Friday, March 09, 2007

Two public events for Astronomy

8 - 21 March 2007 :: World-Wide Hunt for Stars

Stuart and davep mention another global event requesting the help of the public. Globe at Night is asking for participation to observe Orion, count the stars, and submit your results to them. The web site provides instructions and an activity packet in English & Spanish. Following the instructions provided the casual observer compares the sky at their location with templates available at the website. The goal is to assign a limiting magnitude for location.

Globe at Night reports of last year's success:
During the 2006 event over 18,000** people from 96 countries on all continents (except Antarctica) reported more than 4500 nighttime observations.

19 May 2007 :: 1st International Sidewalk Astronomy Night

astro_gifDonna Smith of Sidewalk Astronomers is spearheading an effort to get 1000 telescopes out on the street around the world. Donna responds to the question, "Why have astronomy night when we already have astronomy day?"

Her response is two fold: first is to honor John Dobson and the other is to take the initiative of bringing telescopes to the public. On the Yahoo!Groups Guild of Manhattan Sidewalk Astronomers, Donna invites people:
If you are interested, please reply to this email so that I can post it on our temporary website, You don't have to give an exact location, but make sure there is contact information that you don't
mind being posted.