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Giovanni Domenico Cassini was an Italian mathematician, astronomer, engineer, and astrologer. Cassini was an astronomer at the Panzano Observatory, from 1648 to 1669, professor of astronomy at the University of Bologna and became, in 1671, director of the Paris Observatory. Along with Robert Hooke, Cassini is given credit for the discovery of the Great Red Spot on Jupiter (ca. 1665). Cassini was the first to observe four of Saturn's moons, which he called Sidera Lodoicea. Around 1690, Cassini was the first to observe differential rotation within Jupiter's atmosphere.

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In praise of real darkness
BBC News - November 16, 2009
Galloway Forest Park, SCOTLAND — A spot in Scotland has picked up an international award, confirming it as one of the best places for stargazing in the world. But what is the importance of being able to see the stars?

The Advocate-Messenger - November 16, 2009
Danville, KENTUCKY — The Boyle County Public Library will take visitors on a journey to the center of our galaxy when it unveils unprecedented mural-sized images of the Milky Way’s core as seen by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory. - November 16, 2009
USA — In May Deutsche Bundesbank released a silver 10 euro commemorating Johannes Kepler.

Mueller Planetarium's NASA exhibit shows the Milky Way in a new light
News|Net Nebraska - November 16, 2009
Lincoln, NEBRASKA — When Galileo first used a telescope to observe the stars 400 years ago, he didn't know how much of the universe he was seeing -- or how much he was missing.

The Rebel Yell - November 16, 2009
Las Vegas, NEVADA — A discussion of the life and historic trial of Galileo Galilei dissected the scientist’s discoveries and the modern reception to his ideas. - November 16, 2009
Branchburg, NEW JERSEY — The planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College is featured in an episode of Cake Boss to be aired on Monday, Nov. 23 at 10:30 p.m. on the cable television network TLC.

PTI News - November 16, 2009
New Delhi, INDIA — Astronomy enthusiasts have a reason to cheer as an Indo-Italian astronomy fortnight is being organised here to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy and Italian "Year of Galileo".

UK forest named best place for stargazing
Country Life - November 16, 2009
Galloway Forest Park, SCOTLAND — Galloway Forest Park in Scotland is the first place in the UK to be named a Dark Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA).

Top News - November 16, 2009
New Delhi, INDIA — A jugalbandi (fusion) between an Indian vocalist and an Italian violinist intermingling with sounds and sight of stars will be the highlight of a unique multi-disciplinary event at Nehru Planetarium on Monday.

An eye on the sky, one on the ground
Denver Post - November 15, 2009
Denver, COLORADO — The International Year of Astronomy is drawing to a close, and it's been marked by some notable passages.

Zanesville Times Recorder - November 15, 2009
McConnelsville, OHIO — The Kate Love Simpson Library will take visitors on a journey to the center of the galaxy when it unveils mural-sized images of the Milky Way's core as seen by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Why Southern Arizona is Considered the Astronomy Capital of the World
Arizona Reporter - November 15, 2009
Tucson, ARIZONA — For years, the clear skies and minimal lights of the nighttime Southern Arizona desert has attracted major astronomy facilities to the area from around the world. Some have dubbed this part of the state "The Astronomy Capital of the World."

Star struck
Star Bulletin - November 14, 2009
Honolulu, HAWAII — Shooting stars above the lagoon at Ko'olina had onlookers emitting plenty of oohs and aahs. But, they weren't the only things attracting attention.

Mueller Planetarium to unveil new mural-size images from NASA
Journal Star - November 14, 2009
Lincoln, NEBRASKA — Mueller Planetarium at the University of Nebraska State Museum will take visitors on a journey to the center of our galaxy when it unveils two new mural-size images of the Milky Way's core on Sunday.

The Camrose Canadian - November 14, 2009
Camrose AB, CANADA — This year has been designated International Year of Astronomy by the United Nations to highlight 400 years of astronomy since 1609 when Galileo first viewed the heavens with a telescope.

Current-Argus - November 13, 2009
Carlsbad, NEW MEXICO — The last Star Party and Celebration of the Night event for the year will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Three Telescopes Combine for Stunning Space Photo
Fox News - November 12, 2009
USA — A giant composite image of the Milky Way's center has been taken by NASA's three great observatories — the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes and the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

The Bi-College News - November 12, 2009
Bryn Mwar, PENNSYLVANIA — "If you have never looked through a decent telescope before, you have no idea of the amount of detail that is in space," said Haverford’s Professor of Astronomy, Bruce Partridge.

Daily Herald - November 11, 2009
Chicago, ILLINOIS — North Central College gave stargazers a view of the galaxy Tuesday they couldn't get from a typical telescope.

Aiken Standard - November 11, 2009
Aiken, SOUTH CAROLINA — Two mural-size images of the Milky Way - as seen by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the other two "Great Observatories" - were unveiled at USC Aiken's Ruth Patrick Science Education Center/DuPont Planetarium Tuesday.

SpaceRef - November 11, 2009
VATICAN CITY — On 30 and 31 October 2009 the ESO Director General, Tim de Zeeuw, was invited to visit the Vatican City, as part of an international group of renowned astronomers, on the occasion of the International Year of Astronomy 2009.

You too can be Galileo
Discover Magazine - November 11, 2009
Washington, DC — Galileo Galilei pointed a telescope at the heavens, and revolutionized our conception of Earth’s place in the Universe.

Triple delight in the Milky Way
MSNBC - November 10, 2009
Washington, DC — NASA has blended three views of our home galaxy's turbulent core to produce a picture filled with scientifically significant snap, crackle and pop. And the deeper you go into the image, the more you learn.

Ritter Plantetarium and Toledo-Lucas County Public Library celebrate International Year of Astronomy - November 10, 2009
Toledo, OHIO — Ritter Planetarium, of The University of Toledo's College of Arts and Sciences, and the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library will collaborate to take visitors on a journey to the center of our galaxy

NASA's Great Observatories Celebrate International Year of Astronomy
NASA/JPL - November 10, 2009
Pasadena, CALIFORNIA — A never-before-seen view of the turbulent heart of our Milky Way galaxy is being unveiled by NASA today. This event will commemorate the 400 years since Galileo first turned his telescope to the heavens in 1609.

Daily Eastern News - November 10, 2009
Urbana-Champaign, ILLINOIS — Like most astronomers, Jim Kaler first became interested in astronomy as a child looking up at the stars.

The Examiner - November 10, 2009
San Francisco, CALIFORNIA — Remember sitting in your backyard searching the sky for flying saucers? Or viewing the sky through a telescope for the first time?

Associated Press - November 10, 2009
Concord, NEW HAMPSHIRE — A 6-foot-by-3-foot image of the Milky Way galaxy and other large-scale images as seen by NASA telescopes are being unveiled at New Hampshire’s McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center.

The Register - November 10, 2009
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican may be a little closer to deciding how it deals with the tricky problem of extra terrestrial - and most likely non-Catholic - life forms, as it wraps up a conference on astrobiology this week.

Hunterton County Democrat - November 9, 2009
Branchburg, NEW JERSEY — Mural-size images of the Milky Way’s core as seen by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory go on permanent display at the Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium tomorrow.

Times of India - November 9, 2009
Bangalore, INDIA — Shishu Griha students of Class 8 have opted for astronomy as a topic for the International School Award 2009-10, to mark 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy.

Chronicle Herald - November 7, 2009
Halifax NS, CANADA — We live in a universe that never stands still.

The Times of India - November 7, 2009
Pune, INDIA — The Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) has produced a unique diary as part of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA).

Programs encourage sky watching
The Reporter - November 6, 2009
North Penn, PENNSYLVANIA — The stars have aligned, so to speak.

Saturday stargazing at Lawrence Hall of Science
SFGate - November 5, 2009
Berkeley, CALIFORNIA — It's been 400 years since Galileo first pointed his telescope to the sky to look at the stars, and what better way to celebrate this International Year of Astronomy than by having a look at Jupiter, the planet that so mesmerized the great Italian astronomer.

Arizona Daily Star - November 5, 2009
Tucson, ARIZONA — Astronomy enthusiasts can learn to build a Galileoscope from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Sabino Canyon.

East Volusia News - November 5, 2009
Daytona Beach, FLORIDA — Local star gazers were treated to a Galilean Night recently as those studying astronomy at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Creekside Observatory turned their technology to sights first observed through a telescope 400 years ago.

Capital City Weekly - November 4, 2009
Juneau, ALASKA — Wasn't it great recently when the Juneau area skies were clear at night and you could see the stars and constellations like Orion and the Big and Little Bears, among others?

Royal Purple News - November 4, 2009
Whitewater, WISCONSIN — The UW-Whitewater physics department is celebrating the International Year of Astronomy 2009 with a lecture series and exhibits.

Rhodes student wins global space competition
Dispatch Online - November 4, 2009
Grahamstown EC, SOUTH AFRICA — A Rhodes University physics student is reaching for the stars after she won a prestigious European Space Agency award for astronomy. - November 3, 2009
Indianapolis, INDIANA — The Pike High School Planetarium will be part of a NASA event next week.

Winter party-goers hoping for a star-studded bash
This is Lincolnshire - November 3, 2009
Lincolnshire, UK — A winter party to celebrate the stars in the sky above Lincolnshire, will bring the universe into sharp focus.

Keremeos Review - November 3, 2009
Penticton BC, CANADA — Christmas is coming! If you are considering getting a telescope for the family astronomer, you are probably about to go shopping, and worrying about making the right choice.

How the Moon shines its way into our lives
Cambridge News - November 3, 2009
Cambridge, UK — It has been there for billions of years, but 2009 is special for the Moon. Jack Grove found out why astronomers and amateur stargazers in Cambridge are starting to get excited about Earth's satellite once again.

Valdosta State University News - November 2, 2009
Valdosta, GEORGIA — Guests at Valdosta State University's planetarium will witness the transformation of astronomy at its upcoming show "Astronomy Grows up -- and out!" at 7:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, in Nevins Hall.

Indian Catholic - November 2, 2009
VATICAN CITY — Modernity would benefit from the sense of awe that inspired the fathers of modern science, says Benedict XVI.

Before Galileo
ABC - November 1, 2009
Menngen NT, AUSTRALIA — In the International Year of Astronomy, astronomers world-wide are celebrating the 400th anniversary of Galileo turning a telescope to the sky and while some Aboriginal artists and elders are learning from astronomers and seeing a western view of their constellations, they in turn are teaching astronomers their stories and ways they have viewed the stars way before Galileo was born.

The Dakota Student - October 30, 2009
Grand Forks, NORTH DAKOTA — Tuesday night, in a tribute to the International Year of Astronomy, Tim Young, associate professor of Physics and Astrophysics gave a talk entitled "Time Travelers."

During International Year of Astronomy, Pope Benedict reflects on Galileo controversy - October 30, 2009
VATICAN CITY — On October 30, Pope Benedict XVI received participants in the conference sponsored by the Specola Vaticana (Vatican Observatory) for the International Year of Astronomy.

Vatican Radio - October 30, 2009
VATICAN CITY — Astronomers from around the world arrived in Rome on Friday for a two-day symposium organized by the Governorate of the Vatican City State and the Vatican Observatory. The highlight of the event was a meeting on Friday with Pope Benedict XVI.

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