Global Astronomy Month

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Overview

Conduct and participate in Astronomy events to promote Astronomy with ‘SPACE Foundation and Astronomers Without Borders’. Participate in observing, Astronomy arts, virtual online observing! The best events will win prizes!

Global Astronomy Month (GAM) is organized every year in April by the SPACE Foundation in India with collaboration with the international organization Astronomers Without Borders (AWB), with an aim to unite enthusiasts worldwide in celebrating Astronomy following the motto – One People, One Sky. SPACE conducts a variety of astronomy programmes for students and the public during this month to partner with GAM in creating interest in Astronomy.

Description of Activity

SPACE Foundation proposes a bouquet of GAM and general astronomy programmes to associated schools. Schools conduct events in categories such as Observing events with Global Star Parties and ‘SUNDay’, Virtual online programmes, AstroArts, and competitions. Several students have won prizes in GAM Astropoetry and Astroart competition internationally. Many students contributed stunning photos in Astrophotography. Several schools log in to Virtual telescope observations. SPACE has also initiated awards to schools for maximum participation, most innovative event and most number of events which are given annually.

Started in SPACE schools from 2012, in the last few years SPACE schools have been appreciated for a high level of participation and posting on social media.

Learning Outcomes and Benefits to SchoolsSPACE schools conduct exciting events during GAM to promote participation. Even very young students have joined the online observation programmes. Students build skills in event planning and conduction and learn the science behind each event. Schools use GAM as an opportunity to invite parents, to showcase their clubs.

FOR DETAILS REGARDING GAM 2019 EVENTS and TO REGISTER, PLEASE GO TO ‘CURRENT PROGRAMME TAB


Current Programme

All schools are encouraged to conduct or compete one or more of these astronomy events in April to popularize astronomy in their schools. Schools are requested to register all the events with SPACE a week before the conduction date and send an event report within 3 days of completion of the event so SPACE can publicize the event on GAM and elsewhere.

The compiled report of Global Astronomy Month for the whole month can be sent by 3 rd May 2019. Out of the gamut of activities that AWB proposed this year, SPACE has selected activities under different categories for our client schools.

We encourage schools to conduct one or more activities for their students and send the reports to SPACE. The
reports will be further sent by us to GAM/AWB.

The theme of Global Astronomy Month 2019 is “Spirit of Apollo”.

Completed reports need to be submitted by 3rd May 2019.

Register your planned events here by 20th April 2019:

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Art title/ caption in 30-35 words, your name, class and email address where you can be contacted, and your category.

Category 1: 

The complete list of activities with dates, submission links and guides can be found here:

Don’t forget to share your contribution and experience with us and the world on various social media platforms using various hashtags

Facebook – #GAM2019, #SPACEIndia, #GlobeAtNight, @SPACEIndiaEdu, @astronomerswithoutborders
Instagram – #GAM2019, #SPACEIndia, #GlobeAtNight, @space_india, @astronomerswithoutbordersorg
Twitter – #GAM2019, #SPACEIndia, #GlobeAtNight, @spacian, @awb_org

 

