program was developed and is operated for NASA by the Astronomical
Society of the Pacific. Initiated by JPL's PlanetQuest Public
Engagement Program, the Night
Sky Network sponsors include:
PlanetQuest public engagement program
NASA Education Forum on the Structure and Evolution of the
Origins Education Forum
Kepler Discovery Mission
Education Forum on Solar System Exploration
Education and Public Outreach at Sonoma State University:
GLAST, Swift and XMM-Newton missions
Mission E/PO Program
first set of materials is called Planet Quest centering around
the theme of discovering planets around other stars.
Find out more about what's happening with the Night
accepting applications for Membership in the Night Sky Network
astronomy clubs dedicated to sharing astronomy with the public
are invited to apply for membership in the NASA Night Sky
a free program specifically designed for amateur astronomy
clubs that puts great resources right into your hands.
has really filled a need for us. Really, really good way to
revitalize our outreach activities. Were very excited
- Door Peninsula Astronomical Society
Sky Network has a membership of over 200 astronomy clubs
nationwide. Click here to see a
map of all member clubs.
selected for membership will join this national coalition
of amateur astronomy clubs bringing astronomy and the excitement
of NASA missions to their communities. This is an opportunity
for your club to:
the public outreach you already do
more of your members to participate in outreach
national recognition for your outreach efforts
the material created questions and discussions with our visitors.
Kids picked up on the concepts quicker than the parents."
- Neville Public Museum Astronomical Society
of the Night
Sky Network receive free Outreach ToolKits of materials
to convey a variety of astronomy and space-related topics.
The program is supported by NASA and administered by the Astronomical
Society of the Pacific (ASP). The program includes:
in the use of Outreach ToolKit materials
to talk to real NASA scientists and engineers about the
to a dedicated website for communicating with other Night
Sky Network members
Outreach ToolKits, designed and tested by amateur astronomers,
make it easy for any interested amateur, of any experience
level, to enrich and expand their role in public star parties,
club meeting presentations, school visits, and youth or community
here to see how many astronomy
events these clubs have logged using the free resources
does not need to be an educator or have extensive knowledge
of astronomy to present the activities in the kit. I enjoyed
taking the materials supplied in the kit and expanding or
enhancing some of the concepts with my own personal experiences."
- River Bend Astronomy Club
to get more information and to find out how to apply. Membership