Astronomers Without Borders founder to speak in Seattle

Space and astronomy buffs in the Seattle area will have two opportunities to hear the founder and president of Astronomers Without Borders speak on Saturday, January 19. Mike Simmons will give a 2 p.m. lecture at the Museum of Flight, followed by a keynote address that evening at the annual banquet of the Seattle Astronomical Society.

Mike Simmons

Mike Simmons, founder and president of Astronomers Without Borders, has two speaking engagements in Seattle on Jan. 19.

For the museum talk Simmons will will describe how astronomy shows us our place in the universe, and how observing the night sky around the Earth demonstrates that we are “One People, One Sky.” He’ll also discuss how the programs of Astronomers Without Borders (AWB) connect its community from locations worldwide. His planned presentation for Seattle Astronomical Society (SAS) is titled “One People, One Sky: Fostering Cross-Cultural Collaboration ­Through the Universal Appeal of Astronomy.” In this talk Simmons will focus on AWB programs that amateur astronomers can participate in along with others in the AWB global community.

We were fortunate enough to hear a presentation by Simmons at the annual meeting of the Astronomical League last summer. He’s an enthusiastic and compelling speaker.

The talk at the Museum of Flight is free with admission to the museum. The SAS banquet gets under way with a no-host bar at 5 p.m. January 19 at Rock Salt Restaurant on Lake Union. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. with Simmons’ talk and various presentations to follow. Cost of the banquet is $36 for SAS members and guests, $41 for non-members. But why not join? Annual dues are just $25 and support the society’s education and outreach efforts. Banquet signup is here, and membership registration is here.

Seattle Astronomy plans to attend both events. We’ll report back if you can’t make it!