BackyardAstronomy.org – Member of NASA Night Sky Network
Do you own a telescope? Are you looking to purchase a telescope?
BackyardAstronomy.org is the website for you. Make BackyardAstronomy.org your portal
for star parties across the globe..
Don’t own a telescope, and would still like to view the heavens?
BackyardAstronomy is for you as well! We’ll put you in touch with Amateur astronomer’s
in your area so that they may share with you the wonders of the heavens. As our
affiliate program grows, we’ll notify you of any new affiliate in your area so that
you may take part in their public activities as well.
Do you own a telescope?If you own a telescope, and would like
to become an affiliate, contact us through our contact us page
and we’ll put you in touch with our scheduling tools so that you
may use this website as a communication tool for you and your astronomy club. With
these tools you can publicize your next star party!
Enjoy a virtual tour of the stars below on the Skyview cafe applet.
BACKYARDASTRONOMY.ORG HAS BEEN CHOSEN
BY NASA TO DO PUBLIC OUTREACH
located in Burbank, California, has been selected by NASA to be a member of the
Night Sky Network, a nationwide coalition of amateur astronomy societies committed
to sharing their time, their telescopes, and their enthusiasm for astronomy with
their local communities. BackyardAstronomy.org recently received their first Outreach
ToolKit from NASA. Entitled “PlanetQuest”, the kit is designed to help amateur astronomers
answer questions about how scientists hope to find Earth-like planets circling other
stars. Club members will use the Outreach ToolKit at public astronomy nights, during
classroom visits, at youth group events, and at other public events catering to
students of all ages.
Membership in the Night Sky Network includes
training for club members, special opportunities for working with NASA scientists
and educators, access to a dedicated website for communicating with other Night
Sky Network participants, and public recognition by NASA for their outreach activities.
“NASA is very excited to be working closely with the amateur astronomy community,”
said Michael Greene, head of public engagement for NASA’s Navigator Program based
at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. “Amateur astronomers want
more people to look at the sky and understand astronomy, and so do we. We have a
strong commitment to inspiring the next generation of explorers. Lending support
to the energy that the amateur astronomy community brings to students and the public
will allow NASA to reach many more people.” For more information go to
The Night Sky Network is sponsored and supported by JPL’s PlanetQuest public engagement
program. PlanetQuest is a part of JPL’s Navigator Program, which encompasses several
of NASA’s extra-solar planet-finding missions, including the Keck Interferometer,
the Space Interferometry Mission (SIM), the Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF), the
Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer (LBTI), and the Michelson Science Center