Astronomers without Borders – One People, One Sky


Boundaries vanish when we look skyward
We all share the same sky

The star-filled night fascinates us all. People have gazed upward at it in wonder and awe for thousands of years. Regardless of earthly differences in culture, nationality or religion, the heavens are a common meeting ground for all of Earth’s inhabitants. The boundaries we place between us vanish when we look skyward. Whoever, whatever or wherever we are, we all share the same sky.

Sharing is an integral part of appreciating the cosmos. Amateur astronomers regularly take their telescopes to public sites and invite others to join them in their exploration of the skies. The veterans relive the thrill of discovery alongside these new space explorers. This passion to share the night sky crosses international borders and cultures as well.

The heavens transcend political, ethnic and religious differences. The tensions of everyday life seem to drain away before the wonder and enormity of the skies, and those standing in darkness with heads turned upward never ask people beside them about their origins or beliefs. In that moment, differences are forgotten and we are one beneath the sky we share.

It is this bond between people that Astronomers Without Borders hopes to foster. A brief message or the gift of a small telescope can grow into lasting bonds, goodwill and friendships that reach around the world. Understanding replaces ignorance and suspicion. Media images are superceded by the faces of real people. Relationships, support and personal connections supplant stereotypes.

Astronomers Without Borders is people meeting among the heavens. It is only natural to do so. After all, we all share the same sky.
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My special thanks to Thilina Heenatigala and Prasanna Deshapriya of the IYA2009 Sri Lanka.


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Informazioni su Umberto Genovese

Autodidatta in tutto - o quasi, e curioso di tutto - o quasi. L'astronomia è una delle sue più grandi passioni. Purtroppo una malattia invalidante che lo ha colpito da adulto limita i suoi propositi ma non frena il suo spirito e la sua curiosità. Ha creato il Blog Il Poliedrico nel 2010 e successivamente il Progetto Drake (un polo di aggregazione di informazioni, articoli e link sulla celebre equazione di Frank Drake e proposto al l 4° Congresso IAA (International Academy of Astronautics) “Cercando tracce di vita nell’Universo” (2012, San Marino)) e collabora saltuariamente con varie riviste di astronomia. Definisce sé stesso "Cercatore".

4 risposte a Astronomers without Borders – One People, One Sky

  1. "One People, One Sky"… thank you so much for posting this Sabrina, I will share it with the Astronomers Without Borders members!

    kisses and hugs for you…

    • Sabrina dice:

      Yes, one people, one sky!!! WOW!! Tomorrow I will post an article dedicated to Global Astronomy Month! 🙂
      Thank you Thilina, a big hug and kisses to you!!

  2. Desh dice:

    A great post Sabrina ! Creative writing!

    Hope you're doing fine as well !!

    Cheers !!

    • Sabrina dice:

      We are working together, Desh. I am really happy for that!
      I hope good news will arrive soon. Anyway, Facebook is a fantastic way to stay in contact and work together. One people, one sky, one astronomy!
      Stay well. Big hug to you, Desh!!!