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NICOLAUS COPERNICUS
NICOLAUS COPERNICUS
Poland (1473 - 1543)
Nicolaus Copernicus was the first astronomer to formulate a scientifically based heliocentric cosmology that displaced the Earth from the center of the universe. His epochal book, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres), is often regarded as the starting point of modern astronomy and the defining epiphany that began the Scientific Revolution.
 

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Scoop Independent News - May 25, 2009
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The major prize in the Freemasons BIG Science Adventures DVD competition has gone to a team of three Year 12 boys, Ryan Ammar, Matthew Keelty and Adam Simpson and their teacher, Tony Bunting, from Timaru Boys High School.

Historic Hubble Servicing Mission 4 ends with successful landing
European Space Agency News - May 24, 2009
Paris, FRANCE — The historic and successful Hubble Servicing Mission 4 concluded with a trouble-free Space Shuttle landing today. During a series of unprecedented spacewalks, astronauts replaced and repaired a total of four instruments.

A 1967 Meteor Watch
Sky & Telescope - May 22, 2009
Honesdale, PENNSYLVANIA — As a youth, Bob Friedman spent nine summers at a boy’s summer camp near Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Called Camp Skycrest, this place offered a variety of science programs known as “shops.”

Astronomy 101 for the home: view the planets in stunning detail on your PC
Australian PC Authority - May 22, 2009
AUSTRALIA — Discover how Google Sky, Microsoft's WorldWide Telescope, and dedicated software such as Starry Night or Stellarium allows you to explore the stars and view the planets in stunning detail without even touching a telescope.

Timmins Daily Press - May 22, 2009
Timmins ONT, CANADA — Goodbye Virtual Voyages, hello digital dome planetarium.

Kingsley School girls look to the stars
Warwick Courier - May 22, 2009
Leamington, UK — Girls at the Kingsley School in Leamington can now see the moon magnified 60 times than before after being given a telescope.

Spaceref - May 21, 2009
AUSTRALIA — The Sydney Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce that Dr Pascal Lee, NASA scientist and co-founder of the Mars Institute, will deliver the 2009 AIAA Distinguished Lecture, "From Earth to Mars: Steps Toward The First Human Mission to Mars"

Southgate Amateur Radio Club - May 21, 2009
Enfield, UK — UNESCO, NASA and the International Astronomical Union (IAU) have designated 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009), an exciting global celebration of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture.

The Cordova Times - May 21, 2009
Prince Williams Sound, ALASKA — New York Times best-selling author Dava Sobel rounded out Prince William Sound Science Center’s season of evening programs on May 5.

Astronomers Present Free Star Programs at Grand Canyon National Park
Northern Arizona Today - May 20, 2009
Grand Canyon, ARIZONA — The nineteenth annual Grand Canyon Star Party will be held from Saturday, June 13 through Saturday, June 20, 2009 on the South and North Rims of Grand Canyon National Park.

Astronomers hold family open day
Ripley Today - May 20, 2009
Ripley, UK — A group of astronomers from Ilkeston held a family open day at Shipley Country Park Visitors Centre over the weekend.

Adler Planetarium telescope exhibit will be nation's largest display of very early instruments
Chicago Tribune - May 20, 2009
Chicago, ILLINOIS — In September 1608, Hans Lipperhey, a German lens grinder living in Holland, appeared at the palace of a Dutch prince to demonstrate a device he had made by inserting glass lenses at either end of a paper tube.

Bombala Times - May 20, 2009
Bombala NSW, AUSTRALIA — 2009 is the International Year of Astronomy, and it seems the Bombala district has leapt into the spirit of the occasion with great enthusiasm.

The Times of India - May 20, 2009
Bangalore, INDIA — On a clear night, you can spend hours on end, staring at the sky, figuring out the constellations and spotting a shooting star darting across the skyline.

We are all astronomers
Out on the Stoop - May 19, 2009
USA — Human have look to the stars for freedom, faith, wishes and destiny. It is in our fiction and our non-fictional tales of survival. May 2009 has a been a great month for star gazing and thoughts about galaxies beyond sight. And no, I’m not referring to a certain Paramount movie franchise reboot.

SPIE Newsroom - May 19, 2009
Bellingham, WASHINGTON — SPIE will commemorate 400 years of telescope technology with special astronomy-related activities, displays, and presentations during the SPIE Optics and Photonics symposium 2-6 August at the San Diego, California, Convention Center.

Local star party is out of this world
White Mountain Independent - May 19, 2009
Snowflake, ARIZONA — As children, most of us experienced an awesome light show laying in our yards and staring up at the skies.

Agencia AngolaPress - May 19, 2009
Luanda, ANGOLA — Angolan minister of Science and Technology, Candida Teixeira, Tuesday in Luanda, called on public and private institutions to cooperate and pay attention to the development of activities of the International Year of Astronomy due to its pedagogical interest and the re-launch of this science in the country.

Halifax Evening Courier - May 19, 2009
Halifax, UK — Eureka is bridging the gap between Earth and space during its latest exhibition.

The festival joins MOSH with a telescope
The Florida Times-Union - May 18, 2009
Jacksonville, FLORIDA — When I looked at the schedule of events for the 2009 Jacksonville Film Festival, I knew that I would be on board for the movie that the Museum of Science and History (MOSH) was hosting at the Alexander Brest Planetarium today. So, I made my way down to Museum Circle.

Cyprus Mail - May 17, 2009
Nicosia, CYPRUS — The annual event kicks off this week promising bargains galore and a range of smaller expos within its bounds

Roll up for nocturnal insight into museum
The Press and Journal - May 16, 2009
Aberdeen, UK — An evening of spooky science will take place tonight when an Aberdeen museum welcomes guests for a special night-time opening.

Irish Times - May 16, 2009
Kourou, FRENCH GUIANA — The European Space Agency’s (ESA) two new satellites, Herschel and Planck , are on their way to their final orbit following a flawless launch on Thursday.

Gallery: The most important telescopes in history
NewScientist - May 14, 2009
UK — In celebration of the International Year of Astronomy in 2009, New Scientist takes you on an armchair tour of some of the most important telescopes ever built.

Galileo remembered, honored at Astrofest
BYU NewsNet - May 14, 2009
Provo, UTAH — In honor of the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first glance through the telescope, the Physics and Astronomy Department is sponsoring its first-annual Astrofest this weekend, an event aimed at getting participants to discover astronomy.

Agencia AngolaPress - May 14, 2009
Luanda, ANGOLA — The Ministry of Science and Technology (MINCIT) on May 19, opens the International Year of Astronomy, created by the United Nations, in its 62nd general assembly of December 20, 2006, Angop has learnt.

Dark Skies 15,300, Light Pollution 0
Sky & Telescope - May 14, 2009
Palm Coast, FLORIDA — No matter how long they've been at it, most amateur astronomers still crave two things: a larger telescope aperture and darker skies. And they'll also tell you that the former is far easier to get than the latter.

Europe launches telescopes to study universe
Deutsche Welle - May 14, 2009
Kourou, FRENCH GUIANA — An Ariane 5 rocket carrying the two observatories, Herschel and Planck, blasted off from the European Space Agency's (ESA) launch centre in French Guiana. It was to take them out to a position some 1.5 million kilometers from Earth, giving the astronomical instruments an ideal station from which to view the universe.

Learners discover the sciences
Joburg - May 14, 2009
Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA — Maths, science and technology were highlighted at an all-day Psyched 4 Science event, hosted by the City's library and information services unit, in conjunction with the Johannesburg Planetarium and Ivory Park Secondary School.

Busselton-Dunsborough Mail - May 13, 2009
Busselton WA, AUSTRALIA — A team of Cornerstone Christian College students hit astronomical heights last week when they competed against schools from across the country in the Astronomy WA Challenge Cup.

Google releases mobile planetarium app for Android - Sky Map
IntoMobile - May 13, 2009
Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA — Google has released a new application for Android. It’s called Sky Map and it shows the sky based on your location and the direction you’re facing with your HTC Dream/Magic.

Scripps News - May 12, 2009
Washington, DC — The NASA space shuttle Atlantis was successfully launched Monday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, beginning the latest adventure in the now lengthy story of exploration of outer space.

Forbes Advocate - May 12, 2009
Forbes NSW, AUSTRALIA — Last month Forbes participated in an international astronomical event as part of the year-long celebration of International Year of Astronomy.

WNDU-TV - May 12, 2009
South Bend, INDIANA — 2009 is the International year of Astronomy, and some Penn-Harris Madison students are taking it pretty seriously with a big project on outdoor light pollution in the community.

Astronomy day is out of this world
Sunderland Echo - May 11, 2009
Sunderland, ENGLAND — A fire station fanned the flames of interest in astronomy as it hosted to a space-themed day. Sunderland Astronomical Society (SAS) was at Framwellgate Moor Fire Station, Durham City, to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy.

