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This is going to be a LOT of fun!
You've seen the amazing landscape astrophotography produced by the team from The World at Night (TWAN) -- the sky above Earth's most beautiful and interesting natural and cultural landmarks.

Now find out what these experts go through in their efforts to capture these stellar masterpieces. From polar bears to hostile rock-throwing natives, from pole-to-pole, it's not always easy.

We'll hear from Wally Pacholka, Yuichi Tasaki and Oshin Zakarian in a wide-ranging discussion hosted by AWB President Mike Simmons who has also been part of the TWAN effort since the beginning. There will be incredible images AND the heretofore unknown adventures behind them.

Wally Pacholka specializes in landscape astrophotography of America`s National Parks and great natural landmarks. His celestial photography has earned him both TIME and Life Magazine`s "Picture of the Year" honors. His astro-landscape images have also graced the pages of many other international publications including National Geographic, Newsweek, Encyclopaedia Britannia. NASA selected more than 25 of his images for their record of celestial events.

Yuichi Takasaka’s love of colors in nature led him to his love affair with the Aurora Borealis. Yuichi began photographing the aurora while working at a tour company in Yellowknife, Canada that promoted the aurora tours to the Japanese market. The aurora soon became an important part of his life as he captures both still images and time-lapse videos of the natural phenomenon, while continuing to lead aurora photography tours.

Oshin Zakarian is completely devoted to photography of all kinds but his main interest is in capturing nature and historical landmarks at night during astronomical events. His passion for photographing monuments of different cultures under the same starry sky has led him on many adventures. His photographs have appeared in many publications including America's best-known astronomy magazines. His work has been exhibited in several European countries.

For more information visit: http://astronomerswithoutborders.org/gam2016-programs/online/3153-astrophotography-the-quest-for-the-perfect-picture-live-hangout.html
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President Obama hosted the second-ever White House Astronomy Night on October 19, 2015 which highlighted the importance of inspiring more girls and boys with the wonder of science and space. The event brought together students, teachers, astronomers, engineers, scientists, and space enthusiasts for an evening of stargazing.  Now join host Mike Simmons, President of AWB with special guests who attended the event, Vivian White, Astronomy Educator with the Astronomy Society of the Pacific and Tim Spuck, STEM Eduction Development Officer, Associated Universities Inc. who will share their personal behind-the-scenes stories of the night, and discuss why events like these are important to encourage support and further STEM engagement.
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This one is going to be REALLY fun! Vivian and Tim were at the White House for the big event. We'll talk about the impact of events like this in promoting STEM -- in addition to chatting about the First Family.
President Obama hosted the second-ever White House Astronomy Night on October 19, 2015 which highlighted the importance of inspiring more girls and boys with the wonder of science and space. The event brought together students, teachers, astronomers, engineers, scientists, and space enthusiasts for an evening of stargazing.  Now join host Mike Simmons, President of AWB with special guests who attended the event, Vivian White, Astronomy Educator with the Astronomy Society of the Pacific and Tim Spuck, STEM Eduction Development Officer, Associated Universities Inc. who will share their personal behind-the-scenes stories of the night, and discuss why events like these are important to encourage support and further STEM engagement.
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Solar research with a special radio telescope facility tomorrow!
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The solar outreach event in Campos dos Goytacezes, Brazil for GAM's SunDay in the morning! We'll have locals seeing the Sun for the first time, Marcelo Souza who arranges these events and the international meeting I'm attending, solar imager Pedro Re from Portugal who is part of the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project and more guests from Brazil and other countries.
This year we are celebrating SunDay with a live hangout from Brazil! The hangout will be hosted by AWB President Mike Simmons from a solar outreach event in Campos dos Goytacazos, Brazil, at the end of the 8th International Meeting of Astronomy and Astronautics. Attendees at the conference include AWB board member Anousheh Ansari, the AWB co-national coordinator for Germany, Gernot Meiser, and Patrick Miller who runs the GAM IASC Asteroid Search Campaign. 
Read more: http://astronomerswithoutborders.org/gam2015-programs/observing/1562-sunday.html
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All about the biggest, best, and new events. Tune in to for a preview of Global Astronomy Month!
This month we will be chatting about AWB’s biggest event of the year, Global Astronomy Month! Our president, Mike Simmons will be joined by Chirstie McGonigal, GAM Organizer, Daniela DePaulis, OPTIKS and AstroArt Editor, Bob Eklund, AstroPoetry Editor and MORE!
We will be talking about the events that are currently happening and giving you updates on events to come. Don’t miss this hangout!
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Join us with two astronauts and an author who has interviewed dozens of astronauts. This will be a great discussion of space and how the Orbital Perspective can help us change things for the better on Earth.

Note the new link to the live Hangout on Air.
Ron Garan, astronaut, while floating in space, recalls looking back at our blue dot and marvelling at the beauty of our Earth. With our shrinking borders and increased technologies, why can't we collaborate globally?

While on his stint on the International Space Station this former fighter pilot saw how fifteen nationalities worked together to put a few humans into a sustained environment in space.

This is his Orbital Perspective.

His newly released book explores how the notion of Orbital Perspective can work for us on Earth. Ron is joined by:

Fellow astronaut and co-sponsor of the Ansari X-Prize for the first privately funded spacecraft, Anousheh Ansari.

Author Frank White, whose Overview Effect (now in its third ediction) chronicled the life-changing experiences of our early astronauts in viewing the Earth from space, and whose Overview Institute is working to use that experience to better life on Earth.

Mike Simmons, Founder and President of Astronomers Without Borders, which works to connect people and create collaboration based on our common heritage of the night sky.

Join our discussion about how important it is use the Orbital Perspective here at home.

Send questions ahead of time to info@astronomerswithoutborders.org or on the Google+ event page during the program.

Ron Garan: www.orbitalperspective.com
Anousheh Ansari: www.anoushehansari.com
Frank White: www.overviewinstitute.org
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Astronomy in Pakistan, AstroArtist (and many other things) Dan Durda, and a look back at five years of GAM and a look ahead to GAM 2015 -- the biggest ever.

Join me and our guest for this month's AWB Monthly Hangout!
Karachi Astronomical Society's Astrodome is built! Join hangout & learn about this cool story November 20 @ 16:00 UT
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