- To contribute towards a positive change in the world through expanding the knowledge of astronomy.
- To unify our communities by providing any knowledge related to astronomy to all who wish to learn, and to offer useful tools and resources to any person interested in passing down that knowledge.
Our Small Astronomy Calendar for Amateur Astronomers 2019 is available for download now. Just click the link or use the option “save as” to download a copy. Feel free to share it.
Events in Astronomy
Here you can find events around the world. For South Florida events, visit the “Activities” page.
The first Astronomy Day this year is May 11, 2019; Astronomy Day next fall will be October 5, 2019. Astronomy Day is an annual event in the United States and other countries, intended to provide a means of interaction between the general public and various astronomy enthusiasts, groups and professionals. This event was started in 1973 by Doug Berger, the president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California. His intent was to set up various telescopes in busy urban locations so that passersby could enjoy views of the heavens. Since then the event has expanded and is now sponsored by a number of organizations associated with astronomy. The lunar influence on the schedule means that the events happen on a different date each year, rather than set calendar dates. Astronomy Day also forms part of National Astronomy Week, which begins on the preceding Monday.
The General Assembly of United Nations declared 4 to 10 October World Space Week to celebrate each year at the international level, all contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition. More than 3,700 events in 80 countries celebrated the benefits of space and the excitement about space exploration in 2017. The 2018 theme is “Space Unites The World” and 2019 theme “The Moon: Gateway to the Stars.”
International Observe the Moon Night is a worldwide celebration of lunar science and exploration held annually since 2010. One day each year, everyone on Earth is invited to observe and learn about the Moon together, and to celebrate the cultural and personal connections we all have with our nearest neighbor. The event occurs in September or October, when the Moon is around first quarter. A first quarter Moon is visible in the afternoon and evening, a convenient time for most hosts and participants. Furthermore, the best lunar observing is typically along the dusk/dawn terminator, where shadows are the longest, rather than at full Moon. There are currently 184 events and participants.
Plan Ahead, upcoming dates for International Observe the Moon Night
October 20, 2018; October 5, 2019; September 26, 2020
Solar Week is a week of online lessons, games and hands-on activities about our Sun for grades 5-9 or ages 9-14, it happens twice a year, approximately mid-to-late March and mid-to-late October. [Daily Facts, Games and Activities are available all year; “Ask a Question” has archived answers only — until LIVE during Solar Week. Please post a question to our leading solar scientists during that week.] 2019 Solar Week takes place March 18-22. Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the International Dark-Sky Association for seven days of celebration, learning, and action!
2019 International Dark Sky Week is Sunday, March 31 – Sunday, April 7!
Created in 2003 by high-school student Jennifer Barlow, International Dark Sky Week has grown to become a worldwide event and a key component of Global Astronomy Month. Each year it is held in April around Astronomy Day. This year celebrations begin on Sunday, March 31, and run through Saturday, April 7 (click here for resources to use during the week).
In explaining why she started the week, Barlow said, “I want people to be able to see the wonder of the night sky without the effects of light pollution. The universe is our view into our past and our vision into the future. … I want to help preserve its wonder.”
International Dark Sky Week draws attention to the problems associated with light pollution and promotes simple solutions available to mitigate it.