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Johannes Kepler was a German mathematician, astronomer and astrologer, and key figure in the 17th century astronomical revolution. He is best known for his eponymous laws of planetary motion, codified by later astronomers based on his works Astronomia nova, Harmonices Mundi, and Epitome of Copernican Astronomy.

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The Freelance Star - February 10, 2009
FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA — From his home in a rural corner of Stafford County, far from the distracting "light trespass" of the big city (Fredericksburg), amateur astronomer Mark DeVito is pointing his telescopes at the night sky as part of 2009's International Year of Astronomy--which became a real science 400 years ago when Galileo first turned his spyglass to the heavens.

Macleay Argus - February 10, 2009
MACLEAY NSW, AUSTRALIA — Arakoon astronomer Martin Coffey has urged all Macleay residents to look to the heavens in 2009.

The Honolulu Advertiser - February 9, 2009
KANEOHE, HAWAII — Windward Community College announces the unveiling of mural sized images from NASA's Great Observatories at Lanihuli Observatory. Lanihuli Observatory is located on the Windward Community College campus at 45-720 Keaahala Rd. in Kaneohe. This event is part of the WCC Center for Aerospace Education's International Year of Astronomy celebration.

Emportal - February 9, 2009
BELGRADE, SERBIA — Deputy Prime Minister for EU Integration and Minister of Science and Technological Development Bozidar Djelic will officially announce the International Year of Astronomy 2009 in Serbia. on February 9 at 7 pm, at the Chemical Faculty in Belgrade.

Todays Zaman - February 9, 2009
ISTANBUL, TURKEY — A penumbral eclipse will take place today, with the moon entering the outer part of the Earth's shadow. The eclipse will reach its greatest extent at 4:38 p.m. (EET), so Turks will not have the chance to observe this point in the eclipse as the moon will not have yet risen.

Springfield News-Leader - February 9, 2009
SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Discovery Center of Springfield is celebrating the International Year of Astronomy with the unveiling of new mural-sized images from NASA’s observatories, a news release from the center said.

SwissInfo - February 8, 2009
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND — Despite entering a golden age of precision cosmology, fundamental questions about our universe remain unanswered, astronomer Simon Lilly tells swissinfo.

Associated Press - February 7, 2009
LINCOLN, NB — Mueller Planetarium at the University of Nebraska State Museum in Lincoln will celebrate Galileo's birthday next week with help from NASA's Hubble Telescope.

Somerset Reporter - February 7, 2009
NORTH BRANCH, NJ — The Planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College in North Branch will celebrate the International Year of Astronomy with the unveiling of two new galactic images.

UT Austin - February 6, 2009
AUSTIN, TX — The University of Texas at Austin has joined with eight other astronomical research organizations from three continents in signing the Founders’ Agreement to construct and operate the 25-meter Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) at Las Campanas Observatory in the Andes Mountains of Chile.

PR Web - February 6, 2009
Boston, MASSACHUSETTS — iOptron Corporation (a division of Boston Applied Technologies, Inc.) is proud to announce Caroline Moore as the iOptron Young Astronomer of the Year for the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA).

The Ottawa Citizen - February 6, 2009
Ottawa, CANADA — York University is offering everyone a look through its telescopes for two hours each week. And you don’t even have to leave home.

Business Daily Africa - February 6, 2009
Nairobi, KENYA — This year has been declared the International Year of Astronomy by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

University of Victoria - February 6, 2009
Victoria, CANADA — When the International Year of Astronomy kicked off in Paris last month, the celebrants included royalty, government ministers, Nobel Prize winners and other eminent scientists.

Daily Herald - February 5, 2009
Aurora, ILLINOIS — You wouldn't just order a telescope-shaped cake honoring Galileo for the heck of it - and neither would Aurora's Waubonsie Valley High School.

Science Daily - February 5, 2009
Future telescopes, with mirrors half the size of a football field, will need special components to deal with the light they collect. Astronomers are turning to photonic devices that guide and manipulate light inside specially-designed materials. The greatest potential may lie in a laser-based technique that carves out micron-sized light pathways in three dimensions.

