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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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Library of Congress - January 28, 2010Washington, DC — In 1609, Galileo constructed the first powerful telescope and started observing the heavens, which led to many monumental discoveries.
EMportal - January 27, 2010Beograd, SERBIA — The key achievements that took place in the International Year of Astronomy will be presented. Djelic will address the gathering and present telescopes to several schools.
Foodconsumer.com - January 23, 2010GLOBAL — Astronomy is the physical science which studies celestial objects (such as stars, planets, comets, and galaxies) and phenomena such as cosmic background radiation, which originate outside the Earth's atmosphere.
IYA2009 - January 22, 2010Tokyo, JAPAN — A special poster promoting advances in telescope technology was made as a project for Science and Technology Week promoted by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan.
University of Arkansas - January 13, 2010Fayetteville, ARKANSAS — The “From Earth to the Universe” (FETTU), a worldwide exhibition of large-scale astronomical images designed to bring the undeniable beauty of astronomy to the general public, is now open in front of the Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences at the University of Arkansas.
PRNewswire - January 12, 2010AustIn, TEXAS — EarthSky –a clear voice for science heard around the world -- and more than 600 scientists today announced the selection of Neil deGrasse Tyson as the EarthSky Science Communicator of the Year for 2009.
Astronomy Magazine - January 12, 2010GLOBAL — On January 1, I put up one of my favorite polls on Astronomy.com: “What is your astronomy-related New Year’s resolution?”
Indian Express - January 10, 2010Pune, INDIA — The Inter-university Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), which was the nodal point in India in 2009 for the International year of Astronomy, is planning a program this year to teach the teachers.
Chronicle Herald - January 9, 2010Halifax NS, CANADA — There's lots to see in the winter night sky.
MSNBC - January 8, 2010GLOBAL — The International Year of Astronomy is ending, but the legacy of the last 12 months of celestial celebration will continue, under night skies and especially on the Internet.
AlphaGalileo - January 8, 2010GLOBAL — As the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) comes to a close, the true scope of the venture is becoming clear. The final count of countries involved stands at 148, a staggering number that confirms that the IYA2009 network is the largest ever in science. Activities and events from these participating nations paint a picture of professional and amateur astronomers bringing the Universe down to Earth through countless projects, opening the eyes of the public to the wonders above.
HelloMagazine.com - January 7, 2010Valle del Elqui, CHILE — Whether or not you believe in UFOs, why not take a trip to Valle del Elqui? It's dotted with astronomical observatories from which to spot constellations, nebulae, planets... A star-bright idea to close 2009, the International Year of Astronomy.
Space Daily - January 7, 2010Washington, DC — Hundreds of thousands of school children around the country will be able to explore the Moon, planets, and our galaxy thanks to a $250,000 donation by Ric and Jean Edelman.
Universe Today - January 7, 2010Edwardsville, ILLINOIS — As the International Year of Astronomy comes to a close, those involved hope to sustain the momentum gained during the year in communicating astronomy with the public.
Space Daily - January 6, 2010Washington, DC — Although the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) comes to a formal close this weekend with a ceremony in Padua, Italy, numerous core programs conducted during the year will carry on in 2010 and beyond, including many led by educators and outreach professionals in the United States and elsewhere in North America.
UTSA Today - January 6, 2010San Antonio, TEXAS — UTSA's faculty astronomers invite the community to the UTSA Main Campus on Friday, Jan. 15 to enjoy the ninth installment of its signature series, "Friday Nights, Celestial Lights." The evening event is free and open to the public.
Forward.com - January 6, 2010GLOBAL — It was one of the less publicized contests of 2009, and the winners won’t be given any prizes, but there are nonetheless two of them.
Science Daily - January 5, 2010Pasadena, CALIFORNIA — For almost two centuries, humans have looked up at a bright star called Epsilon Aurigae and watched with their own eyes as it seemed to disappear into the night sky, slowly fading before coming back to life again.
i09.com - January 4, 2010UK — Trained mathematician Simon Page has found a new career in graphic design, where he blends 1960s minimalist influences with more futuristic designs. His work shines in this collection of posters for the International Year of Astronomy 2009.
Astrobiology Magazine - January 3, 2010GLOBAL — A website has been launched giving amateur and professional astronomers a formal mechanism for reporting any unexplained phenomena they observe when studying the night sky.
Science Blog - January 2, 2010GLOBAL — I believe that you all, the scienceblog community is aware that Last year 2009 was the in International Year of Astronomy, abbreviated as IYA2009 in alphanumerical characters.
Birmingham Mail - January 2, 2010Birmingham, UK — A Birmingham astronomer captured this stunning image showing what looks like a bite being taken out of the Moon.
Times of India - December 31, 2009Chandigarh UT, INDIA — As the International Year of Astronomy bids us adieu, the sun-moon-earth combination has something special in store for us — a partial lunar eclipse on December 31 and an annular solar eclipse on January 15.
The Sydney Morning Herald - December 30, 2009Sydney NSW, AUSTRALIA — In the last hours of the International Year of Astronomy, it is worth restating the case for human inquiry into the heavens.
