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Giovanni Domenico Cassini was an Italian mathematician, astronomer, engineer, and astrologer. Cassini was an astronomer at the Panzano Observatory, from 1648 to 1669, professor of astronomy at the University of Bologna and became, in 1671, director of the Paris Observatory. Along with Robert Hooke, Cassini is given credit for the discovery of the Great Red Spot on Jupiter (ca. 1665). Cassini was the first to observe four of Saturn's moons, which he called Sidera Lodoicea. Around 1690, Cassini was the first to observe differential rotation within Jupiter's atmosphere.

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The Press and Journal - February 20, 2009
Edinburgh, SCOTLAND — A former Moray physics teacher will next week give a presentation at the launch of the International Year of Astronomy.

Galileoscopes go on sale
MSNBC - February 20, 2009
Hampton, NEW HAMPSHIRE — Astronomers have launched a commercial venture aimed at putting low-cost telescopes in the hands of a million people around the world. The Galileoscope Web site, one of the cornerstone projects for the International Year of Astronomy, began taking orders for the simple yet powerful scopes Thursday night.

Great Falls Tribune - February 20, 2009
Great Falls, MONTANA — The Central Montana Astronomy Society and the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center host a star party tonight from 6 to 10:30. Celebrate the International Year of Astronomy by getting out under Montana's big, and relatively dark, night sky.

Fiat Nox
Professor Astronomy's Astronomy Blog - February 19, 2009
Austin, TEXAS — Believe it or not, the photo above shows what will soon be a major quandary for astronomers, both professional and amateur. Take a look at the streetlights in the foreground. They're a nice white color; you can see the colored paint on the pavement, and the lights seem reasonably bright. Then look in the background, and you'll see the orange glow of low-pressure sodium streetlights. If you've lived somewhere with the low-pressure sodium lights (like Tucson or San Jose), you know that it is impossible to see colors (other than light, dark and orange; even red cars look black under those lamps) and their glow is a little garish.

The moon and stars: upper Manhattan parks are a heavenly secret - February 19, 2009
New York, NEW YORK — This year has been dubbed the International Year of Astronomy. This is a bit of good luck for you if you live in upper Manhattan. Quiet as it's kept Inwood Hill Park is one of the best kept secrets in Manhattan. One of th reasons is the Inwood Astronomy Project. Inwood Hill park offers unobstructed views of the cosmos and the project provides telescopes and astronomers to help guide you. The next viewing is from 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm on Tuesday, February 24th (weather permitting.) You'll be able to view the convergence of Saturn and Comet Lulin. You are advised to bring a flashlight, and of course be sure to wear sturdy boots and dress appropriately for the night air.

UA News - February 19, 2009
Tucson, ARIZONA — The University of Arizona's Biosphere 2 and Mount Lemmon SkyCenter will unveil a new museum exhibit celebrating the International Year of Astronomy 2009 inside Biosphere 2's unique glass-enclosed, three-acre dome on Saturday.

UNM Today - February 19, 2009
Albuquerque, NEW MEXICO — The University of New Mexico Sevilleta Field Station will host two weekend workshops in recreational astronomy during 2009, the International Year of Astronomy. The field station is located on the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge in Socorro County.

The stars of the show
New Haven Register - February 19, 2009
New Haven, CONNECTICUT — You haven’t seen the Crab nebula until you’ve seen it in 3-D high-definition.

The Lindsay Post - February 19, 2009
Lindsay, ONTARIO — The Lindsay Concert Foundation is offering a concert 'out of this world' later this month.

Second ATV named after Johannes Kepler
ESA News - February 19, 2009
Bremen, GERMANY — ESA's second Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) has been named Johannes Kepler after the German astronomer and mathematician. Europe's next unmanned logistics spacecraft is scheduled for launch to the International Space Station in mid-2010.

Thaindian News - February 19, 2009
London, ENGLAND — The result of a survey in the UK has established the fact that most people dont know that Galileo discovered 400 years ago that the Earth orbits the Sun, as well as finding the four moons of Jupiter.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - February 19, 2009
Atlanta, GEORGIA — He set his eyes on the stars while a student at Henderson High School in DeKalb County. Now, Air Force Col. Eric Boe, who last year flew the Space Shuttle Endeavour to the international space station, is back where a kid once dreamed of the great yonder: Fernbank Science Center.

Taiwan News - February 18, 2009
TAIWAN — Two noted scientists urged the public yesterday to join star gazers around the world in observing comet Lulin - the first comet jointly discovered by astronomers on both sides of the Taiwan Strait in 2007 - when it moves closest to the Earth on Feb. 24. - February 17, 2009
West Lafayette, INDIANA — Purdue's College of Education will celebrate the International Year of Astronomy on Tuesday ( Feb. 17 ) at the Lafayette Jefferson High School's planetarium with an unveiling of two mural-sized images of the well-known spiral galaxy Messier 101. The images of the galaxy, also known as Pinwheel Galaxy, are from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory.

