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Johannes Kepler was a German mathematician, astronomer and astrologer, and key figure in the 17th century astronomical revolution. He is best known for his eponymous laws of planetary motion, codified by later astronomers based on his works Astronomia nova, Harmonices Mundi, and Epitome of Copernican Astronomy.

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The Eclipse Chaser: Those Missing Sunspots
New York Times - July 19, 2009
Hangzhou, CHINA — The longest total solar eclipse this century will begin on July 22 in India, sweeping east across China and into the Pacific Ocean. Blogging about the event for TierneyLab is Jay M. Pasachoff, a Williams College astronomer and veteran eclipse chaser who has planted himself and some colleagues on a mountain outside Hangzhou, China, to see and study the eclipse.

A moon for all mankind
Times of Malta - July 19, 2009
Valletta, MALTA — To celebrate the first manned landing on the moon by Apollo 11 on July 20, 1969, the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) 2009 Malta committee has created a unique photo of the moon though a project entitled 'The moon for all Mankind'.

Scoping out the sky
The Journal Times - July 18, 2009
Racine, WISCONSIN — Halfway through the U.N.’s International Year of Astronomy, stargazers in 68 countries have bought Galileoscopes, a small telescope that was born in this area.

Kept in the dark
Telegraph-Journal - July 18, 2009
Sackville NB, CANADA — On a brilliant starry night, it was the New Brunswick sky that guided Dale Ogden to the Gemini Observatory at Mount Allison University.

Iowa City Press-Citizen - July 18, 2009
Iowa City, IOWA — UI's series of free, public talks celebrating the International Year of Astronomy 2009 will continue with "Star Clusters: Cities of Stars," by Steven R. Spangler, professor in the UI Department of Physics and Astronomy, from 8 to 9 p.m. today at the Eastern Iowa Observatory and Learning Center near Mount Vernon.

40th Anniversary of Man’s Landing on the Moon
Northern Voices Online - July 17, 2009
Chandigarh UT, INDIA — Forty years ago, on July 20, in 1969, Neil Armstrong, Commander of Apollo 11 Mission and Edwin Aldrin Jr., Commander of its lunar module ‘ Eagle’ became the first cosmonauts to land on the moon. As Armstrong set his foot on the celestial body he said, “ One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Taking a closer look at the heavens
Marlborough Express - July 17, 2009
Blenheim, AUSTRALIA — Religion and science don't rule each other out, says a former minister who loves looking at the heavens. Cherie Howie meets the man.

Copernicus nominated for the select club of elemental scientists
Guardian News - July 17, 2009
Darmstadt, GERMANY — The periodic table gained a new element last month. It's currently known as ununbium or simply element 112, but now the scientists who discovered it have proposed a name: copernicium.

UW-Madison Astronomy Department invites you to party with the stars
77 Square - July 16, 2009
Madison, WISCONSIN — Most of us have looked up at the stars in wonder. We've created glow-in-the-dark galaxies with plastic stars on our bedroom ceilings and traced the constellations with our fingertips. We know that Galileo Galilei was more than just a scientist with a catchy, alliterative name. He was the "father of science," perhaps, the "father of modern physics," and also the "father of modern observational astronomy."

A&M-C Planetarium assistant director wins fellowship
North Texas e-News - July 16, 2009
Commerce, TEXAS — Cheri Davis, assistant director of the Texas A&M University-Commerce, has won a fellowship from the Texas Space Grant Consortium for the second consecutive year.

UNM Faculty Members Featured at Astronomy Event for Girls
UNM Today - July 16, 2009
Albuquerque, NEW MEXICO — Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy Trish Henning and Associate Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences Rhian Jones are two of the female scientists participating in “She is an Astronomer," a free public astronomy event for girls aged 8 to 18.

New element named 'copernicium'
BBC News - July 16, 2009
Darmstadt, GERMANY — Discovered 13 years ago, and officially added to the periodic table just weeks ago, element 112 finally has a name.

Country Life - July 16, 2009
UK — Ask me where I was when Kennedy was shot, and I can provide you with an account so detailed you’d think I’d kept a diary. I can also remember where I was when I learned of the deaths of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, and the moment I received a call telling me to turn on the TV on September 11, 2001.

The Lincoln Journal - July 16, 2009
Morgantown, WEST VIRGINIA — People from all over the world travel to see it, the waiting list has hundreds of names on it and reservations are scheduled at least a year in advance.

Time - July 15, 2009
La Mongie, FRANCE — It is 400 years since Galileo gazed in wonder at the night sky through a telescope for the first time, and to celebrate the event, 2009 has been declared the International Year of Astronomy.

University of Wisconsin-Madison News - July 14, 2009
Madison, WISCONSIN — The year 2009 is the International Year of Astronomy, and grandparents and grandchildren will mark the occasion by learning about celestial objects as part of the ninth annual Grandparents University (GPU) at UW-Madison.

Celebrating Thomas Harriot - World's First Telescopic Astronomer
redOrbit - July 14, 2009
Dallas, TEXAS — 400 years ago English polymath Thomas Harriot became the first person to look at a celestial object through a telescope. Harriot pointed his simple ‘Dutch trunke’ telescope at the Moon on 26th July 1609, making simple drawings of our nearest astronomical neighbor from his house in Syon Park in what is now West London.

UTSA hosts July 17 stargazing and 'Fantastic Voyage' screening
UTSA Today - July 14, 2009
San Antonio, TEXAS — UTSA's faculty astronomers invite the star-struck to campus Friday, July 17 to enjoy the fifth installment of its signature series, "Friday Nights, Celestial Lights." The evening event including a movie and stargazing is free and open to the public.

The Moon for All Mankind: International Year of Astronomy
Typically Spanish - July 14, 2009
Malaga, SPAIN — Spain has provided segment No. 33 for a mosaic image of the moon of photographs from 45 countries

Space events at The Royal Observatory, Greenwich
This is Surrey Today - July 14, 2009
Reigate, UK — Space adventures are the final frontier in travel and it's a subject that never fails to fascinate.

Blast off!
Moree Champion - July 14, 2009
Moree NSW, AUSTRALIA — Forty years ago Moree played a critical part in broadcasting images to the world of the first man to land on the moon, Neil Armstrong.

Innovations Report - July 13, 2009
Bad Homburg, GERMANY — Professor David Jamieson, Head of the School of Physics, is investigating the notebooks of Galileo from 400 years ago and believes that buried in the notations is the evidence that he discovered a new planet that we now know as Neptune.

University of Florida News - July 13, 2009
Gainesville, FLORIDA — Four hundred years after Galileo first turned his handmade telescope toward the heavens, the world’s largest, most technologically advanced telescope is set to make its formal debut.

Tonight's going to be Out of this World!
The Shields Gazette - July 13, 2009
South Shields, ENGLAND — Tonight's the night! Out of this World, the Gazette's 10th anniversary fashion show, blasts off at the Customs House today and tomorrow.

Road trip to the stars--Grand Teton National Park - July 12, 2009
WYOMING — Take a road trip to Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, and help celebrate the 2009 International Year of Astronomy. This year marks the 400th anniversary of the first use of an astronomical telescope by Galileo Galilei. Grand Teton and Jackson Hole Astronomy Club will host family-oriented programs on July 19 and a special day of astronomy on August 16.

Galaxy Zoo wants you
People's Weekly World - July 12, 2009
USA — You out there reading this on your computer screen: want to take part in an international scientific research project? Using just your computer you can help identify galaxies light years away — and you don’t even need a telescope!

The Durango Herald - July 12, 2009
Philadelphia, PENNSYLVANIA — Though it looks like a cardboard tube that got left out in the rain, it's a priceless instrument whose owner changed the world.

The China Post - July 12, 2009
Taipei, TAIWAN — The National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall announced yesterday that it will hold a one-month astronomy exhibition in August as part of the world's celebration of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) 2009.

The Australian - July 11, 2009
Sydney NSW, AUSTRALIA — My four-year-old daughter has reached the Age of Difficult Questions.

Indiana Astronomy Star Party event - July 10, 2009
Indianapolis, INDIANA — 2009 is the International Year of Astronomy event worldwide and it's an amazing time to explore the subject of astronomy with your family. For our's it's a natural fit, as my husband, is a avid amateur astronomer who pursues his hobby with zest and passion.

New Supernova Is Discovered by Young Citizen Scientist
redOrbit - July 9, 2009
Warwick, NEW YORK — There is no age restriction on the chance to make a significant contribution to our understanding of the universe. Caroline Moore, a 14-year-old from Warwick, N.Y., has made such a mark on astronomy with the discovery of Supernova 2008ha.

Gary Post-Tribune - July 9, 2009
Gary, INDIANA — It was one of those moments you never forget. On July 20, 1969, I was allowed to get up in the middle of the night and sat on the floor captivated, watching the grainy picture on our black-and-white console television.

