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Nicolaus Copernicus was the first astronomer to formulate a scientifically based heliocentric cosmology that displaced the Earth from the center of the universe. His epochal book, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres), is often regarded as the starting point of modern astronomy and the defining epiphany that began the Scientific Revolution.

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Popularizing the heck out of astronomy
Astronomy - August 19, 2009
Global — I’m a big fan of anything that brings people face to face with amazing science, and it looks like that’s exactly what’s happening in The World At Night (TWAN), an international program to display beautiful images of the night sky in American malls.

Star exploring the night sky
Northside Chronicle - August 19, 2009
Brisbane, AUSTRALIA — "On a clear moonless night you can’t see millions of stars, only about 1000 ‐ but thanks to an accident of geography and climate, you can see more from Australia than anywhere else in the world,’’ explains Dr Karl Kruszelnicki.

Honolulu Advertiser - August 18, 2009
Honolulu, HAWAII — "Fly Me to the Moon," an informational program to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy 2009, will be presented at Hawaii Kai Public Library on Saturday, September 12 at 11 a.m. in the Meeting Room. Admission is free.

Indiana University - August 18, 2009
Bloomington, INDIANA — Running with the success of its promotion of the International Year of Astronomy and backed by funding from the Indiana Space Grant Consortium, Indiana University Bloomington's Department of Astronomy will bring its own quiz show, plenty of homemade comets and a 3D experience of Mars to the Indiana State Fair later this week.

Thaindian News - August 18, 2009
Washington, DC — An exhibit of stunning photographs of the night sky as viewed over many of the most beautiful natural, historic and cultural landmarks in the world is being shown at 24 shopping centers across the United States from now through November 8.

Students win moonwalk competition
Springfield News - August 18, 2009
Forest Lake QLD, AUSTRALIA — Star-gazing scholars at Forest Lake College are celebrating stellar success this year the International Year of Astronomy.

Hunting ET: Astrobiology and the quest for extraterrestrial life
Guardian Science Blog - August 17, 2009
London, ENGLAND — The discovery of life elsewhere in the Solar System would 'profoundly change our understanding of where we came from and our place in the cosmos', astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell told Sam Wong ahead of his public lecture on the subject this week.

Send a text message to space aliens on Gliese 851d - August 16, 2009
USA — NASA and COSMOS magazine will give us a chance to send a 160-character text message to our alien brothers and sisters on Gliese 851d on August 24 2009 in celebration of the International Year of Astronomy 2009.

Hello from earth: website aims to make contact with aliens
Revolution Magazine - August 14, 2009
London, ENGLAND — What would you say if you were face to face with an alien? This is the question being posed by Hello From Earth, a website that has been launched to establish contact with extra terrestrials.

IAU General Assembly finishes with the launch of successor to the International Year of Astronomy
Eureka Alert! - August 13, 2009
Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL — The IAU XXVIIth General Assembly in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil had its Closing Ceremony today, Thursday 14 August 2009, after two busy weeks.

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