Great news, everyone! The 365 Days of Astronomy citizen podcast will go on for at least another year!
365DoA is an International Year of Astronomy project that lets you, the astronomy enthusiast, create your own astronomy podcast, upload it, and let everyone on this pale blue dot hear it. It was wildly successful, with spots filling up rapidly once it was announce last year. It also won a coveted Parsec podcast award this year, too.
But given this was an IYA 2009 project, I was wondering if it would continue on to 2010 and beyond, and it will! It'll become a legacy project, and will be handled by Astrosphere New Media Association, a (charitable and tax-deductible!) online astronomy support group made up of dedicated people. I know this for a fact, because I'm a part of it.
The podcast team also invites people and organizations to sponsor the podcast by donating $30 to support 1 day of the podcast, with your dedication appearing at the start of the show. For just $360, it is possible to sponsor 1 episode per month. Alternatively, you can also have a dedication message at the end of the show for a week, for a donation at the $100 level. These donations will help pay for editing, and posting of the podcasts.
Each episode gets between 5000 and 10,000 listeners, so it's not a terrible way to advertise if you're looking for that. But submitting an entry is free. If you read this blog -- and you do, I see you there -- then astronomy is something you enjoy. I bet you can think of some topic here that inspires you, that fires you up, that makes you think.
Go ahead! Make my year.