GAM logo courtesy Astronomers Without Borders
Global Astronomy Month is here! April brings a wealth of exciting events, both in the sky and on the ground, and the fine folks at Astronomers Without Borders are working hard to bring their love of the night sky to folks around the world through a series of special events.
The full schedule of GAM events is here; some events of potential interest to US astronomy club members are:
The International Earth and Sky Photo Contest
March 10-April 24, 2014
A photo contest dedicated to showing the connection between us and the sky. Notable past winners have included gorgeous landscape photographs featuring famous landmarks in conjunction with a dazzling portrait of the sky. Full rules can be found here.
Global Star Party 2014
April 5, 2014
BYOT (Bring Your Own Telescope), register your event, and share the sky with the philosophy, "One People, One Sky."
April 11, 2014
On April 11, Mars will be in between opposition (April 8th) and its closest approach (April 14th), giving you an excellent opportunity to hold a viewing party for the Red Planet. At this time Mars will be approximately 1.5 mag and a diameter of 15.2" and be 57.4 million miles away from Earth.
Total Lunar Eclipse
April 14-15, 2015
The first lunar eclipse of two this year! Depending on your time zone, the eclipse will start on the night of April 14 or the very early morning of April 15. Watch as our Moon gets swallowed up by Earth's shadow and gives way to an eerie red glow. More details are available on the dedicated NSN eclipse event page.
Lyrid Meteor Watch 2014
April 20-15, 2014
Go to a dark sky and observe the Lyrids! The peak will be around April 22nd, but there should be a few good meteors both before and after. Count the meteors you see and submit your results to the International Meteor Organization's Visual Meteor Observation site. You can even tweet your data include the hashtags #GAMN2014 and #LyridsWatch. If you are in the US, you can also add the country code #USA. (more codes here)
International Dark Sky Week and Globe at Night
April 20-26 (IDA), April 20-29 (GaN)
Two of the most prominent organizations devoted to fighting light pollution and raising awareness of its effects raise their flags near the end of April. Celebrate IDSW by hosting a star party, turning out your lights, installing new shielded lighting, or organizing a community meeting about light pollution. Participate in Globe at Night by measuring the night sky via one of their smartphone apps (for Android or iPhone 4s-5), web-based app, or a dedicated Sky Quality Meter if you are lucky enough to have one! You can also check out our recent Telecon with Connie Walker from Globe at Night for more details on how you can help in this effort.
AWB Monthly Hangout
April 24, 2014
Catch up with Astronomers Without Borders on what has been happening with GAM 2014, and what is planned for the rest of the month.
April 27, 2014
Celebrate our Star, the Sun! This day will feature many events around the globe, including Solar observing, lectures and presentations about our Sun, and much more. Of course, NEVER look directly at the Sun!
Those are just a few of the incredible events in store for this month; check out the schedule on the AWB page or events on the NSN Calendar for more events in your area.
May you have clear skies and good weather for this month of spectacular astronomy!
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