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Welcome to JPL's Amateur Astronomy page, linking enthusiasts with JPL resources.
 An artist's rendition of the flyby spacecraft releasing the impactor
Celestial Fireworks in July 2005
NASA is enlisting assistance from amateur astronomers during the Deep Impact mission's encounter with comet Tempel 1 on July 4, 2005, when an impacting projectile will collide with the comet's surface and form a deep crater. In conjunction with planned imaging by the mission, scientists want to use observations taken before and after impact by professional observatories, students and amateurs to provide context for the data taken by the impactor and flyby spacecraft.
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Night Sky Network
With member clubs in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, this nationwide coalition of amateur astronomy clubs brings the science, technology and inspiration of NASA's missions to the public. Members share time and telescopes, as well as unique hands-on activities developed especially for amateurs. The network, founded by JPL's PlanetQuest program, provides unique astronomy experiences at science museums, observatories, classrooms and under the real night sky.
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Saturn Observation Campaign
The Saturn Observation Campaign, sponsored by NASA's Cassini mission, gives sky enthusiasts of all abilities the opportunity to share the splendor of Saturn with their local communities around the world. Campaign participants receive a variety of program elements to help plan events using telescopes and data from the Cassini mission to engage the public in the excitement of astronomy.
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 cartoon drawing of JPL's Dr. Marc Rayman
NASA Space Place Program for Astronomy Clubs
Astronomy clubs can sign up with NASA's Space Place program to receive monthly feature articles giving the inside story on specific NASA missions. Topics for these articles, which may be published in the clubs' printed or online newsletters, are selected to be of particular interest to this audience.
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 eclipsed Sun over the ocean
Solar System Ambassadors
NASA's volunteer Solar System Ambassadors are space enthusiasts from various walks of life who are interested in communicating the excitement of space exploration missions and events to people in their local communities. Located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, ambassadors sponsor events like star parties, observation programs and more. Visit their site to find out what is happening in your local area.
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