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George Ellery Hale was an American solar astronomer, born in Chicago. He was educated at MIT, at the Observatory of Harvard College, (1889-90), and at Berlin (1893-94). As an undergraduate at MIT, he invented the spectroheliograph, with which he made his discoveries of the solar vortices and magnetic fields of sun spots.

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World Celebrates 5,000 Years of Astronomy
Softpedia - December 12, 2009
Stonehenge, UK — As you all know, 2009 was the International Year of Astronomy (IYA).

The Big Dipper Adds a Star
Sky & Telescope - December 11, 2009
GLOBAL — It's no secret that at community star parties I bring small, squat telescopes specifically to attract little kids in the crowd. And one of my favorite targets is the paired stars Alcor and Mizar in the Big Dipper's handle.

Inwood Celebrates International Year of Astronomy with Geminid Meteor Shower
DNAinfo - December 10, 2009
Manhattan, NEW YORK — The International Year of Astronomy is drawing to a close, and the global stargazing party’s grand finale arrives with this weekend’s Geminid meteor shower in Inwood.

Springfield News-Leader - December 10, 2009
Springfield, MISSOURI — For outdoors enthusiasts feeling frozen out of their usual fresh-air pleasures and pastimes, things are looking up — astronomically.

News OK - December 10, 2009
Norman, OKLAHOMA — A University of Oklahoma associate professor is scheduled to shine light on dark matter that’s prevalent throughout the universe.

Kids getting starstruck at SFU
Burnaby News - December 9, 2009
Vancouver BC, CANADA — Howard Trottier remembers the exact moment when he got hooked.

XMM-Newton celebrates 10 years of discovery
Space Fellowship - December 9, 2009
Kourou, FRENCH GUIANA — ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray observatory is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Big Island Video News - December 8, 2009
Hilo, HAWAII — Dr. Michael Bolte will discuss the history of telescopes and astronomy discovery leading to plans for the Thirty Meter Telescope project - December 8, 2009
Toronto ONT, CANADA — Astrophysicist Ray Jayawardhana of the University of Toronto has been awarded the 2009 Steacie Prize, one of Canada's most prestigious honours for rising stars in science and engineering.

Astronomy.FM Hosts Radio Broadcasts & Live Online Viewing for Global Meteorwatch Event
TransWorldNews - December 7, 2009
GLOBAL — Astronomy.FM will broadcast live and share a number of online observing opportunities for amateur astronomers around the world to participate in the #MeteorWatch Twitter event.

A Poster Boy’s Retro Space Out
Wired - December 7, 2009
USA — The International Year of Astronomy coincides with the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s revolutionary telescope this year. So what better way to celebrate history than with a retro look at the cosmos?

Express Buzz - December 7, 2009
Thiruvananthapuram, INDIA — Saturn with its splendid rings whirring around some 1.2 billion km away will now be just a telescope’s distance from the Chalai Government UP School.

Rediscovering Galileo
Herald Tribune - December 6, 2009
Sarasota, FLORIDA — It was 400 years ago when the Italian astronomer Galileo aimed the recently invented telescope at the night sky and changed the way people looked at the world.

Look Up: What's in the Sky This Week?
DCist - December 6, 2009
Washington, DC — The biggest celestial show always waits 'til last, so be sure to look up this week for the Geminids.

The Joy of a Meteor Shower
Telegraph-Journal - December 5, 2009
New Brunswick, CANADA — Traditionally, many celebrations are capped with fireworks displays. As the International Year of Astronomy winds down, bundle up for a night of meteoritic fireworks in the night sky.

A bit of NASA to land in Warren County
Warren Reporter - December 5, 2009
Belvidere, NEW JERSEY — New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Distinguished Professor of Physics Dale E. Gary, will guide visitors on a journey to the center of the galaxy on Friday, Dec. 11 at the Cooperative Extension Services of Warren County.

365 Days of Astronomy to Continue in 2010
Universe Today - December 4, 2009
GLOBAL — Calling all podcasters! The award-winning 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast is proud to announce the project will continue for another 365 days, and is now accepting sign-ups for participants for 2010.

Scitech roadshow visits Hyden
Merredin Wheatbelt Mercury - December 3, 2009
Hyden, KENTUCKY — Students at Hyden Primary School got a first-hand experience in the wonders of science when the Scitech Roadshow visited last Thursday.

Theatre department looks to the stars for International Year of Astronomy
University of Victoria - December 3, 2009
Victoria BC, CANADA — Galileo proposed that, “All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.”

Highlighting astronomy
Defi Media - December 3, 2009
Port Louis, MAURITIUS — This year, the world is celebrating the 400 years of the first recorded astronomical observation made by a Galileo Galilei telescope.

Explore the Universe with Science@ESA
Universe Today - December 3, 2009
GLOBAL — If you're looking for some superb space and astronomy vodcasts, ESA has produced a series of informative video podcasts that explore our Universe as seen through the "eyes" of ESA's fleet of science spacecraft.

Exploratorium director chooses films that speak cinematic language
San Francisco Examiner - December 3, 2009
San Francisco, CALIFORNIA — Liz Keim, the director of the cinema arts program and senior curator at the Exploratorium, has been working at the museum since 1977.

Zenit News Agency - December 3, 2009
Rome, ITALY — Four hundred years after he invented the first telescope, Galileo Galilei's legacy lives on, continuing to influence how the world views science and how science views the world and, of course, the universe.

Times of India - December 1, 2009
Chandigarh UT, INDIA — Some times, the moon does not just limit itself to eclipsing the sun. It goes inter-stellar and hides far off stars behind it. Astronomers call such events occultations.

Journal Live - November 30, 2009
Tyneside, UK — A push is under way on Tyneside to encourage people to spend more time with the stars.

