The 2016 AAS WorldWide Telescope Competition

Want to share astronomy by making a tour, interactive experience, or video using WorldWide Telescope? You should — and then you should enter it in the first American Astronomical Society’s first WorldWide Telescope Competition!

People viewing a planetarium tour created by WWT

The AAS is hosting its first-ever competition for products created using WorldWide Telescope. Since WWT became part of the .NET Foundation and joined the AAS family, we’ve seen it used for some great science communication by authors submitting video abstracts for their research articles, as well as some spectacular examples of interactive web-based experiences and awesome tours introducing people to astronomy concepts. The project would love to see what else people can come up with!

Entries are now being accepted in any of three categories: research, education, or planetariumThere are prizes for the top three entries in each of the three categories, including Amazon gift cards, telescopes, and iPad minis, and there’s an additional prize for the top 2017 solar eclipse entry. There’s also an overall Grand Prize of an advanced goto mount and refractor telescope generously provided by Explore Scientific. In addition, there will be a special prize for the top WWT tour on information or safety on the upcoming 2017 solar eclipse.

The deadline for entry is 5:00 pm on Friday, 16 December 2016. Winners will be notified by 31 December and recognized at the 229th AAS meeting (3–7 January 2017).

Any final questions? Check out the official announcement for the 2016 AAS WorldWide Telescope Competition here. Happy creating!

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