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Astronomy Night At The White House

President Obama kicked off Astronomy Night on the South Lawn of the White House. Some 150 middle school students from the Washington area got to learn more about their universe using more than 20 telescopes provided by NASA and other organizations. They observed Jupiter, the moon and selected stars. Other activities included science presentations with samples of meteorites and moon rocks. NASA’s Museum Alliance, a consortium of museums, science centers and planetariums conducted activities worldwide to coincide with the White House event. Astronomy Night helped note the International Year of Astronomy, a global celebration of contributions to society and culture in the 400 years since Galileo first used a telescope.

From ‘Earth to the Universe’ Exhibit Opens at UA Museum

The University of Alabama’s Museum of Natural History announces the opening of “From Earth to the Universe,” a photographic exhibit on display in the Museum’s Atrium Gallery. This exhibition stretches around the globe. This installation has the added feature of a research partnership with the new Planetario Habana in Cuba where these prints.

International Space Station Student Competition

Looking for a space-related project to engage students with and participate in the 2009 International Year of Astronomy? Students for the Exploration and Development of Space is pairing up with the International Year of Astronomy to provide a contest geared towards educating students about the largest international cooperation project in space today – the International [...]

Great World Wide Star Count – October 9-23

Join thousands of other students, families, and citizen scientists 
counting stars in 2009 for the Great World Wide Star Count! This 
international event encourages everyone to go outside, look skywards 
after dark, count the stars they see in certain constellations, and report 
what they see online. This Windows to the Universe citizen science 
campaign is designed to encourage learning in [...]

FETTU Braille Exhibit

As part of the “From Earth to the Universe” (FETTU) project, a NASA-funded tactile and Braille exhibit for the visually impaired community was launched in July 2009. FETTU panels for the visually impaired were produced featuring tactile displays as well as Braille versions of the caption material for a subset of the FETTU images with [...]

IYA White House Star Party press release of Oct 5th

A bountiful fall harvest of astronomy events kicks off this week with a star party at the White House. On Wednesday evening, October 7th, professional and amateur astronomers will set up more than 20 telescopes on the White House lawn to give President Obama, his family, and a group of lucky middle-school students an up-close-and-personal [...]

White House Plans Star Party for Wednesday October 7, 2009

The White House Office of the Press Secretary issued this official statement about the White House plans for Wednesday, October 7th: ”In the evening, the President andFirst Lady will host an event at the White House for middle-school students to highlight the President’s commitment to science, engineering and math education as the foundation of this nation’s global technological.

View Jupiter Better Than Galileo Did

Sidewalk Astronomy to Span the U.S. in Celebration of “Galileo Nights”

Astronomy enthusiasts across the globe are breaking out their telescopes this weekend (October 22-24) in a coordinated  effort to help hundreds of thousands of people experience their own “Galileo moment” of awe and discovery when  seeing the planet Jupiter and its four largest moons.

More than 1,100 public observing events in over 70 countries are being organized as part of “Galilean Nights,” a cornerstone project of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009). More than 75 events in the United States are listed on the international Galilean Nights Web site at .


International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA)