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Scania, Denmark (1546 - 1601)
Tycho Brahe was a Danish nobleman famed for his accurate and comprehensive astronomical and planetary observations. Hailing from Scania, then part of Denmark, now part of modern-day Sweden, Brahe was well known in his lifetime as an astronomer and alchemist.

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Associated Press - April 2, 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 Scarlet - April 2, 2009
Lincoln, NEBRASKA — Mueller Planetarium, in partnership with NET Television, will present a preview of the documentary “400 Years of the Telescope: A Journey of Science, Technology and Thought” at noon and 4 p.m. April 4. The preview is part of the 2009 International Year of Astronomy.

Prime time for astronomy - April 2, 2009
USA — The wonders of outer space get a double dose of worldwide exposure starting today - first with an event called "100 Hours of Astronomy," and then with the annual Yuri's Night celebration.

Deccan Herald - April 2, 2009
Bangalore, INDIA — Astronomy is a sub discipline of physics. It is an observational science in which perspective is a key consideration.

Salt Lake Tribune - April 2, 2009
Salt Lake City, UTAH — Utahns can take part in an international star party this weekend as telescopes across the globe tilt up to look at the stars and sun as part of the 100 Hours of Astronomy events.

Courtship of the spyglass
Philadelphia Enquirer - April 2, 2009
Philadelphia, PENNSYLVANIA — The Italian museum's director pulled out a stack of letters and, one by one, laid them atop his desk at the Institute and Museum of the History of Science in Florence.

The News Tribune - April 2, 2009
Tacoma, WASHINGTON — The Museum of Flight, the Tacoma Astronomical Society and other Puget Sound-area astronomy clubs will host a free astronomy event tonight.

North Devon Journal - April 2, 2009
North Devon, UK — As I step cautiously into the darkness at the side of the pub, Julie Buckingham, a member of the North Devon Astronomical Society guides me to the huge telescope.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation - April 2, 2009
Launceston, AUSTRALIA — Star gazers will look to the skies over the next few nights to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the telescope.

Waterford Today - April 1, 2009
Waterford, IRELAND — Deise Astronomy Society ( is pleased to announce that they will be holding several events to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy (commemorating 400 years since Galileo first looked through a telescope to see the wonders of the night sky).

Express & Echo - April 1, 2009
Exeter, UK — Stargazers at the city's university are offering people the chance to explore the universe.

Sakaal Times - April 1, 2009
Pune, INDIA — Coinciding with the cornerstone project of the International Astronomy Year (IYA2009), 100 hours of Astronomy (100HA), the Inter University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) Pune, will be conducting a public sky watch show, showing Saturn and Venus, on April 3 and 4.

The Oklahoman - April 1, 2009
Norma, OKLAHOMA — A free lecture will address the presence of water on Mars at 7 p.m. Thursday at Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, 2401 S Chautauqua Ave.

Meteorite strikes Cottesloe beach
WAToday - April 1, 2009
Cottesloe Beach, AUSTRALIA — A meteorite being investigated by several scientists at Cottesloe Beach this morning caused a lot of confusion for morning beach-goers still waking up from their sleep.

The Caswell Messenger - March 31, 2009
Yanceyville, NORTH CAROLINA — Piedmont Community College instructor Mike Czysz attended the International Year of Astronomy edition of Triad Starfest (*Tri*Star*) Conference at Guilford Technical Community College's Jamestown campus March 7.

Farmington teachers spread love of space
Salt Lake Tribune - March 31, 2009
Farmington, UTAH — Some 400 years ago, Galileo first peered into outer space aided by a telescope. You might say 1609 was a big year in astronomy. It was also the year Johannes Kepler published Astronomia nova, a work that featured his investigation of Mars' motion.

Galileo Celebrated with 100-Hour Worldwide Astro-Party
Gearlog - March 31, 2009
New York, NEW YORK — worldwide sky party four centuries in the making reaches its greatest brilliance this weekend. To commemorate the 400th anniversary of Galileo's conducting the first telescopic study of the night sky, this year has been designated the International Year of Astronomy (IYA 2009) by the International Astronomical Union and the United Nations.

