Astronomy magazine announces annual award

Starting in 2006, Astronomy's "Out-of-this-world" Award will recognize excellence in astronomy outreach.
By | Published: March 16, 2006 | Last updated on May 18, 2023

For more information, contact:
Matt Quandt
Assistant editor
Astronomy magazine
[t] 262.796.8776 x419

March 16, 2006

WAUKESHA, WI – Starting in 2006, Astronomy magazine will present an annual $2,500 award to an astronomy club or organization for excellence in astronomy outreach activities. The “Out-of-this-world” Award focuses on ongoing outreach programming – not one specific event – as conducted by any educational or civic organization. The prize will reward a group’s sustained efforts to involve its local community in the science and hobby of astronomy and will be awarded for use in future astronomy outreach activities. Astronomy editors will review each entry and select a winner.

Applications and material must be postmarked by July 15, 2006. The winner will be announced in September.

Click on the link below to download a PDF of the entry form and rules. A completed entry form must accompany all submissions. Rules for the award:

  • Applying groups must be 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
  • Applications consist of an application form and two (2) essays: one describing the group’s outreach projects [500 words], and another explaining how the monetary award would be used [250 words]
  • Submitting photographs, media clippings, promotional flyers, and other relevant material is encouraged
  • The outreach programs should be of a size and scope so the $2,500 gift allows demonstrable progress toward completion or improvements: for example, new telescope for public events, laptop computer, marketing materials, signage for events, structural improvements to facilities, or other technology upgrades
  • Award judges will be members of the Astronomy staff
  • The award money must be used within 12 months of receipt

  • Astronomy promotes the science and hobby of astronomy through high-quality publications that engage, inform, entertain, and inspire. In addition, it strives to empower local astronomy organizations that help bring out-of-this-world wonders to their communities. For more information on Astronomy magazine’s handout materials available for public programs, please contact Assistant Editor Matt Quandt or visit