magazine will present its 2013 Out-of-this-world Award to a club or organization anywhere across the globe that has shown excellence in astronomy outreach activities. The annual $2,500 award focuses on ongoing programs — not one specific event — by a nonprofit educational or civic organization.
The award recognizes a group’s sustained efforts to involve its local community in the science and hobby of astronomy. The prize money is to be used for future astronomy outreach activities. Astronomy
’s editors will review each entry and select a winner.
The 2012 award went to the New Hampshire Astronomical Society
, whose prolific outreach included the Library Telescope program, dedicated to placing telescopes in libraries throughout the state to encourage people to try astronomical observing.
The 2011 award went to The Albuquerque Astronomical Society
, which distinguished itself with its prolific outreach, including the School Star Party program dedicated to making astronomy fun and exciting at two different schools every month.
The entry form for Astronom
y's 2013 Out-of-this-world Award is available for download below. Applications and material must be postmarked by January 17, 2014
. The winner will be announced March 3.
- Groups applying must be nonprofit educational or civic organizations.
- The award recognizes an organization’s ongoing efforts to involve its local community in the science and/or hobby of astronomy.
- The application consists of a form and two (2) essays: one describing the group’s outreach projects (500 words), the other explaining how the monetary award is to be used (250 words).
- Submission of photographs, media clippings, promotional flyers, and other relevant material is encouraged.
- The outreach programs should be of a size and scope so that the $2,500 award allows demonstrable progress toward completion or improvements. For example, a new telescope for public events, laptop computer, marketing materials, signage for events, structural improvements to facilities, or other technology upgrades would be feasible with such money.
- Judges will be members of the Astronomy staff.
- Award money must be used within 12 months of receipt.
promotes the science and hobby of astronomy through high-quality publications that engage, inform, entertain, and inspire. The magazine also strives to empower local astronomy organizations that help bring celestial wonders to their communities.
For more information on this award, please contact Senior Editor Michael E. Bakich (email@example.com