|Arcetri, Tuscany, Italy (1564 - 1642)|
Galileo Galilei was a Tuscan physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher who played a major role in the scientific revolution. His achievements include improvements to the telescope and consequent astronomical observations, and support for Copernicanism. His contributions to observational astronomy include the discovery of the four largest satellites of Jupiter and the observation and analysis of sunspots.
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Terre Haute Tribune Star - April 21, 2009Terre Haute, INDIANA — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology will celebrate the International Year of Astronomy by showcasing a collection of the most dramatic views of our universe — planets, comets, stars, nebulae, galaxies and the clusters in which they congregate — in a special exhibit, From Earth to the Universe, on display in hallways on the ground floor of the college’s Moench Hall.
Piggot Times - April 21, 2009Piggot, ARKANSAS — This spring, our nation's space program is seeing progress toward a human return to the Moon, a spacecraft to find earth-like planets elsewhere in our galaxy, preparations for the last shuttle flight to the Hubble Space Telescope, a continuation of a successful probe around Saturn, as well as other projects.
West Island Chronicle - April 21, 2009Pointe-Claire QC, CANADA — Come celebrate International Astronomy Day and the International Year of Astronomy with the Montréal Planetarium! We’re inviting one and all to come out and discover the sky at the Morgan Arboretum, in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, starting at 8 p.m. on May 1 and 2.
Science Blog - April 21, 2009Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA — The highly anticipated International Year of Astronomy 2009 Cornerstone project , She Is An Astronomer, was launched today. She Is An Astronomer aims to help achieve several of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, including promoting gender equality and empowering women.
Chillicothe Gazette - April 21, 2009Chillicothe, OHIO — To celebrate the International Year of Astronomy, Unioto High School science teacher Brittnee Lydy organized a stargazing event Friday evening.
Science Centric - April 21, 2009Sofia, BULGARIA — Rural areas in Britain could see a return to dark skies, if the UK lighting industry adopts the results of a seven-year study by Dr Chris Baddiley, the Scientific Advisor to the BAA Campaign for Dark Skies.
Science Centric - April 21, 2009Sofia, BULGARIA — A team of astronomers from University College London (UCL), including undergraduate students, have discovered that an exotic world passes directly in front of the Sun-like star it orbits, revealing for the first time that it is about the same size as Jupiter.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory - April 20, 2009Pasadena, CALIFORNIA — NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., welcomes the public to its annual Open House on Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
SpaceRef - April 20, 2009USA — To mark the International Year of Astronomy, ESA is launching a special competition for secondary school students and undergraduates. Participants will use data obtained by the Integral space observatory to investigate objects in one of the most active regions of our Galaxy.
The Niagara Falls Review - April 20, 2009Niagara Falls, CANADA — Stan Sammi has always been interested in the night sky. After many conversations with a co-worker about astronomy, he took a look though a telescope at night.
Cherry Hill Courier Post - April 20, 2009Cherry Hill, NEW JERSEY — The Rowan University Astronomy Club and the Department of Physics & Astronomy will commemorate the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first use of the telescope as an astronomical tool by hosting an open house on Thursday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Rowan University Astronomical Observatory, Rt. 322, Glassboro.
EarthTimes - April 20, 2009New York, NEW YORK — On Saturday, May 2, "The Explorers Club" celebrates 2009 as "The International Year of Astronomy" and marks the 400th anniversary of the first use of an astronomical telescope by Galileo Galilei with a full day event -- "Space Stories." This "Explorers Club" sponsored event features presentations ranging from traditional space and aeronautical disciplines to emerging fields in space exploration including presentations from some of the most prominent individuals in space exploration.
The Salinas Californian - April 20, 2009Salinas, CALIFORNIA — Science, healthy living and fine arts all blend together at the Third Annual Family Science & Health Day at Hartnell College this weekend. Many hands-on activities will be featured, along with bounce houses and activities for younger children.
Great Falls Tribune - April 18, 2009Great Falls, MONTANA — The stars — and stargazers — were out Friday night for the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center's Star Party Extravaganza in Great Falls.
