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Getting the Word Out!

Galileoscope The U.S. project office for IYA2009 is beginning to ramp up our promotional efforts, as the national key projects and major events are starting to solidify.  One recent highlight was discussion of IYA2009 and the Galileoscope telescope kit on National Public Radio (NPR) Science Friday on September 19.  Read more in the 400 Years of the Telescope Newsletter Host Ira Flatow was in Tucson to report on the latest findings from the Phoenix Mars Lander, and wanted to spend a bit of time talking about the natural appeal of astronomy in Arizona.  He invited US IYA2009 Single-Point-of-Contact Doug Isbell on the show, along with Adam Block of the University of Arizona’s Mount Lemon SkyCenter, to talk about public outreach at Kitt Peak National Observatory, dark skies issues, and what’s ahead for IYA2009. [...]