The News & Observer - February 5, 2009
Washington, DC — Astronomers this year are about to get a windfall of new and improved telescopes of unprecedented power with which to explore the universe.

The Times of India - February 5, 2009
New York, NEW YORK — In a rare honour, Indian-American physicist Mani Bhaumik has been chosen as the sole patron for the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) 2009.

Christian Science Monitor - February 4, 2009
Paris, FRANCE — This is a year of celebrations for the world’s scientists. Biologists remember Charles Darwin, whose 200th birthday falls within this month. November marks the 150th anniversary of his seminal book “On the Origin of Species.” Astronomers honor Galileo, who made the first telescopic observations of celestial objects 400 years ago this autumn.

Science Blog - February 4, 2009
Chico, CALIFORNIA — Funded by the National Science Foundation, Emmy award winning producer and writer Kris Koenig and the Instellar Studios production team traveled the globe, visiting the world's leading astronomers, cosmologists and observatories, to create 400 years of the Telescope. The visually stunning piece is the first science documentary to be filmed on 4K digital technology. Recorded at 4520 x 2540 pixels, it delivers unprecedented resolution. - February 1, 2009
Newport News, VIRGINIA — It's a rather astounding thought, isn't it? A gigantic sphere of plasma, at a temperature of 27 million degrees Fahrenheit in its core, floating in space some 93 million miles away from us, gravitationally holding hundreds of worlds of varying size in stately orbit about it in a mighty display of cosmic power ... also provides the gentle warmth that will, in time, usher in the spring, and all the good growing things on Earth thrive because of it. It's not something we often consider, but maybe, in this International Year of Astronomy, it's time we should.

Republican Herald - January 31, 2009
POTTSVILLE, PA — Galileo first turned his telescope to the heavens in 1609. Through years of observations, particularly of Venus’ movements, he later confirmed calculations by Copernicus and others that the planets orbit the sun.

Holland Sentinel - January 31, 2009
Holland, MICHIGAN — Four hundred years ago Galileo first pointed his telescope toward the sky revealing sights never before seen by humans and launching the scientific revolution. To celebrate this landmark event in history, 2009 has been declared the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) by the United Nations and the International Astronomical Union. Many activities and events are planned and will be noted in future columns.

The Canberra Times - January 29, 2009
Canberra, AUSTRALIA — Four hundred years ago, a man who would become known as the father of astronomy trained his own handmade telescope on the sky.

The Malta Independent Online - January 29, 2009
MALTA — There is no doubt that in antiquity people would have been amazed by the stars and planets in the heavens. In those days there were no artificial lights and the skies were pitch black except for a bright milky way and millions of stars. Even in Malta, prehistoric man was aware of the movements of celestial bodies and some of our temples are oriented to the sun.

PS News - January 28, 2009
Canberra, AUSTRALIA — 2009 is the International Year of Astronomy and Australian space communication facilities at Parkes (NSW) and Tidbinbilla (ACT) which played a role in the first moon landing, are to be among those taking part to mark 400 years of modern astronomy.

The Republican - January 21, 2009
Springfield, MASSACHUSETTS — Here's to another successful revolution of the Earth around the sun! Happy New Year!

The Courier-Journal - January 19, 2009
Long Beach, CALIFORNIA — The Big Bang, black holes, dark matter, extrasolar planets, brown dwarfs, quasars, pulsars, cosmic rays, the space-time continuum, galaxies and more galaxies.

Sky & Telescope - January 19, 2009
Paris, FRANCE — Excitement for the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) is building as national opening events take place around the world.

AFP - January 19, 2009
Rome, ITALY — Italian scientists are trying to get Galileo's DNA in order to figure out how the astronomer forged groundbreaking theories on the universe while gradually becoming blind, a historian said Monday.

The Sudbury Star - January 18, 2009
Sudbury, CANADA — What is the universe? Wait a moment, perhaps this question is better: What do we know about our universe?

