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Smithsonian Photography Initiative Celebrates the International Year of Astronomy in May and June

Annie Jump Cannon During May and June, the Smithsonian Photography Initiative offers three ways to celebrate both the International Year of Astronomy and the 400th anniversary of the first recorded astronomical observation with a telescope by Galileo Galilei. [image at left from the SI collection is of Annie Jump Cannon ] Call for Entries The Smithsonian Photography Initiative invites the public to contribute images and stories to “ click! photography changes everything ” ( ), an online exhibit that explores how photography influences every aspect of people’s lives. This month’s focus is “Seeing Other Worlds”:
  • The public may submit their photo and story about how photography influences the ability to see people, places and things “unseen” or “unfamiliar” through the contribute link on the “click!” Web site at . Contributors may also share their thoughts about photos of the universe from the Chandra X-ray Observatory images available on the Smithsonian Institution’s photostream at The Commons on Flickr .
  • Selected entries will be added to the “ click! ” Web site, which features photos and stories from innovators, writers and public figures across multiple disciplines.
  • Entries selected for the “ click! ” Web site will be eligible to receive a copy of the book “At First Sight: Photography and the Smithsonian,” an intriguing glimpse into the Smithsonian’s more than 700 photographic collections.
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International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA)