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 the observations, Astronomy art contest and Astro poetry contest, A 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 programs 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 programs to associated schools. Schools conduct events in categories such as Observing events with Global Star Parties and ‘Sunday’, Virtual online programs, Astroart, and Astropoetry contest. Several students in the past have won prizes in GAM Astropoetry and Astroart competition Internationally. Many students contributed stunning clicked pictures for Astrophotography. Several schools have been logging in for the Virtual telescope observations. SPACE have been initiating awards to schools annually for different categories like Maximum Number of Activities, Most Innovative Activity and Largest Gathering at a single activity.

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

Learning Outcomes and Benefits to Schools SPACE schools have been conducting exciting events during GAM to promote participation. Even very young students have joined the online observation programs. 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 detail reading of GAM 2020 EVENTS and TO REGISTER, please go to ‘CURRENT PROGRAMME TAB


Current Programme

All schools are encouraged to conduct or complete 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 prior to the conduction date and submit an event report within 3 days of completion of the event so that SPACE can publicize the event on GAM and elsewhere.

The compiled report of Global Astronomy Month for the whole month should be submitted by 3rd May 2020. Out of the gamut of activities proposed this year, SPACE has selected activities under different categories for our associated schools.

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

Complete compiled report needs to be submitted by 3rd May 2020.

Register your planned events here by 20th April 2020.

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The complete list of activities with dates, submission links and guides can be found below.

S.No. Activity Name Activity Type       Date       Description
1 Globe at Night Observation April 1- 6 & April 14 – 23 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 various hashtags.
Report your observations by filling the online form on https://www.globeatnight.org/webapp/ and mention the confirmation mail received from the Globe at night in the report.
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2 International Dark Sky Week Observation April 19 – 26 Host a star party at your place 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 neighbours about how to conserve light.Share your contribution and experience with us and the world on various social media platforms using various hashtags.
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3 AstroArts Contest Competition April 1 – 20 Submit the best paintings in each category from each school on any astronomy, night sky, or space-related subject.
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

Share your contribution and experience with us and the world on various social media platforms using various hashtags.
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4 AstroPoetry Contest Competition April 1 – 20 Submit the best poems in each age category per school, in word/text format – about any astronomy, night sky, or space-related subject.
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

Share your contribution and experience with us and the world on various social media platforms using various hashtags.
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5 Global Star Party Observation April 4 & April 23 Global Star Party is the time to come out and observe the evening and night sky with your own telescope or naked eye.
Post: Post conduction images and descriptions on any various social media platforms using various hashtags.
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6 Sunday Observation April 19 & April 26 Observe the Sun, our star with various safe methods to appreciate its presence and importance. Host a solar observing event.
Share your contribution and experience with us and the world on various social media platforms using various hashtags.
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7 Capturing the Supermoon Observation April 8 This April full moon showcases the biggest and closest full moon of 2020. That’s because, in the year 2020, this April full moon is the one that most closely aligns with lunar perigee – the moon’s closest point to Earth in its monthly obit – than any other full moon in the year 2020.

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8 Yuri’s Night Celebration Celebration April 12 An international celebration is held on every April 12th to commemorate milestones in space exploration. It is named after Yuri Gagarin, the first human to launch into space on April 12th, 1961 in Vostok Capsule.
Draw to celebrate the first human in Space.
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9 Earth Day Celebrations Celebration April 22 Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22nd. On this day, various events worldwide are held to celebrate the planet’s environment and raise public awareness about pollution.
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10 Aryabhata: Remembering India’s First Artificial Satellite Celebration April 19 Aryabhata 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 a model making competition of Aryabhata and have an essay competition, quiz, PPT on the highlights of Aryabhata launch. Share your contribution and experience with us and the world on various social media platforms using various hashtags..
11 Venus meets the Pleiades Online April 3 This April, after 8 years, planet Venus will shine among the stars of the Pleiades, one of the most beautiful star clusters out there. It will be a superb show and, of course, the Virtual Telescope will share the Venus-Pleiades conjunction live, online.
Join GianlucaMasi, Ph.D. of the Virtual Telescope project as he will offer a live feed covering this cosmic event, bringing the beauty of the sky to you, at home. To watch this event is easy, simply head to the Virtual Telescope’s WebTV. Share your experience on various social media platforms in the form of a post and tag.
12 Cosmic Concert Online APRIL 29, (12:30 AM IST) Live with Italian pianist and composer Giovanni Renzo on April 28, 19:00 UTC. Join Giovanni Renzo live on Facebook and YouTube.
13 Imagining Black Holes Through Art – AstroCraft Online April 1 – 25 Draw using the steps given in the guide. Share your contribution and experience with us and the world on various social media platforms using various hashtags.

