More Stars in the Night Sky Network!
Waiting for darkness, visitors to the Mount Diablo Astronomical SocietyÂ’s astronomy night learn why the moon has phases. (Photo courtesy of Rich Berendsen)

These Night Sky Network clubs have logged at least five events (number of events is in parentheses) since March 2004:
  • (17) Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas
  • (15) Kansas Astronomical Observers
  • ( 12 ) Statesboro Astronomy Club
  • ( 11 ) San Antonio Astronomical Association
  • ( 10 ) River Bend Astronomy Club
  • ( 10 ) Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit
  • ( 8 ) Door Peninsula Astronomical Society
  • ( 8 ) Westminster Astronomical Society, Inc.
  • ( 7 ) Arkansas Oklahoma Astronomical Society
  • ( 7 ) Astronomical Society of Northern New England
  • ( 7 ) Miami Valley Astronomical Society
  • ( 6 ) Central Florida Astronomical Society, Inc.
  • ( 6 ) East Valley Astronomy Club
  • ( 6 ) Evansville Astronomical Society
  • ( 6 ) Mission Valley Astronomy Club
  • ( 6 ) Neville Public Museum Astronomical Society
  • ( 6 ) South Texas Astronomical Society
  • ( 5 ) Amarillo Astronomy Club
  • ( 5 ) Astronomical Society of Southern New England
  • ( 5 ) Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society
  • ( 5 ) Chicago Astronomical Society/ Walter Glogowski
  • ( 5 ) Lima Astronomical Society
  • ( 5 ) Mount Diablo Astronomical Society
  • ( 5 ) Muskegon Astronomical Society
  • ( 5 ) Northeast Kansas Amateur Astronomers' League Inc.
  • ( 5 ) Starlight Astronomy Club
  • ( 5 ) Starsplitters of Wyalusing
  • ( 5 ) Vermont Astronomical Society
The newest additions to this list are Chicago, Mount Diablo, Mission Valley, and Lima. What kind of events have they recently held?

Improving international relations, Leonard Lahaye of Mission Valley Astronomy Club in Missoula, Montana reports on an open house at their observatory: “There were 30 science teachers from the country of Pakistan that are attending classes at the University of Montana . . . They had many, many questions. They really appreciated receiving the Night Sky network material and information and viewing through our telescopes.”

M. D. Wilson of the Lima Astronomical Society of Ohio was frustrated because, due to bad weather, they had to cancel several promised observing nights for the local Buckeye Youth Group. M.D. reports that things changed with the PlanetQuest ToolKit: “It is the first time the Observatory has been open to the public during a rainstorm.” Using the activities in the kit, they were able to provide an interactive presentation to the youth group in spite of the pouring rain.

Walter Glogowski of the Chicago Astronomical Society trained 56 teachers at the Illinios Science Teachers Association (ISTA) Convention on why we put telescopes in space. He reports that “The Past President of the ISTA, told me that this was one of the best presentations that she has gone to!”

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With over 375 posted events which have reached over 35,000 people since March 2004, the NASA Night Sky Network clubs are making a tremendous impact by providing unique experiences for their communities under the night sky.