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The Sky This Week: Welcome, spring! It’s the vernal equinox

The Sky This Week: Welcome, spring! It’s the vernal equinox

Friday, March 19 At this time of year, stepping outside after dark and looking high overhead in the northwest will net you the bright star Capella in the constellation Auriga the Charioteer. Capella is a yellow-white star (actually a binary, but its components are...

Big Astronomy wins big

Big Astronomy wins big

Big Astronomy wins “Best Astronomy Education” Award in the Dome Under Fulldome Film Festival. Melbourne: The Dome Under Fulldome Film Festival hosted its first planetarium film fest in Melbourne, Australia, on February 8 – 9. Big Astronomy: People Places Discoveries,...

Big Astronomy.

Big Astronomy.

It takes many people with diverse backgrounds, talents, and skills to run a world-class observatory. Meet a few of these people as they share the wonder of the sky—and the excitement of discovery. Explore the world-class observatories nestled in northern Chile’s...

Applications are now being accepted for ACEAP 2020

Applications are now being accepted for ACEAP 2020

This program, in its sixth year, brings amateur astronomers, planetarium personnel, and astronomy formal and informal educators to U.S.-funded astronomy observatories in Chile. While there, ambassadors receive behind-the-scenes tours of some of the world’s most...

Chile: connecting to the cosmos.

Chile: connecting to the cosmos.

Our 2019 Ambassador, Carla Johns has written this interesting article published in the magazine "Reflector" by the Astronomical League (page 18). I invite you all to marvel at Carla's adventure during her trip through the observatories in northern Chile. Northern...

IDATA around the world.

IDATA around the world.

IDATA is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and brings together blind and visually impaired (BVI) and sighted high school students and their teachers to create a fully accessible astronomy data request, retrieval and analysis software tool. Students...

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