Astronomy for Equity

The new Astronomy for Equity website is live! Visit for the latest on activities and news.

Why Astronomy for Equity?


  • Is universal, a part of every culture throughout time
  • Touches on all areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
  • Is accessible, using the natural laboratory overhead anywhere in the world
  • Fascinates everyone
  • Has enthusiastic, eager volunteers sharing their passion in every country and community

We need to move on from Think Globally, Act Locally.
In our interconnected world we can now Think Locally, Act Globally.
Take good ideas from anywhere, apply them locally.
Then engage the worldwide community for support, and to support others.
What better field for this than one without limits, astronomy?

Astronomy for Equity: A New Set of Global Initiatives

A poster presentation about Astronomy for Equity presented virtually as a slide presentation at the Communicating Astronomy with the Public (CAP) 2021 conference, organized by Commission C2 of the International Astronomical Union.

The Overview Effect, Astronomy, and Spaceship Earth

An invited presentation by Mike Simmons at the 3rd Shaw-IAU Workshop on Astronomy for Education, organized by the IAU Office of Astronomy for Education (OAE) as part of a session called Earth as a Planet.

A More In-Depth Look at Astronomy for Equity

The what, why, and how of Astronomy for Equity, including program types and a sampling of programs being organized.

About the Founder

Mike Simmons has spent 50 years in public outreach in astronomy including organizing, leading, and creating programs.

Donate to Astronomy for Equity programs

You can support these programs now to help get them started.