The National Star Party Weekend
September 18, 19, 20 and 21, 2013

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National Star Party Weekend 2013
September 18, 19, 20 and 21

On the nights of September 18, 19, 20 and 21 of 2013, astronomers across the United States will take out their telescopes to show the citizens of our great nation the wonders of the night sky.

In short, we want amateur astronomers to help bridge the gap between the public and the professional world, and we'll help bring media attention to your event.

The National Star Party weekend will put professional astronomers in front of the general public and in front of teachers and astronomy groups and organizations across the country. We would like to get your support. We want interested amateur, self-taught and highly motivated skywatchers and lay astronomers to help bridge the gap between the public and the professional world. We want to s To this end, National Star Party Events will be anything related to the Science of Astronomy: Stargazing events, lectures, Tweet-ups, teacher training sessions, "Star-beques" or what have you. There are two main event types:

  1. Mass stargazing and observing events for the general public featuring a professional astronomer.
  2. Events centered around science teachers featuring a professional astronomer.

Your event just needs to get a professional astronomer from a local (or distant) university to join you at one of your events. Since the goal is people meeting people, we really want you to have them to come to an event during the 4 days and nights of the NSPW. But, if you live far from a university, an online chat is a great idea, too.

NSPW will help you get in touch with professional astronomers to come to your events, and will help you with publicity materials, such as poster templates and sample media press releases. Most importantly, we will soon be featuring a national map where you will be able to tell us where and when your event will be during the Party.

And just to increase the Social aspect, we want to see you. We want your Youtube clips, your Ustream URLs, your Hangout times. We want to help you reach a bigger audience than just in your observatory, lecture hall or classroom.

Stargazing events are normal events for astronomy clubs and associations across the country, so we are challenging you to feature something different. If you can show that you have brought together teachers and their students with a professional astronomer, we are working on appropriate recognition, and possible additional media attention. As an example, you can work with a few science teachers at area high schools, and bring out a number of students, or just the teachers to show them something they can use or bring back to their students, by getting them in a face-to-face meeting with a professional astronomer. Or, you can have a professional astronomer come out to a stargazing event for a scope-side talk under the stars. Or you can have an indoor event with a professional astronomer who could show you their research or how to use one of the myriad online astronomical teaching tools or resources.

Other ideas include...

  • Hold a Galileoscope building event with a professional astronomer to help you understand how and why telescopes work, and how telescopes can be used in classrooms.
  • Hold a Solar Observing event. A professional astronomer can chat about how the Sun works, and why we need to study it.
  • Hold a cloudy-sky slideshow event. Have a professional astronomer and your club's members talk in front of slides using an Ignite or TED format: 20 slides in five minutes on one topic.
  • Online Broadcast of a stargazing event. Interview a professional astronomer live on Ustream or GoogleChat and feature them to the world at your event.

In short, we want amateur astronomers to help bridge the gap between the public and the professional world, and we'll help bring media attention to your event.

We'll be organizing a splinter meeting at the AAS Meeting in Indianapolis for June. See you there!


About The National Star Party Weekend

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