Podcaster: Host : Fraser Cain; Guest: Mike Simmons, Dr. Pamela Gay, Dr. Nick Castle, Dave Dickinson

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Title:Weekly Space Hangout – Astronomy for Equity with Mike Simmons

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Today’s story:

  • Globular clusters!
  • Juno’s Europa flyby!
  • The Solar cycle!
  • Gravitational lenses!
  • Where did Ryugu come from?

Host: Fraser Cain ( @fcain )

Special Guest: Nothing transcends human differences here on our tiny planet than sharing the wonders of the night sky. For 50 years, Mike Simmons has been sharing and spreading astronomy with the world, both locally and internationally. Tonight, Mike joins us to share his newest venture, Astronomy for Equity, as he continues his calling to share astronomy with local communitites around the world. Astronomy for Equity brings together existing resources, expertise, networks, and communities to create opportunities for STEM growth in marginalized, isolated, and underserved areas.

Mike Simmons is a long-time friend of the WSH. He is probably best known by members of our community for having founded (and lead) Astronomers Without Borders for over 14 years. In 2020, Mike retired from AWB and joined Blue Marble Space Institute of Science as an Affiliate Research Scientist – which allowed him to found Astronomy for Equity. Mike is also on the Board of Directors of the International Dark-Sky Association.

You can learn more about Astronomy for Equity by visiting their webpage Be sure to also check out their impressive list of advisors ( which includes such familiar names as Universe Today’s Nancy Atkinson, “Bad Astronomer” Phil Plait, and former WSH guest Astronaut Nicole Stott! With these folks on the team, Astronomy for Equity can’t help but succeed!

If you are interested in helping Astronomy for Equity, they are currently running a crowdfund campaign to help students in Libya learn Astronomy. If you are so inclined and would like to contribute (no amount is too small!) please go here:

To stay up to date with Mike and his various projects, you can follow him on Facebook as well as Twitter:

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