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Arcetri, Tuscany, Italy (1564 - 1642)
Galileo Galilei was a Tuscan physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher who played a major role in the scientific revolution. His achievements include improvements to the telescope and consequent astronomical observations, and support for Copernicanism. His contributions to observational astronomy include the discovery of the four largest satellites of Jupiter and the observation and analysis of sunspots.

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Echorouk - December 22, 2008
Pope Benedict XVI marks the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s use of the telescope

Catholic News Service - December 22, 2008
VATICAN CITY — The discoveries of science and astronomy can help people better appreciate the wonders of God's creation, Pope Benedict XVI said.

Westender - December 18, 2008
Brisbane, AUSTRALIA — Stargazers around the world are busy being part of the International Year of Astronomy.

IYA2009 - December 16, 2008
Munich, ALEMANIA — El pasado 16 de Diciembre, todos los grupos políticos, ante el congreso de los diputados, aprobaron por unanimidad una Proposición No de Ley sobre el Año Internacional de la Astronomía 2009 en España.

Le Science - December 15, 2008
Padova, ITALIA — Ci dev’essere qualcosa di speciale nella data del 15 dicembre. Perché oltre al già segnalato nuovo sito dell’ASI da oggi è in linea anche il portale italiano dell’Anno dell’astronomia curato dall’INAF. Ed ecco qui il comunicato che lo accompagna:

The Press - December 13, 2008
Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND — Next year, stargazers worldwide will celebrate the International Year of Astronomy. THE PRESS talks to Canterbury University's Professor John Hearnshaw, who will keep a blog about all things extraterrestrial. - December 13, 2008
Birmingham, UK — Birmingham's Planetarium celebrates its third birthday next week by opening its doors for free.

IYA2009 - December 13, 2008
Hilo, HAWAII — The planetarium component of the History of the Telescope project is moving along and will be ready for distribution in late January of 2009. Two Small Pieces of Glass - The Amazing Telescope is being produced as both a traditional planetarium show and a digital full dome show. This program was announced back in 2007 in the June issue of the Planetarian, and I presented an update on it at the IPS Conference in Chicago this past summer.

OIMC - December 12, 2008
Bogotá, COLOMBIA — Uno de los indicadores más elocuentes de desarrollo y progreso de un país, si bien tampoco es muy exacto, es la disponiblidad de recursos efectivos para la educación e investigación en ciencias puras y aplicadas. En países como Colombia por ejemplo, el conocimiento en áreas científicas como la astronomía es muy escaso. Y la mayoría de veces su difusión nace de la iniciativa privada de un conglomerado de individuos, más que del estado. Estado que con muy escasas excepciones, como en el caso del recientemente renovado Planetario Distrital de Bogotá, cumple con su papel.

The Times of India - December 10, 2008
Pune, INDIA — As the sun sets, a few kilometres away from the city, the party has just begun. Mattresses are unfurled, equipment unpacked, telescopes

Missourian - December 9, 2008
Columbia, MISSOURI — Just a few miles outside Columbia city limits, an amateur stargazer can see the Ring nebula using just a pair of binoculars. Astronomers using the telescope in MU's Laws Observatory have a bit more trouble.

IYA2009 España - December 9, 2008
Madrid, ESPAÑA — Uno de los proyectos emblemáticos propuestos con motivo del Año internacional de la Astronomía 2009 consiste en repetir la experiencia de Eratóstenes y determinar conjuntamente el radio de la Tierra contando con la participación de centros escolares repartidos por todo el territorio español. Es una experiencia muy sencilla de realizar y tremendamente educativa para los alumnos.

The Aspen Times - December 8, 2008
Aspen, COLORADO — An astronomer will be a star attraction at Aspen’s Wintersköl celebration in January.

Parkes Champion-Post - December 8, 2008
Parkes, AUSTRALIA — 2009 is certainly shaping as a big year for the Parkes Radio Telescope.

The Daily Courier - December 8, 2008
Prescott, ARIZONA — Prescott Public Library is one of 40 libraries nationwide and the only Arizona library that the American Library Association Public Programs Office selected to host "Visions of the Universe: Four Centuries of Discovery" during 2009, the International Year of Astronomy.

České Noviny - December 5, 2008
Praha, ČESKO — Evropské zahájení Mezinárodního roku astronomie (International Year of Astronomy 2009, IYA), kterým vyhlásilo UNESCO a OSN rok 2009, se bude konat 7. ledna na pražském Staroměstském náměstí, a to při příležitosti předsednictví Česka Evropské unii. Jednou z hlavních akcí je den s hvězdárnami světa, kdy si budou světové observatoře během 24 hodin předávat štafetu přímého přenosu nočního obrazu nebeské klenby viděný svými teleskopy podle toho, kde bude právě noc, uvedli čeští organizátoři.

Startblatt - December 3, 2008
GERMANY — Die Vollversammlung der Vereinten Nationen hat das Jahr 2009 offiziell zum „International Year of Astronomy“ (IYA 2009, Astro-Jahr) erklärt. Initiiert wurde es von der „International Astronomical Union“ (IAU) und der UNESCO. Vor 400 Jahren richtete Galileo Galilei sein erstes astronomisches Teleskop an den Himmel und entdeckte eine neue Welt. Millionen Menschen sollen dieses Ereignis im kommenden Jahr nacherleben können.

Los Alcores - December 3, 2008
Alcalá de Guadaíra, ESPAÑA — Una experiencia ciudadana educadora promovida por “Alcalá Educa".