Denver Post - December 30, 2009New York, NEW YORK — For the first time in over a decade, New Year's Eve revelry, from early- evening snowshoe hikes to midnight fireworks, will take place by the light of a blue moon.
LateRooms.com - December 30, 2009Rome, ITALY — Anyone staying at hotels in Rome who is looking for some adventure during their time in the city is invited to go on a journey through space with one exhibition.
DNA India - December 29, 2009Mumbai, INDIA — This New Year's Eve as the world will bid adieu to the noughties, amateur astronomers in Mumbai will be looking skywards. At the stroke of midnight on December 31, Mumbaikars will be able to get a glimpse of this year's last partial eclipse.
Honolulu Advertiser - December 29, 2009Hilo, HAWAII — The fate of two major Mauna Kea telescopes is in limbo following a decision in mid-December to cut funding for at least one of them.
The Daily Times - December 27, 2009Farmington, NEW MEXICO — Something that started 400 years ago continued Saturday at the E3 Children's Museum and Science Center in Farmington: learning about the solar system.
DNA India - December 26, 2009Mumbai, INDIA — The partial lunar eclipse may spoil the New Year celebrations.
Wales Online - December 26, 2009Wales, UK — A campaign has been launched to protect Wales’ clear night skies from the ravages of light pollution.
Focs Information Agency - December 25, 2009Belogradchik, BULGARIA — Dr. Tanyu Bonev, director of the National Astronomical Observatory Rozhen, in an interview with Radio Smolyan - Focus.
Miller-McCune - December 24, 2009Borrego Springs, CALIFORNIA — If the Star of Bethlehem, that "star with royal beauty bright," were to appear this Christmas, it would be obliterated in most of the world by an orange halo of glary city light.
Adirondack Daily Enterprise - December 24, 2009Tupper Lake, NEW YORK — The Adirondack Public Observatory (APO), a nonprofit group planning to build an observatory in Tupper Lake, was awarded a $1,250 grant this week to help with the construction of its first building.
Columbus Local News - December 22, 2009Columbs, OHIO — I saw no stars on that cloudy night at the Perkins.
Norwich Bulletin - December 21, 2009Norwich, CONNECTICUT — When the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed 2009 the International Year of Astronomy, it did so to celebrate, among other matters, the 400th anniversary of the first recorded astronomical observations with a telescope by Italian Galileo Galilei (1564-1642).
Pacific Scoop - December 18, 2009NEW ZEALAND — Next year is pivotal to the success of New Zealand seeking a world heritage night sky reserve for Tekapo Aoraki-Mt Cook.
WIRED - December 18, 2009Phoenix, ARIZONA — A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to attend part of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) area conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, from December 3-5.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - December 17, 2009Pittsburgh, PENNSYLVANIA — This year, the world is celebrating the International Year of Astronomy as it commemorates the 400th anniversary of Galileo's use of a telescope to study the skies. However, a little known Englishman and Renaissance scholar named Thomas Harriot was also exploring the heavens in 1609.
Bexley Times - December 17, 2009Bexley, UK — An astrologer says the science world does not know why an annual asteroid shower is getting stronger and stronger each year.
Salisbury Journal - December 15, 2009Stonehenge, UK — A free exhibition and tours of Stonehenge led by experts will mark the end of the International Year of Astronomy this week.
This is Wiltshire - December 15, 2009Stonehenge, UK — In a fitting finale for the International Year of Astronomy (IYA 2009), astronomers and archaeologists will celebrate the five millennia of astronomical heritage at Stonehenge,
The Times of India - December 15, 2009Nagpur, INDIA — Raman Science Centre will be conducting 'Snap the vibrant universe', a contest to mark the international year of astronomy, for astrophotography lovers, including students (above 13 years), teachers and individuals.
Pekin Daily Times - December 14, 2009Pekin, ILLINOIS — Scott Altman and one of his crew members from the STS-125 mission to repair the Hubble space telescope are making appearances in Europe this week on behalf of NASA, according to Scott’s parents, Fred and Sharon Altman.
Barcelona Reporter - December 13, 2009Barcelona, SPAIN — Most amateur stargazers huddle by the fireplace in December, when the Geminids rain debris above the Earth's atmosphere.
Guardian News - December 13, 2009London, ENGLAND — I read about the death of Professor Sam Okoye Black Africa's first Ph.D. in Radio Astronomy.
The Times of India - December 13, 2009GLOBAL — On New Year's eve, look skywards for that ‘once-in-a-Blue-Moon’ feeling.
The Hindu - December 13, 2009Bangalore, INDIA — Art and science have always been considered disparate entities. Very different fields operating on distinctly different parameters.
Discover Magazine - December 13, 2009USA — Great news, everyone! The 365 Days of Astronomy citizen podcast will go on for at least another year!
DCist - December 13, 2009Washington, DC — We were tempted to recycle last week's column for this week's, but instead we'll just give you a link and say: Geminids!
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