Share your contribution and experience with us and the world on various social media platforms using various hashtags.

Facebook – #GAM2020, #SPACEIndia, SPACEIndiaEdu,@(@awb_org)
Instagram– #GAM2020, #SPACEIndia, @space_india, @(@awb_org)
Twitter – #GAM2020, #SPACEIndia, @spacian, @(@awb_org)

Details

Particulars. Description
Registration Register your events starting 30th March and by 20th April
Report Submit the report with in 3 days of conduction date
Last Date to send the Reports May 3rd, 2020
Awards Categories (For Schools) Append SPACE India to your school name while posting (ex. SPACE India – BalBharati Public School, Location, city).
FaceBook: @SpaceIndiaEdu, #SPACEIndia, #GAM2020
Twitter: @Spacian, #SPACEIndia , @gam_awb, #GAM2020
YouTube: Upload the video and share the link on Facebook and Twitter
Announcement Date of
Award Winners
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.
Certificates The first week of June
All the winning individuals and institutions with the complete report will receive an appreciation certificate

Good luck for the events!


Reports

Use This Format To Report One Or Multiple Events After All Conductions Have Completed. All Reports Must Be Submitted By May 3rd, 2020 To Be Considered For An Award.
REPORT FORMAT
Institution Name:
Institution Address:
Coordinator Name:
Coordinator Email:
List All Events Conducted (Increase Number Of Rows If Needed)

Event Names Date Location Estimated Participation

I. Most Innovative Event
List The Event You Want To Enter For This Award. This Should NOT Be An Event Suggested By Us.

Event Name:
Short Description Of Event:
100 – 300 Words Description Of The Event Describing How It Was Innovative.

Photos (4- 6 For This Event)

II. BRIEF DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL OTHER EVENTS CONDUCTED

EVENT NAME:
SHORT DESCRIPTION OF EVENT:
100 – 300 Words Description Of The Event Including The Number Of People, Location, Description, Any Special
Guests Such As Principal, Media Or Social Network Coverage, Etc.
PHOTOS (2 Per Event)

Please Note: Competitions Such As Astropoetry And Astro Art Can Be Listed As Events, But Please Do Not Submit These As Photos, Unless You Are Submitting For A Conduction Of The Competition.

PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR REPORT

Achievements

2019

GAM 2019 Children’s AstroArt Contest Winners:

GAM 2019 Children’s AstroPoetry Contest Winners:
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SPACE announces winners of GAM 2019 under performance-based categories:

Maximum number of activities performed

Winner – GD Goenka Public School, Gurugram.

1st Runner up – K.R.Mangalam World, Vikas Puri

2nd Runner up – Sri Venkateshwar International School, Dwarka.

Most innovative activity

Winner – Bal Bharati Public School, Pitam Pura

1st Runner Up – K.R.Managalam, Vikas puri

2nd Runner up – JBM School, Noida.

Largest gathering at a single activity

Winner – GD Goenka Public School, Gurugram.

1st Runner up – Sri Venkateshwar International School, Dwarka.

2nd Runner up – Bal Bharati Public School, Pitam Pura

Special mention

Winner – Bal Bharati Public School, Ganga Ram Hospital Marg.

1st Runner Up – SPACE Chennai team

Congratulations! to the winners.


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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