In this issue, we would like to encourage you to discover Chandra's X-ray Observatory website resources, to support UNAWE’s Rosetta Strato Charity campaign and, if you are a primary school teacher, to launch a challenge to your students: train as an astronaut!
We would like to welcome to the team Martin Pawley and the Agrupación Astronómica Coruñesa Ío, in Spain; they are currently translating this newsletter into Galician. A huge thank you to everyone on the team contributing.
The IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach team
1) National Outreach Contact (NOC) Corner: News from Serbia
a) A Book about Space - World Space Week
During the 2016 World Space Week last October, participants from around the world were encouraged to submit space-themed drawings, pictures, poems, stories or articles. The works received, from Macedonia, USA, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, and Montenegro, have now been collected and released in the form of an e-book in Serbian.
The e-book can be downloaded here (.pdf).
b) Best photograph of the Moon - International Observe the Moon Night
As part of the International Observe the Moon Night, the astronomical societies “Milutin Milankovi ć” and “Eureka” have organised a contest for the best photograph of the Moon. All photographs that were entered into the contest will form part of a special exhibit that will be shown at science clubs across the country in the coming months.
c) Astrophotography Workshop at Vidojevica Observatory
The first Astrophotography Workshop was organised by the Belgrade Astronomical Observatory and held at Vidojevica Observatory, where the 1.4-m Milutin Milanković telescope was installed this summer. The workshop was attended by 20 amateur astronomers, most of whom also brought along their own telescopes and equipment.
The Rosetta mission took the world by storm with a hugely successful outreach campaign. Teaming up with UNAWE, Design & Data GmbH has recently launched the Rosetta Strato crowdfunding campaign. The campaign aims to inspire children between the ages of four and ten across the world to take an interest in space sciences, using the Rosetta plush toy. The toy will be sent to where it's needed most — underprivileged schools around the world.
The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO)/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) is a Digital Library portal for researchers in Astronomy and Physics. Hosted at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), the ADS maintains three bibliographic databases containing more than 12.3 million records. Operated by the SAO under a NASA grant, this digital library covers publications in Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics, and the arXiv e-prints. A specially selected subset of publications is available: the Science Education Search, that offers a basic interface to the literature in Science Education Research and related publications.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has announced the 2016–17 staging of its Cassini Scientist for a Day essay contest. Since the Cassini mission to Saturn will be ending on 15 September 2017, this will most likely be the last essay contest for the Cassini mission, for which students are asked to write an essay of up to 500 words about one of three possible imaging targets that the Cassini spacecraft has observed during the past few years. Winners and their classes are invited to participate in a teleconference with Cassini scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The deadline for entries is 24 February 2017.
The Catch a Star contest is the result of a collaboration between the European Association for Astronomy Education (EAAE) and the European Southern Observatory (ESO). The aim of the Catch a Star programme is to encourage secondary school students around Europe to express their creativity through autonomous work, to strengthen and expand their astronomical knowledge and skills, and to help the spread of information technologies in the educational process. The deadline for entries is 30 November 2016, at 5pm CET.
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory is a satellite designed to detect X-ray emission from hot regions of the Universe. The Chandra X-ray Center, hosted by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO), operates the satellite, processes the data, and distributes it to scientists worldwide for analysis. The Center maintains a public website focusing on the scientific results and an education program related to the project. There you can find images, illustrations and other multimedia focusing on the Chandra mission and X-ray astronomy. You can also find a glossary of terms, links and many other useful resources for education and outreach.
Mission X is an international challenge for pupils aged 8 to 12 years old and is an initiative of NASA, ESA, and other space agencies around the world. It focuses on fitness and healthy eating — two very important topics for astronauts. During the challenge, the students take part in six weeks of training to get fit like astronauts. Don’t miss the chance to register your class onto the Mission X challenge 2017 and train with ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet and his crew members! You have until 31 December 2016!
"World’s best stargazing sites " National Geographic article by Babak Tafreshi, renowned photographer and the founder of The World at Night (TWAN) photography programme. Running since 2009, The World At Night (TWAN) is a programme to create and exhibit a collection of stunning landscape astrophotographs and time-lapse videos of the world’s most beautiful and historic sites against a nighttime backdrop of stars, planets, and celestial events. To photograph the world at night, over the past two decades, Babak Tafreshi has spent nearly a thousand evenings under stars in all continents around the world. Don’t miss the chance to learn more about his favourite places to watch the stars.
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11) Contributions to IAU Outreach Newsletter for 2016
Here at the IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach, we are always looking for more news about astronomical education and outreach events around the world. Please continue to share your stories with us in 2016! If you are organising any 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.