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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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UH Manoa - October 8, 2009
Manoa, HAWAII — In 1609, Galileo Galilei, an Italian scientist, performed the first observation of the "stars" using a telescope. The Moon was covered with craters, the Milky Way was made of numerous stars, satellites circulated Jupiter, Venus waxed and waned.

The Oakland Tribune - October 8, 2009
Oakland, CALIFORNIA — It seems everyone, even at the busy White House in Washington, is getting into the spirit of this International Year of Astronomy. I want to lobby for more star parties at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.!

Recreation of solar system's logistics opens students' eyes
The Daily Texan - October 8, 2009
Austin, TEXAS — To help celebrate the International Year of Astronomy, a human model of our solar system was displayed Wednesday on the Robert Lee Moore Hall plaza.

Los Angeles Times - October 8, 2009
Washington, DC — In a brief diversion from terrestrial concerns, President Obama turned his eyes to the cosmos Wednesday night as he hosted 150 middle-school students for an evening of stargazing and science at the White House.

Media Newswire - October 8, 2009
Midland, TEXAS — To celebrate its grand re-opening after renovations, the Marian Blakemore Planetarium at Midland’s Museum of the Southwest will host a series of events on Friday, October 9, featuring McDonald Observatory Director Dr. David L. Lambert. The events are free and open to the public.

The Camrose Canadian - October 8, 2009
Camrose AB, CANADA — As we enter the last few months of 2009 —the International Year of Astronomy, October offers a fabulous array of celestial views for those who look up while it is still dark in the morning.

White House aims middle schoolers eyes to stars
Associated Press - October 8, 2009
Washington, DC — Call it a star party with real star power.

Daily Herald-Tribune - October 8, 2009
Grande Prairie AB, CANADA — As Marc Garneau celebrates the 25th anniversary of his becoming the first Canadian in space this week, local students got some insider tips from the Canadian Space Agency.

Portsmouth Today - October 8, 2009
Portsmouth, UK — A rare chance to see moon rocks and meteorites will be on the programme when Hampshire Astronomical Group throws open its doors for the last time this year, the International Year of Astronomy.

On the South Lawn, A White House 'Star Party'
The Washington Post - October 8, 2009
Washington, DC — President Obama, having spent much of the day pondering Afghanistan, spent a few seconds Wednesday night looking through a telescope at a double-star system roughly one quadrillion miles away.

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