Lining up for Lunacy

So real you can almost touch it! The Spokane Astronomical Society used an "Astro-Vid" camera to share a live image of October's lunar eclipse. A local news station took the opportunity to broadcast its weather-cast on location with the club.

On an average day in America, 2 to 3 Night Sky Network clubs will conduct public outreach events that reach an average audience of 60 people each. When something is happening in the night sky though, you can trust members of the Network to be out in force.

October's lunar eclipse was a case in point. Even though the eclipse competed with the World Series and the weather, volunteers around the country held events at schools, libraries, parks, observatories, and museums. These events were attended by thousands of people including students, Congressman, families, and children. For many participants, it was their first opportunity to look through a telescope and soak in photons from an extraterrestrial object.

As the Earth's shadow slowly engulfed the moon, the public also learned how stars and planets form, how astronomers find planets around other stars, our place in the galaxy, the scale of the universe, and much more with the assistance of their own knowledge of astronomy and materials provided by the Night Sky Network.

The amateur astronomers who make this happen come from all walks of life, and belong to clubs in large cities and clubs in rural hamlets. What unites Network volunteers is there love of astronomy and a desire to share their interests with people in their respective communities, particularly on nights when something special is happening in the evening sky.

Who are these Night Sky Network Volunteers? They are engineers, housewives, surgeons, university professors, students, technicians, building inspectors, retirees, marketing executives and firefighters. To have one share the night sky with your group, look for the nearest Night Sky Network club on our map.