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Now Showing: 400 Years of Astronomy

The International Year of Astronomy celebrates the evolution of the telescope and the perspective it has given us on the cosmos. Join producers Kris Koenig and Dan Koehler as they take us on a journey of discovery. Kris and his team interviewed over 70 astronomers, cosmologists and historians from the WIYN Observatory, SETI Institute, Kitt Peak National Observatory, Harvard-Smithsonian, the Vatican Observatory, and the Chile’s famous CTIO high up in the Andes mountains. Due to run time restrictions, the team was able to use only a fraction of the interviews in the 55-minute documentary. “Astronomy is a subject so complex and rich in history, there’s no way to do it justice, even in a six-hour mini-series,” admits Kris, noting that all 70 hours of interviews of the world’s foremost astronomers and cosmologists are available online . Interview clips are searchable by keywords so anyone interested in astronomy or telescopes can do future research.


A Symphonic 3-D Space Odyssey

Get your tickets Now! Boldly going where no orchestra has ventured before, the California Symphony will take audiences on a virtual space odyssey, when it presents the world’s first live symphonic concert in 3-D on May 3 and 5, 2009. Commissioned by trailblazing Music Director Barry Jekowsky, the unprecedented event will feature Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition performed to a suite of high-definition videos created by noted astronomer and visualizer Dr. José Francisco Salgado of the prestigious Adler Planetarium in Chicago. [...]


Congratulations to 100 Hours of Astronomy!

Between April 2 and April 4 nearly 1,000,000 people participated in 1500 events in 130 different nations around the globe. These individuals participated in science, making 2.6 million classifications of galaxies at Galaxy Zoo , the followed webcasts through Around the World in 80 Telescopes, and they got involved in remote observing and face to face observing at star parties, real and virtual. Do all of you who participated:  Thanks for joining us in a  truly historical event.



100 Hours of Astronomy: Digital Version

Bad weather? Bright skies? Just don’t want to go outside?

Want to contribute to science and still be a part of 100 Hours of Astronomy ?

Join in digitally! The Galaxy Zoo project encourages you to help be a part of classifying 1 million galaxies over the course of 100 Hours of Astronomy. Join in and see all the stange and wonderful shapes and colors galaxies come in. Your work will be used by more than 30 research projects around the world to help us come closer to understanding this Universe.

The Universe: Yours to Discover. Click over to and start exploring today.




International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA)