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Astronomers Without Borders Lecture - Astronomer Mike Simmons

"Yosemite Winter Night" by Wally Pacholka/Astropics.com

Time: Saturday, January 19, 2013 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Event Type: Public Program

Location: William M. Allen Theater

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 (AWB), 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.

In conjunction with the Seattle Astronomical Society, the Museum of Flight has invited Mike Simmons, the Founder and President of AWB, to speak at the Museum. Mike Simmons’ presentation takes us on a journey of discovery, observing the Universe from vantage points around the globe through AWB programs. Through his travels to countries like Iran, Iraq, China, and many more – and now through AWB – Simmons has introduced Americans to others around the world, giving them new understanding through the broader perspective that astronomy provides.

Mike Simmons founded AWB in 2007. He has been active in astronomy outreach for 40 years at such places as Mount Wilson Observatory and Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. He is also a writer and photographer, and is currently a Contributing Editor for Sky and Telescope magazine. During the International Year of Astronomy 2009 he organized the largest worldwide 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.

For more information, click on http://astronomerswithoutborders.org/

This program is included with admission to the Museum and is free for members.