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SIR JOHN HERSCHEL
SIR JOHN HERSCHEL
Berkshire, England (1792 - 1871)
Sir John Frederick William Herschel was an English mathematician, astronomer, chemist, experimental photographer and inventor. The son of astronomer Sir William Herschel, he originated the use of the Julian day system in astronomy. He named seven moons of Saturn and four moons of Uranus.
 

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Times of India - March 15, 2009
Lucknow, INDIA — School students and general public alike will get a chance to know about the exciting facts of astronomy.

NASA Astronaut Makes Stops in Lincoln, Omaha
KOLN - March 14, 2009
Omaha, NEBRASKA — Nebraskans will have three chances to spy an astronaut this weekend as NASA astronaut and Nebraska native Clayton Anderson visits the cornhusker state.

WSBT-TV - March 14, 2009
Mishawaka, INDIANA — This year is the International Year of Astronomy and there are lots of different events commemorating it.

Chronicle Herald - March 14, 2009
Halifax, CANADA — It's after midnight on a calm, crisp late winter’s night, and I’ve discovered a comet.

Aero-News Network - March 14, 2009
Washington, DC — The public is invited to join in on the fun as NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center celebrates 100 Hours of Astronomy in conjunction with the International Year of Astronomy.

Waterford Skyfest kicks off weekend
Irish Times - March 14, 2009
Waterford, IRELAND — All eyes will be on the Co Waterford skies this evening as the centrepiece of the St Patrick’s Festival, the National Lottery Skyfest fireworks display, takes place on the city’s quays

Road-tripper's guide to the galaxy
The Age - March 14, 2009
Sydney, AUSTRALIA — Col Turner has been gazing at the stars for more than 40 years. He has tracked a rare transit of Venus past Earth, spotted countless comets and caught sight of an elusive cloud of nebula gas.

SPIE Newsroom - March 13, 2009
Bellingham, WASHINGTON — SPIE is proud to join in the worldwide celebration of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA), timed to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Galileo's telescope.

A Celebration of the Cosmos
Epoch Times - March 13, 2009
Ottawa, CANADA — If music can uplift the human spirit, then Friday’s concert at Dominion-Chalmers United Church could take one to the stratosphere as the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra commemorated the International Year of Astronomy with Galileo Project: Music of the Spheres.

Art Daily - March 13, 2009
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA — Opening on 13 March, the National Gallery of Victoria will present Shared Sky, a fascinating exhibition exploring the cultural experience of the night sky over Australia.

Idaho Statesman - March 12, 2009
Caldwell, IDAHO — The Whittenberger Planetarium at The College of Idaho will recognize the International Year of Astronomy with two shows in the spring.

Herald Banner - March 12, 2009
Commerce, TEXAS — Have you ever wanted to see the rings of Saturn live, view craters of the Moon up close, observe a nebula, or the colors of a double star? This is your chance.

PRNewswire - March 12, 2009
New York, NEW YORK — The public is invited to join in on the fun as NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center celebrates 100 Hours of Astronomy in conjunction with the International Year of Astronomy. This four-day event, designed to bring astronomy to the public around the world, runs from April 2-5, 2009.

Where the Sun Hits the Sky - March 12, 2009
Kendal Lake District, UK — This post may seem a little late as 2009 is hardly the youngest of years at the moment, and I have already posted about several aspects of the International Year of Astronomy, 2009, but as the national launches are going on round the world this month (and in cyberspace), I thought I’d add a few words.

Wrexham Chronicle - March 12, 2009
Wrexham, UK — Scientists are to celebrate the 400th anniversary of telescopic viewing with a week-long series of events.

Whitchurch Herald - March 12, 2009
Whitchurch, UK — The chance to take part in a space-themed scientific adventure is being offered up by Whitchurch Rotary Club.

Express Buzz - March 12, 2009
Chennai, INDIA — In what should prompt a big hurray from Galileo, selected schools in Kerala are to be equipped with telescopes and astronomy clubs as part of a Kerala State Science and Technology Museum (KSSTM) endeavour to popularise skywatching.