NASA Marks Galileo's Birthday with Galaxy Compound Image
Digital Chosunilbo - February 17, 2009
NASA — To mark the International Year of Astronomy, NASA on Monday released a combined image of spiral galaxy Messier 101 from its Great Observatories -- the Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope, and Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Washburn Review - February 16, 2009
Topeka, KANSAS — The International Year of Astronomy is to celebrate Galileo pointing his telescope toward the stars in 1609. Students can participate in the 400th anniversary at Washburn's Crane Observatory during their spring open house nights. Visitors can view the universe through the observatory telescope and a couple of portable telescopes setup on the roof deck of Stoffer Science Hall.

The Huffington Post - February 16, 2009
AUSTRALIA — Moonlight Head Celebrates 2009 Year of Astronomy with a Ultimate Southern Sky Experience with Leading Australian astronomer Perry Vlahos offering guests private sky tours.

Waubonsie to host special NASA exhibit
Naperville Sun - February 16, 2009
Naperville, ILLINOIS — Four hundred years ago, Galileo became the first observational astronomer to use a telescope to study the night sky. Prior to this innovation, such studies were left to the naked eye.

The Standard - February 16, 2009
HONG KONG — Friends of the Earth wants lights to be switched off on June 21 for stargazers to have a clear view of the star-studded night sky.

Daily Courier - February 15, 2009
Prescott, ARIZONA — In recognition of the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first celestial observations, 2009 is the International Year of Astronomy.

Journal Star - February 15, 2009
Peoria, ILLINOIS — The planetarium dome sparkled with brightly lit clusters of galaxies.

Journal Star - February 15, 2009
Peoria, ILLINOIS — Lakeview Museum is hosting several upcoming events related to astronomy as it celebrates the International Year of Astronomy in 2009.

The Vindicator - February 15, 2009
Youngstown, OHIO — Two mural-sized images of the Messier 101 galaxy, digitally photographed by NASA’s Great Observatories, are on display at the Ward Beecher Planetarium at Youngstown State University.

Another vision of the universe
International Space Fellowship - February 15, 2009
Baltimore, MARYLAND — In 1609, Galileo improved the newly invented telescope, turned it toward the heavens, and revolutionized our view of the universe. In celebration of the 400th anniversary of this milestone, 2009 has been designated as the International Year of Astronomy.

Battle Creek Enquirer - February 15, 2009
Battle Creek, MICHIGAN — I was happy to see an article about the Year of Science in the newspaper on Saturday, Feb. 7. In addition to providing organizations such as Kingman Museum with the opportunity to engage citizens in science, the Year of Science also provides an opportunity for those citizens to get involved with participating organizations and share their passion.

Reno's space-age Fleischmann Planetarium
San Francisco Chronicle - February 15, 2009
Reno, NEVADA — In 1964, when the space race was in full swing, a futuristic building appeared on a hill overlooking the University of Nevada campus in Reno. Designed by architect Ray Hellman, the Fleischmann Atmospherium-Planetarium featured a soaring, curved roof line; large, rotating solar panels; and a 30-foot-diameter dome theater. It was the first structure of its kind in the country to show full-dome motion pictures.

Ashland's ScienceWorks celebrates astounding astronomy
Ashland Daily Times - February 14, 2009
Ashland, OREGON — ScienceWorks will celebrate the International Year of Astronomy Saturday and Sunday with various hands-on astronomy activities, an unveiling of NASA images, a world premier of a film celebrating Galileo and stargazing at night.

Chronicle Herald - February 14, 2009
Nova Scotia, CANADA — So what do comets and Canadians have in common? - February 13, 2009
CAMPBELL RIVER, CANADA — It's not every day the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) comes to school but that was the case this week in Campbell River as Dr. Alain Berinstain, CSA director of planetary exploration and space astronomy, spoke to students at Ecole Phoenix Middle School and Timberline Secondary.

The News-Times - February 13, 2009
BALTIMORE, MD — Ordinarily, astronomers book time on the Hubble Space Telescope 18 months to two years in advance. There are 10 requests to use every hour Hubble has available.

Mail Tribune - February 13, 2009
MEDFORD, OREGON — Lincoln and Darwin both turned 200 this past Thursday. On Valentine's Day, the state of Oregon will turn 150. And if he were alive to celebrate his birthday on Feb. 15, Galileo Galilei would be 445. But he died at 78 on Jan. 8, 1642, of natural causes, after having gone blind.

