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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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Friday, March 22, 2013

ISAN and Global Astronomy Month

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This year, ISAN 6 will be part of Astronomer's Without Borders' (AWB) Global Astronomy Month (GAM). ISAN (International Sidewalk Astronomy Night) has become a popular event among amateurs worldwide and GAM has become a huge astronomy celebration so you can take part in both events by hitting the streets with a scope on April 20th!

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In the late 1950's, John Dobson looked through a telescope at the Moon and immediately said, "everyone's got to see this!" and began making large telescopes and wheeling them down the streets of San Francisco to show "everyone" the Moon and planets.  “We aren’t born in San Francisco, we aren’t born in California, we aren’t born in the United States, we aren’t even born on Earth – we’re born into this UNIVERSE, and we need to know about it!” 

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John understood that the first step in learning out this Universe was to see it and to show it to others. That is the whole purpose of ISAN; to get those with scopes around the world to take them out and show others where they were born. 

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We ask all amateurs to join us on this one night to celebrate the beauty of our Universe, to celebrate John's vision, and to have some fun with your local community.

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When we started ISAN, I don't think Facebook existed but it does now and that has made it easier - we no longer have to ask you to register your event and follow up with photos and details - just post on your own Facebook page and share it with ours! facebook.com/sidewalkastro 

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We look forward to seeing what a great time everyone has on April 20th! Feel free to copy and use our logo and ISAN artwork for flyers or other promotional materials. We have resources here on our site for those new to sidewalk/public astronomy and if you have any questions, just send us an email at sidewalkastronomers@earthlink.net  and if you need the artwork in a larger file, just let us know.

 

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