Beyond Astronomy Day<p>
Tri-State Astronomers on Astronomy Day at Lamberton Middle School in Carlisle, PA
Clubs are eager to do astronomy demos, so contact an astronomy club for your classroom, event, or organization!
photo: Mark A. Brown

Did you miss Astronomy Day on May 7th, or was it too overcast to see the night sky? No worries, clubs have plenty of star parties and events coming up. If you're an educator, find an astronomy club in your area and find out if they'll do a demo for your class or at your school. Are you already planning a demo with a Night Sky Network club at your school or organization? Promote the event with these free NASA Year of the Solar System materials. Want to help spread the word about astronomy in your community? Here's a free NASA Night Sky Network widget that you can easily add to your website or blog that helps people find star parties, solar observing events, and astronomy club meetings.

There are so many resources to help you learn more about the sky. A great website to explore is NASA's Year of the Solar System, which changes themes monthly. The May theme is volcanism, and it couldn't be more exciting. Read about planetary scientist Rosaly Lopes, who has studied volcanoes on Io, Jupiter's moon, and is currently analyzing data from Saturn's moon, Titan. Then hop over to the activities and choose fun stuff to do like make Play-Doh Venus Volcanoes, Cake Batter Lava, and Gelatin Volcanoes. You can also find lots of activities right here on the Night Sky Network website. One of our latest activities includes free Sorting the Solar System cards.

You can join the Night Sky Network on Facebook to keep up with what's up in the sky. Find local star parties and astronomy events on Go StarGaze, our iPhone app. Astronomy clubs welcome new members, so don't be shy about asking about joining. And finally, find out more about observing with these resources.

Mark your calendar for Fall Astronomy Day, October 1, 2011. Night Sky Network clubs will be in your neighborhood!