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Cosmoquest: It’s Time for Totality 2017

Press Release From: 365 Days of Astronomy
Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The award winning 365 Days Of Astronomy show is proud to announce it is launching a ninth season. Totality 2017 will be our theme, as we celebrate the path of Totality marching across North America during the solar eclipse on August 21st, 2017.

This total solar eclipse will be of great interest for people around the world, for both its scientific aspects, and for its education and tourism opportunities. 365 DoA will share our community’s knowledge with the public as we engage them in this exciting event next year.

“The first year of this podcast, 2009, was punctuated with a Total Eclipse that passed from India through China,” says executive producer, Pamela Gay. “It is exciting to now jump continents, with an eclipse that will be visible to all of North America.”

Totality 2017 doesn’t mean the show will only talk about the Great American Eclipse. We still have so many others astronomical events to enjoy around the world. Totality 2017 will bring you tastes of the totality of astronomy. From asteroids to exoplanets, and from supernovae to superclusters, this show is here to share exciting breakthroughs from all of space science.

All the stories need to be told, and this is your chance to take part.

The 365 Days of Astronomy show is a community podcast and YouTube channel that relies on a network of dedicated pod- and youtube- casters across the globe who are willing to share their knowledge and experiences in astronomy with the world and it will continue that way. For eight years, we have been delivering daily podcasts discussing various topics in the constantly changing realm of astronomy. The diversity of our content can be seen in all our contributed podcasts on the history of astronomy, the latest news, observing tips, and how the fundamental knowledge in astronomy has changed our paradigms of the world.

365 Days of Astronomy is a legacy project of the International Year of Astronomy. It started with an idea to publish one astronomy audio show a day, everyday of that year. In 2009, the project was awarded the Parsec Award for “The Best Infotainment” podcast. It was also nominated for in 2010-2012 for a Parsec Award in the category “Best Fact Behind the Fiction”. In 2015, 365 Days Of Astronomy received a Silver Communicator Award at an international awards program recognizing big ideas in communications. Sharing knowledge and experience are central to our programs, and we thank all of our contributors and listeners for taking part in this beautiful journey.

“TSE 2016 was my first experience of totality and it was magical! It was also a great opportunity to share astronomy and build awareness, as astronomy is a dynamic subject, which never stops amazing people,” says program director Avivah Yamani. “Everyone can join – not only those who works in this field. Many people can contribute in astronomy as hobbyists or even as armchair astronomers. The good thing in astronomy is, we can inspire and engage people from a very young age to enjoy science.”

For this upcoming year, we seek to add more voices and more content to our community. Your voice can be heard alongside our regular series, including among others: Astronomy Cast, Cheap Astronomy, Awesome Astronomy, Ask A Spaceman, Observing with Webb, Realspace, Cosmic Perspective, The Weekly Space Hangout, Space Scoop, Q&A, Astro et al, and Traveler in the Night.

We are now open for audio submissions that address the science, science fiction and cultural stories of astronomy. We’re currently looking for content that is anywhere from 5 – 60 minutes, which will be aired on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. As for Monday and Friday, we will continue to air audio podcasts from CosmoQuest and their partners’ Google+ hangouts. We’ll also post the matching video submissions on our YouTube Channel.

The podcast’s Audio Producer, Richard Drumm, says “It’s really easy to submit a program. You can record the audio on your smartphone if you don’t have any fancy audio gear. There are a number of free apps that can record audio files from your phone’s microphone. Write your script and find a quiet room to record in and you’re a podcaster! It’s really that easy.”

The Total Solar Eclipse is the big story of 2017, but there’s a universe filled with cool new stories, so this is your chance to make an impact and become a science communicator.

The 365 Days Of Astronomy show has been downloaded more than 10 million times and has included podcasters from 6 continents and countless countries. As we will once again start a new year, we need your support to be a success.

The podcast team invites people and organizations to sponsor shows by donating to support one day of the podcast. It costs us about $66 per episode. For $800, you can sponsor one day a month for the entire year. Each day (or set of days) comes with a chance to get your message to the audience included at the beginning and end of the episode. Don’t have that much to give? Other sponsorship levels are available, and start as low as $20. These donations are essential to cover the price for editing, posting, and hosting our content.

The 365 Days of Astronomy podcast is heard by 5,000 listeners per day. The show is directed by Avivah Yamani with audio production by Richard Drumm. It is part of the CosmoQuest virtual research facility, which invites you to learn and do science at cosmoquest.org 

For more information please visit:

email: info@365daysofastronomy.org  
365 Days of Astronomy: http://cosmoquest.org/x/365daysofastronomy/ 
Astrosphere New Media: http://www.astrosphere.org/ 
Join in as podcaster: http://cosmoquest.org/x/365daysofastronomy/join-in/ 
Donate to our media program : http://cosmoquest.org/x/365daysofastronomy/donate/ 

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