Founder of international organization tells how astronomy connects people around the world


SEATTLE, Jan. 4, 2013--A Jan. 19 presentation at The Museum of Flight looks at how the cosmos speaks a universal language to people around the globe. The guest speaker is astronomer Mike Simmons, founder and president of Astronomers Without Borders, an organization he formed in 2007 to bring all people together through humanity's timeless interest in the heavens. Simmons' presentation will take viewers on a journey of discovery, observing the universe from vantage points around the globe. Simmons has been involved in multicultural astronomy outreach programs for more than 40 years. The 2 p.m. program is free with admission to the Museum, and is presented in conjunction with the Seattle Astronomical Society.

Mike Simmons founded AWB in 2007. He has been active in astronomy outreach for 40 years at many locations around the world, and institutions including California's Mount Wilson Observatory and the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. He is also a writer and photographer, and Contributing Editor for Sky and Telescope magazine. During the International Year of Astronomy 2009, he organized the largest worldwide astronomy event of the year. He has earned multiple awards for his contributions to astronomy outreach and education, including having Minor Planet Simmons named in his honor in 2003.

Regarding Astronomy Without Borders, Simmons says, "Astronomy has been a part of every culture throughout recorded history. The perspective it provides reveals the true nature of our home planet as it travels through space. When we view the heavens from different places on Earth - looking out different 'windows' from around the globe - we see that we all share the same sky. This is the basis for Astronomers Without Borders, an organization that connects people around the world through a universal interest in astronomy.  With the slogan 'One People, One Sky,' Astronomers Without Borders' programs bring people together in borderless programs."   

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