365 Days of Astronomy needs your help!

By Phil Plait | August 16, 2011 11:59 am

I’ve written about the terrific award-winning podcast 365 Days of Astronomy before: it’s a user-driven podcast, where listeners themselves record the episodes. It’s a great idea, and up until recently has been doing really well, with daily updates of personal stories of astronomy and science.

And now it needs your help. My friend, astronomer Pamela Gay, is the driving force behind 365 DoA and has just written a post on her blog saying that the podcast is in desperate need of submissions and funding. She has the details there.

Please go take a look, and if you’re able, you can donate to support the podcast via Astrosphere, and sign up to create your own entry.

365 DoA is a great venue to not only educate people about astronomy, but to get them personally involved. I strongly support their efforts, and I hope you will too.


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Comments (14)

  1. I wish I could help but I don’t have any funds to spare or really have a topic ready to talk about plus I have the voice more suitable for writing.

  2. I’m a podcaster that covers some science topics, maybe I can do some interviews with astronomy-related folks and submit them for ‘365 Days’ episodes?

  3. Well, I’ve been writing songs about space travel and about being an astronaut. I suppose I could record 6-8 minutes about why I do that. That’s about all I’ve got. I don’t know if it would be considered that appropriate enough for the show, though.

  4. Bill

    Darren – go ahead and propose the episode. There have been similar shows in the past.

  5. John Sandlin

    It would only take 30 people sponsoring one day a month to cover the requested amount. That means we need 11 others. Fewer actually. Clear skies, y’all.

    jbs

  6. John Sandlin

    I heartily encourage Chris and Darren to go for it. What you don’t consider a brilliant idea, because it’s your own, someone else will be amazed and wonder at your genius. Maybe. But the only way to find out is try.

    And Davidlpf, write a review or recommend 365 to your friends. Every little bit helps.

    And maybe someone you know can help donate funds.

    jbs

  7. Crux Australis

    Darren, that is *exactly* appropriate for 365DoA. Go for it! I just wish I could contribute something. I’m gonna put out a call around at my local astro club.

  8. John Sandlin

    I typo’d my first comment above, I meant 29 others… somehow my brain did the math as number of months minus 1 rather than average number of days a month minus 1. So, where are my 29 new friends that will support one day a month. We hear far too many “no-one” in Pamela’s introduction to the episodes.

    Of course, you can donate smaller amounts. While you won’t get announced as supporting the episode, every dollar donated helps.

  9. Greg Dorais

    I sponsored some shows a few days ago. If the rest of you like this awesome show, please show your support too by donating.

  10. Thanks Phil! And thanks to everyone that has responded to the call for podcasters — we are grateful! But we still have more days available, and days that need to be sponsored, too. This is your big chance to have your voice heard by thousands of people!

    Thanks again!
    Nancy

  11. Thameron

    I have sponsored a fair number of days personally, but I have to say that I don’t really think there is enough material to keep filling every day with something different. As evidence I point to just how many of those podcasts have been about Galileo.

  12. I tend to agree with Thameron with respect to the amount of material. Maybe it is time to become “52 Weeks of Astronomy”. In my opinion, it is better to have a smaller number of excellent podcasts rather than struggle to fill everyday.

  13. Well, I made a podcast for them, and it’s running this Monday, August 22. It’s very science-light, but hopefully, y’all enjoy the bits of music and the stories behind them.

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