“This wonderful honor from Astronomy
magazine came as the result of our dedicated members looking for the ‘wow’ factor when a kid first sees the rings of Saturn, the craters of the Moon, or Jupiter’s moons,” he said.
The LAS will use the award to buy a new PC, laptop, telescope, and binoculars for the center. This will enable members to give better presentations, and they will have more mobile instruments to take to sidewalk astronomy events.
“All of us in the LAS wish to thank Astronomy
magazine for this award,” Alderson said. “You have contributed to the WOW!”
LAS is the eighth winner since the award debuted in 2006. Last year’s award went to the New Hampshire Astronomical Society
, the previous year’s award went to The Albuquerque Astronomical Society
, and the 2010 award went to the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit in California
. The winner receives $2,500 from Astronomy
“All the award submissions were top-notch, and it made picking the winner a tough choice,” says David J. Eicher, editor of Astronomy
magazine. “With each year, it seems that astronomy clubs are doing more and more to help people enjoy our hobby as well as understand a bit of the science behind it.”