NSN News: June 2014
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Amateur Astronomers: Summer Solstice is upon us on June 21. Have wonderful weather, and clear skies!
  1. Ready for a new ToolKit?
  2. Congratulations to the lucky winners of the quarterly NSN prize!
  3. Toolkits now shipping
  4. Updates to the new NSN website; add and log events for publicity, ToolKits, and prizes!
  5. New Surveys coming soon for Astronomers and their Audiences
  6. Space Place in June
  7. Featured Article and Activity for June
1. Ready for a new ToolKit?

We’re working on it now! Join us in these first stages of design by filling out a brief survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NCZLVRF . The new ToolKit we are creating is all about planetary formation and what’s going on inside the rocky planets in our Solar System. We need your help to narrow our focus to topics you want to talk about in your outreach. Choose from 11 topics - let us know how you talk about subjects like Mars, geology, and how planets form. It should take no more than 10 minutes of your time and will help us create activities you’ll use in the near future. This ToolKit will be released in late 2015 and is sponsored by NASA’s Insight mission (http://insight.jpl.nasa.gov) which will take the pulse, temperature, and vital signs of Mars in order to better understand planetary formation. 

2. Congratulations to the lucky winners of the quarterly NSN prize!
Congratulations to the following clubs, who have won the Quarter 1 2014 Prize by entering and logging their events held from January 1-March 31, 2014

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Enjoy your three copies of the indoor and outdoor lighting spectra viewer from Hermograph Press. We know you will put them to good use.

We will soon announce our Quarter 2 prizes; keep entering and logging your events to win the next prize! Events from April 1-June 30, 2014 will qualify your club's entry.

3. Toolkits now shipping

Over 110 clubs qualified for Toolkits by logging their events from January 1-March 31, 2014! Thank you all so much for your continued support for astronomy outreach and education! Clubs that have not yet obtained all of our available ToolKits will receive a new one by the end of June. 

4. Updates to the new NSN website; add and log events for publicity, ToolKits, and prizes!

With the launch of the new website came a series of bugs which we have been busy squashing; thank you all so much for your patience and suggestions. 

With the relaunch of the site comes a push in publicity for the Night Sky Network site and member clubs; please add your upcoming events to your club's Calendars for  extra publicity; the public often checks out the NSN Calendar to find Astronomy events in their area, and to find  club near them! As always, also remember to log those activities once completed for a chance to win prizes, as well as to qualify for new NSN TooKits for use at your outreach events.

5. New Surveys coming soon for Astronomers and their Audiences

NSN members: In the next week you will receive a link for a survey for astronomers performing outreach. We will use the results to improve the Night Sky Network and to inform what we do next. We want to know how you do outreach and what your greatest needs are! 

6. Learning Space in June

What's new on  Learning Space this month? Join Nicole Gugliucci and Georgia Bracey in their Google Hangout every Wednesday at 4 pm Pacific/ 7 pm Eastern time to learn more about topics in astronomy education, outreach and other ways to share the wonders of science. 

   Coming up:

  • Episode 65: TBA – 25 June 2014
  • Episode 66: Challenger Learning Center with Libby Norcross - 2 July 2014
  • Episode 67: Science Journalism and Communication with Anita Heyward – 9 July 2014

7. Featured Activity and Article for June

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Featured Activity:
The Universe Discovery Guide for June

Discover the Universe with your Family and Friends! June's guide focuses on understanding and finding ancient stars and star clusters.

Featured Article: ASP Prizewinners announcedImages of Dan Kaminsky doing outreach

Congratulations are in store for Dan Kaminsky of the TSA Astronomers and NSN member club, who has received the prestigious Las Cumbres Amateur Outreach Award for outstanding outreach by an amateur astronomer!


You can reach both of us any time at nightskyinfo@astrosociety.org

Wishing you clear skies!
Vivian White & David Prosper
The Night Sky Network Team

Night Sky Network Members:
You are the backbone of eyes-to-the-skies astronomy outreach.  NASA, ASP, and our partners are proud to support your amazing outreach events with a variety of free materials: Quarterly prizes for logging your events, outreach ToolKits, handouts from NASA partners, and publicity for events you post on the Night Sky Network Calendar.
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