S. No.Activity NameActivity typeDateDescription
1.Globe at Night
(GUIDE)
ObservationApril 1- 5 &
April 25 – 30
An international citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution by measuring the night sky brightness and submitting their observations. Share your contribution and experience with us and the world on various social media platforms using above mentioned hashtags.
2.International
Dark Sky Week
(GUIDE)
ObservationApril 1 – 7Host a star party to introduce the idea of preserving a dark night sky or evaluate your own lighting to make sure that it is dark friendly to raise awareness of how poor- quality lighting creates light pollution. Talk to neighbors or RWA about how to conserve light.
Share your contribution and experience with us and the world on various social media platforms using above mentioned hashtags
3.AstroArts
Contest
(GUIDE)
CompetitionApril 1 – 25Submit the best 5 paintings in each category from each school on any astronomy, night sky, or space-related subject. All entries will be submitted to GAM for the international Astroart competition to be judged by them.
The 4 Categories are:
· Young Children – 7 and under
· Youth – 8-12
· Teen – 13-17
· Adults – 18+How to submit and Contest Rules:
The required fields include :
Art title/ caption in 30-35 words, your name, class and email address where you can be contacted, and your category.
For contest rule and to submit, kindly follow through
the contest rule and submission link listed in
https://www.space-india.com/global-astronomy- month/#current_programme
Submit
Share your contribution and experience with us and the world on various social media platforms using above mentioned hashtags
4.AstroPoetry
Contest
(GUIDE)
CompetitionApril 1 – 25Submit 5 poems in each age category per school, in
word/text format – about any astronomy, night sky, or
space-related subject. All entries will be submitted to
GAM for the international Astropoetry competition and judged by them.
Categories are:
· Children – ages 8-12
· Young adults – ages 13-17
· Adults – ages 18+How to submit:
For contest rule and to submit, kindly follow through
the contest rule and submission link listed in
https://www.space-india.com/global-astronomy-month/#current_programme
Submit Share your contribution and experience with us and the world on various social media platforms using above mentioned hashtags
5.Walking on the
Moon – Online
Observing Event
(GUIDE)
ObservationApril 14

(01:30 am IST)

Through this event Join in to find your own crater,
mountain or sea while flying over our ancient satellite, with live narration through online medium. We promise you an unforgettable event. To watch this event is easy, simply head to the Virtual Telescope WebTV or https://www.facebook.com/SPACEIndiaEdu
Students can see this and can Share their contribution and experience with us and the world on various social media platforms using above mentioned hashtags
6.Global Star
Party
(GUIDE)
ObservationApril 13Global Star Party is the time to come out and observe the evening and night sky with your own telescope or the naked eye. Hold observing parties at your school.

Share the conduction photographs with us and the world on various social media platforms using above mentioned hashtags

7.Opticks (Watch
live on FB)
(GUIDE)
ObservationApril 13
(00:30 IST)
It’s a live Networking performance between the Earth
and the moon, during which images are transmitted to the Moon and back as radio signals in real time. Students can see this image conversion and its live
performance on Facebook and they can Share their contribution and experience with us and the world on various social media platforms using above-mentioned hashtags Watch it live
8.SunDay

(GUIDE)

ObservationApril 21Observe the Sun, our star with various safe methods to appreciate its presence and importance. Host a solar observing the event.
Share your contribution and experience with us and the world on various social media platforms using above mentioned hashtags
9.Cosmic Concert
10th Edition
(GUIDE)
ObservationApril 18
(00:30 IST)
Cosmic Concert 2019 is a collection of compositions
and improvisations conceived as a visual and poetic
exploration of the universe. Giovanni Renzo will
perform his music drawing inspiration from the videos and photos contributed by the people around the world. Share your contribution and experience with us and the world on various social media platforms using above mentioned hashtags.Watch it live here or on Giovanni Renzo on Facebook
10.Sketching the
Moon with
Bettina Forget
(GUIDE)
ObservationApril 28
(20:30 IST)
During the Sketching the Moon workshop, artist
Bettina Forget will share some of her tips and tricks for drawing lunar features. All you need is a pencil and some paper. No talent is required – everyone can draw!Just share your beautiful contribution and experience with us and the world on various social media platforms using above mentioned hashtagsWatch it live here or on Facebook Live
11.How to Create an Apollo 11 Moon Landing Diorama (AstroCraft Project)

(GUIDE)

ActivityApril 1 – 30For paying the tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

In this you can create a diorama which is a great way to showcase the scenes from the three astronauts’ time spent on the moon–a true 3D view!

Join this special 50th anniversary of Moon landing!

Share your beautiful diorama and share your experience with us and the world on various social media platforms using above mentioned hashtags.

Category 2: SPACE RECOMMENDED OTHER ACTIVITIES
S. No.Activity NameDateDescription
1.Yuri’s Night CelebrationApril 12An international celebration held on every April 12 to commemorate
milestones in space exploration. It is named after Yuri Gagarin, the
first human to launch into space on April 12, 1961, in Vostok Capsule.
Write short messages of 100-200 words describing how you are
inspired by Yuri Gagarin.
Post your message on various social media platforms using
various hashtags.
The best messages will be highlighted on our website!
2.Earth Day CelebrationsApril 22Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22. On this day, various events worldwide are held to celebrate the planet’s environment and raise public awareness about pollution.

