HAS BEEN CHOSEN BY NASA TO DO PUBLIC OUTREACH
(http://www.BackyardAstronomy.org ), located
in Burbank, California, has been selected
by NASA to be a member of the Night Sky Network,
a nationwide coalition of amateur astronomy
societies committed to sharing their time,
their telescopes, and their enthusiasm for
astronomy with their local communities. BackyardAstronomy.org
recently received their first Outreach ToolKit
from NASA. Entitled "PlanetQuest", the kit
is designed to help amateur astronomers answer
questions about how scientists hope to find
Earth-like planets circling other stars. Club
members will use the Outreach ToolKit at public
astronomy nights, during classroom visits,
at youth group events, and at other public
events catering to students of all ages.
in the Night Sky Network includes training for
club members, special opportunities for working
with NASA scientists and educators, access to
a dedicated website for communicating with other
Night Sky Network participants, and public recognition
by NASA for their outreach activities. "NASA
is very excited to be working closely with the
amateur astronomy community," said Michael Greene,
head of public engagement for NASA's Navigator
Program based at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
in Pasadena, California. "Amateur astronomers
want more people to look at the sky and understand
astronomy, and so do we. We have a strong commitment
to inspiring the next generation of explorers.
Lending support to the energy that the amateur
astronomy community brings to students and the
public will allow NASA to reach many more people."
For more information go to http://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov.
To find out about the schedule of programs sponsored
by your local astronomy club, email email@example.com
Night Sky Network is sponsored and supported
by JPL's PlanetQuest public engagement program.
PlanetQuest is a part of JPL's Navigator Program,
which encompasses several of NASA's extra-solar
planet-finding missions, including the Keck
Interferometer, the Space Interferometry Mission
(SIM), the Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF),
the Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer
(LBTI), and the Michelson Science Center (MSC).