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Welcome to the AstronomyOutreach network!
This organization was formed at the turn of the century as a free service to popularize and recognize individuals and organizations committed to the educational public outreach (EPO) in astronomy and space science. Here on this wiki you can learn how to get involved to help people in your community understand the wonders of the sky and the importance of science in our everyday lives by sharing your knowledge and telescope with the public.
Back Bay Amateur Astronomers
The Back Bay Amateur Astronomers is a group of amateur astronomers drawn together by a common interest in observational astronomy. The society was founded December 14, 1978 by members devoted to teaching the many aspects of observational astronomy. The BBAA's motto is "Bringing Astronomy to the People of Hampton Roads" and we have many events throughout the year to advance that goal. On "Astronomy Day" we team up with the Virginia Beach Public Library to celebrate astronomy. Our members set up filtered telescopes to view the sun and the moon, and take the opportunity to talk to library patrons about our hobby. We do many events throughout the year with the Departments of Parks and Recreation for Virginia Beach and Chesapeake. We also are building a relationship with the Norfolk Botanical Gardens and have done several evening events we call "Gardenstars". You'll often find our members at the local planetariums too, where we set up telescopes and interface with the public.
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Lecture Referral Service
AstronomyOutreach network offers a free lecture referral service for public educators in astronomy. While we do not accept compensation for the referral, we do work with the speakers and the organizers who wish to invite them to lecture to arrive at a fair honorarium that works for both parties if requested. Requests for speakers to give live online lectures or in-person lectures should be prepared to provide travel (if required), expenses, and an honorarium paid in advance.
Create a Page
Today astronomyoutreach.net is the top-ranked website for astronomy outreach on the Internet, and we invite you to take advantage of this to create greater awareness for the education and public outreach that you or and/or your organization is active in.
AstronomyOutreach network uses the MediaWiki platform to allow registered individuals and organizations to create and edit pages on this website. Be aware that your content can be edited by others who visit this site, but we specifically request that all content is somehow related to astronomy and space science with an emphasis on educational public outreach (EPO). Other content posted here that detracts from our mission may be deleted. Read more about the AstronomyOutreach network.
- The AstronomyOutreach network hosts the AstronomyOutreach Awards (the "AstroOscars") presented each year at the Winter Star Party in the Florida Keys to recognize exemplary education and public outreach in astronomy to notable individuals and organizations. Also be sure to look at the many other awards programs from other organizations that have honored people devoted to astronomy, space exploration, and scientific awareness. Support for the AstronomyOutreach Awards is made by a generous contribution by OPT.
- The WebSpace Awards recognize excellence on the web for education and public outreach in astronomy and space science.
- The AstronomyOutreach Hall of Fame recognizes notable individuals who have made a major lifetime contribution to astronomy outreach to the public.
Also be sure to look at the many other awards programs from other organizations that have honored people devoted to astronomy, space exploration, and scientific awareness.