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Mental Health by Starlight

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If you’re feeling stressed or depressed, look up at the night sky. It could be relaxing and a relief from the pressures of daily life. The International Astronomical Union’s Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) is researching a connection between astronomy and mental health.  We are creatures of nature, and turning our interests to nature […]

GLAS’ 2022 Moonlight Fundraiser

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“Oh, the moon has a face and it shines on the lake …” Warren Zevon About 80 GLAS Education supporters and friends boarded Lake Geneva Cruise Line’s Belle of the Lake for a three-hour Moonlight Cruise of Geneva Lake with guided tours of the night sky and constellations on Oct. 1. The cruise promoted GLAS […]

A Fitting Citizen Science Conjunction

The conjunction of two citizen science campaigns this February provides food for thought in our community. First, from February 3–12, comes the monthly Globe at Night project — an initiative that makes gathering sky quality and light pollution data an activity in which you can participate. The premise is simple: go out after dark, let […]

The Christmas Star Drive-In Party

Leave it to Wisconsin weather to ruin a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event. But that did not deter GLAS Education from holding a star party in Duck Creek Recreation Area, Fontana, starting 5:30 p.m. Dec. 21 to mark the closest conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in more than 800 years. A similar conjunction is also believed by […]

LENSS Deployment Event

The third time was a charm as Kate Meredith, GLAS Education president and director, launched the test run of GLAS’ first light pollution sensor on Nov 17. The event had been postponed twice, first due to COVID and then due to foul weather. The sensor was built by students, interns and staff of GLAS Education […]

Clear Skies for the Equinox

Fall weather for the Equinox Star Party on Sept 25 at Lake Geneva’s Library Park was near perfect. The air was warm and a steady lake breeze kept the mosquitoes at bay. The sky was free of clouds and, although urban glare over Geneva Lake blotted out some of the stars, the moon, Jupiter and […]

Perseids Star Party a Hit!

More than 100 visitors from the Chicago, Madison and Milwaukee areas showed up for the “Perseid Meteor Shower” Star Party at White River County Park near Lake Geneva from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 12. Nine students and volunteers from GLAS Education set up a meteor viewing area in the park along the banks of […]

GLAS Receives National Award

GLAS Education recently received national recognition for their innovative work and advocacy for equal access for people with blindness and low vision who are interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) chose GLAS Education to receive the 2020 Bolotin Award.  This award, named for Jacob Bolotin, […]

Virtual Planetarium Shows

Join us on YouTube every Friday at 8pm Central for a live virtual planetarium and astronomy-themed show! Adam McCulloch, planetarium specialist at GLAS, and Katya Gozman, recent UChicago Astrophysics grad, talk about galaxies, Yerkes history, backyard astronomy, and many, many more various topics relating to astronomy, astrophysics, and celestial history. Some weeks also include special […]

McQuown Scholars All Sky Survey

This summer a group of McQuown Scholars will embark upon a large project to survey the night sky using the Stone Edge Observatory! Utilizing the remote observing during this time of social distancing allows students to work on this group project safely from their homes. The goal of the project is to image as much […]

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