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100 Hours is coming! Join us April 2-5

100 Hours of Astronomy The International Year of Astronomy 2009 Cornerstone project, 100 Hours of Astronomy, is on track to be the largest single science public outreach event ever. More than 1500 events have been registered in over 130 countries and this number is increasing every day. 100 Hours of Astronomy is a truly global project; an event on a scale never attempted before, with more than one million people expected to participate! Links



Colbert vs. Pitts: Comedy meets Astronomy

Comedy Central’s very own  Steven Colbert is talking Astronomy with IYA’s Derrek Pitts of The Franklin Institute . Check it out Monday March 30th, For more information about Pitts at the Galileo Telescope, check out this NY Times article . (As soon as YouTube video is available we’ll be linking to it.)


Now Showing: Galileo, the Medici and The Age of Astronomy

The Franklin in Philadelphia will become host of the world exclusive exhibition “ Galileo, the Medici and The Age of Astronomy ,” on April 4 thru September 7, 2009. The one-time only special exhibition features one of only two existing, original Galileo telescopes that will leave Italy for the first and only time. The exhibit coincides the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s astronomical discoveries and the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009).



IYA in Physics World

Physics World For a limited time the March issue of the journal “ Physics World ” is available for free download from IOP publishing. This issue is dedicated to the International Year of Astronomy and includes IYA related feature stories and articles of general interest from contributors including:  Catherine Cesarsky, President of the International Astronomical Union; Martin Rees, the UK’s Astronomer Royal; Tim de Zeeuw, Director General of the European Southern Observatory; John Huchra, President of the American Astronomical Society; Andrew Fabian, President of the Royal Astronomical Society; and Seok Jae Park, President of the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute. Feature stories include:
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