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CHRISTIAAN HUYGENS
The Hague, Netherlands (/1629/ - /1695/)
Using the Paris Observatory (completed in 1672), Christiaan Huygens made further astronomical observations. In 1684 he published Astroscopia Compendiaria which presented his new aerial (tubeless) telescope.
 

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Montauk Observatory star party features Dava Sobel
27east - June 30, 2009
Montauk, NEW YORK — In 1609, Galileo Galilei peered through a primitive telescope made of wood, paper and copper and discovered the mountains and craters of Mars and the stars that filled the Milky Way. Despite his telescope’s tiny range of view by today’s standards—looking through it, one cannot even see the entirety of the moon—Galileo was able to understand the celestial wonders he was seeing with his own eyes.

Free lecture at Norman museum puts focus on stargazing
NewsOK - June 30, 2009
Norman, OKLAHOMA — Novice stargazers may find observing the night sky both confusing and discouraging.

Locals view the moon and Saturn at the San Bernardino County Museum's Moon Party
Redlands Daily Facts - June 29, 2009
Redlands, CALIFORNIA — It was a celestial celebration Saturday night at the county museum, as visitors took a closer look at the moon and Saturn during the San Bernardino Valley Amateur Astronomers' Moon Party.

Carnival of colour parades through Belfast
Belfast Telegraph - June 29, 2009
Belfast, IRELAND — Belfast was awash with colour on Saturday afternoon as the annual Belfast City Carnival weaved its way along the streets.

Times of India - June 29, 2009
Ahmedabad, INDIA — For star gazers, eclipse chasers and amateur astronomers in the city, July 22 will mark the start of a series of rare celestial events, which will continue for the next few months. Fans are waiting with bated breath for the show.

Times of India - June 28, 2009
Ahmedabad, INDIA — Giant strides made by Indian space science will also play a significant role in exploration of Mars, colonization of which can be possible in near future with the fast-paced scientific advancements going on globally.

Winnipeg Free Press - June 27, 2009
Winnipeg, CANADA — Exactly 400 years ago, Galileo Galilei first pointed a rudimentary telescope into space and started to unlock its mysteries.

New-Leader - June 27, 2009
Springfield, MISSOURI — Discovery Center's annual summer fundraiser Einstein on Ice will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 11.

Killeen Daily Herald - June 26, 2009
Killeen, TEXAS — Dr. Seth Shostak, the senior astronomer at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute in Mountain View, Calif., an expert in astrobiology and one of the country's leading proponents of space exploration, will be the featured guest speaker at the Longhorn Conference Center at the Stagecoach Inn in Salado at 4 p.m. Sunday.

IYA2009 - June 26, 2009
Munich, GERMANY — We all know the revolutionary contribution of Galileo to astronomy and science. Among his most important discoveries were the four main satellites of Jupiter.

Fashion show hat-trick for Peter
The Shields Gazette - June 25, 2009
South Shields, ENGLAND — Peter Darrant will be leading our audience in a show which promises to be a blast.

The Catholic Spirit - June 25, 2009
VATICAN CITY — Life emerged on earth thanks to a 12 billion-year-old process of stars caught in a cycle of collapsing, re-forming and collapsing again, said the former director of the Vatican Observatory.

Tenerife News - June 25, 2009
Tenerife, SPAIN — It's a long summer when the children are off school but science is set to bridge the gap.

Capital Times - June 25, 2009
Madison, WISCONSIN — This Saturday, a picture display at one corner of the Dane County Farmers' Market will bring the wonders of the universe all the way down to State Street.

This is North Devon - June 25, 2009
Barnstaple, ENGLAND — This year is the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009) and to celebrate, Exmoor National Park Authority, in partnership with local astronomy societies, is holding a series of events to raise awareness of astronomy and the value and conservation of dark skies.

Looking out for nights on bright Saturn
Irish Times - June 25, 2009
Dublin, IRELAND — A unique visual tour of Saturn and its amazing moons is promised when the head of imaging for the Cassini spacecraft, Nasa’s Carolyn Porco, gives three lectures here in the coming week.

