IYA2009 update

Some news on the ever continuing International Year of Astronomy, 2009.

The World At Night photography project has released a book of its best images as well as photography articles. Magic of the Stars is only presently available in German and Dutch, but may be translated to other languages soon. Meanwhile, their regular newsletter has been released – this time in English.

Global Hands On Universe and the Galileo Teacher Training Project have also released a joint newsletter on their efforts to spread good practise in astronomy education. The next ESA GTTP session will be held during the 7th-10th of December in the Netherlands. Teachers of students aged 11-19 will be encouraged to apply from the 1st of October. Full details here.

A forthcoming conference will examine the interaction between the New Media and Learning to determine best practise and how to go forward, using one to compliment the other. The event will take place in Brussels on the 25th and 26th of November. Details here.

And finally, the International Astronomical Union will be hosting a Middle East and Africa Regional meeting on the 10th-15th of April 2011, in Cape Town, South Africa. The meeting will discuss the use and opportunities afforded by new facilities in the region. Full details here.

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