Oelwein 'fortunate' to get library exhibit
Daily Register - July 9, 2009
Oelwein, IOWA — A special ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Tuesday at the Oelwein Public Library to celebrate the arrival of a national exhibit, “Visions of the Universe; Four Centuries of Discovery.” - July 9, 2009
New York, NEW YORK — History books tell us that the planet Neptune was found in the mid-1800s after years of speculation and search.

BlackHills Today - July 8, 2009
Deadwood, SOUTH DAKOTA — To commemorate the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first telescope, and the 40th anniversary of the First Lunar Landing, the Challenger Learning Center’s Board of Directors has set this event as area fundraiser toward the construction of a new Challenger Learning Center (CLC) in Gillette, Wyoming.

WKOW TV - July 8, 2009
Madison, WISCONSIN — Science and music come together in this year's Madison Early Music Festival. The International Year of Astronomy celebrations are collaborating with music inspired by the scientific discoveries of Galileo Galilei, his father Vincenzo Galilei (a musician and astronomer) and others. Festival events and more take place at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from July 12-25.

Times & Transcript - July 8, 2009
Moncton NB, CANADA — Like New Brunswick residents, astronomers have not been happy with the long period of cloudy, wet weather that has prevailed across the province.

Kuensel Online - July 7, 2009
BHUTAN — The education ministry will declare 2009 as the “Bhutan Year of Science and Technology” on July 22 when the world will witness one of the biggest events in terrestrial astronomy, the longest solar eclipse.

UA Scientists' Film Chronicles Minority Astronomers
University of Arizona - July 6, 2009
Tucson, ARIZONA — Two astronomers at The University of Arizona will screen their 45-minute documentary this week on the impact of the Hubble Space Telescope and NASA on the careers of one specific group of astronomers.

George Mason University News - July 6, 2009
VIRGINIA — The Vatican is out to monkey with Galileo again. Many might think it had subjected him to enough tender ministrations already, from his two trials in the seventeenth century through John Paul II’s botched rehabilitation to the recent poster show, “Galileo Uomo di Fede,” in Santa Maria degli Angeli which as good as ignores those trials.

Baltimore Sun - July 6, 2009
Severna Park, MARYLAND — Students at Shipley's Choice Elementary School will be getting a close-up view of the universe in the fall after winning a telescope giveaway contest sponsored by Maryland Public Television.

SpaceRef - July 4, 2009
Paris, FRANCE — As the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) reaches its six-month milestone, over a million people have already looked at the sky through a telescope for the first time, and even more have newly engaged in astronomy.

Telegraph-Journal - July 4, 2009
Saint John NB, CANADA — Despite the jokes and complaints, many people in our part of the world are grateful for the variety afforded by the changing seasons. Those less fortunate than us, who live in year-round warmth, can still mark the seasons by watching the parade of constellations across the night sky.

Packet Online - July 3, 2009
Princeton, NEW JERSEY — In 1633, for his revolutionary discovery that the Earth revolves around the sun, Galileo Galilei was convicted by the Roman Catholic Church of holding views contrary to Scripture, arrested and imprisoned for life.

Hundreds of yougsters play brain game
Norwich Evening News - July 3, 2009
Norwich, ENGLAND — The whole country might be gearing up for the Olympics in 2012 but it was mental and not physical agility that was at the forefront of most people's minds in Norwich yesterday.

Times of India - July 3, 2009
Pune, INDIA — Telescope-making workshops for school children, a 52-episode radio show on astronomy, a tableau in the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

ANI - July 2, 2009
Berlin, GERMANY — The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) has achieved a milestone of sorts, in the sense that over a million people have already looked at the sky through a telescope for the first time, and even more have newly engaged in astronomy in just six months this year.

Innovations Report - July 1, 2009
Chicago, ILLINOIS — Visitors to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport this summer may find themselves taking an unplanned “journey” into the cosmos.

Grant Tribune Sentinel - July 1, 2009
Grant, NEBRASKA — Woo-Hoo! Finally got some glass on those elusive planets. The clouds were gone, the sky was clear, and the temperature was great for sky watching. The only drawback was the pesky mosquitoes still in full force even at 4:30 in the morning.

Scottish Children Make New Constellation
redOrbit - June 30, 2009
Edinburgh, UK — An imaginary mouse (temporarily) occupied part of the sky, as the winning entry for a competition to design a new constellation for the International Year of Astronomy (IYA 2009).

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