Today, Pamela and Avivah will share their experiences growing communities of astronomy enthusiasts, learners, and citizen scientists. They will leverage their lessons learned to walk you through the questions you must ask in defining a new community, and the actions you can take to make your community safe and nurturing for new members.
We’ve Surpassed One Million Downloads
I’m not sure why we humans like these nice round numbers but we do. It’s been looking like the podcast would break one million downloads but I hadn’t checked lately so I got a nice surprise just now: we are currently at 1,224,401 downloads! We get about 30,000 downloads per week, so sometime within the last 7 weeks some lucky listener downloaded the 1,000,000th episode of this historic podcast.
So with just about 2 months left, if you help spread the word, we can surpass our wildest expectations for getting astronomy into people’s ears during the IYA 2009. We have more people from more places talking more about astronomy than any other podcast, radio show or forum in the world. And it’s all because of you. Thank you!
iTunes is back
As we noted earlier, our podcast mysteriously disappeared from iTunes. After many back and forths with Apple and some RSS wrangling we are happy to report that the daily podcast is back in iTunes. Please go there and give us a good rating and a good review and help us spread the word about this remarkable podcast.
Problem with iTunes
If you use iTunes to listen to 365 Days of Astronomy, you have probably noticed that our daily feed is not showing up, and is listed as "unavailable." Many of you have written us about this issue, and we thank you for writing. We are aware of the problem, and are...
Daily sponsorships are full
The daily "on air" sponsorships that begin each episode are full until the end of the year! That is great news and many thanks to the many sponsors who have supported the podcast. You can still help! The $25/day sponsorships do not get all the bills paid. If your...
June 29th: Update from the 365 Days of Astronomy Team
Wanna do a podcast?
While our year has been officially full for quite some time, we are running into issues where people who signed up for a podcast don’t deliver. In those cases we rely on having a few podcasts on ready reserve that we can put in at the last moment.
We would be honored if some of you who missed out reserving a date would prepare a podcast for this purpose. Just follow the normal rules and prepare your podcast. When you are ready to send it to us, email us and we’ll send you a link to the uploader. We will let you know if/when we use your podcast and you will get full credit just like everybody else.
Given that we are just about out of ready reserve podcasts, there is a very, very good chance your podcast will be used if you send it to us.
Thank you in advance!
You’re Doing Great!
Wow, the excellent podcasts keep rolling in. Thank you everyone for your great contributions. We are also very appreciative of the sponsors and the production staff. Nancy Atkinson, in particular, is a rockstar and this podcast wouldn’t be running so smoothly without her.
We have crossed over the 500,000 downloads mark! Many thanks also to our faithful listeners, grooving on their daily astronomy fix. We are approaching the half-way mark on this science audio adventure. What do you think? What are your favorites so far? Comment below!
The 52 Weeks of Astronomy
Want your 365 days divided neatly into 7-day weeks? Or perhaps you are one of those people for whom the daily dose of blistering guitar hath run its course? (Shame on you, BTW.) Or maybe you just prefer listening an hour at a time instead of 10 minutes at a time?
If so you can subscribe to The 365 Days of Astronomy Weekly Edition. We have it in 2 flavors, the normal RSS feed and the iTunes feed. Someday we may even have a Zune feed, whatever that is.
So get it daily or get it weekly but keep on listening to The 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast, the Daily Podcast of The International Year of Astronomy 2009!