Amateur astronomers around the world will be sharing their telescopes with neighbors and friends during April, Global Astronomy Month. In the United States, astronomy clubs are packing the Night Sky Network calendar with hundreds of exciting events that you can attend. You don't need a telescope to go to an event and you don't need to know a thing about astronomy. The clubs have the telescopes and they'll help you identify constellations and planets. Just go out, observe and have fun! If you're short on time, or can't leave home, participate by dimming the lights you don't need during International Dark Sky Week, April 4-10, 2010. Enjoy these resources:
- Check out the Night Sky Network calendar for events in the United States
- 400 Years of the Telescope will be rebroadcast on PBS on April 9th, check your local listings
- Contact your local astronomy club and ask them to do a presentation on how telescopes work. This complements the PBS special 400 Years of the Telescope.
- Watch NOVA's Hunting for the Edge of Space. The first episode will air on April 6th.
- Beyond International Year of Astronomy lists 10 Ways to Participate in Global Astronomy Month including the online interactive Living Legends Series
- Astronomers Without Borders lists global programs including online events such as Is There Anybody Out There?
- The Astronomical League lists events for Astronomy Day on Saturday, April 24, 2010
One People, One Sky!