The OAO has had many wonderful developments recently that we’re excited to share with you in this newsletter. We’ve welcomed two visitors through our Visitors programme and recently announced the winners of the 2020 Telescopes for All programme, more information is listed later in this newsletter.
Additionally, our NOCs have been very busy. Many NOCs recently organised programming for the annular eclipse across Africa and Asia on 21 June. You can see what they did on our website here. A number of NOCs will also be organising events and lectures for Asteroid Day on 30 June. More information is listed in this newsletter.
Lastly, there are a number of opportunities for people to get improve their skills in astronomy outreach, and we’ve included these at the end of this newsletter.
Wishing you clear skies and good health! Lina Canas & Izumi Hansen, on behalf of the IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO) Team
1) First Visitors Selected for the IAU Outreach Visitors Programme
We’re pleased to welcome Fatoumata Kebe and Kelly Blumenthal as the first IAU Outreach Visitors Program.
Fatoumata has received a PhD in Astronomy from the Pierre and Marie Curie University/Paris Observatory France. She is also the co-chair of the IAU Executive Committee Working Group Junior Members and Founder and President of the association Ephemerides that teaches astronomy to the marginalized public. At the OAO she will be the project manager for the Meet the IAU Astronomers! Programme.
Kelly Blumenthal is an astronomer with a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Hawaii and EdM in Education Policy and Management, by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Kelly will be conducting research on best practices in science communication and outreach determine programming for workshops for professional astronomers at the regional IAU meetings MEARIM, LARIM and APRIM.
Welcome to both our visitors! We’re looking forward to working with you in the upcoming months.
2) Telescopes for All Winners Announced
The 17 winners of the Telescopes for all 2020 programme have been chosen. The programme, a collaboration between the IAU OAO, Stars Shine for Everyone, and Universe Awareness/University of Leiden, seeks to broaden the horizons of children, parents and educators alike, to spark an interest in science, and to promote equal opportunities for pursuing a career in astronomy. The winners are:
Telescopes for All in the heart of Argentina, Villa Mercedes Astronomy Club, Argentina
Seichu-Jurá Project, Sociedade de Astronomia do Maranhão, Brazil
Making Space for All (MASA), The Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam, Brunei
Telescopes for All in Cameroon, Bilingual Secondary School, Cameroon
A Telescope for the Mangilaluk School in Tuktoyaktuk, Canada
Telescopes for All in Chile, “Hermanos Carrera” School, Angol, Los Lagos Region, Chile
Telescopes for All in the Dominican Republic, ASTRODOM, Dominican Republic
Telescopes for All in Haiti, Haiti, Groupe Astro-Jeunes-Ado, Haiti
The Universe for Everyone, Andromeda, Ahmad Dahlan University, Indonesia
Astronomy is Open to Everyone, Asif n Ait Bounouh Association for Culture and Awareness, Morocco
Telescopes for All in Nepal, Blind Rocks!, Nepal
Telescopes for All in Panama, Panama Rainforest Discovery Center, Panama
Mirando al Cielo, Paraguay
Telescopes for All in Peru, Huaycán Cultural, Peru
Socio-educative support for migrant and refugee children, Spain
Telescopes for All in Tunisia, Enfidha Astronomy Club, Tunisia
Astronomy for All, Saigon Astrokids (SAK), Vietnam
3) IAU Online Astronomy@Home Awards First Deadline Approaching
The IAU Online Astronomy@Home Awards was created to recognise the exceptional work of astronomy communicators in this exceptional time. The awards are open to any person or group that conducts astronomy outreach. The first deadline for the awards, 31 July 2020, is fast approaching.
The IAU Catalyst is an electronic-only bulletin issued twice yearly about the activities from across the IAU. This issue includes information about the adaptions of the IAU and its partners to the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Asteroid Day is an annual event held on 30 June to raise awareness and educate about asteroids. Some of our NOCs around the world have planned programming for the day. We’ve included these events in the links below. Please see the link for more information.
Additional events from our NOCs will be shared on OAO social media.
7) Europlanet 2024 RI NA Call for Observations at the Europlanet Telescope Network
Europlanet has issued an open call to professional and amateur astronomers from Europe to conduct observations using the Europlanet Telescope Network through its Networking Activity 2 (NA2) – Coordination of Ground-based observations. Applications are ongoing through 31 June 2023.
10) IAU Astronomy Outreach Newsletter in Other Languages
Interested in translating our newsletter into your language? Please let us know via email@example.com.
Our newsletter is being translated into the following languages:
Translations into Japanese are available, carried out by Akihiko Tomita through the Astronomy Translation Network: http://bit.ly/2xlNyCR. If you want to receive the Japanese newsletter translation, please subscribe through the Japanese Amateur Astronomers Association (http://www.jaaa-astro.jp/jaaa-ml.html) or the Japanese Society for Education and Popularization of Astronomy (http://www.tenkyo.net/).
Translations into (European) Portuguese are available, carried out by Catarina Leote, João Ferreira & Jonas Souza through the Astronomy Translation Network (ATN) Portuguese Language Group (the previous issue can be found here).
11) Contributions to the IAU Outreach Newsletter—looking forward to hearing from you in 2020
Here at the IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach, we’re always looking for news about astronomical education and outreach events around the world. Please continue to share your stories with us in 2020! If you are organising large-scale events at a regional or international level, offering astronomy education or communication job positions, have any innovative projects or inspiring stories, looking for professional-amateur collaboration in astronomy, or have created any educational resources, let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can send us your suggestions until the 4th (for issue #1) and the 17th (for issue #2) day of each month. We are looking forward to hearing from you.