ORBIT (Outreach Builders Team)

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What is ORBIT?

ORBIT stands for OutReach Builders Team. We are the outreach arm of the Seattle Astronomical Society.

The official mission of the SAS includes outreach as one of the main efforts of the organization. However, we recognize that not all astronomers are equally interested in outreach, and the ORBIT group was createdso that we will communicate outreach-related matters only to those who are interested.

Who is ORBIT?

The team consists of a few main coordinators and members of the SAS who are interested in participation in outreach activities.

ORBIT Coordinators handle requests for outreach. When a member of the public requests that we should help them with an event, the coordinators decide whether to assume responsibility for the event or todecline involvement with it. The event is then communicated to the members of ORBIT along with a request for volunteers. If the coordinators assume responsibility for the event, they will appoint anevent coordinator (who may not be an ORBIT coordinator) to oversee the project and all of its volunteers.

ORBIT Members are the muscle of the group. Without them the group will not be able to serve as many outreach events as we'd like to accommodate.

Benefits of joining ORBIT

Joining the ORBIT group offers a member more exposure to outreach and the opportunity to participate in outreach events. Each ORBIT member will get first-hand news of an outreach event in which the SAS chooses to participate.

Outreach is a noble cause. We do outreach because we want to educate the public about the wonders of astronomy. Of course, we also are gratified to see, for example, the delight in faces of the public when they see Saturn for the first time with their own eyes!

Outreach is not just about educating the public; we also educate ourselves. The ORBIT team also provides resources and training for its volunteers.

Finally, ORBIT is yet another way to make friends. You can easily find other astronomers who are also passionate in outreach, but we also are able to make friends with members of the public through interaction with them.

Joining ORBIT

Anyone who is a member of the SAS can join ORBIT. Send an email to publicity@seattleastro.org, and we'll add you to the ORBIT roster.

Night Sky Network

The ORBIT coordinators and the Board are currently investigating using the NSN as a way to coordinate events and functions. ORBIT members are welcome to request access to help evaluate the portal. Send an email to publicity@seattleastro.org to request access.