Star Gaze with the Best Astronomy Enthusiasts in the USA
Top: Skip Bird makes a model of a comet with astronomy visitors.
Bottom: John Blackwell makes adjustments to the Grainger Observatory telescope.

NASA Night Sky Network members are dedicated educators who regularly share their knowledge of the sky with people like you. The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) recently announced the winners of its 2010 awards for excellence in astronomy education. Among the winners are these amazing Night Sky Network members:

  • Wayne "Skip" Bird won the Las Cumbres Amateur Outreach Award, which honors outstanding outreach by an amateur astronomer to K-12 children and the public. For more than 15 years, Bird has led Maryland's Westminster Astronomical Society in engaging kids and the public in astronomy outreach programs for Girl and Boy Scout troops, nature centers, libraries, fairs, kids camps, and at other venues.

  • John Blackwell won the Thomas J. Brennan Award, for excellence in the teaching of astronomy at the high school level. Blackwell teaches astronomy at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, where he also uses the Grainger Observatory to teach students how to observe celestial objects and conduct investigations and measurements.

    Meet these members at the ASP's annual meeting in Boulder, Colorado in August.

    All the Stars in the Night Sky Network are ready and eager to share the universe with you. The Night Sky Network supports the best astronomy clubs in the United States. Find a club to go stargazing with today!