Constellation Follow Up Activities In The Amazon!


We have made it!

Thanks to the backers that supported our project via, we are now 108% funded and immensely grateful!!

We are truly happy that GalileoMobile will be able to return to Rondônia and continue our efforts in a region with such little access to outreach programs, bringing material and educational resources to several schools. And of course, sharing the wonders of the Universe with students and teachers there!

We cannot imagine the joy of the communities when they learn that thank you to 33 wonderful people from all around the world, GalileoMobile is coming back to give sustainability to the project. This wouldn’t be possible without your invaluable contribution!

We hope to make you feel as involved in the project as possible. Therefore we will share with you updates about the arrangements, development and achievements during the whole process!! Prepare to be part of an amazing adventure!!

Love and hugs from GalileoMobile

1st GalileoMobile Conference

Between October 10 – 14, the members of GalileoMobile will gather in Rio de Janeiro to attend the 1st GalileoMobile Conference. The event aims to look back to these 8 years of activities and discuss the future of the project.

The conference will take venue at the Museum of Astronomy and Related Sciences – MAST and will be broadcasted online at the website: You can follow the lectures, discussions and send us questions.

Check the schedule and stay tuned!






9:30 – 10:30 GM Overview (Sandra & Jorge) Invited Talk: Jorge (Astronomy and development)


Discussion: how does GM fit within these criteria?

Invited talk: Lina Canas (at 9:00) (Astronomical activities for visually impaired people) Invited talk: Ana Germano (Outreach in Traditional communities & development) GM member’s contribution: 5 min per pers. & discuss role of collaborators
10:30 – 11:10 GM structure I: task force updates Infamous GM: Administration and documents Discussion Sign GM agreement with MAST
11:10 – 11:30 Break Break Break Break Break
11:30 – 13:00 Invited talk:

Carla Almeida (Education vs Outreach)


Discussion: GM educational or outreach?

GM structure II: task forces, coordination, intranet, members Group dynamics GM Activities I: Inquiry-based approach (45 min) (Phil)

GM Activities II: new Handbook, AstroEDU submissions, teacher workshops (45 min) (Maria)

Workshop: Ethnographic Analysis of the documentary Light-Year
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 GM future I: survey topics such as global vs nodes, expedition vs inspired, “control”, others Definition of new goals I: discussion and decisions Group dynamics GM Activities III: hands-on activities workshop (Mayte) Products &  PR long-term (GM 10th anniversary)
15:30 – 16:00 Break Break Break Break Break
16:00 – 17:30 GM future II: NGO, guidelines discussion Definition of new goals II: document with new goals and standardise them, finish agreement with MAST Group dynamics Discussion Lessons Learnt (activities, logistics, etc.) Summary


Constellation follow up activities in the Amazonia

Back in 2014, the GalileoMobile BraBo project visited schools in the Amazon region of Brazil and Bolivia, bringing educational activities and material about Astronomy to nearly 3,000 school students and promoting teacher training workshops to 400 teachers. In the Brazilian state of Rondônia, a public school from Cacoal and two indigenous schools of the Suruí village in Território Sete de Setembro participated in the project. When visiting the city of Cacoal, GalileoMobile met a very enthusiastic group of students, teachers and local leaders interested in developing follow-up activities in astronomy.


Students from the Cora Coralina public school in Cacoal, Rondônia. Credits: GalileoMobile

For this reason, these visited schools were selected to take part in the Constellation project by GalileoMobile, which took place in 2015 in six countries of Latin America. Throughout this period, astronomers from GalileoMobile kept in touch with school teachers of those countries and promoted Astronomy related activities with the students. However during this period, contact was kept only through the distance, through the internet using teleconference software.

So now it is time to go back to Rondônia and meet in person once again! This is both to tighten the bonds that already exist and to include new schools in these Astronomy outreach activities. This time, we will promote new workshops with the teachers, activities for the students and we will make use of the telescopes that were donated to schools in 2014 during the public observations of the sky.


Telescope pointing. Credits: Patrícia Figeiró Spinelli / GalileoMobile

Moreover this time, our visit to the region of Cacoal will take into account the different characteristics of the local indigenous communities, always in dialogue with the local knowledge. In that sense we will enhance our efforts to have a larger cultural interchange, learning about Astronomy the way it is transmitted in the communities. Thus, besides transmitting our knowledge, we will learn from them, about their culture, their Astronomy and their cosmovision of the sky.


Students from the Suruí Community nearby Cacoal, Rondônia. Credits: GalileoMobile.

In order to purchase the necessary material for the activities, afford part of the expenses to bring a GalileoMobile team to the field and cover the costs of lodgings and accommodation, we have created a crowdfunding campaign on the Fiat Physica platform to finance ourselves in a collaborative way. We believe many people doing small actions together can achieve many great things!!

Please help us continue our efforts in the Amazonia! Please contribute to our crowdfunding campaign!