Astronomy magazine will present its 2011 Out-of-this-world Award to a club or organization 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 will recognize 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 2010 award went to California’s Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit, which distinguished itself with its prolific outreach, including the “You Can See Too” program dedicated to providing those in wheelchairs access to the stars.
The 2009 award went to the Amateur Observers’ Society of New York, which separated itself with the wide breadth of its “Reach for the Universe” programs. These provide fun and educational astronomical activities for anyone to enjoy.
A full list of rules and the entry form for Astronomy's 2011 Out-of-this-world Award are available at www.Astronomy.com/award.
Astronomy 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.