Global Astronomy Month kicked off under one people, one sky slogan
Global Astronomy Month kicked off to continues the unprecedented events of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009).
According to Astronomers without Borders, IYA2009's 100 Hours of Astronomy showed what the astronomy community can do working together. Global Astronomy Month is Astronomers Without Borders' response, bringing new ideas, new opportunities and again bringing enthusiasts together worldwide, celebrating One People, One Sky.
Thirty nights of star peace is a global project inspired by the idea of sharing the starry-night experience among neighboring astronomy groups across national borders, one segment of the globe at a time, on successive nights during the month of April.
Using geographical longitude as a reference, the earth is divided into ten equal segments, each one spanning 36 degrees of longitude. Countries located in each of these 10 segments will have a period of three days to participate in the 30 Nights of StarPeace project.
The project kicked off on April 1 in Alaska. It is going to be in Armenia on April 19-21, including in the same group Russia, East Ukraine, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, West Kazakhstan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Oman, Emirates, West Pakistan, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar.