May 12, 2008 15:37 ET

Astronomy Day Prompts Website to Announce Astro-Photo Contest

New Website to Offer Monthly Prizes for Winning Astronomy Photos

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwire - May 12, 2008) - Today, thousands of astronomers are looking to the skies. May 12, 2008 is National Astronomy Day and ( is marking the celebration by announcing an astro-photo contest for photographers. The contest is tentatively set to begin in July shortly after the launch of the new website.

Participants can submit astronomy photographs of stars, galaxies, meteors, or any other subject associated with the universe. Each month the website will pick the best entry and the winner will receive a $500 cash prize. At the end of the first 12-month contest, one winning photo will be selected as the grand prize winner and published as part of an advertisement in the 2009 September issue of "Astronomy" magazine. All winning photographs will also be included in a 2010 calendar.

"We feel this contest speaks to photographers passionate about the universe," said author Terence Witt. "We are excited to receive the submissions and are sure the contest will yield the best in astronomy photography."

The objective of the National Astronomy Day is to bring astronomy to the people. Science museums, planetariums, observatories, and universities hosted weekend events such as discussions with astronauts, displays of moon rocks, and even a space ballet. Nighttime events included stargazing and observing black holes at planetariums.

The events bring the public closer to astronomy. ( believes in this philosophy. "Everyone can understand the universe," said Witt. "It is a fascinating experience to look through a telescope and get a tiny glimpse of all the universe holds."

About Terence Witt

Terence Witt is the founder and former CEO of Witt Biomedical Corporation. He holds a BSEE from Oregon State University and lives in Florida. "Our Undiscovered Universe-Introducing Null Physics" is Witt's first book. BRIO is located in Minneapolis, MN and is a publishing company focused on the self-publishing market.

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