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The GLOBE Program and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) would like to acknowledge: NASA, NSF, and the U.S. Department of State for their financial and in-kind support of GLOBE at Night activities as well as UCAR Education and Outreach and Windows to the Universe for their help in developing the GLOBE at Night Web site and learning activities, ESRI for their support of GLOBE at Night data collection and visualization, and Centro de Apoyo a la Didáctica de la Astronomía (CADIAS) and the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) for their help in promoting GLOBE at Night around the world.

GLOBE at Night Sponsors

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The National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) consists of Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, AZ; Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory near La Serena, Chile, and the NOAO System Science Center. NOAO's purpose is to provide the best ground-based astronomical telescopes to the nation's astronomers, to help advance all aspects of US astronomy and to promote public understanding and support of science. Toward the latter point, the NOAO Education and Public Outreach (EPO) Program was established to make the science and scientists of NOAO more accessible to the K-12 and college-level communities. Learn more about the programs of NOAO EPO by visiting NOAO is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA), under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.


CADIAS (the "Centro de Apoyo a la Didáctica de la Astronomía") is an Astronomy Teaching Support Center located in La Serena, Chile. It is under the support of the University of La Serena, the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), Gemini Observatory, and the Euporean Southern Observatory. CADIAS supports teacher training in astronomy, a pedagogical support library, an astronomy network magazine, use of a portable planetarium in schools, star parties for students, research into archaeoastronomy, astronomy conferences for educators, videoconferences with the U.S. on astronomy for teachers and students, a teacher exchange program with the U.S., and a program to preserve dark skies. Learn more about CADIAS by visiting

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IDA (the "International Dark-Sky Association") strives to preserve and protect the nighttime environment and our heritage of dark skies through quality outdoor lighting. Through educational materials and programs, IDA raises awareness about light pollution, its adverse effects, and its solutions. Learn more about IDA by visiting

Past GLOBE at Night Sponsors

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GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based education and science program. For more information about the GLOBE Program, visit or email The GLOBE Program is managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and Colorado State University with support from NASA, NSF and the U.S. Department of State.

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ESRI logo ESRI makes geographic information system (GIS) software and instructional materials. Thousands of schools around the world use ArcGIS, ArcView, ArcVoyager, or ArcExplorer-Java Edition for Education on Windows and Macintosh computers, to explore and analyze data from local to global level, even over the Internet. Teachers in science, social studies, math, and language arts, and students from elementary through college, use GIS to view data and solve problems. Students develop critical thinking and career skills while tackling school work or community service projects.  Schools can start with free materials, and add capacity for very low cost. Administrators can do demographic planning, bus routing, or facilities management. Learn more about the use of GIS in schools at

UCAR Education and Outreach The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is a nonprofit corporation formed in 1959 by research institutions with doctoral programs in the atmospheric and related sciences.  UCAR manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research that supports research on atmospheric, ocean, and Earth science, and the impacts of climate and weather on societies everywhere. UCAR Office of Education and Outreach (EO) is the institution’s point of contact for education and outreach information, resources, and dissemination. It collaborates with scientists and educational programs and organizations, locally, nationally, and internationally to serve the UCAR community of academic member and affiliate institutions, the general public, and pre-K through graduate students and teachers. Learn more about the programs at EO by visiting

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Windows to the Universe is a user-friendly learning system covering the Earth and Space sciences for use by the general public. Windows to the Universe has been in development since 1995. Our goal is to build an internet site that includes a rich array of documents, including images, movies, animations, and data sets, that explore the Earth and Space sciences and the historical and cultural ties between science, exploration, and the human experience. Learn more about Windows to the Universe by visiting

Web site design by Marianne Weingroff and Kirsten K. Meymaris, Web site implementation by Kirsten K. Meymaris.

Earth at Night imagery is used with permission from UNAVCO with the use of the UNAVCO's Jules Map Server ( The original imagery was created with data from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Operational Linescan System Image taken from NASA’s Earth Observation. (Visit NASA's Visible Earth)

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