Photonics.com - June 24, 2009
San Diego, CALIFORNIA — New research in nanoengineering, solar, optical engineering and photonics will be presented, and 400 years of telescopes celebrated, at SPIE Optics+Photonics 2009, the most multidisciplinary science and engineering event in North America. The event takes place Aug. 2-6 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Ridgefield Press - June 24, 2009
Ridgefield, CONNECTICUT — To mark the International Year of Astronomy 2009, the Ridgefield Recreation Center will offer two special summer camps for ages six to 12, taught by Robin Vernuccio.

From Earth to the universe to Capitol Square
University of Wisconsin-Madison News - June 24, 2009
Madison, WISCONSIN — On Saturday, June 27, wonders from the far reaches of the universe will be brought down to Earth on the Capitol Square.

Daily News & Analysis - June 24, 2009
Ahmedabad, INDIA — As the world celebrates 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy, space scientists and eminent astronomers will get together at a conference on 'Indian astronomy, ancient and modern', at Town Hall from June 27 to 30.

Stargazers converge on Palominas
Sierra Vista Herald - June 24, 2009
Palominas, ARIZONA — Astronomy enthusiasts from all over the western United States traveled to Palominas this weekend to mingle with fellow star gazers and try out some of the newest telescopes on the market.

Davis School District students participate in Advanced Astronomy Camp
Salt Lake Tribune - June 23, 2009
Farmington, UTAH — Davis School District students participating in last week's "Advanced Astronomy Camp" at Farmington Junior High School and Northridge High School got to take the universe home with them at the end of the week.

Greenwich: Cassini space success story at Royal Observatory
News Shopper Online - June 23, 2009
Greenwich, UK — Five years ago, the Cassini spacecraft entered orbit around Saturn after an eight-year voyage to the planet. During its initial four-year tour it sent back a stream of awe-inspiring images of Saturn and its numerous moons.

Conference on ‘Indian Astronomy, Ancient & Modern’ in Ahmedabad
DeshGuajarat - June 23, 2009
Ahmedabad, INDIA — Astronomy is considered to be perhaps the most ancient of sciences. It begins as soon as we look up at night. As we look up, at first the starry sky seems motionless. But if we continue to make observations night after night, the sky appears to be moving in a regular and predictable fashion.

Xinhua - June 23, 2009
HONG KONG — A record-breaking scale of more than 3,500 buildings and organizations in Hong Kong switched their indoor lights off for two hours Sunday night to combat light pollution and climate change through the biggest star-gazing in the history of the city.

Vatican’s Celestial Eye, Seeking Not Angels but Data
New York Times - June 22, 2009
Mount Graham, ARIZONA — Fauré’s “Requiem” is playing in the background, followed by the Kronos Quartet. Every so often the music is interrupted by an electromechanical arpeggio — like a jazz riff on a clarinet — as the motors guiding the telescope spin up and down. A night of galaxy gazing is about to begin at the Vatican’s observatory on Mount Graham.

Pupils swap daydreaming for stargazing
Norwich Evening News - June 22, 2009
Norwich, ENGLAND — Pupils at a city school will have stars in their eyes after being given a free telescope as part of the International Year of Astronomy.

Skywatchers trip the light fantastic, but fail to see stars
The Standard - June 22, 2009
HONG KONG — We were supposed to be seeing stars last night as lights in more than 3,500 of Hong Kong's buildings were switched off for two hours to put the sky in clearer focus.

Times of India - June 22, 2009
Ahmedabad, INDIA — Get ready for the most-awaited total solar eclipse on July 22. The eclipse marks the celebration of International Year of Astronomy globally.

Camrose Canadian - June 21, 2009
Camrose AB, CANADA — The first full day of summer coincides with Father’s Day on June 21, offering us the opportunity to use the many hours of daylight to say, “Happy First Day of Summer” as well as “Happy Father’s Day.”

IYA 2009 - Enjoy the night sky
RantRave - June 21, 2009
Lynwood, WASHINGTON — 2009 has been declared International Year of Astronomy by the U.N. In keeping with tradition NASA has stepped and fetched. I'm OK with that because I found some really good info on the NASA sites during my search on the subject.

Ridgefield Press - June 21, 2009
Ridgefield, CONNECTICUT — The Discovery Center, Ridgefield’s non-profit “Center Without Walls,” is planning Family Camp for summer 2009, a series of programs designed for families to enjoy some of the favorite experiences of summer camp together.

