Finally, astronomy is going to get the respect it deserves. The United Nations announced today that 2009 will be the International Year of Astronomy. There’ll be a concerted effort around the world to increase awareness about astronomy, and give people access to tools, techniques and knowledge.
The year coincides with 400 years since Galileo Galilei first pointed his telescope towards the heavens. He then went on to discover mountains and craters on the Moon, and the four major moons of Jupiter.
There are going to be many many events during the International Year of Astronomy. In fact, my Astronomy Cast co-host, Dr. Pamela Gay, is going to be the New Media Chair, and help administrate the IYA 2009 website. Apparently I’ve also been volunteered for several projects – I’ll keep you posted as the details are revealed to me.
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You can access the International Year of Astronomy 2009 website here.
Original Source; IAU Press Release