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Library of Congress - January 28, 2010
Washington, DC — In 1609, Galileo constructed the first powerful telescope and started observing the heavens, which led to many monumental discoveries.

EMportal - January 27, 2010
Beograd, SERBIA — The key achievements that took place in the International Year of Astronomy will be presented. Djelic will address the gathering and present telescopes to several schools. - January 23, 2010
GLOBAL — Astronomy is the physical science which studies celestial objects (such as stars, planets, comets, and galaxies) and phenomena such as cosmic background radiation, which originate outside the Earth's atmosphere.

IYA2009 - January 22, 2010
Tokyo, JAPAN — A special poster promoting advances in telescope technology was made as a project for Science and Technology Week promoted by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan.

University of Arkansas - January 13, 2010
Fayetteville, ARKANSAS — The “From Earth to the Universe” (FETTU), a worldwide exhibition of large-scale astronomical images designed to bring the undeniable beauty of astronomy to the general public, is now open in front of the Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences at the University of Arkansas.

PRNewswire - January 12, 2010
AustIn, TEXAS — EarthSky –a clear voice for science heard around the world -- and more than 600 scientists today announced the selection of Neil deGrasse Tyson as the EarthSky Science Communicator of the Year for 2009.

Astronomy Magazine - January 12, 2010
GLOBAL — On January 1, I put up one of my favorite polls on “What is your astronomy-related New Year’s resolution?”

Indian Express - January 10, 2010
Pune, INDIA — The Inter-university Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), which was the nodal point in India in 2009 for the International year of Astronomy, is planning a program this year to teach the teachers.

Chronicle Herald - January 9, 2010
Halifax NS, CANADA — There's lots to see in the winter night sky.

Astronomy's Next Stage
MSNBC - January 8, 2010
GLOBAL — The International Year of Astronomy is ending, but the legacy of the last 12 months of celestial celebration will continue, under night skies and especially on the Internet.

AlphaGalileo - January 8, 2010
GLOBAL — As the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) comes to a close, the true scope of the venture is becoming clear. The final count of countries involved stands at 148, a staggering number that confirms that the IYA2009 network is the largest ever in science. Activities and events from these participating nations paint a picture of professional and amateur astronomers bringing the Universe down to Earth through countless projects, opening the eyes of the public to the wonders above.

Chile's star-spangled skies - January 7, 2010
Valle del Elqui, CHILE — Whether or not you believe in UFOs, why not take a trip to Valle del Elqui? It's dotted with astronomical observatories from which to spot constellations, nebulae, planets... A star-bright idea to close 2009, the International Year of Astronomy.

Space Daily - January 7, 2010
Washington, DC — Hundreds of thousands of school children around the country will be able to explore the Moon, planets, and our galaxy thanks to a $250,000 donation by Ric and Jean Edelman.

Universe Today - January 7, 2010
Edwardsville, ILLINOIS — As the International Year of Astronomy comes to a close, those involved hope to sustain the momentum gained during the year in communicating astronomy with the public.

Space Daily - January 6, 2010
Washington, DC — Although the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) comes to a formal close this weekend with a ceremony in Padua, Italy, numerous core programs conducted during the year will carry on in 2010 and beyond, including many led by educators and outreach professionals in the United States and elsewhere in North America.

Friday Nights, Celestial Lights: View the heavens through UTSA's telescopes
UTSA Today - January 6, 2010
San Antonio, TEXAS — UTSA's faculty astronomers invite the community to the UTSA Main Campus on Friday, Jan. 15 to enjoy the ninth installment of its signature series, "Friday Nights, Celestial Lights." The evening event is free and open to the public. - January 6, 2010
GLOBAL — It was one of the less publicized contests of 2009, and the winners won’t be given any prizes, but there are nonetheless two of them.

Centuries-Old Star Mystery Coming to a Close
Science Daily - January 5, 2010
Pasadena, CALIFORNIA — For almost two centuries, humans have looked up at a bright star called Epsilon Aurigae and watched with their own eyes as it seemed to disappear into the night sky, slowly fading before coming back to life again.

The Mind-Bending Math Art Posters Of Simon Page - January 4, 2010
UK — Trained mathematician Simon Page has found a new career in graphic design, where he blends 1960s minimalist influences with more futuristic designs. His work shines in this collection of posters for the International Year of Astronomy 2009.

Reporting UFOs
Astrobiology Magazine - January 3, 2010
GLOBAL — A website has been launched giving amateur and professional astronomers a formal mechanism for reporting any unexplained phenomena they observe when studying the night sky.

Science Blog - January 2, 2010
GLOBAL — I believe that you all, the scienceblog community is aware that Last year 2009 was the in International Year of Astronomy, abbreviated as IYA2009 in alphanumerical characters.

Birmingham Mail - January 2, 2010
Birmingham, UK — A Birmingham astronomer captured this stunning image showing what looks like a bite being taken out of the Moon.

Times of India - December 31, 2009
Chandigarh UT, INDIA — As the International Year of Astronomy bids us adieu, the sun-moon-earth combination has something special in store for us — a partial lunar eclipse on December 31 and an annular solar eclipse on January 15.

The Sydney Morning Herald - December 30, 2009
Sydney NSW, AUSTRALIA — In the last hours of the International Year of Astronomy, it is worth restating the case for human inquiry into the heavens.

Blue moon to rise above New Year's Eve
Denver Post - December 30, 2009
New York, NEW YORK — For the first time in over a decade, New Year's Eve revelry, from early- evening snowshoe hikes to midnight fireworks, will take place by the light of a blue moon.

‘See the stars’ while on holiday in Rome - December 30, 2009
Rome, ITALY — Anyone staying at hotels in Rome who is looking for some adventure during their time in the city is invited to go on a journey through space with one exhibition.

DNA India - December 29, 2009
Mumbai, INDIA — This New Year's Eve as the world will bid adieu to the noughties, amateur astronomers in Mumbai will be looking skywards. At the stroke of midnight on December 31, Mumbaikars will be able to get a glimpse of this year's last partial eclipse.

Honolulu Advertiser - December 29, 2009
Hilo, HAWAII — The fate of two major Mauna Kea telescopes is in limbo following a decision in mid-December to cut funding for at least one of them.

Farmington children's museum carries on scientific legacy
The Daily Times - December 27, 2009
Farmington, NEW MEXICO — Something that started 400 years ago continued Saturday at the E3 Children's Museum and Science Center in Farmington: learning about the solar system.

DNA India - December 26, 2009
Mumbai, INDIA — The partial lunar eclipse may spoil the New Year celebrations.

Wales Online - December 26, 2009
Wales, UK — A campaign has been launched to protect Wales’ clear night skies from the ravages of light pollution.

About 10 000 people visited Rozhen Observatory in 2009
Focs Information Agency - December 25, 2009
Belogradchik, BULGARIA — Dr. Tanyu Bonev, director of the National Astronomical Observatory Rozhen, in an interview with Radio Smolyan - Focus.

Starry, Starry Skies
Miller-McCune - December 24, 2009
Borrego Springs, CALIFORNIA — If the Star of Bethlehem, that "star with royal beauty bright," were to appear this Christmas, it would be obliterated in most of the world by an orange halo of glary city light.

Adirondack Daily Enterprise - December 24, 2009
Tupper Lake, NEW YORK — The Adirondack Public Observatory (APO), a nonprofit group planning to build an observatory in Tupper Lake, was awarded a $1,250 grant this week to help with the construction of its first building.

Keep a close eye to the sky this winter
Columbus Local News - December 22, 2009
Columbs, OHIO — I saw no stars on that cloudy night at the Perkins.

Norwich Bulletin - December 21, 2009
Norwich, CONNECTICUT — When the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed 2009 the International Year of Astronomy, it did so to celebrate, among other matters, the 400th anniversary of the first recorded astronomical observations with a telescope by Italian Galileo Galilei (1564-1642).

Pacific Scoop - December 18, 2009
NEW ZEALAND — Next year is pivotal to the success of New Zealand seeking a world heritage night sky reserve for Tekapo Aoraki-Mt Cook.

Geeky Educators Unite at the NSTA Conference
WIRED - December 18, 2009
Phoenix, ARIZONA — A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to attend part of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) area conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, from December 3-5.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - December 17, 2009
Pittsburgh, PENNSYLVANIA — This year, the world is celebrating the International Year of Astronomy as it commemorates the 400th anniversary of Galileo's use of a telescope to study the skies. However, a little known Englishman and Renaissance scholar named Thomas Harriot was also exploring the heavens in 1609.

Bexley Times - December 17, 2009
Bexley, UK — An astrologer says the science world does not know why an annual asteroid shower is getting stronger and stronger each year.

Salisbury Journal - December 15, 2009
Stonehenge, UK — A free exhibition and tours of Stonehenge led by experts will mark the end of the International Year of Astronomy this week.

This is Wiltshire - December 15, 2009
Stonehenge, UK — In a fitting finale for the International Year of Astronomy (IYA 2009), astronomers and archaeologists will celebrate the five millennia of astronomical heritage at Stonehenge,

The Times of India - December 15, 2009
Nagpur, INDIA — Raman Science Centre will be conducting 'Snap the vibrant universe', a contest to mark the international year of astronomy, for astrophotography lovers, including students (above 13 years), teachers and individuals.

Pekin Daily Times - December 14, 2009
Pekin, ILLINOIS — Scott Altman and one of his crew members from the STS-125 mission to repair the Hubble space telescope are making appearances in Europe this week on behalf of NASA, according to Scott’s parents, Fred and Sharon Altman.

Barcelona Reporter - December 13, 2009
Barcelona, SPAIN — Most amateur stargazers huddle by the fireplace in December, when the Geminids rain debris above the Earth's atmosphere.

Guardian News - December 13, 2009
London, ENGLAND — I read about the death of Professor Sam Okoye Black Africa's first Ph.D. in Radio Astronomy.

The Times of India - December 13, 2009
GLOBAL — On New Year's eve, look skywards for that ‘once-in-a-Blue-Moon’ feeling.

Breaking art-science divide
The Hindu - December 13, 2009
Bangalore, INDIA — Art and science have always been considered disparate entities. Very different fields operating on distinctly different parameters.

Another 365 Days
Discover Magazine - December 13, 2009
USA — Great news, everyone! The 365 Days of Astronomy citizen podcast will go on for at least another year!

Look Up: What's in the Sky This Week?
DCist - December 13, 2009
Washington, DC — We were tempted to recycle last week's column for this week's, but instead we'll just give you a link and say: Geminids!

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