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Philly Moon Men Bring Astronomy to City Streets

$1,430 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 20 people in 5 months
Created February 25, 2019
We're Bill and Brendan, and we call ourselves the Philly Moon Men.

The Philly Moon Men started as two brothers who set up their binoculars on the corner of 4th and South. We wanted to show people something beautiful: the craters on the moon.
 

A lot of people have never seen the night sky up close before. In a light polluted city, there aren't many chances to pause and reflect on the fact that we all live on the same planet Earth, sharing the same atmosphere, floating around in a vast and beautiful cosmos.

One year later, we have a small collection of powerful telescopes, we've raised over $1,000 with just our tip jar, and we've met and reconnected thousands of people to the night sky. We dress up in suits and invite everyone to look through our instruments, spending time with our neighbors to answer their questions about the Universe.

Here's our theory: telescopes create safe public spaces for neighbors to gather and talk about science. Will you help us put it to the test?

Here's our plan: Raise money for equipment, and train community leaders to set up telescopes in their own neighborhoods. We're working with the Philadelphia School District as well as the Rittenhouse Astronomical Society to build a powerful network of amateur astronomers engaged in community service.

Here's the breakdown for funding:

ROUND 1: $2,000 Total.
Enables us to expand into four new neighborhoods, form partnerships with the greater astronomy community, and develop a program for K-8 Education.
- Four Fully Equipped Telescopes : $1,000
- Light Pollution Filters : $200 
- Transportation Budget : $200
- Background Checks for School Outreach : $200
- Attend the NorthEast Astronomy Forum  : $200
- Four Thrifted Suits : $120
- Misc Supplies (Batteries, Viewfinders) : $80

ROUND 2: $4,000 Total.
Empowers us to incorporate as a nonprofit organization, accept equipment donations from telescope companies, and serve as science ambassadors for the Philadelphia Area.
- Incorporate as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit  : $1,000
- Community trip to dark sky area : $600
- Light Pollution Awareness event : $400

This GoFundMe is only the beginning of our quest to start a scientific revolution. Stay tuned!
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Joe Savin recently helped us with this awesome spotlight. Get ready - the Moon Men return to Philadelphia next month with an all new arsenal of telescopes - thanks to your generousity!

Please help us reach our goal to bring astronomy to the city streets!
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Yesterday we found an Orion XT6 for a beautiful price of $195!

It's the clearest view of the sky we've ever offered. You can see the clouds of Jupiter from South Street with this thing!

Stay tuned to hear more about where these telescopes are going. More Moon People will be walking Philly's streets very soon!
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Last week, The Moon Men visited the Lunar Inn, an astronomy themed bar in Port Richmond. We spent the evening engaging their patrons with science and astronomy. Moon Man Mike and Moon Lady Alison also joined in to get some practice using our telescopes!

Stay tuned, this weekend we are headed to the NorthEast Astronomy Forum to learn about the meet the most talented amateur astronomers in the world, and to see the instruments that they use!
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Moon Ladies and Moon Gentlemen!

We've started taking some stats on our outreach nights! The Moon Men have:

-Hosted over 60 Outreach nights in 2018 alone
-That's 160+ hours outside
-With an average 250 people reached each evening

That's 15,000 Philadelphians who have looked through a telescope, or 1% of the total population.

Thanks to your help, we are already achieving our mission to show the people of Earth the Universe that they live in!

These are just some of the hundreds of signatures we've collected from people who love the Moon!
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Raised by 20 people in 5 months
Created February 25, 2019
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