Sheffield Telegraph - March 12, 2009
Sheffield, ENGLAND — The United Nations has designated 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy and the University of Sheffield is taking the lead in the Yorkshire and Humber region to get the general public involved and excited about astronomy.

Hidden Universe
Guardian News - March 10, 2009
UK — What the universe really looks like is a question that has puzzled astronomers for many years. But it is only in recent times, with the development of new technology, that the cosmic onion has been peeled away to reveal a reality that is stunningly different from what we thought we knew about a merely visible universe.

UCI’s astronomy night too successful; needs money to expand
ScienceDude - March 10, 2009
Santa Ana, CALIFORNIA — The periodic public astronomy nights that UC Irvine holds at its campus observatory are so popular the university is asking for donations so that it can sponsor more of them during this, the International Year of Astronomy.

Physics Today - March 10, 2009
USA — The Society of Physics Students (SPS) and Sigma Pi Sigma are joining organizations around the country and the world in celebration of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA 2009) and the Year of Science (YoS 2009). The SPS National Council chose A Universe of Wonder as the theme for 2009 in honor of these celebrations.

Marylhurst University - March 10, 2009
Marylhurst, OREGON — A public astronomy talk presenting cosmic perspectives on the Hubble Space Telescope and beyond will be held at Marylhurst University in celebration of the International Year of Astronomy 2009.

Discover Magazine - March 10, 2009
Pleasant Prairie, WISCONSIN — 400 years ago this year, people first started turning the newly invented telescope to the sky, and were astonished at what they saw.

The Hindu Business Line - March 10, 2009
Kozhikode, INDIA — Coming into being as only the second Centrally-owned Science Centre in the country in 1997 after Nagpur, the Regional Science Centre and Planetarium here has made rapid strides during the past decade to now become the first in the country to s et up a full-fledged hi-tech astronomical gallery.

Easier.com - March 9, 2009
UK — The International Year of Astronomy (2009) is now underway and to celebrate, specialist tour operator Journey Latin America has announced its top stargazing destinations across Latin America.

SW Iowa News - March 9, 2009
Council Bluffs, IOWA — A weekend of special events featuring NASA astronaut and Nebraska native Clayton Anderson will help mark the 2009 International Year of Astronomy.

Exhibition announcement
TAXI Design Network - March 9, 2009
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA — Coinciding with the International Year of Astronomy, Shared sky explores the cultural experience of the night sky over our southern continent.

Parkes Champion-Post - March 9, 2009
Parkes, AUSTRALIA — The Parkes Radio Telescope will join other astronomy sites throughout the state in becoming star attractions as part of the 2009 International Year of Astronomy.

Montreal Gazette - March 8, 2009
Montreal, CANADA — It was way too much of a stretch for the astronomer and mathematician Galileo to convince his 17th-century peers with mere words that the Earth revolved around the sun; he had to show them.

Things are looking up
The Age - March 8, 2009
Sydney, AUSTRALIA — It's heartening to know that even the great men of science can descend into petty bitch-fighting. Take Britain's first Astronomer Royal, John Flamsteed, and Sir Isaac Newton, for example. It appears as though the two didn't get on and Newton indulged in what Flamsteed called "continued impudent tricks and pretences".

Windsor Star - March 7, 2009
Ontario, CANADA — March is a month of transition, with days of milder temperatures and sunsets that linger farther into the evening. With the vernal equinox occurring on the 20th at 7:44 a.m. EDT, we're just a couple of weeks away now from saying goodbye to the long, bitter winter of 2009.

Endeavor News - March 7, 2009
Cherry Springs State Park, PENNSYLVANIA — As host of one of the nation's few Dark Skies Preserves, Cherry Springs State Park is joining in the celebration of 2009 as "International Year of Astronomy." Maxine Harrison, dark skies director at the park, is encouraging local residents to become involved in an international star-hunting program...

Boston Globe - March 7, 2009
Chicago, ILLINOIS — All winter, bright white Venus has been blazing in the western sky at dusk. Now it's getting lower every day. But this is Venus's most interesting time.

