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Тема: IAU Astronomy Outreach Newsletter 2015 #7 (June 2015 #1)

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IAU Astronomy Outreach Newsletter

*2015 #7*

In this newsletter:
1. *From the Editors * 2. *CosmicLight IYL2015: GalileoMobile Light-Year teaser * 3. *CosmicLight IYL2015: Measuring the Speed of Light Citizen Science Project * 4. *HighLIGHT of the month: Astronomy Festival on the National Mall * 5. *CosmicLight around the world * 6. *The IAU Office of Astronomy for Development Newsletter #8 available online * 7. *UNAWE Universe in a Box honoured with Best Science Education Resource Award * 8. *Planetary maps for children * 9. *Night-sky Measurement with Digital Camera: Campaign Observation 2015 *
10. *astroEPO Shorts by AstroEDU team *
11. *Upcoming meetings & global events *
12. *Contributions to this newsletter *

*0) From the Editors*

Light pollution is one of the major focus areas for the International
Year of Light this year, so we were glad to be at the"Artificial Light
at Night" conference concerning
light pollution. The conference, hosted at Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada,
over the past few days, covered a wide range of topics on light
pollution. One topic was dedicated to finding good solutions to the
problem of blue-rich LEDs by using amber LEDs and PC-amber LEDs; the
spectral mismatch of the lighting we used. Recent progress in setting up
international dark sky parks and reserves was demonstrated to
participants during a visit to a state-of-the-art dark sky park. This
case study could be seen as a standard for others to follow. Another
interesting presented topic was the change of legislation towards light
pollution in Slovenia. These are only examples, and we will share some
of these stories in the upcoming issues of this Newsletter.

In this issue, we highlight the 8th Newsletter of IAU Office of
Astronomy for Development, now available online. We wish you pleasant
reading! If you still haven’t named an exoworld, the deadline to suggest
a name is 15 June. Find the closest institution near you registered in
the IAU Directory for World Astronomy and don't miss this opportunity.
We would also like to congratulate our partner UNAWE. Their resource
“Universe in a Box”, won Best Science Education Resource Award by
Scientix — the European Network of Science Education. Finally, a special
mention to the third ESO Astronomy Camp for Secondary School Students,
featured in upcoming meetings and events. This year the camp will focus
on the topic of the Solar System and Extrasolar Planets.

Clear Skies!
Lina Canas & Sze-leung Cheung
IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach

*1) CosmicLight IYL2015: GalileoMobile Light-Year teaser*

The teaser for the new GalileoMobile
documentary Ano-Luz (Light-year) is
out. This documentary follows GalileoMobile's expedition to northern
Bolivia and Brazil where the project performed astronomy activities,
paving the way for the celebrations of the International Year of Light 2015.

Details: vimeo.com/127301816

*2) CosmicLight IYL2015: Support “Measuring the Speed of Light” Citizen
Science Project*

“Measuring the Speed of Light” website
is promoting a citizen science experiment to measure the speed of light.
This project represents an interesting opportunity to perform simple
observations with a small spotting scope or telescope. By harnessing
multiple observations from around the world, this project will be able
to recreate Roemer 's
famous measurement of the speed of light. All data obtained will be
publicly available and used in the Scottish school curriculum.

Support the project: speedoflight2015.co.uk/

*3) HighLIGHT of the month: Astronomy Festival on the National Mall*

The Sixth Annual Astronomy Festival on the National Mall (AFNM) will
take place on Friday, 19 June, 2015. AFNM was inspired by the 2009 White
House Star Party and was started in 2010 with the co-sponsorship of The
White House Office of Science and Technology policy.This year, middle
school students from the Carnegie Academy for Science Education will
bring telescopes for the public to use.

Last year, NSF made a one minute video of the event:
nsf.gov/news/mmg/mmg_disp.jsp?med_id=76428

*4) CosmicLight around the world*

On 24 May, Sydney, Australia, hosted a panel of professional astronomers
entitled “The Story of Light
”,
inspired by the International Year of Light 2015. During the discussion,
the panel described the many ways astronomers use light to uncover the
exciting mysteries of the Universe and improve our understanding of
cosmology, exoplanets, the search for life and more.

The University of Namibia (UNAM) will celebrate the International Year
of Light 2015 by organizing the International Conference on Light
Science and Applications (ICLSA)
from 26–28 October, 2015, in Windhoek. The main objectives of this
conference will be to create awareness, share and gain knowledge in
light sciences, educate rural dwellers to use solar applications and
develop advanced research and technology in Namibia in light sciences.
Astronomy topics are included in the scope of the conference. Please
note that the deadline for abstract submissions is 10 June.

In the next few weeks Light: Beyond the Bulb — the open-source
international exhibition programme, will be visiting: Cork, Ireland;
Madrid, Spain; Toulouse, France; Olsztyn, Poland; León, Mexico; Azores,
Portugal, and also several different places in the United States, such
as San Jose, CA; Flint, MI; New York City, NY, and Bellingham, WA.
To find Light: Beyond the Bulb in a place near you please go to:
lightexhibit.org/iylexhibits.html

On 6 June, Hiratsuka, Japan, will host the third Astronomy Cosmic Light
lecture series on “See the universe in Infrared & Radio Wave
”.

Cikal Science Fair 2015 will be held in
Jakarta, Indonesia, on 9 June. An astronomer will be speaking about
light, especially focusing on the challenges of light pollution that
affect astronomy research. This event will also host a competition on a
design poster about light pollution.
From 12 to 16 June, York, United Kingdom, will host Big Telescopes!
. This exhibition intends to
celebrate light in all its forms and find out how light allows us to
discover the wonders of space. Over the course of five days, there will
be talks, demonstration lectures, school workshops and family events.