The News Journal - April 18, 2009Philadelphia, PENNSYLVANIA — Though it looks like a cardboard tube that got left out in the rain, it's a priceless instrument whose owner changed the world.
CBC - April 17, 2009Toronto, CANADA — There's a new asteroid in the solar system, and its name is Tafelmusik.
Examiner.com - April 17, 2009Denver, COLORADO — 2009, the 500th anniversary of Galileo's telescope, has been designated the International Year of Astronomy. What better way to celebrate this event -- and give your kids a valuable science lesson -- than to take your family to gaze at the heavens through a telescope at one of the many star parties and other viewing events held throughout Colorado?
Vermillion Standard - April 17, 2009Alberta, CANADA — Looking at stars and constellations has kept people entertained since the beginning of man and on May 2 locals are invited to attend the second annual Vermilion Astronomy Day.
Great Falls Tribune - April 17, 2009Great Falls, MONTANA — Whether it's clear or cloudy, heavenly bodies share top billing at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center this evening.
The Malta Independent - April 17, 2009Tal-Qroqq, MALTA — The Department of Physics of the University of Malta in collaboration with the Malta Committee of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 and the United States Embassy will be hosting two talks by Senator Harrison Schmitt.
UNL News - April 16, 2009Lincoln, NEBRASKA — Astronomy Day 2009 will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 2 at the University of Nebraska State Museum in Morrill Hall, south of 14th and Vine streets on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln City Campus.
Ada Evening News - April 16, 2009Ada, OKLAHOMA — To celebrate the 2009 International Year of Astronomy and East Central University’s Centennial, ECU’s Society of Physics Students will host a free public lecture on astronomy at 7 p.m. Friday in the Estep Multimedia Center in the University Center.
LinuxWorld - April 16, 2009Sydney, AUSTRALIA — AARNet, Australia's Academic and Research Network, is partnering with content providers such as Questacon, Australia’s leading scientific educator, and Australian National University, to create a new style of interactive content for school students.
The Explorer - April 15, 2009Tucson, ARIZONA — In the summer of 1609, Galileo turned his telescope to the night sky and forever changed our view of the universe and ourselves, scientifically proving the Copernican theory of a sun-centered solar system.
Space Ref - April 15, 2009Washington, DC — The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Harvard Origins of Life Initiative are sponsoring a landmark two-day symposium May 1-2, “Crossroads: The Future of Human Life in the Universe.”
Post-Bulletin - April 15, 2009Rochester, MINNESOTA — "She's on fire!" shouted 10-year-old Michael Jones as he watched an infrared video of a woman using a hairdryer.
Nyngan Observer - April 15, 2009Nyngan NSW, AUSTRALIA — Discover the magnificent night skies and Aboriginal rock art in the backyard of Cobar.
Tampa Bay Online - April 15, 2009Tampa, FLORIDA — Stewart Middle School's John Glenn Top Gun Academy students traveled to Germany recently to visit their teacher, Lynn McDaniel.
Iosco News - April 15, 2009East Tawas, MICHIGAN — DobZilla, a massive telescope owned by the Sunset Astronomy Society (SAS), will be making a return to the Tawases Saturday.
Iowa City Press Citizen - April 15, 2009Iowa City, IOWA — The UI series of free, public talks celebrating the International Year of Astronomy 2009 will continue with a talk by Kenneth G. Gayley, associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, at 7 p.m. today in Lecture Room 1 of Van Allen Hall.
Your Local Guardian - April 14, 2009ENGLAND — This amazing picture of the moon was one of many captured at the Kenley Observatory as part of its Spring Moonwatch.
Universe Today - April 13, 2009Vancouver BC, CANADA — We just received some great information from Kris Koenig, the producer/director of the PBS documentary that is now airing “400 Years of the Telescope,” and we wanted to help get the word out to both astronomers and teachers about this new educational program called Astronomer in the Classroom.
Prescott Magazine - April 13, 2009Prescott, ARIZONA — Did you miss the sneak preview of the PBS Special "400 Years of the Telescope" at the Elks Opera House in March?