Celebrate with activities Share your contribution and experience with us and the world on various social media platforms using above mentioned hashtags.
3.Aryabhata: Remembering India’s First Artificial SatelliteApril 19Aryabhata was India’s first satellite, named after the first of the
major mathematician-astronomers from the classical age of Indian
mathematics and Indian astronomy. Aryabhata was launched by India
on 19 April 1975. In this students can participate in model making
the competition of Aryabhata and have an essay competition, quiz,
PPT on the highlights of Aryabhata launch. Share your beautiful diorama and share your experience with us and the world on various social media platforms using above mentioned hashtags.
4.Hubble Telescope achievementsApril 24On April 24, 1990, the space shuttle Discovery lifted off from Earth with the Hubble Space Telescope nestled securely in its bay. Hubble has revealed properties of space and time that for most of human history were only probed in the imaginations of scientists and philosophers alike.

Shortly after Hubble was deployed in 1990, the observatory’s primary mirror was discovered to have a flaw that affected the clarity of the telescope’s early images. Astronauts repaired Hubble in December 1993. Including that trip, there have been five astronaut servicing missions to Hubble. The first servicing mission occurred Dec. 2-13, 1993. Subsequent servicing missions occurred on Feb. 11-21, 1997; Dec.19-27, 1999; March 1-12, 2002; and May 11-24, 2009.

To celebrate the contribution of Hubble Space Telescope, Share your contribution
and experience with us and the world on various social media
platforms using various hashtags.

 Details

ParticularsDescription
RegistrationRegister your planned events here by April 20 

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ReportReport your event within 3 days of conduction. Report can be submitted at

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1O78faGQdrKio0h7U90nFEPSctpmR7l7uAEF_0s9hOpc/edit

Last Date to send the ReportsMay 3rd, 2019
Social MediaAppend SPACE India to your school name while posting (ex. SPACE India – Bal Bharati Public School).
FaceBook: @SPACEIndiaEdu, #SPACEIndia,  #GAM2019
Twitter:  @spacian, #SPACEIndia , @gam_awb, #GAM2019
YouTube: Upload the video and share the link on Facebook and Twitter
Awards Categories (For Schools)1- Maximum Number of Activities Performed
Based on reports submitted for each event conducted or a final report listing all events, NOT based on initial registration.
2- Most Innovative Activity
Based on reports submitted for each event and the month end report with new and innovative ideas.
3- Largest Gathering at a Single Activity
Based on reports submitted. Please include estimates of participation and photos of groups at the event.
Announcement Date of Award WinnersFirst Week of June.

The winning school under the above-mentioned categories will be felicitated at SPACE Annual Meet.

Please send your AstroArt and AstroPoetry submissions by e-mail to the shared mail ID

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Achievements

2018

GAM 2018 Children’s AstroArt Contest Winners:

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GAM 2018 Children’s AstroPoetry Contest Winners:

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SPACE announces winners of GAM 2018 under performance based categories:

Maximum number of activities performed by St. Thomas School, Dwarka, delhi

Most innovative activity by Ryan International School, Vasant Kunj, Delhi

Largest gathering at a single activity by K.R. Mangalam World School, Vikaspuri, Delhi

All participating schools will be given a participation certificate.

Congratulations! to the winners.


2017

GAM 2017 Children’s AstroArt Contest Winners:

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GAM 2017 Children’s AstroPoetry Contest Winners:

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SPACE announces winners of GAM 2017 under performance-based categories:

Maximum Number of Activities performed:
Winner: G.D. Goenka Public School, Sector-9, Rohini, Delhi.
Special Mention: Shri Natesan Vidyasala Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Mannivakkam, Chennai.

Most innovative activity:
Winner: K.R. Mangalam World School, GK-II, Delhi.
Special Mention: Bal Bharati Public School, Pitampura, Delhi.