Ohio Wesleyan’s Perkins Observatory to Host ‘100 Hours of Astronomy’
Ohio Wesleyan University - March 6, 2009
Delaware, OHIO — 2009 is the International Year of Astronomy, and Ohio Wesleyan’s Perkins Observatory has planned a special “100 Hours of Astronomy” weekend April 3-4 to coincide with national and international amateur astronomer activities. This event is co-sponsored by the Columbus Astronomical Society.

Oldest Telescopes in the World Come to Chicago
NBC Chicago - March 6, 2009
Chicago, ILLINOIS — In 1609, Galileo was the first person to use a telescope to observe objects in the sky. Many say this signaled a new era in exploration.

Shreveport Times - March 6, 2009
Shreveport, LOUISIANA — Continuing local events associated with the International Year of Astronomy, the Shreveport-Bossier Astronomical Society will hold a free public star party Saturday, the first of four such get-togethers it will hold this spring.

Kollam to have observatory
Express News Service - March 6, 2009
Kollam, INDIA — Kollam is getting ready to have a full-fledged observatory with international standards, in the International Year of Astronomy (2009). It will be set up at the initiative of the All-Kerala Astro Sciences Society (AKAS).

Physorg.com - March 6, 2009
Chicago, ILLINOIS — As part of its education and public outreach efforts, the story of NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) mission has been chronicled in a space show premiering this month at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. The show also is being distributed free of charge and will be opening shortly in planetaria worldwide.

The Canberra Times - March 6, 2009
Sydney, AUSTRALIA — Sydney is wasting millions of kilowatts of electricity and being blinded to the heavens' beauty by the growing scourge of "light pollution", astronomers say.

Harvard astronomer Charbonneau honored with Waterman Award
Harvard University Gazette - March 5, 2009
Cambridge, MASSACHUSETTS — David Charbonneau, the 34-year-old Thomas D. Cabot Associate Professor of Astronomy, has been named the recipient of the National Science Foundation’s 2009 Alan T. Waterman Award, and will receive $500,000 over a three-year period for scientific research or advanced study in his field.

The stars come out at the Adler for the International Year of Astronomy
Northwestern University - March 5, 2009
Chicago, ILLINOIS — An 18th-century paper telescope and a NASA interstellar explorer might seem to be galaxies apart. But they’re both part of the Adler Planetarium’s celebration for the International Year of Astronomy.

People's Weekly World - March 5, 2009
Paris, FRANCE — The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) is about to reach new heights as the Global Cornerstone Project, 100 Hours of Astronomy, scheduled to take place from 2–5 April 2009, ramps up.

Senior shares NASA aspirations
The Daily Evergreen - March 5, 2009
Pullman, WASHINGTON — The common phrase “shoot for the stars” seems cliche in the case of senior physics major Sarah Myers.

Village going dark for Earth Hour
The Herald News - March 5, 2009
Homer Glen, ILLINOIS — Earth Hour will be part of a constellation of events this spring intended to show the value of the nighttime sky.

The Ottawa Citizen - March 5, 2009
Ottawa, CANADA — Audiences will see stars before, during and after the show when Toronto's Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra performs at Dominion-Chalmers Church Friday night.

The Acorn - March 5, 2009
Thousand Oaks, CALIFORNIA — Families will be looking to the stars during the Super Science Sunday celebration on March 22, a yearly event sponsored by the Discovery Center of Science and Technology.

The Michigan Messenger - March 4, 2009
MICHIGAN — First spotted on Feb. 28, an asteroid identified as 2009 DD45 buzzed by our planet on Monday, only 40,000 miles overhead between earth and the moon. Sky and Telescope reported that the asteroid flew over at an elevation twice as far above the earth as the orbit of telecommunications satellites we rely on every day.

Campbelltown-Macarthur Advertiser - March 4, 2009
Macarthur, AUSTRALIA — Macarthur Astronomical Society will hold nine public observing nights at the University of Western Sydney's observatory this year the first of which is on this Saturday.

Washington Speaks - March 3, 2009
Washington, DC — Most of the lecture was over my head, but the delivery and visuals were fascinating, informative, and beautiful.

Observatory gets new dome
News25 - March 3, 2009
Peoria, ILLINOIS — For all of you star gazers, workers are putting the finishing touches on the new dome of the Northmoor Observatory.

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