Global Astronomy Month 2010

International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009) was a widely successful year long event which attracted thousands of people around the world. One of the main highlights of IYA2009 was the unprecedented success of 100 Hours of Astronomy (100HA) in April 2009 demonstrated the power of international collaboration to astronomers around the world, creating even greater enthusiasm for a follow-up experience. The excitement of bringing people together from all countries regardless of age, race or beliefs – all awed by the wonders of the Universe – is something that will long outlive IYA2009.

Expanding the idea of 100HA, and with the momentum given the IYA, Astronomers Without Borders (AWB) has set the bar even higher, inviting all astronomy enthusiasts worldwide to celebrate the Universe for an entire month!

April 2010 brings together professional and amateur astronomers, educators and all astronomy enthusiasts worldwide to celebrate Global Astronomy Month – an international project that builds on the achievements of The International Year of Astronomy 2009 by combining a even wider array of activities with real-time international sharing under the motto, One People, One Sky.

Global Astronomy Month (GAM2010) is a community-based effort with more international collaboration and interaction than ever before. The primary idea of GAM2010 is to share ideas, experiences and successes, allowing more communities to organize their own events, and carrying new ideas and inspiration forward. GAM2010 is a “Butterfly Effect” generator within the astronomy community – an idea is carried around the globe, expanding each time it is repeated. There is something for everyone.

Working Group
Organizing GAM takes a lot of time, energy and expertise of many individual around the world. The GAM Working Group (WG) itself is widely diverse and spreads all corners of the globe.

Mike Simmons
President, Astronomers Without Borders
Chair, GAM2010 Working Group

Thilina Heenatigala
Coordinator, GAM2010

Oana Sandu
GAM2010 Public Relations Coordinator

Communications Working Group:
- Oana Sandu (Romania)
- Arif Solmaz (Turkey)

Online Programs Working Group:
- Manoj Pai (India)
- Marcelo de Oliveira Souza (Brazil)

Physical Events Working Group:
- Donna Smith (USA)
- Thilina Heenatigala (Sri Lanka)

Remote Observing Programs Working Group:
- Gianluca Masi (Italy)
- Valentina Romeo (Italy)

Resources Working Group:
- Valentin Grigore (Romania)
- Audrey Fischer (USA)

Solar Programs Working Group:
- Ricardo Reis (Portugal)

Website Working Group:
- Jessi Kingan (USA/Thailand)
- Avivah Yamani (Indonesia)

- Paul Trudel – Webmaster (USA)
- Paul Moss – Broadcast page (New Zealand)

More information:
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GAM Blog
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About Astronomers Without Borders
Astronomers Without Borders is an organization dedicated to fostering understanding and goodwill across national and cultural boundaries by creating relationships through the universal appeal of astronomy. Astronomers Without Borders projects promote sharing, all through a common interest in something basic and universal – sharing the sky.

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Global Astronomy Month – Let’s Continue the Celebration of the Universe!