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International Year of Astronomy 2009. Tuorla Observatory 15 October 2008 Tapio Markkanen. IYA 2009 background. Italian initiative to the IAU, 2003 → proposal to UNESCO UNESCO’s recommendation to the United Nations, 2005 UN General Assembly’s resolution, December 2007

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International Year of Astronomy 2009

Tuorla Observatory 15 October 2008

Tapio Markkanen


IYA 2009 background

  • Italian initiative to the IAU,

  • 2003 → proposal to UNESCO

  • UNESCO’s recommendation

  • to the United Nations, 2005

  • UN General Assembly’s

  • resolution, December 2007

  • 125 countries involved by

  • Sep 2008

  • Charles Darwin published the

  • Origin of Species in 1859.


Main Goals

  • Scientific awareness among the general public

  • Widespread access to the universal knowledge

  • of fundamental science

  • Empower astronomical communities in

  • developing countries

  • Improve formal and informal science education

  • Provide a modern image of science and scientists

  • Facilitate new and strengthen existing networks

  • Improve gender balance

  • Preservation and protection of world cultural and natural

  • heritage of dark sites and historical astronomical sites

  • The Millennium Development Goals


Cornerstone Projects

100 hours of Astronomy

Galileoscope

Cosmic Diary

Portal to the Universe

She is an Astronomer

Dark Sky Awareness

Astro & World Heritage

Galileo Teacher Training Programme

Universe Awareness

From Earth to the Universe

Developing Astronomy Globally

Several Special Projects


100 hours of Astronomy (an example)

  • Observatories, planetaria, TV and Radio, Internet

  • Professional and Amateur Astronomers together


From Earth to the Universe

Will be exhibited in many communities throughout Finland,

in Helsinki at the Main Buss Station.



Projects in Finland

Science Days January 2009, Grand Opening

Books, articles, radio and TV programmes

Europa Stamp by Finnish Post Office

From Earth to the Universe

Mobile Planetarium and Universe Lab

One’s own observations

Lecture Tour

Solar System models

Sky map exhibition at National Library

Amateur Societies, star parties and shows

Planetaria

NOT competition for young people

LUMA Centre and MAOL teachers’ network

SciFest, University of Joensuu

Galilean moons in position determination


The Universe as your own experience

The whole country covered by activities


A project for young people plan your space colony
A Project for young people: Plan your Space colony.

  • SciFest 2009

  • Coordinated by University of

    Joensuu

  • Partners from

  • South Africa to Finland


Determine your position by observing the galilean moons of jupiter
Determine your position by observing the Galilean Moons of Jupiter

Galilei 1609



A large co-operative community Febryary 2010

  • Working and coordinating group set by the Finnish National Commission of Astronomy and Ursa Association.

  • Composed of professional and amateur astronomers, experts and actors of education and communication.

  • More info and contacts:

    www.astronomy2009.org

    www.astronomy2009.fi

    [email protected]

    [email protected]

    [email protected]

Open road to the skies


The Universe – Yours to discover Febryary 2010

Initiatives welcome


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