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Paper: Astronomers Without Borders: An IYA2009 Organizational Node Dedicated to Connecting Groups Worldwide
Volume: 400, Preparing for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy: A Hands-on Symposium
Page: 358
Authors: Simmons, M.
Abstract: Astronomers Without Borders (AWB) is a new global organization and IYA2009 Organizational Node dedicated to furthering understanding and goodwill across national and cultural boundaries using the universal appeal of astronomy. The AWB network of Affiliates will bring together up to 1000 astronomy clubs, magazines and other organizations involved in astronomy. IYA2009 projects include The World at Night, a Special IYA2009 Project, and coordination of the 100 Hours of Astronomy Global Cornerstone Project. Sharing Telescopes and Resources (STAR) gathers surplus and new equipment in developed countries and donates them to clubs in undeveloped countries, with follow-up programs meant to ensure the best use of the equipment. The AWB website will serve as the basis for all programs including forums, galleries, video conferences and other relationship-building activities. AWB will continue and grow for many years beyond the end of IYA2009.
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