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IYA Preview at Dragon*Con

On Labor Day weekend the city of Atlanta, Georgia, was invaded by approximately 45,000 Science Fiction, Science Fantasy, and Science fans. Mixed in with this swarming mass of costumed individuals, movie and television stars, and writers were a handful of astronomers. Drs Pamela L. Gay, Phil Plait, Bill Keel, and Kevin Grazier, along with IYA’s Doug Isbell were there to talk about astronomy and introduce people to the upcoming International Year of Astronomy. At this conference, dozens of talks touched on Astronomy, and several 1000 buttons and fliers promoting IYA  were distributed from a booth, and in the Space, Podcasting, and Skeptisim tracks. [...]