Stephen Pompea and Andrea Schweitzer. Broad concept.
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Global celebrationin developed and developing countries alike, of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture, stimulating worldwide interest not only in astronomy, but in science in general, with a particular slant towards young people and education at all levels.
In unison with UN millennium development goals
People of all ages (but particularly young people), all continents, all paths of life
To help the citizens of the world rediscover their place in the Universe through the day and night time sky, and thereby engage a personal sense of wonder and discovery.
A global celebration of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture, highlighted by the 400th anniversary of the first use of an astronomical telescope by Galileo.
“To offer an engaging astronomy experience to every person in the country, nurture existing partnerships and build new connections to sustain public interest.”
To offer an engaging astronomy experience to every person in the country, nurture existing partnerships and build new connections to sustain public interest.
NASA activities support the U.S. goal for IYA, and are aligned with U.S. themes
NASA aims to:
6in Maksutov reflector
B,V,R,I, ND-4 filters
650x500 pixel at 5”/pxl
1º x 0.75º field
From Earth to the Universe
Working Together: Community Partners
Great Observatories Image Unveilings
Example above: Messier 51
Object to be unveiled in February is Messier 101
Kepler: NASA’s first mission capable of detecting Earth-sized planets! Scheduled to launch in March.
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter: Will map the Moon in amazing detail; companion LCROSS payload will impact the Moon! LCROSS star party scheduled for August 1.
http://lunar.gfsc.nasa.gov and http://lcross.arc.nasa.gov
Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Misison 4: Bringing exciting new capabilities to the Hubble Space Telescope! http://hubblesite.org
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer: Making a complete inventory of nearby young stars and their dusty disks!
NASA Mission Events
Design a telescope kit of high educational utility and optical quality
Manufacture and distribute one million inexpensive but high-quality telescope kits
Build in maximum educational value and utility: Integrate kits into basic inquiry-based educational material on image formation and telescopes for more extended education programs.
Design a professional development programme for educators to increase the reach of the kit
Chair: Rick Fienberg (USA)
Millions looking at the sky
Galileoscope optical quality
Millions looking at the sky
Each IYA Discovery Guide includes:
• Monthly theme
• Hands-on activity
• NASA’s featured celestial object and how to find it in the sky
- GLOBE at Night
- Great World Wide Star Count
Airing April 14th at
Host a local astronomy image exhibit
PBS TV show and planetarium show in spring 2009
--MPT Airing, April 14th at 10pm, and Md. Science Center planetarium show in June
Find “Get Involved in IYA” information sheets at: www.astronomy2009.us/GetInvolved/
IYA International Logo
IYA U.S. Logo
International logos: shop.cafepress.com/iya2009
US logos: zazzle.com/iya2009+gifts
March 16 – 28, 2009 www.globe.gov/GaN
Saturday, March 28, 2009 www.EarthHour.org
April 2 – 5, 2009 www.100hoursofastronomy.org
Oct 9-23, 2009 www.windows.ucar.edu/citizen_science/starcount/
NASA’s Monthly Themes optical quality