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Best known for his discovery of Barnard's star in 1916, Edward Emerson Barnard was a gifted astronomer who grew up with little formal education. In 1876, he purchased his first telescope, a 5-inch refractor and discovered his first comet in 1881. In 1892, he discovered Amalthea, the fifth moon of Jupiter, making him the first to discover a new Jovian moon since Galileo in 1609. After joining Yerkes Observatory at the University of Chicago in 1895, Barnard spent great amounts of time photographing the Milky Way. Posthumously, his photographs were published in 1927 as A Photographic Atlas of Selected Regions of the Milky Way.

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World Celebrates 5,000 Years of Astronomy
Softpedia - December 12, 2009
Stonehenge, UK — As you all know, 2009 was the International Year of Astronomy (IYA).

The Big Dipper Adds a Star
Sky & Telescope - December 11, 2009
GLOBAL — It's no secret that at community star parties I bring small, squat telescopes specifically to attract little kids in the crowd. And one of my favorite targets is the paired stars Alcor and Mizar in the Big Dipper's handle.

Inwood Celebrates International Year of Astronomy with Geminid Meteor Shower
DNAinfo - December 10, 2009
Manhattan, NEW YORK — The International Year of Astronomy is drawing to a close, and the global stargazing party’s grand finale arrives with this weekend’s Geminid meteor shower in Inwood.

Springfield News-Leader - December 10, 2009
Springfield, MISSOURI — For outdoors enthusiasts feeling frozen out of their usual fresh-air pleasures and pastimes, things are looking up — astronomically.

News OK - December 10, 2009
Norman, OKLAHOMA — A University of Oklahoma associate professor is scheduled to shine light on dark matter that’s prevalent throughout the universe.

Kids getting starstruck at SFU
Burnaby News - December 9, 2009
Vancouver BC, CANADA — Howard Trottier remembers the exact moment when he got hooked.

XMM-Newton celebrates 10 years of discovery
Space Fellowship - December 9, 2009
Kourou, FRENCH GUIANA — ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray observatory is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Big Island Video News - December 8, 2009
Hilo, HAWAII — Dr. Michael Bolte will discuss the history of telescopes and astronomy discovery leading to plans for the Thirty Meter Telescope project - December 8, 2009
Toronto ONT, CANADA — Astrophysicist Ray Jayawardhana of the University of Toronto has been awarded the 2009 Steacie Prize, one of Canada's most prestigious honours for rising stars in science and engineering.

Astronomy.FM Hosts Radio Broadcasts & Live Online Viewing for Global Meteorwatch Event
TransWorldNews - December 7, 2009
GLOBAL — Astronomy.FM will broadcast live and share a number of online observing opportunities for amateur astronomers around the world to participate in the #MeteorWatch Twitter event.

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