Scientists Hail Hubble-bound Shuttle
Space.com - May 11, 2009
Cape Canaveral, FLORIDA — Astronomers and NASA managers alike rejoiced the successful Monday launch of the space shuttle Atlantis to give the Hubble Space Telescope one last tune-up, but now comes the hard part: actually fixing the 19-year-old observatory.

Porterville Recorder - May 11, 2009
Porterville, California — The Tulare Astronomical Association will offer free instruction and troubleshooting at 6 p.m. Friday for telescope owners who pre-register with the TAA and bring in their telescope. The session takes place in conjunction with the showing of a new full-dome feature titled “Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope.”

Venetia Phair Dies at 90; as a Girl, She Named Pluto
New York Times - May 11, 2009
Banstead, ENGLAND — Frozen and lonely, Planet X circled the far reaches of the solar system awaiting discovery and a name. It got one thanks to an 11-year-old British girl named Venetia Burney, an enthusiast of the planets and classical myth.

Year of the Stars
Peterman's Eye - May 11, 2009
Lexington, KENTUCKY — We know now the earth revolves around the sun, but back then the idea was inexplicable.

New Britain Herald - May 10, 2009
New Britain, CONNECTICUT — Amateur telescope maker John Dobson once maintained that the true value of a telescope is measured by how many people look through it. At CCSU’s Copernican Observatory and Planetarium, this sentiment motivates everything we do. It is our primary job to bring the heavens down to earth for our students and the residents of Connecticut.

New York Academy of Sciences - May 10, 2009
New York, NEW YORK — Formed seven years ago, Big Apple Baroque this year provides a suitably out-of-this-world programme of Bach, Purcell and Handel in celebration of the International Year of Astronomy.

Gazing deeper still
ScienceNews - May 9, 2009
USA — Such a small thing, really — two pieces of glass and a tube no longer than the span of a man’s arm. The first telescope that Galileo built (and I don’t mean he was the first to build one, for surely he wasn’t) played tricks with distance and size.

ScienceNews - May 9, 2009
USA — I was tickled when Rick Fienberg, then editor of Sky & Telescope magazine, stood up at a special session at the August 2006 meeting of the International Astronomical Union in Prague, grabbed the microphone and proclaimed that every person on Earth should look at the night sky through a telescope in 2009, as Galileo did 400 years earlier.

UDaily - May 8, 2009
Newark, DELAWARE — A book belonging to the University of Delaware Library, Galileo Galilei, La operazione dell compass geometric, et militare ... (Padua, 1640), has been loaned from the Special Collections Department to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia for the exhibition "Galileo, the Medici and the Age of Astronomy," which runs through Sept. 7.

Art Daily - May 8, 2009
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA — A fascinating exhibition featuring photographs of space travel and images inspired by space will open at the National Gallery of Victoria on 8 May.

Fay Observer - May 7, 2009
Fayetteville, NORTH CAROLINA — The weather is looking questionable for Friday night’s 8:30 - 10 PM public viewing session in Kiwanis Park off Fort Bragg Road.

Get a feel for life as an astronaut
News-Leader - May 7, 2009
Springfield, MISSOURI — Stop by the Discovery Center Friday evening and help the science museum celebrate the International Year of Astronomy at a Star Party from 5 to 8 p.m.

Hubble has opened eyes, sparked scientific interest
Florida Today - May 7, 2009
Cape Canaveral, FLORIDA — The beautiful and mysterious images first captivated teenager Miriah Hokett in the fourth grade. They were pictures of exploding stars and colliding galaxies taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, which launched before she was born and now nears a final upgrade that could increase its discovery power by up to 70 times.

Cult of Mac Favorite: Star Walk
Cult of Mac - May 6, 2009
San Francisco, CALIFORNIA — Star Walk is the official mobile astronomy guide for the International Year of Astronomy (IYA 2009), a $5 app for iPhone and iPod Touch that makes enjoyment of the celestial universe easier and possibly more enjoyable than anything outside a professional telescope.

First Area Star Party Planned May 21-24
AZJournal.com - May 6, 2009
Sutter Ranch, ARIZONA — The first of three summer star parties will be held Thursday through Sunday, May 21-24, at the Sutter Ranch, located 10 miles east of Snowflake. Amateur astronomers based in Snowflake-Taylor and surrounding areas have formed a new star club, the Little Colorado River Valley Astronomy Club (LCRVAC).

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