Astronomy Month offers MoonBounce

Posted
Sunday April 15, 2012

Special to The Eagle

Global Astronomy Month (GAM) is an inspired initiative of Astronomers Without Borders (AWB). A special project of GAM2012 that deserves our encouragement is Kids & Teens MoonBounce Global Collaboration. Described below, the deadline for entries is Saturday, April 21.

According to project leader Audrey Fischer, "We are looking for kids’ artwork from all over the world showing why seeing starlight is important to them. The artwork will be assembled in a photo mosaic montage by Daniella de Paulis and MoonBounced by the Dwingeloo Radio Telescope in the Netherlands at the end of April. Additionally, one artwork from each participating country will do a solo Moon Bounce."

That is, the images will be transmitted to the moon by radio telescope and will bounce back to Earth where they will be received!

All entries must include the words Celebrate Starlight (in native language) in the picture somewhere. A poem may accompany the visual art. Include name, grade level and country of student. Email to: audreyfischer@sbcglobal.net

For the full GAM2012 schedule and MoonBounce information, go to: www.astronomerswithoutborders.org/gam2012-programs/ program-schedule/1073.html

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Find dark skies this weekend to enjoy the peak of April’s Lyrid Meteor Shower, predicted for Saturday night April 21-22. Up to 20 shooting stars per hour are typical for the Lyrids. The radiant (point of origin) of the meteors is the constellation Lyra the Lyre.

Vega is the brightest star in the constellation and easy to find in the northeast most of the night and at the top of the sky before dawn.

Vega is the blue-white star below or to the left of orange Arcturus, depending on when you look.

They are nearly tied for second brightest stars visible in our hemisphere.


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