Astronomy magazine will present its 2010 Out-of-this-world Award to a club or organization that has shown excellence in astronomy outreach activities. The $2,500 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’s editors will review each entry and select a winner.
The 2009 award went to the Amateur Observers’ Society of New York, which distinguished itself with the breadth of its “Reach for the Universe” programs. These provide fun and educational astronomical activities for anyone to enjoy.
The 2008 award went to the Cincinnati Observatory Center in Ohio, which set itself apart by giving away forty 8-inch Dobsonian telescopes to local science teachers and high-school students in its “40 Telescopes” program.
A full list of rules and the entry form for Astronomy's 2010 Out-of-this-world Award are available for download at www.Astronomy.com/award.
Astronomy promotes the science and hobby of astronomy through high-quality publications that engage, inform, entertain, and inspire. The magazine also strives to empower local astronomy organizations that help bring celestial wonders to their communities.