2013 SAS Banquet

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Open to Public

Type: Banquet

Held on: Jan 19, 2013 (Sat) at 05:00 PM to Jan 19, 2013 (Sat) at 09:00 PM

Speaker: Mike Simmons

Location: 47.680880, -122.341411

Event Coordinator: Denis G. Janky

Mike Simmons is the founder and president of Astronomers Without Borders. Mike frequently travels to countries off the beaten path, such as his December 2012 trip to Iran for a national star party. In IYA (International Year of Astronomy) 2009, Mike organized the 100 Hours of Astronomy Cornerstone Project that attracted several million participants during the four day event. 


Latitude 47.68088, Longitude -122.341411

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Mike has been involved in astronomy outreach for 40 years, including Mount Wilson Observatory and Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. Mike is a Contributing Editor at Sky and Telescope magazine. He has received the Clifford W. Holmes Award for a “Major contribution to popularizing astronomy”, and the prestigious G. Bruce Blair Award of the Western Amateur Astronomers for “Outstanding contributions to amateur astronomy”.

Astronomers Without Borders (AWB) is a non-profit organization that connects people worldwide through a common interest in astronomy. Since the founding of AWB in 2007, it has become the largest international organization connecting amateur astronomers and other space enthusiasts. The signature program of AWB, Global Astronomy Month, held in April, is the world’s largest annual celebration of astronomy, with events in more that 140 countries. AWB programs continue to grow and broaden in scope, with programs for astronomy in the arts, astronomy for the sight disabled, education in developing countries, and other innovative programs that bring artists, educators, and other enthusiasts together with astronomers.

Mike will present images of astronomy from around the world that will illustrate the international events leading to the founding of AWB, as well as some of the most intriguing programs and plans for the future.