April is Global Astronomy Month!
 
April is Global Astronomy Month! Coordinated by the tireless champions of the night sky at Astronomers Without Borders, April offers up a bevy of wonderful events for lovers of astronomy everywhere. Check out more details at the official Global Astronomy Month page and check out their list of events at their events page-or submit your own event!. Of course you can also check the Night Sky Network calendar to find clubs and events near you.

Below are a few of the public events available for astronomy fans to participate:

 
March 1-April 30
Folks of all ages are invited to submit poetry about astronomy. there are three age categories: Children in grades 16, children and young adults in grades 7-12, and adults. Poems must be in English and preferably be less than 30 lines in length.
 
 
 
March 22-April 22
 
Sponsored by Global Astronomy Month, The World At Night, and National Optical Astronomy Observatory. Ten lucky astrophotographers will win! Eligible photos must feature both the Earth and Sky in the same shot.
 
 
Lunar Eclipse
April 4
Check out photos from the lucky folks who were able to catch this eclipse here.
 
April 9-18
Test out the quality of your night skies and combine your result with the results of thousands of other citizen scientists. This year the GAN campaign would like folks to visit locations that have not been tested in five years and re-test in order to see how light pollution levels have changed at those locations. They would also like people to check out areas that have not yet been tested. More info at the above link! 
 
 
April 11
Live streaming of the views of as many Messier objects as Astronomers without Borders can cram into the mirrors of their robotic telescopes!
 
April 12
Celebrate the Sun with solar observing and special programs celebrating our nearest star.
 
 
 
April 13-18

The International Dark Sky Association raises awareness of light pollution and invites you to help spread the word by sharing the skies with your neighbors. Break out your telescope and do some sidewalk astronomy this week, and share your love of the night skies and show people what they are missing due to light pollution.
 
 
April 20
Check out our largest planet and note the time Io dips behind Jupiter. 
 
 
April 21 12:00-18:00 UT

Watch as the Moon passes through the Hyades and note how its positon changes relative to the star field as it does so. You can note the eastward orbit of our Moon by watching as the stars pop out from behind the Moon.
 
 
Global Star Party 
April 25
Look up and join star gazers around the world in appreciating out night sky. Register your event here: http://astronomerswithoutborders.org/gam2015-programs/observing/1558-global-star-party-for-gam-2015.html
 
 
April 25 15:00 UT-April 27 03:00 UT
Following the Global Star Parties around the world and check out some wonderful astronomical programming and guests during this 36 hours of astronomy madness. 
 
 
 

Logo for the 2015 International Year of Light

Join our vibrant stargazing community!
 
We invite you to join the NASA Night Sky Network stargazing community on Facebook and Twitter for sky charts, beautiful images, and lively conversation. 
 
 
Distant Suns, your personal guide to the cosmos, lists Night Sky Network astronomy club star parties, safe solar gazing events, and lectures in the main navigation bar. Distant Suns is available on iPhone, iPad, Kindle, and NOOK.
 

 
 

 

SkySafari, a powerful planetarium that fits in your pocket, lists Night Sky Network astronomy club star parties, safe solar gazing events, and lectures in the help menu. SkySafari is available for Android and the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.



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