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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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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Sidewalk Astronomers Photo Albums
If you check on the Gallery page, you'll see that we have the photo album embedded. Please upload your photos. So many people send them to us and we just can't keep up, if you will upload your own photos, it will be great.
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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Data Management
Since it is the beginning of the year - and such a busy year, we are trying to do some long needed organization.

Contact Page:
If you or your local club does public sidewalk astronomy and you want to be listed as a contact in your area, please let me know. Send an email to sidewalkastronomers@earthink.net with"contact page" in the subject and I'll get you posted.

If you are already listed as a contact, please check your information to see that it is current. If changes need to be made, do the same as far as the email and subject line.

Links Page:
If anyone knows of an inexpensive, easy to use program that will automatically check links and notify you of bad ones, please let me know. Otherwise, if you have some free time, check out our links and again - sned an email with "bad links" in the subject line.

Email List:
I have added everyone from our email history to our email list to be sure that we have everyone registered. It would be great if everyone updated thier profiles so that we have information we need for upcoming projects. For example, if you are an ATM'er, we're working on starting some amateur clubs in Africa and could use your knowledge to modify the telescope plans to use the materials they can easily find locally.

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Saturday, January 3, 2009

The International Year of Astronomy is here! Dawn of IYA2009, organized by the IYA2009 Solar Physics Task Group was held on Jan 1, 2009.  Dawn participants started the year off right by taking solar telescopes to public places and showing a close-up of the first sunrise of 2009 to as many people as possible. See the reports and some great pictures of Dawn events on its blog at http://dawn-iya2009.blogspot.com/ .  Pictures show observing events India, Indonesia, Brazil, Spain, USA, Iraq, Portugal, Nepal, New Zealand and Australia.  
Thanks to Ricardo Reis of the Solar Physics Task Group for starting and organizing Dawn of IYA2009.
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If anyone isn't receiving the Sidewalk Astronomers newsletters, I have posted a few on the newsletter page of this website in pdf form so that you can see what has been happening in the past. I have also posted another sign up box on that page.


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100 Hours Website is LIVE! www.100hoursofastronomy.org is now up and you can start posting to the forums and will be able to register events in the next coming days.   

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