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The Sidewalk Astronomers are a public service amateur astronomy association. ALL Sidewalk Astronomers events are for the public. We take telescopes TO the public - on street corners, public parks, in front of bookstores -wherever there are crowds of people. We also work with other amateur astronomy organizations and take part in many international projects. Please browse our site and feel free to contact us to learn about events in your area.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Getting ready for Winter Outreach and Sidewalk Observing Pins

Now that summer is almost gone and the time change will be happening soon, it's time to start scheduling your winter outreach and sidewalk activities!

We have sent a letter to our local Los Angeles libraries and have been scheduling observing events like crazy. We try to get everything scheduled before October 1 to make sure we can get everyone accomodated. I'm sure your local library would love to have a night or two of observing, give them a call.

We also have lots of schools scheduled. Remember to choose a night with the Moon, I know many of you prefer Moonless nights but as JD used to say "astronomers are allergic to the Moon, the public isn't" and anyone who's seen a 10 year old at th eyepiece of even a full Moon knows that's true.  

Winter is also a great time to get your hours logged for observing pins. Remember, our pins are ONLY for true sidewalk sessions. We have forms here on the site or you can make your own log. Libraries and schools don't count (they do count for the AL Outreach Awards).  Why not set up a goal of 2 solar sidewalk sessions and 2 evening sessions each month and by spring you'll have earned your 50 hour pin.  

Keith Cooper from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island just earned his 250 hour pin and Ted Blank (soon to be of Phoenix) is closing in on his.

I know there are many long time sidewalk observers that already qualify for the pins but the only pin you can get retroactively (hopefully, I'm using this word correctly) is the 50 hour pin. Send an email outlining what you have been doing and where you've been doing it and give a couple of references and we'll send the pin. Then start loggin hours for the next pins. We know you're out there.... 

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