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Samos, Grecia (//310 BC - //ca. 230 BC)
Aristarchus was a Greek astronomer and mathematician, born on the island of Samos, in Greece. He was the first person to present an explicit argument for a heliocentric model of the solar system, placing the Sun, not the Earth, at the center of the known universe (hence he is sometimes known as the "Greek Copernicus").

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The Republican - July 22, 2009
Springfield, MASSACHUSETTS — Now that the nights are warm and the lazy days of summer are here, you might want to consider spending some time outdoors stargazing.

See the eclipse on the web
MSNBC - July 21, 2009
USA — Ninety years ago, a total solar eclipse provided the first solid confirmation that Albert Einstein was right about a little thing called general relativity. Today, eclipses may not be as much of a draw for astronomers as they were in the days before sun-observing satellites, but they still serve an important scientific purpose. Looking beyond the science, there's something elemental, even spiritual, about experiencing totality.

19th edition of “Night of the stars” to celebrate man’s first step on the moon
Tunisia Online News - July 21, 2009
TUNISIA — From July 24 to 26, 2009 Tunisia will organize the 19th edition of the “Night of the stars”, an event similarly observed throughout the world. Astronomy professors, physicists, researchers and students will take part in the various events which will be organized nationwide in Siliana, Tabarka, Kairouan , Sousse and Tunis.

Just like any other year, says astronomer
The Border Mail - July 21, 2009
Wodonga VIC, AUSTRALIA — The 40th anniversary of man walking on the moon is not really all that exciting, a Bethanga astronomer has said.

Stockton Record - July 21, 2009
Stockton, CALIFORNIA — Jerry Hyatt stood in front of a department store window in Vancouver, Wash., possibly a Kmart, and watched it on a television set with other passers-by.

The Malta Independent Online - July 20, 2009
MALTA — Further still, the International Year of Astronomy 2009 celebrates the four hundred year anniversary since Galileo Galilei turned his telescope towards the night sky.

Riverview this Week - July 20, 2009
Riverview NB, CANADA — Mount Allison University is striving to reach Canada's goal of having two million Canadians look through a telescope this year by offering free astronomical observatory sessions at the Gemini Observatory.

Citizen scientist scans the skies
Tampa Tribune - July 20, 2009
Avon Park, FLORIDA — The year was March 1973. Chris Stephan was 16, a young man who fell in love with the night sky when he was 5 years old.

Solar eclipse: Spectacle to revisit only after 123 years
Times of India - July 20, 2009
Chandigarh UT, INDIA — Don’t be too surprised if you witness night-like effect in daytime on July 22. One of the longest duration solar eclipses of the century is all set to visit India on Wednesday and is expected to last for 6 minutes and 44 seconds.

The New Nation - July 20, 2009
BANGLADESH — The people of Bangladesh will observe the total solar eclipse on July 22 from a corridor between Panchagarh and Tetulia on the country's north-west region.

The Eclipse Chaser: Those Missing Sunspots
New York Times - July 19, 2009
Hangzhou, CHINA — The longest total solar eclipse this century will begin on July 22 in India, sweeping east across China and into the Pacific Ocean. Blogging about the event for TierneyLab is Jay M. Pasachoff, a Williams College astronomer and veteran eclipse chaser who has planted himself and some colleagues on a mountain outside Hangzhou, China, to see and study the eclipse.

A moon for all mankind
Times of Malta - July 19, 2009
Valletta, MALTA — To celebrate the first manned landing on the moon by Apollo 11 on July 20, 1969, the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) 2009 Malta committee has created a unique photo of the moon though a project entitled 'The moon for all Mankind'.

Scoping out the sky
The Journal Times - July 18, 2009
Racine, WISCONSIN — Halfway through the U.N.’s International Year of Astronomy, stargazers in 68 countries have bought Galileoscopes, a small telescope that was born in this area.

Kept in the dark
Telegraph-Journal - July 18, 2009
Sackville NB, CANADA — On a brilliant starry night, it was the New Brunswick sky that guided Dale Ogden to the Gemini Observatory at Mount Allison University.

Iowa City Press-Citizen - July 18, 2009
Iowa City, IOWA — UI's series of free, public talks celebrating the International Year of Astronomy 2009 will continue with "Star Clusters: Cities of Stars," by Steven R. Spangler, professor in the UI Department of Physics and Astronomy, from 8 to 9 p.m. today at the Eastern Iowa Observatory and Learning Center near Mount Vernon.

40th Anniversary of Man’s Landing on the Moon
Northern Voices Online - July 17, 2009
Chandigarh UT, INDIA — Forty years ago, on July 20, in 1969, Neil Armstrong, Commander of Apollo 11 Mission and Edwin Aldrin Jr., Commander of its lunar module ‘ Eagle’ became the first cosmonauts to land on the moon. As Armstrong set his foot on the celestial body he said, “ One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Taking a closer look at the heavens
Marlborough Express - July 17, 2009
Blenheim, AUSTRALIA — Religion and science don't rule each other out, says a former minister who loves looking at the heavens. Cherie Howie meets the man.

Copernicus nominated for the select club of elemental scientists
Guardian News - July 17, 2009
Darmstadt, GERMANY — The periodic table gained a new element last month. It's currently known as ununbium or simply element 112, but now the scientists who discovered it have proposed a name: copernicium.

UW-Madison Astronomy Department invites you to party with the stars
77 Square - July 16, 2009
Madison, WISCONSIN — Most of us have looked up at the stars in wonder. We've created glow-in-the-dark galaxies with plastic stars on our bedroom ceilings and traced the constellations with our fingertips. We know that Galileo Galilei was more than just a scientist with a catchy, alliterative name. He was the "father of science," perhaps, the "father of modern physics," and also the "father of modern observational astronomy."

A&M-C Planetarium assistant director wins fellowship
North Texas e-News - July 16, 2009
Commerce, TEXAS — Cheri Davis, assistant director of the Texas A&M University-Commerce, has won a fellowship from the Texas Space Grant Consortium for the second consecutive year.

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