*5) The IAU Office of Astronomy for Development Newsletter #8 available
online*

The eighth edition of the IAU-OAD Newsletter, containing news from the
office, can be found online at the following
address:http://www.astro4dev.org/newsletters/. Enjoy reading! This
newsletter is issued quarterly and reports on current OAD activities.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
. The OAD team looks forward to hearing from
you on with any thoughts you may have about the OAD.

*6) UNAWE Universe in a Box Honoured with Best Science Education
Resource Award*

Universe in a Box is the low-cost, inquiry-based astronomy education
resource of Universe Awareness (UNAWE ).

On 22 May, Universe in a Box was awarded the Scientix Resources Award
for
“STEM Teaching Material Addressed to Teachers”.

Details: www.unawe.org/updates/unawe-update-1534/

*7) Planetary maps for children*

This project features a series of detailed, hand-drawn lunar and
planetary maps created for children. The six Solar System bodies mapped
by planetary scientists and graphic artists are now available in 11
different languages.These maps are developed according to the latest
data from space probes and supported by a website where the user can
find background information.

Details: childrensmaps.wordpress.com/

*8) Night-sky measurement with a digital camera: Campaign Observation 2015*

The 2015 Campaign of night-sky brightness observation with a digital
camera, by the Japanese astronomy group Hoshizora Kodan
, will start this summer. This campaign aims to
make a night-sky brightness map of East Asia, and anyone who has a
digital camera can join.

You can find details on capturing images and uploading your data in a "4
Steps for Measurement" guide outlined here:http://dcdock.kodan.jp/?lang=en

*9) astroEPO Shorts by astroEDU team*

astroEPO Shorts is a series of weekly selected news from the astroEDU
team. All topic are related to astronomy communication and astronomy
education. astroEDU is a platform that allows educators to discover,
review, distribute, improve and remix astronomy education activities and
offers a free peer-review service by professionals in education and science.

Details: medium.com/@iauastroedu

*10) Upcoming meetings & global events*

a) ECSITE Annual Conference 2015: Food for curious minds
Date: 11–13 June
Location: Trento, Italy
More information: www.ecsite.eu/annual-conference

b) Science on Stage 2015
Date: 17–20 June
Location: London, UK
More information:
www.science-on-stage.eu/page/display/4/14/0/festival-2015

c) European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS)
Date: 22–26 June
Location: Tenerife, Spain
More information: eas.unige.ch/EWASS2015/

d) Global Hands-On Universe Conference 2015
Date: 4–5 August
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
More information: handsonuniverse.org/ghou2015/

e) Galileo Teacher Trainings Programme (GTTP) International Teacher
Training Workshop
Date: 8–9 August
Location: Honolulu, Hawai'i, USA
More Information: handsonuniverse.org/ghou2015/

f) The 29th IAU General Assembly
Date: 3–14 August 2015
Location: Honolulu, Hawai'i, USA
More information: astronomy2015.org/

Focus Meetings:

6–7 August: Communicating Astronomy with the Public in the Big Data Era
More information: astronomy2015.org/focus_meeting_19

11–13 August: Mitigating Threats of Light Pollution and Radio Frequency
Interference
More information: astronomy2015.org/focus_meeting_21

11–13 August: Astronomical Heritage: Progressing the UNESCO–IAU Initiative
More information: astronomy2015.org/focus_meeting_2

13–14 August:: Astronomy for Development
More information: astronomy2015.org/focus_meeting_20

g) Hawaiian, Oceanic and Global Cultural Astronomy: Tangible and
Intangible Heritage
Date: 16–20 August 2015
Location: Hilo, Hawaii, USA
More information:
www2.astronomicalheritage.net/index.php/...y-meeting-big-island

h) Cartography Beyond the Ordinary World
Date: 21-22 August 2015
Location: Niteroi
More Information: niteroi2015.elte.hu/

i) International Observe the Moon Night
Date: 19 September 2015
Location: All around the World
More Information: observethemoonnight.org/

j) UNAWE International Workshop
Date: 5–9 October 2015
Location: Leiden, The Netherlands
More information: www.unawe.org

k) Earth Observation Science 2.0
Date: 12–14 October 2015
Location: ESRIN, Frascati, Italy
More information: eoscience20.org/

l) Conference on Light Science and Applications (ICLSA)
Date: 26–28 October, 2015
Location: University of Namibia (UNAM), Windhoek main campus, Namibia
More information: www.unam.edu.na/light2015

m) Astronomy 7
Date: 3–6 November 2015
Location: Sydney, Australia
More information:
dotastronomy.com/blog/2015/05/join-us-fo...tronomy-7-in-sydney/

n) 2nd Symposium of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR): Water and
Life in the Universe
Date: 9–13 November 2015
Location: Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
More Information: cosparbrazil2015.org/

o) ESO Astronomy Camp
Date: 26 December 2015 to 1 January 2016
Location: Astronomical Observatory of the Autonomous Region of the Aosta
Valley, Saint-Barthélemy, Nus, Italy
More information: www.eso.org/public/announcements/ann15038/

p) Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2016 Conference
Date: 16–20 May 2016
Location: Medellín, Colombia
More information: www.facebook.com/CAPconference

q) International Planetarium Society Conference
Date:19–25 June 2016
Location: Warsaw, Poland
More Information: www.ips2016.org/

r) IAU Symposia IAUS 326: Research in Astronomy Education: Far-Reaching
Impacts and Future Directions
Date: 4–7 October, 2016
Location: Heidelberg, Germany
More Information: www.iau.org/science/meetings/future/symposia/1159/

*11) Contributions to this newsletter*

Here at the IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach, we are always looking for
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world, so please share your story with us! If you are organising any
large-scale events at a regional or international level, offering
astronomy education or communication job positions, have any special
innovative projects or inspiring stories, are looking for
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