Polish and British music students join together for Copernicus Music Festival
News Shopper Online - November 30, 2009
Blackheath, UK — What happens when the brightest Polish and British music students and conductors collide during the International Year of Astronomy?

Great Falls Tribune - November 29, 2009
Great Falls, MONTANA — Jane Weber remembers the excitement that welled up inside her as a child when she stared at the moon.

Telescope donation celebrates International Year of Astronomy
Times Colonist - November 29, 2009
Victoria BC, CANADA — More students in the Greater Victoria school district can aim for the stars with the donation of 30 telescopes by the Victoria Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

Southtown Star - November 29, 2009
Orland Park, ILLINOIS — Galileo would be proud. Four hundred years ago the father of modern astronomy used a telescope to peer into the sky and began to study the stars.

Times of India - November 28, 2009
Pune, INDIA — Ten sculptors are to make a presentation of their work and inspiration at a two-day sculptors' symposium to be held on December 2 and 3 at the Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA).

Courier-Journal - November 27, 2009
Cincinnati, OHIO — Madcap Productions Puppet Theatre and its cast of giant, Muppet-esque puppets are celebrating the International Year of Astronomy and the 400th anniversary of Italian astronomer Galileo's telescope debut with a production of “Look Out Galileo!”

New Scientist - November 27, 2009
New York, NEW YORK — Philip Glass's new opera, Kepler, inspired by the life and scientific contributions of Renaissance astronomer Johannes Kepler, premiered in the US at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in New York last week.

'Blue moon' term not really about color
Fayetteville Observer - November 26, 2009
Fayetteville, NORTH CAROLINA — It happens every 29 1/2 days. The moon swings opposite the sun in our skies. Sunlight hits the moon straight on from our earthly perspective, which causes the moon to appear full.

PRNewswire - November 26, 2009
Paris, FRANCE — Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva, permanent representative of the Republic of Uzbekistan to UNESCO and founder of Fund Uzbekistan 2020, opened today, the International Astronomy Conference held in Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris - CNRS, "A tribute to the Uzbek astronomer Mirzo Ulughbeg".

Salisbury Post - November 25, 2009
Salisbury, NORTH CAROLINA — The Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium at Horizons Unlimited will take visitors on a journey to the center of the galaxy when it unveils unprecedented mural-sized images of the Milky Way's core as seen by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Into the Milky Way
The Prairie - November 25, 2009
Orland Park, ILLINOIS — Visitors to the Orland Park Public Library traveled to the Milky Way Galaxy and Saturn on Wednesday, Nov. 18, a the library unveiled mural-sized images of the Milky Way Galaxy from NASA's Great Observatories.

Tidelines festival focus
The Manly Daily - November 23, 2009
Manly NSW, AUSTRALIA — Discover the effects of the moon and the sun on our tides during this year’s Manly Ocean Care Day Festival.

Porlock astronomy event draws in the crowds
This is the West Country - November 23, 2009
Porlock, UK — People rocketed down to Porlock on Saturday for an event of astronomical proportions.

The Christian Post - November 22, 2009
VATICAN CITY — The Pontifical Academy of Science recently hosted a gathering leading scientists from around the world to assess the most recent research on life in the universe and to discuss the possibility of life on other planets.

Express Buzz - November 22, 2009
Thiruvananthapuram, INDIA — The two-day camp to get familiarise solar system among students began at the Kerala State Science and Technology museum here on Saturday.

Peninsula Clarion - November 20, 2009
Kenai, ALASKA — The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska (CLCA) will be holding a star party today and unveiling new and never before seen mural-sized images of the center of our Milky Way Galaxy.

Press & Sun-Bulletin - November 20, 2009
Binghamton, NEW YORK — Kopernik Observatory & Science Education Center will celebrate the international “Year of Astronomy” by unveiling new mural-sized images from NASA’s observatories today at its facility on Underwood Road in Vestal.

Binary systems share stardust
Institute of Physics - November 19, 2009
Bristol, UK — Telescopes now routinely yield detailed images of the cosmos, and in the process help unravel some of the mysteries surrounding our own existence.

The Castlegar Source - November 19, 2009
Castlegar BC, CANADA — One hundred of the Kootenays' finest young minds recently put their brain power into action as part of Kootenay Contraption contest.

Colder nights bring clearer skies, ideal for gazing at stars, planets
Daily Record - November 19, 2009
Morristown, NEW JERSEY — Many of us can remember as kids lying on a blanket in the back yard or an open field and looking up at the sky to see the stars. It felt magical, as if we were at one with the universe.

Press Trust of India - November 18, 2009
New Delhi, INDIA — An astro-fortnight celebrating the International Year of Astronomy (IYA 2009) got off to a scintillating start here as space enthusiasts listened to fusion music by an Indian vocalist and an Italian violinist.

Unseen images of deep space unveiled at King Library
Spartan Daily - November 18, 2009
San Jose, CALIFORNIA — The collective sound of wows and astonished gasps filled the Fourth Street lobby of the King Library on Monday afternoon.

Indian Express - November 18, 2009
Pune, INDIA — The year 2009 is being celebrated as the International year of astronomy by UNESCO and IAU (International Astronomical Union) as it marks the 400 years of the first use of a telescope by Galileo that eventually led to a scientific revolution.

RF Globalnet - November 18, 2009
GLOBAL — Astronomers will tie together the largest collection of the world's radio telescopes ever assembled to work as a single observing tool in a project aimed at improving the precision of the reference frame scientists use to measure positions in the sky.

NewsTimes - November 17, 2009
New Haven, CONNECTICUT — Is there life on other planets? It's a question that everyone from scientists to ordinary citizens has been asking for generations.

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