660 News - June 20, 2009
Calgary AB, CANADA — The University of Calgary's Rothney Astrophysical Observatory is continuing its celebration of the International Year of Astronomy.

North Bay Nugget - June 20, 2009
North Bay ONT, CANADA — The international year of astronomy 2009 is a global celebration of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture and marks the 400th anniversary of the first use of an astronomical telescope by Galileo Galilei.

Star pupil Laura gains universal approval
Edinburgh Evening News - June 20, 2009
Dalmeny, UK — Having a star named after you is possibly one of the most unique gifts you could ever receive. But one schoolgirl has had an even bigger honour after her drawing became the inspiration for a new Scottish constellation.

Beam Us Up, Scottie!
The Westender - June 19, 2009
Brisbane, AUSTRALIA — Star Trek, tribbles, science fiction writers, University of Queensland scientists, junior philosophers and aliens will feature at this year’s Buranda State Primary School Fete.

Queensferry Gazette - June 19, 2009
Dalmeny, UK — The constellation, which will be known as the 'Wee Sleekit Beastie', is the first to be chosen for many hundreds of years in the northern sky.

Traveling astronomy exhibit coming to Oelwein Library
Oelwein Daily Register - June 19, 2009
Oelwein, IOWA — Galileo Galilei transformed our knowledge of the universe in 1609 when he peered into the cosmos using an astronomical telescope--the first person to do so. An new exhibit opening at the Oelwein Public Library on Tuesday, July 7 celebrates that event and tells the story of how astronomy has evolved over the 400 years since then.

University of Wisconsin-Madison News - June 19, 2009
Madison, WISCONSIN — The University of Wisconsin-Madison Space Place and the Monona Terrace invite the public to Planet Trek Fest at Monona Terrace on Saturday, June 20.

Grace Christian third-grader wins contest
The Record-Courier - June 19, 2009
Minden, NEVADA — Space Science for Schools recently held an art and essay contest in conjunction with the International Year of Astronomy.

Science Centric - June 19, 2009
Kent, ENGLAND — The Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Science (CAPS) at the University of Kent will launch its Kent SEPnet Astrodome, a state-of-the-art mobile planetarium, on Thursday 25 June.

Camp celebrates International Year of Astronomy
Standard-Examiner - June 19, 2009
Layton, UTAH — "I've completed my mission," Cole Smith, 12, said with a fist lifted above his head as he stood beside a large Lightbridge telescope.

The Standard - June 19, 2009
Sai Kung, HONG KONG — Hong Kong's first stargazing theme area, AstroPark, is expected to open later this year, according to an astronomy group.

Taiwan News - June 18, 2009
Taipei, TAIWAN — A local astronomer said Thursday that July 22 will mark the century's longest and most spectacular total solar eclipse.

Belmont Citizen-Herald - June 17, 2009
Belmont, MASSACHUSETTS — Ride into space with the Belmont Public Library this summer as we celebrate the Year of Astronomy. Learn about new planets, discover the ancient art of astrology, and come look at real stars through the Clark telescope at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Our three summer events explore the universe around us.

'Friday Nights, Celestial Lights'
UTSA Today - June 17, 2009
San Antonio, TEXAS — The UTSA astronomy faculty invite the star-struck to to enjoy the fourth installment of its signature series, "Friday Nights, Celestial Lights," at 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 19 in Science Building Room 2.01.12 on the Main Campus. The event, which will include a movie and stargazing, is free and open to the public.

SatNews Publishers - June 17, 2009
Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL — More than two thousand astronomers from around the world are expected to meet and present their latest discoveries in Rio de Janeiro in August. For two busy weeks, August 3rd through 14th, 2009, astronomers will gather at the SulAmérica Convention Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to discuss and evaluate the most recent discoveries and observations, to make decisions on fundamental issues, and also to organise international cooperation.

Derry Journal - June 17, 2009
Derry, NORTHERN IRELAND — Boys and girls from local primary schools have just competed in this year's WELB/Sentinus Science and Technology Challenge Final.

New Straits Times - June 15, 2009
Persekutuan, MALAYSIA — More secrets of space and beyond are unveiled in the third season of The Universe, which premiered last month.

The Times of India - June 15, 2009
Jaipur, INDIA — Jaipur's historic astronomical observatory, Jantar Mantar, is likely to be included in Unesco's list of World Heritage Sites soon.

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