Global Astronomy Month

According to the Astronomers Without Borders Website,  “Global Astronomy Month (GAM), organized each April by Astronomers Without Borders, is the world’s largest global celebration of astronomy. Every year GAM brings new ideas and new opportunities, bringing enthusiasts together worldwide to celebrate Astronomers Without Borders’ motto One People, One Sky.” Their page lists events happening this month in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. If nothing is happening near you, they also have a list of online events, so if you are interested, visit their website for more information.

The Seti Institute also has a list of events. Some are already past, but two you can still get involved in are the Lyrid Meteor Shower which will be active from April 16-26, and particularly active on April 22 and the art project OPTICKS will transmit images to the moon and back as radio signals in real time on April 30.

If this sounds interesting to you, you can join the NASA Night Sky Network on Facebook, or Twitter or for pictures check them out on Instagram.

We are lucky to be living in the twenty-first century when we are learning so much about space, and what is in it. We have the gorgeous pictures from the Hubble Telescope, and those sent back by unmanned ships we have sent to our nearest neighbors. Not only is this new information pouring in, but astronomy is full of interesting discussions, such as about dark matter, gravity waves, and the possibility that other universes exist. If nothing else today, take a look at the gallery of pictures taken by the Hubble Telescope,  and marvel at this universe we live in.

Quotes about astronomy

Man must rise above the Earth—to the top of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives.–Socrates

Do not look at stars as bright spots only. Try to take in the vastness of the universe.–Maria Mitchell

Astronomy taught us our insignificance in Nature.–Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’m sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It’s just been too intelligent to come here.–Arthur C. Clarke

The cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us—there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, or falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.–Carl Sagan

If it’s a new planet, sign me up. I’m tired of driving around the block, boldly going where hundreds have gone before in orbit around earth—give me a place to go and I’ll go.–Neil deGrasse Tyson

To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit.–Stephen Hawking

Space isn’t remote at all. It’s only an hour’s drive away, if your car could go straight upwards.–Sir Fred Hoyle

Space is for everybody. It’s not just for a few people in science or math, or for a select group of astronauts. That’s our new frontier out there, and it’s everybody’s business to know about space.–Christa McAuliffe

The history of astronomy is a history of receding horizons.–Edwin P. Hubble

It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.–Neil Armstrong

The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn’t have a space program. And if we become extinct because we don’t have a space program, it’ll serve us right.–Larry Niven

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