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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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Stargazing in the (Rose) Garden
Tonic - October 19, 2009
Washington, DC — Everyone loves astronomy; kids, grown-ups, even celebrities. So when it's World Space Week -- not to mention the International Year of Astronomy -- lots of folks get out there with their telescopes, binoculars and naked eyes, just to see what they can see in the night sky.

Howard stargazers plan to open observatory at Alpha Ridge
The Baltimore Sun - October 18, 2009
Marriottsville, MARYLAND — When President John F. Kennedy stood before the world in 1962 and vowed that the United States would put a man on the moon before the decade ended, something stirred deep inside 10-year-old Joel Goodman.

What’s Up for October? The Andromeda Galaxy!
Space Fellowship - October 18, 2009
Pasadena, CALIFORNIA — 2009 is the International Year of Astronomy. And every month this year we’ll be showcasing a great celestial view. This month it’s the Andromeda Galaxy!

Chico Enterprise-Record - October 18, 2009
Chico, CALIFORNIA — While "the father of modern astronomy," Galileo Galilei, died in 1642, he will be making a special comeback in Chico this month.

Galileo Live at the Montréal Planetarium until January 10, 2010
Zoo and Aquarium Visitor News - October 17, 2009
Montréal, CANADA — Montréal’s Nature Museums are celebrating the International Year of Astronomy by presenting Galileo Live at the Montréal Planetarium until January 10, 2010.

The Washington Post - October 16, 2009
GLOBAL — This is the International Year of Astronomy, marking the 400th anniversary of Galileo's initial documentation of his telescopic observations of the moon, stars and Jupiter. In that spirit, here are seven of the world's best destinations for stargazing travelers.

Scots forest bids for first dark sky park outside USA
The Herald - October 16, 2009
Galloway Forest Park, SCOTLAND — Stargazers could heading to a forest in the south-west of Scotland after it launched an attempt to become the first “dark sky park” outside the US.

Public can help preserve night skies at Saturday event
The Daily Courier - October 16, 2009
Prescott, ARIZONA — The Prescott Astronomy Club is inviting the public to join in a worldwide event Saturday to assess the clarity of the city's night sky.

Marketwire - October 16, 2009
Ottawa ONT, CANADA — National Science and Technology Week was launched today in Ottawa with a message from Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Dr. Robert Thirsk aboard the International Space Station.

IOL - October 16, 2009
Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA — At the tender age of six, when most young girls her age were probably still playing with Barbie dolls and skipping ropes, Michelle Knights, of Joburg, had already turned her head to the stars.

SpaceRef - October 15, 2009
Munich, GERMANY — The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) is soliciting nominations and submissions for the IYA2009/Mani Bhaumik Prize for Excellence in Astronomy Education and Public Outreach.

SOA World Magazine - October 15, 2009
Ottawa ONT, CANADA — Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Astronaut Dr. Robert Thirsk will launch National Science and Technology Week with a message to the delegates attending the launch event at the Canada Science and Technology Museum (CSTM).

The Warwick Advertiser - October 15, 2009
Warwick, NEW YORK — Warwick Valley High School sophomore Caroline Moore recently stood on a platform outside the White House with President and Mrs. Barack Obama.

The Providence Journal - October 15, 2009
Providence, RHODE ISLAND — This is the International Year of Astronomy, coming 400 years after the first telescope observations by Galileo, and Brown University is celebrating the event with an exhibit of venerable equipment and images.

Vatican exhibit to host Galileo's work
PressTV - October 15, 2009
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first celestial observations by Galileo, who was prosecuted by the Inquisition in the 17th century.

Worthing Herald - October 14, 2009
Eastbourne, ENGLAND — This autumn visitors to Eastbourne have the chance to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy with a seafront Moonwatch event.

Euronews - October 14, 2009
Paris, FRANCE — American film “400 Years of The Telescope” documents the last four centuries of astronomy. The film was shown at the Pariscience Scientific Film Festival (held recently in Paris France).

Catholic News Service - October 13, 2009
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican and Italian observatories have teamed up to display for the first time numerous precious instruments and books documenting the birth and development of stargazing in Italy.

Astronomy exhibit now open at Hay
The Brown Daily Herald - October 13, 2009
Providence, RHODE ISLAND — With Fall Weekend behind them, Brown students can now turn to the exploration of a decidedly less controversial new world: outer space.

UNO Gateway - October 13, 2009
Omaha, NEBRASKA — The University of Nebraska at Omaha's Mallory Kountze Planetarium joined hundreds of other planetariums across the country in celebrating the International Year of Astronomy.

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