Vera (Cooper) Rubin is an astronomer who has done pioneering work on galaxy rotation rates. Her discovery of what is known as "flat rotation curves" is the most direct and robust evidence of dark matter.
Munich, GERMANY The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) is soliciting nominations and submissions for the IYA2009/Mani Bhaumik Prize for Excellence in Astronomy Education and Public Outreach.
Ottawa ONT, CANADA Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Astronaut Dr. Robert Thirsk will launch National Science and Technology Week with a message to the delegates attending the launch event at the Canada Science and Technology Museum (CSTM).
Providence, RHODE ISLAND This is the International Year of Astronomy, coming 400 years after the first telescope observations by Galileo, and Brown University is celebrating the event with an exhibit of venerable equipment and images.
Paris, FRANCE American film 400 Years of The Telescope documents the last four centuries of astronomy. The film was shown at the Pariscience Scientific Film Festival (held recently in Paris France).