Star party but not the celebrity kind
Newbury Today - March 31, 2009
West Berkshire, UK — West Berkshire residents reached for the stars on Friday (27) at a star party organised by Newbury Astronomical Society.

Astronomy for kids at the Broomfield library - March 31, 2009
Broomfield, COLORADO — On Saturday, March 28, 2009, the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library in Broomfield hosted the first of two free events for kids to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy. As was explained at the beginning of the program, 2009 is the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first telescope.

Countdown to 100 Hours of Astronomy
The Great Beyond - March 31, 2009
Global — Astronomy fans are preparing to burn the midnight oil, using night-vision-friendly red lanterns of course, for 100 hours of astronomy outreach in the form of open-telescope nights, astronomer question and answer sessions, and online webcasts starting 2 April.

Get a free peek at the stars in Grand Rapids this week - March 31, 2009
Grand Rapids, MICHIGAN — At age 14, Mike Murphy peered through his uncle's telescope and got hooked. The heavens had him by the eyes. Now, 50 years later, the Grand Rapids man still is looking up.

Wellington NZ Government - March 31, 2009
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Wellingtonians will be seeing stars this weekend, as the Central Library celebrates 100 Hours of Astronomy - part of the International Year of Astronomy - in style.

University of Florida - March 30, 2009
Gainesville, FLORIDA — Two University of Florida astronomers will give a talk about historic and future telescopes Friday as part of a series of events this year celebrating the 400th year anniversary of Galileo’s discoveries.

Ars Technica - March 30, 2009
Global — The International Astronomical Union has deemed this year the International Year of Astronomy 2009 and hopes that programs carried out around the world will help "citizens of the world rediscover their place in the Universe through the day- and night-time sky, and thereby engage a personal sense of wonder and discovery."

Universe Today - March 30, 2009
Global — Have you heard the word? In celebration of the International Year of Astronomy, there’s a worldwide event happening that will begin on April 2 and last through April 5, 2009.

100 Hours of Astronomy
Sky & Telescope - March 30, 2009
Global — 100 Hours of Astronomy (100HA), taking place from April 2 to 5, may already be the largest science outreach event in history.

Reno Gazette-Journal - March 30, 2009
Reno, NEVADA — Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center is among those celebrating the International Year of Astronomy with 100 hours of projects and free telescope viewings Thursday through Sunday at various sites in the area.

Discover Magazine - March 30, 2009
New York, NEW YORK — Here it is almost the end of March, and none of us has blogged about the International Year of Astronomy 2009.

Yale Daily News - March 30, 2009
New Haven, CONNECTICUT — From the Great Pyramids and the Sydney Opera House, people, institutions and landmarks around the globe powered down from 8:30 to 9:30 local time Saturday night in order to raise awareness about the benefits of energy conservation and the issue of climate change.

PRNewswire - March 30, 2009
Rodeo, NEW MEXICO — LightBuckets today announced their participation in the 100 Hours of Astronomy Cornerstone Project as part of the International Year of Astronomy activities.

Mudgee astronomers open the skies to the public
Mudgee Guardian - March 29, 2009
Mudgee NSW, AUSTRALIA — Mudgee astronomers will give the general public the chance to see stars as part of the International Year of Astronomy celebrations.

Baltimore Sun - March 29, 2009
Baltimore, MARYLAND — The Friends of Anne Arundel County Trails will celebrate the International Year of Astronomy with One Hundred Hours of Astronomy, Thursday to April 5.

Daily Press - March 29, 2009
Newport News, VIRGINIA — The days are beginning to warm up. The nights are not quite as freezing cold as they were just a month ago. Daffodils are blooming! There's a guy outside on the corner with a telescope!

Starry, starry nights: Tulsa club keeps alive a historic hobby
Tulsa World - March 29, 2009
Tulsa, OKLAHOMA — Tony White has always been fascinated with the sky. As a child he and his dad would go to his grandfather's and fish. When he got tired, White would lay in the bed of his dad's pickup truck and stare toward the heavens.

