IYA2009 Updates

Media mentions for the International Year of Astronomy, 2009 follow a rundown of project updates:

To begin with, two parliaments have enjoyed astronomical imagery in their buildings – those of Iran and Spain. Speaking of images, The World at Night (which has put out a newsletter) creator Babak Tafreshi won the 2009 Lennart Nilsson award, jointly with Cassini’s Image Director. Of course amateurs can start making images of their own with the Galilean Nights public observing session coming up. For that you might need a telescope, why not buy a signed Galileoscope like one of these? Or maybe make one as 100 Turkish amateur telescope grinders did in a five day course. Then you can observe as 21 girls did in the Universe Quest summer camp (the IYA2009 is committed to improving levels of female participation in astronomy, as a new forum demonstrates). Of course seeing celestial sights is something to make a song and dance about, as this guy knows, but there’s also a more serious side – professional astronomy, as a new film, which this lady helped make, demonstrates (one of a number of French language astronomy things out there). IYA2009 has opened a Venice portal, courtesy of UNESCO, and has begun celebrating another portal on the universe – astroparticle physics, which is celebrating one hundred years of operation this month. Three projects have attained official Special Project status – the lives of Galileo history of astronomy comic, pictures to listen to performances of The Planets by and Scienceface, bringing science videos to the masses. To ensure the masses are listening, quizzes like this one in the New York Times have been strategically placed on the internet…

In the media mentions, Galilean Nights are here again, as is the TWAN creator’s award, both courtesy of Sky and Telescope. The Universe Quest project gets an article in a National Science Foundation publication. The Times of India writes about an observatory’s quest for UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Joburg.com advises all Johannesburg residents to look at the skies and the Examiner.com has a similar message for home schooled children.

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