Announcements

  • Lunar Eclipse Livestream Library Goes Live



    On November 19 the moon will undergo a deep partial lunar eclipse and AWB is excited to offer a comprehensive library of major livestreams from around the world showcasing the moon blushing red in this longest partial eclipse in five centuries!

    So whether you are on the wrong side of the Earth or just clouded out, we invite you to browse through our collection of eclipse livefeeds from Australia, Japan, Hawaii, USA and Canada amongst other locales.
  • Women With Impact in Celebration of InOMN!

    We are celebrating the moon along with the rest of the world today on International Observe the Moon Night.



    In honour of women and the moon, we have republished Bettina Forget's blog post of her Women of Impact series. This stunning visual is a collection of sketches of moon craters named for women. Peruse her artwork, get inspired and go out and look for the craters yourself tonight. If you're clouded out, enjoy this special tour of these craters with Bettina and Virtual Telescope's Gianluca Masi and learn more about these amazing women.
  • Snap and Share Venus Pairing with the Moon at Sunset


    On Saturday, October 9th just after sunset the planet Venus will be in conjunction with the crescent moon. The cosmic pair will be a wonderful opportunity to share the wonders of the night sky with friends, family and the public. Also it will be a great time to take a photograph using your smartphone! Share your snapshot of this celestial event with AWB by using the social hashtag #onepeopleonesky 
  • World Space Week Kicks Off



    World Space Week (WSW) kicks off October 4 with thousands of events globally, inspiring the next generation and celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of women to the
    #spacesector

    AWB is proud to be an official partner with WSW and support raising awareness about space, its role in bringing humanity together,  and the integral part that women play in this exciting and growing field. We would love to hear how you plan on taking part in the celebrations.
  • Join us in Celebrating International Observe the Moon Night Oct.16


    International Observe the Moon Night is an event that encourages people to "look up" and enjoy our nearest neighbor. This year's InOMN is Saturday, October 16th. 

    People across the globe every year gather on this evening to get a closer look at our moon, offering up their curiosity and fascination.  The night of October 16 is when the Moon is in its ‘waxing gibbous’ phase – an great time to take a tour of its countless craters, mountains and plains.  And you don’t have to be an astronomer with a big telescope to see them.  Using even just a pair of binoculars can magnify the Moon with amazing clarity.

    Our nighttime sky’s brightest beacon has inspired and influenced people throughout the ages, and people across the globe share it every evening overhead.  Save the date and let it inspire you, your friends and family and public at the viewing parties you may be hosting. 

    For more information visit our official InOMN program page: 

  • AWB Statement about Afghanistan Crisis

    Astronomers Without Borders (AWB) is deeply concerned by the situation in
    Afghanistan. This concern is first and foremost for the people of
    Afghanistan, particularly those groups that are most vulnerable, including
    women and children. The current crisis has generated a great deal of
    uncertainty and worry for many in our extended AWB community.

    We join the global call for safeguarding and respecting human rights of all

    those in Afghanistan and around the world. As a leading voice of
    astronomy enthusiasts, educators and scientists in the global astronomical
    community, AWB puts particular emphasis on the right to education and
    access to information, freedom of opinion and expression that is inclusive
    and without discrimination due to gender, ethnicity, religion or political
    opinion.

    For anyone experiencing distress, or being impacted by current events in
    Afghanistan, AWB suggests you reach out to the following organizations
    who have ongoing operations in Afghanistan and the region:

    U.S. State Department - Special Immigrant Visas -
    AfghanSIVapplication@state.gov 

    UNICEF via online email form at
    https://www.unicefusa.org/about/contact/email 

    International Rescue Committee
    https://www.rescue.org/article/afghanistan-crisis-latest-updates-
    ways-help

    Women for Afghan Women
    https://womenforafghanwomen.org/
  • Have You Taken the Amateur Astronomy Survey ?

    AWB's long-standing partner organization, The Night Sky Network is asking our global AWB community for help in completing a short survey about the state of amateur astronomy in 2021.   NSN has been supporting astronomy clubs since 2004 with resources, club management tools, and monthly webinars with NASA scientists. NASA values amateur astronomer’s incredible dedication to public engagement in their communities and wants to understand how to better serve astronomy clubs’ needs. 
    Take a few minutes to let NSN know how you enjoy the hobby and what you'd like to see from the Night Sky Network!

    Survey closes Sept 15.

    Please share widely: https://bit.ly/astrosurvey2021
  • Our OneSky Telescopes Are Back in Stock

    We are pleased to announce that we have our legendary OneSky telescope available for order and shipment within the USA. This table-top 5 inch dobsonian is the perfect family friendly scope to explore the night sky, and is ranked as one of the best inexpensive telescopes on the market.  
    And what makes it even better, with every purchase, proceeds directly help support non-profit AWB and all the good work we do around the globe. Also a big thanks to Celestron's generous support in helping make this happen.

    Grab yours today before the holiday season rush.
  • Remembering Bob Eklund

    It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Bob Eklund, founder of AWB's astro poetry blog. Bob has been a big part of Astronomers Without Borders and was one of our first volunteers. His love for poetry and astronomy was the genesis of the astro poetry living archive that you read and contribute to today.