The Sahuarita Sun - April 13, 2009Sahuarita, ARIZONA — Tubac Productions will kick off its series of special events with an astronomy day at La Entrada de Tubac on May 2.
The Daily Courier - April 13, 2009Prescott, ARIZONA — The Prescott Astronomy Club is sponsoring a special series of free "Spotlight on the Stars" events this week in celebration of International Astronomy Week and the International Year of Astronomy.
Bernama.com - April 13, 2009Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA — Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) on Tuesday launched commemorative coins to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009).
Cologne, GERMANY - April 13, 2009German Aerospace Center — The 'Little Dipper' and the 'Big Dipper' – even people without any knowledge of astronomy will at least be familiar with these names.
Victoria News - April 13, 2009Victoria BC, CANADA — On a rare, clear mid-week night, about a dozen people are on the top of the University of Victoria’s Bob Wright building.
Dark Matter Science Blog - April 13, 2009Don Mills, CANADA — It's the International Year of Astronomy. Canada is celebrating by cutting all funding to a major research and training observatory. And two federal institutions are playing pass the buck.
Foster's Daily Democrat - April 13, 2009Dover, NEW HAMPSHIRE — John S. Gianforte of the Blue Sky Observatory in Durham will present “In the Footsteps of the Master”, a voyage back through time to the days of Galileo as he made the first recorded and publicized telescopic observations in 1609, 400 years ago.
Big Island Video News - April 13, 2009Hilo, HAWAII — Dr. Doug Simons, director of the Frederick C. Gillett Gemini North telescope on Mauna Kea, will present the “From Galileo to Gemini” talk on Thursday, April 16, at the W. M. Keck Observatory’s Hualalai Learning Theater in Waimea, and Saturday, April 18, at Imiloa Astronomy Center’s planetarium in Hilo.
Tampa Tribune - April 13, 2009Avon Park, FLORIDA — Avon Park Middle School eight-grade science students in Chris Stephan's class are currently studying the Solar System.
Arkansas Traveler - April 13, 2009Fayetteville, ARKANSAS — In honor of the 400th anniversary of Galileo's telescope, scientists have created a series of events for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy.
The National Newspaper - April 13, 2009Abu Dhabi, UAE — “Humans have such an interest in space because we evolved from space. There’s this part of us, that I think is probably genetic, that draws us to space and makes us want to discover what is out there,” says Dr Robert Williams, the president elect of the International Astronomical Union.
Southern Highland News - April 13, 2009Bowral NSW, AUSTRALIA — Wingecarribee residents are being encouraged to reach for the stars during the National Trust Heritage Festival until April 19.
Times of Malta - April 13, 2009Valletta, MALTA — Astronomers from around the world will be meeting in Malta later this year to discuss galaxy formation during a conference organised by Maltese astronomer Victor Debattista, a global authority on the subject.
Expatica.com - April 12, 2009SWITZERLAND — Astronomy can unlock many of the universe's mysteries, but is that enough? People think of astronomy as an elite science with little relevance for development. While there are people living in poverty, isn't astronomy a luxury? How can countries justify large investments in telescopes, observatories and astronomical research while people are suffering from lack of basic amenities?
Observatorio de la Ballona - April 12, 2009Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA — I received an e-mail from Carla Befera, who is doing national PR for 400 Years of the Telescope, a show coming up on PBS. She asked me to put in a plug for the show so my readers would know about it. It looks really good. It may have aired in your area as the general release was April 10, but it is on this Thursday, April 16 at 7pm on KCET in Los Angeles.
Business Mirror - April 12, 2009Makati City, PHILIPPINES — On a humid Sunday evening on the spacious campus of Rizal Technological University (RTU) in Pasig, a group of 30 people huddled around a telescope on the roof deck of the school’s main building.
2theAdvocate.com - April 12, 2009Baton Rouge, LOUISIANA — Actually, it’s coincidence. “But it all comes together,” Timothy Muffitt said. Muffit is the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra’s conductor and musical director, and he’s speaking of the upcoming concert when the symphony performs Gustav Holst’s The Planets.
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