Yes, the tears are welling up and the celebratory banners coming down. Lee Pullen is being carefully rewrapped and his receipt selotaped back on for collection by the catalogue. The International Year of Astronomy, 2009 is over and the various arms are winding down. Well, some of them.
The final news roundup concentrates on reports made of the closing ceremony in Padova, Italy on the 9/10th of January. It can be read here.
The US IYA2009 newsletter is a little more in depth, carrying writeups of various activities carried out during the year. These are preceded by reports on some of the activities launched, propagated, marketted by or carried on from the IYA. These include the Dark Skies Rangers program, to educate students about the importance of Dark Skies Awareness; the USA Science Festival, to be held on the 23rd/24th of October; Science and Tourism, which aims to join, well, scientific wonders and tourism and the declaration of Global Astronomy Month in April 2010, which will allow us to unwrap and enjoy Lee Pullen for a further brief period of time before consigning him once again to his box. Although someone should point whoever came up with GAM-2010 to the Urban Dictionary next time they choose an acronym…
The European Association for Astronomy Education has also chosen the occasion to launch its new website too.