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ISSUE 18 - September 2015

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Global Astronomy Month: Astronomy around the World (page 36)
Christie McMonigal, Mike Simmons

Outreach, global programmes, Global Astronomy Month, GAM, Astronomers Without Borders, AWB


For six years Global Astronomy Month has taken place each April, growing into a wide-ranging and diverse array of programmes comprising the world’s largest worldwide, annual celebration of astronomy. Innovative programmes developed through partnerships, along with the availability of this novel platform, have allowed an expansion of what the month has to offer. Beginning with familiar observing programmes that engage amateur astronomers, programmes have become increasingly inclusive, extending to non-astronomy fields inspired by space. This article explores the development of Global Astronomy Month, the lessons learnt and how the project has provided a stage for expanding existing programmes and testing new ideas.