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Think Globally, Lead Locally: Plans for the International Year of Astronomy, Optics Education, and Dark Skies

Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Doug
Isbell (NOAO)

Doug Isbell, Stephen Pompea, and Connie Walker (NOAO)

The International Year of Astronomy in 2009 (IYA 2009) is a global celebration of astronomy and its many contributions to society and culture. Originally conceived to honor the 400th anniversary of the first use of an astronomical telescope by Galileo Galilei in 1609, IYA 2009 has grown into a worldwide, education and public outreach effort with the central goal of exposing as many people as possible to the wonders of astronomy and building sustainable programs for the future under the central theme "The Universe, Yours to Discover". A variety of events and activities throughout 2009, established through a multinational coordination process, will promote a greater appreciation of astronomy as a shared resource for all. Here in the United States, the National Optical Astronomy Observatory is involved in events and activities built around a few of the IYA themes. Steve Pompea will talk about the theme on telescope kits and optics challenges and Connie Walker will talk about the dark skies theme. Doug Isbell will open with a general introduction to IYA.

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