light-polluted skies. In recent years human-made light pollution has dramatically surpassed the interference of even a bright full Moon, and its effects are now noticeable to a great many people outside of the astronomical community. This article lists some ways you can help measure and mitigate light pollution with smart lighting choices and helpful education efforts in your community.

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    Halloween Outreach: Trick or Treat Sidewalk Astronomy

    Halloween is a great time to go out in your neighborhood for some spooky sidewalk astronomy. The American Astronomical Society has some tips for sidewalk astronomers with their new "Trick or Treat and Telescopes" initiative.

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    Celebrate International Observe the Moon Night on October 20

    International Observe the Moon Night for 2018 is on Saturday, October 20. Go look at the Moon...and invite your family, friends, and community to join you. Find out more about InOMN and how you can host or attend an event near you in this article.

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    Celebrate World Space Week!

    Each year, UN-declared World Space Week (WSW), October 4-10, is celebrated globally, and is on track to make 2018 the biggest ever, with your help! Schools, space agencies, museums, aerospace companies, astronomers, scientists, artists and many other participants promote space and inspire students by synchronizing their events during this worldwide celebration.

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    What NSN Outreach Toolkits Are Available to Member Clubs?

    The Night Sky Network's toolkit collection has received many updates over the many years of the program. Some of our older ones are no longer available, while newer kits have since become available on a variety of topics.

    This article lists all of the toolkits that are now available to Night Sky Network member clubs that regularly report on their outreach events.

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    Girl Scouts Release New Space Science Badges

    The Girl Scouts USA recently released new Space Science Badges for Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors, with additional badges for grades 6-12 coming in in the fall of 2019 Each badge has a step encouraging troops to connect with their local astronomy club--and that's you, the members of the Night Sky Network! Find out more about how you can get involved inside.

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