Mail Tribune - February 13, 2009
ASHLAND, OREGON — ScienceWorks will celebrate the International Year of Astronomy Saturday and Sunday with hands-on astronomy activities, an unveiling of NASA images, a world premiere of a film celebrating Galileo and stargazing.

The Hindu - February 13, 2009
Hyderabad, INDIA — The State unit of Jana Vignana Vedika and Birla Science Centre is gearing up for two-day long activities to mark the quarter-centenary celebrations of invention of telescope by Galileo Galilei.

Belleville News-Democrat - February 13, 2009
St. Louis, MISSOURI — Get ready for an out-of-this-world experience tonight when the St. Louis Science Center shows off two new mural-sized photos taken by NASA's space observatories.

Become a stargazer at the Marion library
Chronicle-Tribune - February 13, 2009
Marion, INDIANA — Stargazing is more fun when you know something about what goes on in the skies above.

The Times of India - February 13, 2009
Pune, INDIA — Mangesh Mahade's life did not move beyond the daily routine until last week, when he was introduced to the world of stars. Now, Mahade, a

Florida Today - February 13, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC — NASA wants you to help select a new target for its flagship Hubble Space Telescope.

The Indianapolis Star - February 12, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Carmel High School's planetarium will celebrate the International Year of Astronomy Feb. 28, with one show at 7 p.m. and a second show at 8 p.m., according to planetarium director Keith Turner.

Los Angeles Times - February 12, 2009
LOS ANGELES, CA — The revolution was not his alone. The idea was an ancient one, and other scientists had embraced it along the way. But it took Galileo and the telescope he built to prove the truth to the masses: Earth is not the center of the universe.

La Repubblica delle Donne - February 12, 2009
ROMA, ITALIA — Grazie a Luca Novelli, domani a cena si beve un rosso darwiniano alla salute della teoria dell’evoluzione. Per i festeggiamenti scientifici fuori pasto, volevo comprare un po’ di Galileo’s Astronomical Ale, una bionda leggera che non ti taglia le gambe, dicono quelli che l’hanno bevuta il mese scorso al convegno dell’American Astronomical Society. Purtroppo Ken Grossner, il co-fondatore ambientalista della Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., dice che le scartoffie per mettere in commercio una produzione limitata a quest’anno con marchio registrato e tutto l’Amba Radan… bref, non la vende. In compenso ne regala migliaia di bottiglie, vuoto a rendere, agli eventi in tema e dal 10 aprile alle presentazioni di 400 Years of the Telescope, il documentario di un amico al quale ha prestato i soldi per realizzarlo.

MSNBC - February 11, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC — If anyone doubts that three telescopes are better than one, the latest image from NASA's Great Observatories should change that view with a single glance. - February 11, 2009
BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA — Galileo may have been able to understand the sun was the center of the solar system, but he never could have imagined the full vastness of the cosmos like we do today. And now with the 400th anniversary of the famed astronomer’s first observation through a telescope, Baton Rouge’s most sophisticated multimedia presentation venue is taking you even deeper into our universe that Galileo had just begun to understand.

Minivan News - February 11, 2009
MALDIVES — The Maldives first-ever science society, established this month to raise awareness about the sciences, will be holding its first event on Wednesday.

Kalamazoo Gazette - February 11, 2009
KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN — Normally a galaxy far, far away is just that and may only be seen through high-powered telescopes.

The Star Press - February 11, 2009
MUNCIE, INDIANA — Galaxy Messier 101 is fully 24 million light years from Earth, but it's just a short drive from space-minded folks who want to study its image up close, thanks to the unveiling of a new NASA picture at two local sites.

The News - February 11, 2009
KARACHI, PAKISTAN — The Szabist Night Hawk Society launched their first project by the name of ‘International Year of Astronomy 2009’ here on Tuesday at the Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute for Science and Technology (SZABIST) Clifton campus.

UPI - February 10, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. space agency is planning a special exhibit to celebrate Galileo's 445th birthday and 2009's designation as the International Year of Astronomy.

Reno Gazette-Journal - February 10, 2009
RENO, NEVADA — Events are scheduled locally to mark the International Year of Astronomy, the 400th anniversary of Galileo Galilei's first recorded astronomical observations with a telescope.

Bay City Times - February 10, 2009
BAY CITY, MICHIGAN — Comet Lulin, hailed as the "comet of cooperation," is rapidly brightening in our pre-dawn sky. Comet Lulin lives up to its title in several ways.

B92 - February 10, 2009
BELGRADE, SERBIA — Science Minister Božidar Đelić says that no less than EUR 44,000 will be set aside for scientific research this year.

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