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April is Global Astronomy Month

April is Global Astronomy Month

As the temperatures begin (albeit slowly this year) to warm, and the great outdoors beckon you outside, keep in mind that the night sky is also a fun way to appreciate the great outdoors.

April has been deemed Global Astronomy Month by a group called Astronomers Without Borders. On their web site - it explains, “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.”

On this web site you will find some interesting information about ways to get involved and celebrate Global Astronomy Month, offering activities, links to other sites, and some great astronomical resources.

This week is also International Dark Sky Week-- which is a week dedicated towards paying attention to the beauty and awe of a dark sky filled with stars, and the issue of how light pollution really takes away from star gazing.

Be sure to check out both sites to find out how you can get involved or just learn a bit more about the night sky this month.

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