    He will be missed by the AWB family but his spirit will live on in the words inspired by the stars.
  • Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks August 11 - 13


    Check out our Perseid Page and fill out our meteor counting polls for each peak night. 
    Also get great observing tips and resources from our partners at Celestron and timeanddate.com 
  • AWB Donates STEMed Books to LA Schools

    Thanks to the help of the Assistance League of Los Angeles, AWB has been able to supply Operation School Bell (OSB) with nearly 300 copies of astrophysicist and astronomy writer Jeffrey Bennett's Spanish language 'Max Science Adventures' series of STEMed books for children.  For 52 years, OSB provides more than 6,700 underserved elementary-aged school children in LA Unified School District (LAUSD) with much-needed supplies, enhancing their self-esteem and chance to succeed.  

    Ms. Alonda Bass, the Textbook Specialist at the Compton Unified School District, is distributing 250 of the books to their Dual-Language program.  
    We at AWB are so proud to work hand in hand with such amazing organizations to help bring science awareness through literacy one youngster at a time. 

  • Solstice Photo Campaign Begins !


    We want to see your sunrise/sunset photos!

    Join us in celebrating the June Solstice by getting 
    outside and taking a photo of either your sunrise or sunset and share it with us and the world. You can use your smartphone or camera, and we have set up three easy ways you can share your photos which will be posted to our AWB Instagram gallery

    This free global campaign is open to the public and runs from June 16th through June 23rd, and with enough submissions from around the world, we will create a beautiful photomosaic using your photos. We hope to make a free downloadable version available,  as well as a few store items that will help us raise funds to support AWB's work around the world.

     Go visit our Solstice Photo Campaign page for all the details

    We can't wait to see your photos!
  • Ring of Fire Eclipse Facebook Live


    Join AWB and its partners Chimu Adventures and timeanddate.com for a livestream of the June 10, 2021 annular solar eclipse. AWB will be featuring live feeds of the eclipse as it appears in various locations across the world.
    We'll also have a sneak peek at the an adventure voyage to Antarctica to see the the next total solar eclipse in December 2021.
  • AWB Donates STEMed Books to Children in LatinX Communities


    AWB is proud to announce the donation of 670 copies of the Spanish version of the Max Science Adventure series of books on space exploration that will go into the hands of  children living in underserved #LatinX communities in Los Angeles, California! It is estimated that in these communities only 1 in 300 children owns a book.

    A big thank you to author & long-time AWB supporter Jeff Bennett for donating his books, and to LA based astronomy outreach specialist Giovanni Somoza for helping make this happen!
  • Watch May 26 Lunar Eclipse Live

    A beautiful lunar eclipse will grace our skies on May 26th!  AWB has created a hub of livestreams from across the Pacific and Asian locations that will have a front-row seat of this lunar disappearing act. 

    Check out our livestream page:
  • Our Galaxy App - FREE!


    Great news everybody - our friend Bill Tschumy at Otherwise has just released a new version of OurGalaxy app free!

    Pick up your copy here: https://otherwise.com/download/

    Guide yourself through the Milky Way, learn how celestial bodies in our galaxy relate to each other in this 3 dimensional representation and more..
  • Congrats to our Italy National Coordinator for Catching Epic Shot

    Proud of @Gianluca Masi with The Virtual Telescope Project, our National Coordinator for Italy 🇮🇹, for capturing awesome footage of rocket booster now making news.  He managed to snap a photo of the tumbling spacecraft in the early morning hours of May 6th above Rome, Italy.    As a result of this challenging feat his work made news headlines, noticed by CNN news network (see link below).    

    AWB members are stellar!


  • Electronic GAM Participation Certificates Available

    If you participated in GAM 2021, and you would like an electronic certificate emailed to you, please login to the AWB homepage and scroll towards the bottom of the page to fill in the Poll. Once you complete the poll, your certificate will be emailed to you within 48 hours. Please complete this by  May 15, 2021.
  • Global Star Party Rescheduled for April 24

    Due to cloudy weather at Virtual Telescope Project's Rome, Italy observatory site on April 17, our Global Star Party will now be held on Saturday, April 24 at 1900 UTC.

    Join our host, astrophysicist Gianluca Masi for a tour of the night sky and it's deep sky wonders through a large telescope.
  • Translations of GAM2021 Video Trailer Available

    We invite our worldwide community to share our  official Global Astronomy Month video trailers now translated into multiple languages. You are welcome to also embed the videos too onto websites so we can share the excitement of the world's largest astronomy festival.  The AWB staff would like to thank National Coordinator for Romania, @Valentin Grigore for volunteering once again to create and produce this year's trailer and all of the translated versions. Also big thanks to our many members for sending in all the translations.​
  • One Sky, One Postcard AstroArts Campaign Begins!

    Postcard Campaign LogoJoin our newest global project One Sky, One Postcard.  Are you an artist, poet, designer, astronomy enthusiast at heart ? Here's your chance to share your artwork, poetry or images of the night and day sky with the world,  through the creation of a unique, collective scrapbook of stellar art!        

    Please share this fun AstroArts Campaign with your social network. Let's get people in countries around the world to join us.

    Click here for details on how you can 
    participate.
  • Welcome to our new site

    If you are a current member, please check your email for new login instructions.  If you would like to become a member, click Join Today, and be patient as it might take a few days for us to process new members.  As we transition, you might notice occasional website interruptions. We look forward to sharing conversation, and getting to know you all better through this enhanced website.
  • Global Astronomy Month Coming Soon!

    The 12th annual edition of the world's largest amateur astronomy festival is less than a month away. Our schedule of events is quickly growing to include many online events from around the world. 

    We invite you to check out the event line-up.