Evaluations and future plans of IYA2009 activities in Japan. Kaz Sekiguchi IYA2009 Promotion Unit National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. Japan Projects. IYA2009 Japan Committee projects:.
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Evaluations and future plans of IYA2009 activities in Japan
IYA2009 Promotion Unit
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
IYA2009 Japan Committee projects:
● ”You are Galileo!” Project● Restoration of Galileo’s Telescopes● Traveling Museum Exhibition“Solving puzzle of the Universe -- 400 years since Galileo‘s observation” ● “Stars of Asia”: Asian Mythology and Legend of Stars and Universe
● Let’s go to the Planetarium!●Live Broadcast of the Solar Eclipse on July 22, 2009● “Look up the Sky!” : ten-millions‘ Star Gazing ● “Starry Book Fair”
● IYA2009 Concert ● IYA2009 Closing Symposium: Astronomy Education
IYA2009 Japan Committee Web Page projects:
● IYA2009 Japan Committee Web site
● Life of Galileo
● Guide for Solar Eclipse Viewing ● Galileo-kun and his friends ● IYA2009 Choice of the astronomical goods● IYA2009 Mail Magazine● IYA2009 News Letters● Astronomical Calendar
“Stars of Asia”:
Asian Mythology and Legend of Stars and Universe
Aim to collect and edit the East Asian legends and traditional stories relating to stars and Universe.
“Starry Book Fair”
You are Galileo
We distribute “You are Galileo Telescope" for children living in Asian countries and others. Using “You are Galileo Telescope", children enjoy watching planets, stars and satellites as Galileo did. Through these observations, children shareed the surprise and discovery that Galileo experienced.
You are Galileo
Kottamia, Egypt, October 2009
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, July 2009
“Look up the Sky!” : Ten-Millions‘ Star Gazing
730,7600 people registered!
We announced interesting astronomical events on the web and provide various opportunities to observe the stars and the universe. We asked people register the counter which shows how many people see and enjoy the events together. We hoped 10 million people enjoy the night sky during IYA2009.
Let’s go to Planetarium!
Planetariums all over Japan joined under the campaign "Here, There, Everywhere, IYA!" during the IYA2009.
There are about 300 planetariums in Japan with over 5 million audience per year.
Restoration of Galileo’s Telescopes
“Solving puzzle of the Universe -- 400 years since Galileo‘s observation”
This exhibition aims to introduce how our vision of the universe has changed by telescopes and observational technologies since Galileo‘s observation.
The exhibition was held at Tokyo in June 2009 and traveled to Sendai, Niigata, Nagoya, and Osaka.
Galileo-kun & his friends
Galileo-kun & his friends
were officially recognized by
the IYA2009 Japan Committee.
IYA2009 Japan Committee web site “astronomy2009.jp” access #
Average 150,428 req/day
Max. on July 22, 2009
Newspaper articles for students:
23 in Junior High-school
53 in Elementary school
Nikkei, Feb. 27, 2009
Do you think the IYA2009 helped public awareness on the astronomy and space sciences?
Overwhelming majority people think the IYA2009 was a successful event gaining public awareness on the astronomy and space sciences.
Was the official endorsement by the IYA2009 Japan Committee helpful organizing the events?
Not helped at all
Not much helpful
Very much helpful
How do you think the “Official Endorsement” helped your events?
・ Help advertizing the events
・ Give an authority to the events
・ Help feel united
・ Give motive and confidence
・ Give a reason to promote the events
What do you think you need to continue your activities?
Expense (Not totally accounted for)
NAOJ collected (Donations)
8,000,852 jpy (~ US$ 89k)
and spend (by the end of 2009)
28,438,150 jpy (~ US$ 310k)
plus 60k euro to support the IAU IYA2009 Office
Also, JAXA contributed 60k euro and much more….
A total amount spent on the IYA2009 events in Japan is to be estimated.
Beyond IYA2009 in Japan
We agreed to form a united body to promote astronomy in Japan
An official name of this body is not yet decided.
It consists of representatives from various different amateur and professional organizations, research and educational institutes, public observatories, planetarium and museums.