Astronomers Without Borders

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Astronomers Without Borders was founded by Mike Simmons with his vision of One People, One Sky. AWB carries out this vision through awareness programs such as the Global Astronomy Month where people all over the world celebrate astronomy, and The World At Night (TWAN) photography project with stunning images that are meant to inspire people to learn what binds humanity.

The star-filled night fascinates us all. People have gazed upward at it in wonder and awe for thousands of years. Regardless of earthly differences in culture, nationality or religion, the heavens are a common meeting ground for all of Earth's inhabitants. The boundaries we place between us vanish when we look skyward. Whoever, whatever or wherever we are, we all share the same sky.

The heavens transcend political, ethnic and religious differences. The tensions of everyday life seem to drain away before the wonder and enormity of the skies, and those standing in darkness with heads turned upward never ask people beside them about their origins or beliefs. In that moment, differences are forgotten and we are one beneath the sky we share. It is this bond between people that Astronomers Without Borders hopes to foster.


Astronomers Without Borders is dedicated to fostering understanding and goodwill across national and cultural boundaries by creating relationships through the universal appeal of astronomy.

Astronomers Without Borders projects promote sharing. Sharing resources. Sharing knowledge. Sharing inspiration. All through a common interest in something basic and universal. Sharing the sky.

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