Insciences - December 2, 2008
Strasbourg, FRANCE — The European Science Foundation (ESF) has announced a series of activities and initiatives that will significantly widen the support for the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009), a global initiative which aims to stimulate worldwide interest in astronomy and science. The ESF announcement came amid a recently signed agreement with the International Astronomical Union (IAU) to become an Organisational Associate for the initiative.

IYA2009 - December 2, 2008
Munich, GERMANY — On December 4th, 2008, the International Polar Year 2007-8 (IPY) will launch its seventh ‘International Polar Day' focusing on research Above the Polar Regions, including meteorology, atmospheric science, astronomy, and the view of the polar regions from space. This event coincides with the start of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA).

Press of Atlantic City - November 23, 2008
Woodland, NEW JERSEY — Moisture in the air. Clouds in the sky. Light pollution in the distance. Friday night certainly wasn't the best night for looking at the sky at a field in Franklin Parker Preserve in Woodland Township.

IYA2009 - November 21, 2008
MUNICH, GERMANY — With just six weeks to go before 2009, the International Year of Astronomy project is getting ready for its grand Opening Ceremony. This promises to be a spectacular event, held at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Headquarters in Paris, 15 and 16 January 2009. Hundreds of attendees are expected, including members of royal families, government ministers, Nobel Prize winners and other eminent scientists. The press is invited to attend and to “save the date” in the calendar.

Royal Astronomy Society - November 18, 2008
London, ENGLAND — From next year pupils in 1 in 4 secondary schools will get close up views of the Moon, planets and the stars, in one of the largest astronomy outreach projects ever seen in the UK. The Society for Popular Astronomy (SPA), Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) and Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) have teamed up to give free telescopes to 1000 secondary schools from early in 2009.

Space Generation Advisory Council - November 17, 2008
Vienna, AUSTRIA — The International Year of Astronomy 2009 is a global effort initiated by the International Astronomical Union and UNESCO to help the citizens of the world rediscover their place in the Universe through the day- and night-time sky, and thereby engage a personal sense of wonder and discovery.

IYA2009 - October 30, 2008
Munich, GERMANY — A Memorandum of Understanding is to be signed today, 30 October 2008, between UNESCO and the International Astronomical Union (IAU). The IAU will be integrally involved in the process of developing UNESCO's Astronomy and World Heritage Initiative, helping to promote astronomical sites of "Outstanding Universal Value".

IYA USA - October 25, 2008
Ashland, OREGON — Thirty full-color images of some of the most unusual galaxies known, along with astronomical-themed works from some of the country’s leading artists, will take a starring role in the Schneider Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibit on Arp’s Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies.

Associated Press - September 23, 2008
Jerusalem, ISRAEL — Albert Einstein's long-lost telescope, forgotten for decades in a Jerusalem storage shed, goes on display this week after three years and $10,000 spent restoring the relic.

Astronomical Society of the Pacific - August 1, 2008
San Francisco, CALIFORNIA — Suzanne Gurton, the Education Manager at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), has received the 2008 Professional Award, given each year by the Astronomical Association of Northern California to an astronomer who has done outstanding work in distinguishing and fostering amateur astronomy.

Slacker Astronomy - June 4, 2008
There is a cool documentary coming out called 400 Years of the Telescope. We saw a preview of the trailer last night and it looked very nicely done. In addition, they had a special Sierra Nevada beer called Galileo's Astronomical Ale. It was quite good!

Astronomy Cast - June 3, 2008
Edwardsville, ILLINOIS — Earlier today I was giving a presentation on the IYA new media plans for next year. At one point, on behalf of the wonderful Adrienne Gauthier, I was talking about our plans (funding pending) for IYA in Second Life. After I said that "pending funding" sentence, Kris Koenig of Interstellar Studios raised his hand and said, "I'll take care of it." I was so confused by what he said that I looked at my overhead to see what I had written. He repeated himself and others in the audience clarified "He's buying your team the IYA island," and I, well, I had a giggly-thank you-"oh wow that's wonderful" moment at the front of the room.

Portale Giovani - September 1, 2007
Firenze, ITALIA — Gli aspiranti Galileo dovranno presentarsi il 3 settembre p.v. alle ore 10.30 all'ingresso principale del Museo di Storia della Scienza (Piazza dei Giudici 1, Firenze) Nell'ambito delle celebrazioni del 4º centenario dell'invenzione del telescopio, l'Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza [IMSS] - in collaborazione con Interstellar Studios, societa  californiana specializzata nella realizzazione di documentari scientifici - bandisce un casting per la selezione di due attori che impersoneranno Galileo in un'importante produzione internazionale. IMSS e Interstellar Studios cercano in particolare un interprete di Galileo all'et�  di 25-40 anni e un attore che vesta i panni dello scienziato pisano nei suoi ultimi giorni fiorentini. Oltre ad essere citati nei crediti della produzione, entrambi i selezionati riceveranno in omaggio degli orologi appositamente disegnati da YES Watches. Gli aspiranti Galileo dovranno presentarsi il 3 settembre p.v. alle ore 10.30 all'ingresso principale del FIRENZE, ITALY -- Museo di Storia della Scienza (Piazza dei Giudici 1, Firenze). L'inizio delle riprese �¨ previsto per i giorni successivi al provino e le scene (mute) girate in quell'occasione serviranno alla realizzazione di un documentario dal titolo I 400 anni del telescopio, concepito per la tv pubblica statunitense e successivamente distribuito sui canali educativi di tutto il mondo.

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