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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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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.

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