2016 Astronomers Without Borders Giveaway
Astronomers Without Borders
On September 1, 2016, an annular eclipse graced the skies of central Africa. Astronomers Without Borders sent close to 30,000 eclipse viewing glasses to students in Rwanda, Ghana, São Tome and Príncipe, Tanzania, Gabon, Nigeria, Uganda and Zambia. This was all made possible by the generous donations of the AWB community and donated glasses from groups such as American Paper Optics.
About Astronomers Without Borders:
We all share the same sky, and Astronomers Without Borders brings the world together to share our passion of astronomy and the wonders of the Universe. Observing projects bring people together to share their activities with each other. Support projects allow those in developed countries to share with others, making it possible for everyone to enjoy the wonders of the night sky.
Online programs bring everyone together live for remote observing. And in the process of looking outward together, we learn about each other and create lasting bonds, regardless of country or culture. It is this bond between people that Astronomers Without Borders hopes to foster. A brief message or the gift of a small telescope can grow into lasting bonds, goodwill and friendships that reach around the world. Understanding replaces ignorance and suspicion. Media images are superceded by the faces of real people. Relationships, support and personal connections supplant stereotypes.