May 1, 2008
In 2008, Astronomy
magazine will present its annual $2,500 award to a club or organization that has shown excellence in astronomy outreach activities. The Out-of-this-world Award focuses on ongoing programs — not one specific event — by an educational or civic organization. The award will recognize a group's sustained efforts to involve its local community in the science and hobby of astronomy. The prize money is to be used for future astronomy outreach activities. Astronomy
editors will review each entry and select a winner.
The 2007 award went to the Aldrich Astronomical Society in Winchendon, Massachusetts. The club used its winnings to purchase equipment and books, and develop demonstration tool kits.
The entry form for Astronomy
's 2008 Out-of-this-world Award is available for download here
Applications and material must be postmarked by July 18, 2008
. The winner will be announced in October.