The Washington Post - March 29, 2009
Washington, DC — The U.S. Naval Observatory will hold a rare open house Saturday as part of a celebration of the International Year of Astronomy marking the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first examination of the heavens with a telescope.

100 Hours of Astronomy: An event 400 years in the making
Lewisboro Ledger - March 29, 2009
Lewisboro, NEW YORK — People are invited to get into stargazing and become part of a worldwide celebration when Ridgefield marks the International Year of Astronomy 2009 with a festival of exhibitions and public events this weekend.

The Times of India - March 29, 2009
Mumbai, INDIA — Amateur astronomers, stargazers and astro-photographers couldn't let go of the chance to lie back and watch the dark sky as the lights around Mumbai dimmed during Earth Hour.

Celebrate space and science through 80 telescopes in worldwide event - March 28, 2009
Mauna Kea, HAWAII — It has been 400 years since Galileo turned his telescope toward the skies. The world is celebrating 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy.

stv News - March 28, 2009
Fort William, SCOTLAND — The first Dark Sky Discovery Sites have been unveiled to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy 2009.

Kennebec Journal - March 28, 2009
Augusta, MAINE — The word "April" comes from "aprilis," which means "aperture" or "to open." That is what this area of the Northern Hemisphere will be doing this month as spring once again awakens the earth.

A Telescope to the Past as Galileo Visits U.S.
New York Times - March 28, 2009
Philadelphia, PENNSYLVANIA — It looked like the kind of toy telescope a child might have made with scissors and tape — a lumpy, mottled tube about as long as a golf club and barely wider in girth, the color of 400-year-old cardboard, burning with age.

Heavenward Glances: Galileo Exhibit At The Franklin
The Philadelphia Bulletin - March 27, 2009
Philadelphia, PENNSYLVANIA — Persecuted for his theory that the Earth was not in fact the center of the universe, astronomer-scientist Galileo spent the final days of his life under house arrest for heresy as dictated by the Roman Inquisition.

Telescopes set up across Britain as Moonwatch event aims to inspire a new generation of astronomer
Daily Mail - March 27, 2009
London, ENGLAND — The moon will give up her secrets to amateur astronomers all around Britain tomorrow night.

Website of the Week — 100 Hours of Astronomy
Voice of America - March 27, 2009
USA — In celebration of the International Year of Astronomy, stargazers around the world are invited to attend 100 Hours of Astronomy.

White Mountain Independent - March 27, 2009
Concho, ARIZONA — The Cosmic Gallery, a fund-raising event for Concho Elementary's Technology, Science and Arts programs, will be held Saturday, April 25, during April's new moon, from 4 p.m. and into the night.

Astronomer Royal takes pride of place at National Portrait Gallery
Cambridge Network - March 27, 2009
Cambridge, UK — A new portrait of Lord Martin Rees, Master of Trinity College, will be taking centre stage during a new display at the National Portrait Gallery celebrating the International Year of Astronomy.

The News-Times - March 27, 2009
Ridgefield, CONNECTICUT — Ridgefield has set its sights on the stars (and planets). The town is celebrating all things celestial with a series of events in honor of the International Year of Astronomy.

Twinkle twinkle little stars
The Wokingham Times - March 26, 2009
Wokingham, ENGLAND — The skies above a country park will become the focus of stargazers this weekend as part of the International Year of Astronomy, which coinicides with the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first peek through a telescope.

New discoveries at Olson Planetarium
Milwaukee-Wisconsin Sentinel Journal - March 26, 2009
Milwaukee, WISCONSIN — A new series of Friday shows at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Manfred Olson Planetarium looks at discoveries made about our solar system since Galileo first searched the skies with his telescope in the 1600s.

Berthoud Recorder - March 26, 2009
Berthoud, COLORADO — Well after sunset Saturday, March 28, the skies will darken once more as over 2,400 communities in 83 countries worldwide turn off their artificial lights and behold the otherwise hidden treasures of the sky.

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