Global Astronomy Month

April is Global Astronomy Month.  There are many activities and programs available for amateurs and educators.  You can find out more about GAM here. These events are mostly run by Astronomers Without Borders who hope to once again bringing enthusiasts together in a worldwide to celebrate their motto “One People, One Sky.”

There is a Globe at Night photo contest, a poetry contest, an art contest, observing events, star parties and outreach.  So this month take the time to look up at the night sky.  Better yet, plan an event to take a group out to somewhere dark and be inspired to write, photo or draw what you see.

There are many other groups involved in this effort.  Some of them are The World at Night (TWAN),

the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO)

and others.  This month make a point to get out into the dark and see the Universe again, or take someone out and show it to them for the first time.  Look up everyone, and enjoy.

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities.  Connect with me on Google +.  If you need help with any patent, trademark, or copyright issue, or know someone that can use my help, please contact me for a free 30 minute consultation by sending me an email or call TOLL FREE at 1-855-UR IDEAS (1-855-874-3327) and ask for Norman.

Norman

International Dark Sky Week

This week is International Dark Sky week. Created in 2003 by high-school student Jennifer Barlow, IDSW has grown to become a worldwide event and a key component of Global Astronomy Month (more on this tomorrow).

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The goals of IDSW are to appreciate the beauty of the night sky and to raise awareness of how poor-quality lighting creates light pollution.

There are many ways to help spread the word that all that light at night isn’t necessary.   Darksky.org has a list of activities that you can participate in to help bring back the stars.

Even if you aren’t into astronomy, just looking up at the night sky full of stars can be as special as a romantic night, or an awe inspiring, imagination opening event.  You owe it to yourself and future generations to help preserve the beauty of the night.

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This is a time lapse photo taken from my astronomy club’s dark sky site.  You can clearly see the effect of light pollution from a city over 15 miles away.

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities.  Connect with me on Google +.  If you need help with any patent, trademark, or copyright issue, or know someone that can use my help, please contact me for a free 30 minute consultation by sending me an email or call TOLL FREE at 1-855-UR IDEAS (1-855-874-3327) and ask for Norman.

Norman