Largest gathering at a single activity:
Winner: Indraprastha World School, Paschim Vihar, Delhi.
Special Mention: Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, Ludhiana.

All participating schools will be given a participation certificate.

The winning schools under the above mentioned categories will receive a trophy from SPACE at its SPACE Annual Meet of the year.

Congratulations! to the winners.

All winning participants and schools will be felicitated at SPACE Annual Meet of the year.


2016

GAM 2016 Children’s AstroPoetry Contest Winners:

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GAM 2016 Children’s AstroArt Contest Winners:

1- Category: 6 years and under

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2- Category: 7-10 years

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3- Category:11-14 years

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4- Category:15-18 years

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SPACE announces winners of GAM 2016 under performance based categories:

Maximum number of activities performed:
CSE Winner: Indraprastha International School, Sector-10, Dwarka
Club Winner: Bal Bharati Public School, Ganga Ram Hospital Marg

Most innovative activity:
CSE Winner: G.D. Goenka Public School, Sector 9, Rohini
Club Winner: Bal Bharati Public School, Ganga Ram Hospital Marg tied with KIIT World School, Pitampura

Largest gathering at a single activity:
CSE Winner: Indraprastha International School, Sector-10, Dwarka tied with Bal Bharati Public School, Pitampura
Club Winner: Delhi Public School, Greater Faridabad tied with Presidium, Gurgaon

All participating schools will be given a participation certificate.

The winning schools under the above mentioned categories will receive a trophy from SPACE at its SPACE Annual Meet of the year.

Congratulations! to the winners.

All winning participants and schools will be felicitated at SPACE Annual Meet of the year.


2015

SPACE would like to recognise the following school for enthusiastic, large and innovative participation during GAM 2015. All winning schools will be felicitated at SPACE Annual Meet 2015. Congratulations!

GAM WINNERS:

1. Maximum number of events
Indraprastha International School, Dwarka tied with GD Goenka Public School, Sector-9, Rohini
SPACE Club Winners: Delhi Public School, Greater Faridabad
Runner Up: Amity International School, Sector-6, Vasundhara

2. Maximum participants at a single event

Indraprastha World School, Paschim Vihar
SPACE Club Winners: Amity International School, Sector-46, Gurgaon

3. Most innovative event

GD Goenka Public School, Sector-9, Rohini
SPACE Club Winners: Bal Bharati Public School, Ganga Ram Hospital Marg

GAM 2015 ASTROPOETRY WINNERS:
AWB has announced winners for Astropoetry 2015.
We are proud to congratulate SPACE associated students as listed who are among the winners:

Mohd. Ashaz from G.D.Goenka Public School, Sarita Vihar has won Third Place in Children’s Category

Noopur Vats from Bal Bharti Public School, Pitampura has won Honourable Mention in Young Adult Category

GAM Astropoetry 2015 Complete List:
Children’s Category:

First Place – Isabelle Byren, Stockholm, Sweden for “The Moon”
Second Place – Emilia Russell Blom, Stockholm, Sweden for “Stars”
Third Place – Mohd. Ashaz, New Delhi, India
Honorable Mention – Grim Immelsjo , Stockholm, Sweden for “Gravity is a force”

Young Adult Category:
First Place – Julia Theiss, Woodbury, MN, USA for “Nocturne”
Second Place – Francisco José Pinto Pires, Vila Real, Portugal
Third Place – Edgardo X, Fort Worth, Texas
Honourable Mention – Noopur Vats, New Delhi, India

Adult Category:
First Prize – Cristina Ciurez Craiova, Romania for “Origins”
Second Prize – Jennie King, Bailey, CO, USA for “Home”
Third Prize – Annie Gilliland, Arlington, VA, USA for “Nomad”
Honourable Mention – Christina Sng, Singapore for “Life on Titan”

A trophy would be presented to the winners associated with SPACE during the SPACE Annual Meet in November.

All the participating schools will also be given a Letter of Appreciation and their volunteering students will be given a Letter of Participation by SPACE in acknowledgment of their efforts.

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