Your Thanet News - January 18, 2009
Kent, UK — Dark energy and alien civilisations are two of many topics to be covered when the International Year of Astronomy is celebrated in Kent.

Caspar Star-Tribune - January 17, 2009
Caspar, WYOMING — On Jan. 1, the calendar turned to the International Year of Astronomy.

AHN - January 17, 2009
Paris, FRANCE — This year is the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first observations with an astronomical telescope and celebrations are planned in 140 countries around the world.

Radio Free Europe - January 17, 2009
Paris, FRANCE — Heaven may be religion's business, but the heavens -- the planets and stars -- are astronomy's.

The Daily Star - January 16, 2009
Enayetpur, BANGLADESH — Bangladesh has already started celebrating the International Year of Astronomy (IYA). The local inaugural ceremony of IYA2009 was held on January 1 at Enayetpur, which is 80 miles northwest of Dhaka and is widely known as the 'Space Village' for its high profile celebrations of the World Space Week since 2005.

The Daily Gleaner - January 16, 2009
Fredericton, CANADA — Look up, way up, in the sky. What do you see?

Radio Netherlands - January 16, 2009
JG Hilversum, NETHERLANDS — 'The Universe, Yours to Discover' - no, it's not the strap line to some futuristic tour operator but the motto of today's launch of 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy.

Fort Collins Now - January 15, 2009
Fort Collins, COLORADO — On Jan. 15, astronomers from around the globe will gather in Paris to celebrate the official beginning of the International Year of Astronomy.

Springfield News-Leader - January 15, 2009
Springfield, MISSOURI — Join the global celebration of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture - and celebrate the 400th anniversary of Galileo's invention of the telescope - by joining the Discovery Center and the Springfield Astronomical Society's celebrations of the International Year of Astronomy.

UN News Centre - January 15, 2009
Paris, FRANCE — A large cluster of astronomers have been sighted in Paris today at the official launch of the International Year of Astronomy, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said.

The Fremont Tribune - January 15, 2009
Snyder, NEBRASKA — A new exhibit, “Visions of the Universe: Four Centuries of Discovery,” is coming to Snyder Public Library next week.

National Science Foundation - January 15, 2009
Paris, FRANCE — The grand opening ceremony of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA 2009) is being held at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris, France, on Jan. 15 and 16, 2009. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has devoted millions of dollars to underwrite IYA 2009 activities and initiatives.

Contra Costa Times - January 14, 2009
Berkeley, CALIFORNIA — In celebration of International Year of Astronomy 2009, UC Berkeley on Saturday will kick off a free lecture series featuring leading astronomers on campus.

Parkes Champion-Post - January 14, 2009
Parkes NSW, AUSTRALIA — Tomorrow and Friday, the official launch of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) will be held during a gala opening ceremony at the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) headquarters in Paris.

The Washington Post - January 14, 2009
Long Beach, CALIFORNIA — The big bang, black holes, dark matter, dark energy, extrasolar planets, brown dwarfs, quasars, pulsars, cosmic rays, the space-time continuum, galaxies and more galaxies. Do you see what Galileo started? - January 13, 2009
Minneapolis, MINNESOTA — When times are tough, it's always therapeutic to think about my puny problems in the context of vast time and space.

Softpedia - January 13, 2009
Seattle, WASHINGTON — This year will see the introduction of new space- and Earth-based observatories into use, taking advantage of new technologies and wavelengths that have never before been probed.

Professor Astronomy's Astronomy Blog - January 7, 2009
Long Beach, CALIFORNIA — Last night, the International Year of Astronomy had it's US opening ceremony at the Long Beach Convention Center here in sunny southern California.

IYA2009 - December 23, 2008
Paris, FRANCE — There is good news for IYA2009 supporters racing to finish preparations before the new year. On 31 December, a "leap second" will be added to the world's clocks at 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). This marks the 24th leap second to be added to UTC, since 1972.

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