IAU Outreach Newsletter

March 2013


In this newsletter:

  1. Astronomy resources in Swahili by UNAWE Tanzania
  2. Global Astronomy Month 2013: Programme of Events
  3. Institute of Physics’ Public Engagement Grant Scheme 2013
  4. Your Ticket to the Universe: A Guide to Exploring the Cosmos
  5. Upcoming events
  6. GLOBE at Night campaign is now underway

1) Astronomy resources in Swahili by UNAWE Tanzania

UNAWE: Almost 150 million people speak Swahili today, mainly in the East of Africa, but there are alarmingly few astronomical resources available in the language. But now the UNAWE Tanzania team is working hard to help change this and to bring the wonders of the cosmos to the entire Swahili-speaking community.

More info: www.unawe.org/updates/unawe-update-1312/

2) Global Astronomy Month 2013: Programme of Events

AWB: Astronomers Without Borders and its partners have a rich schedule of events for Global Astronomy Month 2013 (GAM2013) this April, all designed to inform and inspire the public throughout the world.

GAM 2013 programme: http://goo.gl/CymCn

3) Institute of Physics’ Public Engagement Grant Scheme 2013

Rik Sargent, IOP Outreach Officer: Do you have a fantastic idea for making physics accessible? Do you want to reach a wider audience? Do you need some support to make your outreach activity happen? The second round of the 2013 Public Engagement Grant from the Institute of Physics is now open for applications. The grants are worth up to £1500 and aim to support physics-based outreach activities in the UK and Ireland throughout 2013. Activities should provide engaging experiences of physics to public audiences.
Closing date: 22 April 2013.

More info: www.iop.org/about/grants/outreach/page_38843.html

4) Your Ticket to the Universe: A Guide to Exploring the Cosmos, by Kimberly Arcand & Megan Watzke

Kimberly Arcand: Declared the International Year of Astronomy, 2009 heralded the most ambitious science outreach programme ever conducted. Hundreds of millions of people around the world participated in tens of thousands of events to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first telescope and the exciting discoveries astronomy continues to make today. One of the successful programmes during that year was ‘From Earth to the Universe’, a series of a thousand exhibit locations spread across about 100 countries.

‘Your Ticket to the Universe’ captures the spirit of the ‘From Earth to the Universe’ exhibition and allows it to be brought home and shared. The 224-page paperback book includes 200 colour images and rich but accessible descriptions. The book launches 2 April, 2013 from Smithsonian Books (a non-profit publisher).

If you would like to order the book for your planetarium, science centre, museum or other venue, please contact kimberlykowal@me.com

More info: www.yourtickettotheuniverse.com

5) Upcoming events

Please visit our EPO Calendar for more events:

5a) Central European Deepsky Imaging Conference (CEDIC) 2013, 1-2 March
(Linz, Austria)
Event website: http://cedic.at/en/cedic.php

5b) Life in the Universe , 9 March
(Edinburgh, Scotland)
Event website: www.johncbrown.org/LifeintheUniverse.html

5c) SciFest Africa 2013, 13-19 March
(Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa)
Event website: www.scifest.org.za/index.php?pid=4

5d) ALMA Observatory Inauguration, 13 March
Website: www.almaobservatory.org

6) GLOBE at Night campaign is now underway

The third GLOBE at Night campaign of 2013 began on 3 March and will run until 12 March. GLOBE at Night is a citizen science project to record the brightness of the night sky around the world. During five observing campaigns in 2013, children and adults are asked to match the appearance of a constellation (Orion or Leo in the northern hemisphere, and Orion or Crux in the southern hemisphere) with seven star charts of progressively fainter stars. The data is collected to produce an interactive map of all worldwide observations. There are five GLOBE at Night campaigns in 2013: January 3-12, January 31-February 9, March 3-12, March 31-April 9, and April 29-May 8. Make a difference and join the GLOBE at Night campaign!

More information: www.globeatnight.org


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