Congratulations to the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit (SBAU)!<p>
SBAU's outreach has provided thousands of people the opportunity to gaze upon and understand the heavens; this photo is from a star party with more than 2,000 girl scouts and 1,000 parents in attendance.
Photo by Ruben Gutierrez, courtesy of Astronomy Magazine

We're thrilled that the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit (SBAU) won Astronomy Magazine's 2010 Out-of-this-world for outstanding programming. SBAU has been a member of the Night Sky Network since 2004. Members of the club have also participated in the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's Astronomy From the Ground Up, which is a National Science Foundation funded program developed to provide informal science educators and interpreters with new and innovative ways to communicate astronomy. Members have also been involved in testing Night Sky Network ToolKits, educational kits that help clubs do outreach.

SBAU was one of more than 30 clubs to apply for the award. They will use the money for their "You Can See Too" (UC2) program, which will enable people that are wheelchair-bound to view the sky through a telescope. They have already begun making the UC2 scope, which will be used at star parties, nursing homes, and hospitals. Read more about the Out-of-this-world award at Astronomy Magazine online.

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