NASA Night Sky Member Wins the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's Las Cumbres Amateur Outreach Award

Chuck McPartlin at Kaleidoscope Telescopes, Girl Scout campout at Live Oak Camp
Photo credit: Ruben Gutierrez

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific's 2012 Las Cumbres Amateur Outreach Award for outstanding outreach by an amateur astronomer to children and the public was given to Mr. Chuck McPartlin, the current outreach coordinator of the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit astronomy club, which won Astronomy magazine’s “Out-of-This World” award in 2010 for outstanding programming. Considered key in this selection was McPartlin’s dedicated outreach activities and programming spanning two decades. He routinely takes groups of astronomers with him to events at campsites, school science nights, and Telescope Tuesdays, into other counties to show the sky to people in small communities and to campers in the outlying sites. In addition, he coordinates the monthly public observing nights at Westmont College Observatory and presents regular shows at the local museum’s planetarium.

Congratulations, Chuck! 

"All the neat kits and web tools you fine folks at the Night Sky Network and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) provide were a big part of both the ASP award and the Astronomy magazine award." 
Chuck McPartlin

Image: "Always ready to do outreach!" Chuck in his Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit (SBAU) cap.

Want to nominate an amateur astronomer? The 2013 nomination deadline is January 1, 2013.

More information on the award, its eligibility requirements, and nomination procedures.

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