AAS Day 2: Google Sky, Google Earth, and the International Year of Astronomy

I have been trying to find the time to learn how to use Google Sky for astronomy outreach for the last year. My time is limited, and I have to admit that my early attempts were met with very ugly implementations, and I’ve been dieing to see what others are doing and (more importantly) to learn how they are doing it. Today, Google is sponsoring workshop in the IYA meeting-within-a-meeting at the AAS meeting. The first thing I learned is Google actually has folks assigned to nurture non-profits to help them plug in. http://www.google.com/educators/geo . They have help, tutorials, ideas and more pre-prepared to help us build our content into virtual worlds. Their latest and greatet includes: weather, sunlight skins, 3D Buildinsg/SketchUp, a Swoop feature that...

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AAS Day 2: Making Wishes come True

Earlier today I was giving a presentation on the IYA new media plans for next year. At one point, on behalf of the wonderful Adrienne Gauthier, I was talking about our plans (funding pending) for IYA in Second Life. After I said that “pending funding” sentence, Kris Koenig of Interstellar Studios raised his hand and said, “I’ll take care of it.” I was so confused by what he said that I looked at my overhead to see what I had written. He repeated himself and others in the audience clarified “He’s buying your team the IYA island,” and I, well, I had a giggly-thank you-“oh wow that’s wonderful” moment at the front of the room. I can now proudly state that 400 Years of the Telescope Partnership will be...

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AAS Day 2: Bring It On

Nancy Atkinson and I determined that yesterday we lived a life time. Press conferences, public talks, the exhibit hall, the oral sessions, the plenary sessions – It all swept over us and through our fingers as we blogged and recorded and brought to life everything that was around us. Our Ustreaming seems to be working (more or less) well. Today will be a rinse and repeat. Press Conferences here. TV Show hosted by Ustream New Media Round Table Broadcast powered by Ustream.TV Today I’m hoping to be able to write more and bring it to you here and at Astronomy Cast Live. Tonight, we’ll be meeting up with anyone who is interested at Kitchen K, starting at 7pm. We hope to see you...

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Me, You, UStream and Astronomy Cast Live

So, I seemingly dropped off the planet this week prepping for next week’s AAS/ASP/IYA meeting in St Louis, MO. Sadly, Fraser had something come up and won’t be able to make it, but Phil, Chris, and Universe Today writer Nancy Atkinson will be taking the meeting by storm. Here is a plan of events. All will be going up on Astronomy Cast Live! Saturday, Noon to 4pm: AstroZone Can’t come? Join us on UStream! We will be UStreaming various events. I’ll announce everything when we go live on my twitter account (see box at right) Sunday, 1:45-5:15: A User’s Guide for Plugging into the New Media Community for IYA Monday, (9:30, 11:30) Press Conferences (I’ll try to have someone stream over UStream all press conferences so you can ask...

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Astronomy Cast / Bad Astronomy / Galaxy Zoo / Blogger meetup in St Louis

Following the success of our meeting in Austin back in January, we’re planning another meetup to coincide with the St Louis AAS meeting next week. If you’re nearby, you’ll find Phil, me, Chris , Michael and a host of other astronomical types in the K-Kitchen bar from 7pm on Tuesday June 3. Come. Chat. Drink. Astronomise. Be there and/or be square

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