Looking Up – Bob Eklund

dsst-astronomy-course_129108_largeGlobal Astronomy Month 2017 (GAM2017) fills the entire month of April again with exciting programs for astronomy enthusiasts worldwide. Whether it’s stargazing, sharing with the public, or experiencing the cosmos in art and poetry, there is something for everyone in GAM 2017.

Global Astronomy Month (GAM), organized each April by Astronomers Without Borders, is the world’s largest annual global celebration of astronomy. Each GAM brings new ideas and new opportunities, and GAM 2017 is no exception, once again bringing enthusiasts together worldwide to celebrate Astronomers Without Borders’ motto: One People, One Sky.

Watch the HD Video Promo Trailer on AWB’s YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ROqxVft3Kg

Dozens of programs fill the month of April, with highlighted events worldwide including these:

* Global Star Party—We launch Global Astronomy Month with public stargazing parties being held worldwide. And this year we have asked organizers and participants to share their local star party experiences through a series of Facebook Lives highlighting differences and similarities of everyone in the AWB global astronomy community. All webcasts will be shared with the world, and the AWB Facebook page will be highlighting them all.

* OPTICKS, a Cosmic Mail Art, transmits images to the Moon and back as radio signals in real time.

* Thousands will view the heavens through telescopes provided by amateur astronomers and science centers during SunDay, and other observing events.

* Online observing with popular astronomer Gianluca Masi will feature live interaction with a worldwide audience in the hugely popular Online Messier Marathon. The Virtual Telescope Project will offer a tour of the brightest star clusters, nebulae and galaxies in the sky in one night.

* AWB’s wide-ranging AstroArts program connects art and culture with astronomy in exciting ways with blog posts and special live webcasts, including the annual Cosmic Concert with original music composed and performed by Giovanni Renzo.

* Partner programs bring new audiences and participants: Measuring light pollution worldwide in Globe at Night, classrooms discovering asteroids in the International Asteroid Search Campaign, and more.

Learn more about GAM 2017 programs on the website at http://www.gam-awb.org
The GAM 2017 website is the hub of all activities, with galleries, articles, and fresh content continuously posted. GAM participants will be adding their reports and photos about their local GAM events and program from all parts of the world.

Here is the schedule of our GAM happenings to date (see astronomerswithoutborders.org/global-astronomy-month-2017.html for details):

1 March – 1 May AstroPoetry Contest
25 March – 30 April International Earth and Sky Photo Contest 2017
1 April Global Star Party—GAM2017 Launch Event
1-30 April Astronomers Without Borders Asteroid Search Campaign
1-30 April Discovering the Solar System (Observing Challenge)
1-30 April Lunar Explorations (Observing Challenge) 2017
1 April – 1 May 1 AstroArts Contest
28 April The Moon plows through the Hyades (Observing Challenge)
4 April Online Messier Marathon (Online Observing Event)
5 April Walking on the Moon (Online Observing Event)
7 April Art and Science Collaboration – Podcast
7 April Jupiter Watch
10-28 April Shoot for the Moon (Observing Challenge)
14 April Art and Science Collaboration – Podcast
18-27 April Globe at Night
20-23 April Lyrid Meteor Shower Watch
22 April Stars For All (Online Observing Event)
22-28 April International Dark Sky Week 2017
23 April SunDay
28 April Cosmic Concert for GAM 2017
30 April OPTICKS


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