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Biosphere 2 and IYA

Biosphere 2 IYA display Biosphere 2 in Oracle north of Tucson, Arizona, hosted a crowd of 75 people for a ceremonial unveiling of a NASA Great Observatories multiwavelength image of the galaxy M101 in honor of IYA2009 on Saturday, Feb. 21. The informative 45-minute session featuring speakers including Travis Huxman, the director of Biosphere 2, University of Arizona (UA) astronomer George Rieke, who told the story of the Great Observatories program back to its roots, and Adam Block from the UA Mount Lemmon Sky Center public observing program.  US IYA2009 SPoC Doug Isbell gave an overview of IYA, with handouts on the Galileoscope and GLOBE at Night 2009, which is coming soon from March 16-28. To see the NASA images, visit this website .


Arp’s Atlas on Display in Oregon

The Schneider Museum of Art at Southern Oregon University is presenting 30 full-color images of some of the most unusual galaxies known, along with astronomical-themed works from some of the country’s leading artists, inspired by the book The Arps Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies: A Chronicle and Observer’s Guide.  Complementing the science side of the show are fifteen American artists who also look to the heaven for inspiration and insight. To learn about this project and others at this Museum,[...].



Bridging Nations: Cuba, Alabama and IYA

For nearly a decade, the College for Arts and Sciences of the University of Alabama has built relationships with Cuban institutions (particularly the University of Havana). Fostered by Dean Robert Olin, this “Cuba Initiative” has involved groups of faculty traveling to Cuba, visiting scholars making the opposite trip, and eventually a semester-long study term for students. During the International Year of Astronomy, this exchange includes display of images from the IYA From Earth the the Universe universities. To learn more about this project read the full story here .