2020 Campaign

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2020 and Beyond!


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2020 Fundraiser

Why We Need You

In 1978, EarthSky’s founder Deborah Byrd created the public radio series StarDate. In 1991, she launched the Earth & Sky radio series and, in 1994, she launched the EarthSky website. It’s never been smooth sailing. We’ve had good years and lean years, often struggling to keep going on a shoestring. But, for all of us, 2020 has been unprecedented.

We usually conduct our annual crowd-funding campaign in springtime. This year, we hesitated to ask, while so many in the U.S. and around the world are struggling with health and jobs, and other basics like food.

Thanks to a loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration, we delayed this year’s crowd-funding campaign until now. We launch it today with a smaller goal than last year’s.

Our goal is to continue the work it’s been our honor to do, bringing you the night sky information – and science news – so many of you say you love.

In 2020, we have another goal close to our hearts. We will donate 8.5% of all incoming revenues from this campaign to No Kid Hungry.

Thank you for your past and present support. Your support, comments, photos, suggestions for stories – and your stories on how you use, value and love EarthSky’s content – all make our days bright. Thank you!

So … let’s go! Will you donate to EarthSky? Any amount will help us reach our goal and help feed a child.

Click the link at the top to Meet the Team.  Or scan back up the page, and donate now! Please help. We need you.

Want to mail a check?  

Earth & Sky, Inc.
1259 Sanders
Kyle, Texas 78640

A little girl on a dark night, holding a big net that appears to be filled with stars.
Mihail Minkov captured this photo, which is titled "Star Catcher," on the Black Sea Coast of Bulgaria. It's the 1st-place winner in 2020's IDA photo contest, in the Connecting to the Dark category. Thank you, Mihail! Visit Mihail on Instagram @fineartshot. Used with permission.
A small white crescent, a larger white crescent and a larger orange crescent.
Eliot Herman in Tucson, Arizona, created this montage. He caught the crescent Venus (upper left) in May, 2020 shortly before Venus passed between the Earth and sun. He caught the crescent moon (middle) in September 2019. He caught the crescent sun (lower right) during the total solar eclipse of July 2019 (in Chile). Venus is not to scale. Thank you, Eliot! Visit Eliot on Flickr @eliot_photos. Used with permission.


Since EarthSky went online – 26 years ago in 1994 – many of you have said you love our Tonight pages. They are cool! They offer the charts and information you need to learn to navigate the night sky. We’re constantly trying to make this area of the website better. In the coming year, we hope to launch a redesign of the Tonight pages, to help bring within your easy reach a ton of great content we’ve spent years developing. Your support will make that happen. Please help!

Ready to donate? Go to the top of this page.

EarthSky Community Photos

Two years ago – thanks to your donations – we were able to fulfill a long-held dream. It’s a feature at our website called EarthSky Community Photos. You can submit your photos and see them displayed in our gallery! Click on your name, and you’ll see your photos all displayed on one page.

Visit EarthSky Community Photos.

The response has been amazing, with many new photos of night sky events – and images from your world – posted every day. 

We love your photos. Thank you for making this possible. 

Please donate to help EarthSky keep going.

A house, and 3 oddly angled rainbows.
Earl Martin in Everett, Washington, captured this image of an ordinary double rainbow - plus an oddly angled, rare reflection rainbow - over Puget Sound on May 5, 2020. Thanks for sharing, Earl! Used with permission.

Best Places to Stargaze

For years, the most commonly asked question at EarthSky has been: “Where can I go to view the night sky?” In the past three years – because of your donations – we’ve been able to launch and maintain a Best Places to Stargaze page, whose top level is illustrated here. Go to the page itself to find a great stargazing location near you, or to recommend a public site we can all enjoy. 

Thank you for making this page possible!

Where We're Going From Here

Ads at the website – plus your Store purchases and your donations throughout the year – help make EarthSky possible. They let us bring you the insights, beauty and heads-up on sky events you love. But this yearly campaign is what keeps EarthSky goingWe’re still growing and changing. We’re still offering the best in science news and night sky information. We always welcome your photos and news tips.

Please support EarthSky now. We need you to continue.

Before you go … be sure to visit our Store! Your purchases of lunar calendars, astronomy kits and other goodies also move us closer to our goals.

A little girl with super-cute pigtails, wearing EarthSky eclips
Christopher Kipkemei captured his daughter, Imanda, viewing the annular solar eclipse of June 21, 2020, as it developed over Syokimau, Kenya (just south of the equator). Thanks, Christopher. And … check out Imanda’s eclipse glasses. We love them! You can get yours at our store. Used with permission.

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Earth & Sky, Inc.
1259 Sanders
Kyle, Texas 78640

Earth & Sky, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) corporation. All donations are tax-deductible.