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By Susie Murph on June 25, 2018 in

Amateur Astronomers: Get Ready for Brand New Space Science Badges for Girl Scouts! The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), as part of a team led by the SETI Institute that includes Girl Scouts of Northern California, Girl Scouts of the USA, University of Arizona, and Aries Scientific at Goddard Space Flight Center, are creating […]

By llebofsky on January 9, 2017 in

What is citizen science? The CosmoQuest website has this definition: “Put simply, citizen science is any science done by everyday people that has the potential to lead to new understanding of the universe we share. This can vary from people studying Earth’s climate change by recording when the first flowers bloom, to studying weather on […]

By Susie Murph on June 8, 2016 in

Recently, Universe Today shared an article about searching for Lunar Letters. Author and experienced sky-watcher David Dickinson described a popular pastime among moon observers – looking for formations that look like letters or other objects on the surface of the moon. Throughout history, cultures have described many kinds of formations, including the Jade Rabbit of […]

By cosmoquest on June 1, 2012 in

This post is a work in progress. Expect updates and expansions up until the event starts!   What’s this? If you haven’t already heard, the planet Venus is going to pass in front of the Sun from Earth’s point of view on June 5th and 6th. This is the last time you will be able to see […]

By Georgia on April 14, 2012 in

Astronomers are a determined bunch—especially the amateurs. In pursuit of dark, starry skies–and possibly the best view ever of the Whirlpool Galaxy–they drive for miles to escape city lights. They endure cold, hunger, and the occasional wild animal as they try to bag another deep sky object. Fervently hoping and praying that the clouds or […]