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Broad concept

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

Where?

Everywhere!

For whom?

People of all ages (but particularly young people), all continents, all paths of life


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The International Year of Astronomy

Vision

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.

Celebration

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.

http://astronomy2009.org


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Why in 2009?

  • To commemorate the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first observations through a telescope in 1609

  • To celebrate 400 years of astronomy with telescopes since then

Galileo Galilei1564-1642


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How IYA Began

  • First proposed by Franco Pacini of Italy to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first observations through a telescope

  • Approved by the International Astronomical Union in 2006

  • United Nations approval in December 2007

  • U.S. House of Representatives Resolution in July 2008

  • Over 130 nations participating!


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U.S. Goal for IYA

“To offer an engaging astronomy experience to every person in the country, nurture existing partnerships and build new connections to sustain public interest.”


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How will we do all this?

  • Coordinate and give visibility to existing programs

  • Create new IYA materials

  • Recruit LOTS of volunteers!


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Activities in the US

US Goal

To offer an engaging astronomy experience to every person in the country, nurture existing partnerships and build new connections to sustain public interest.

US Themes

  • Looking Through a Telescope

  • Dark Skies Are a Universal Resource

  • Astronomy in Arts, Entertainment & Storytelling

  • Research Experiences for Students, Teachers, and Citizen-Scientists

  • Telescope Kits & Optics

  • Sharing the Universe Through New Technology

  • The Universe for Classrooms and Families

http://astronomy2009.us


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NASA and IYA: Our Goals

NASA activities support the U.S. goal for IYA, and are aligned with U.S. themes

NASA aims to:

  • Provide opportunities for youth and adults to make their own observations of the universe

  • Increase awareness of astronomy, including misconceptions

  • Strengthen interest in science and science education

  • Enhance collaboration across and beyond NASA


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NASA and IYA: Our Strategy

NASA’s Approach

  • Capitalize on public interest in NASA’s scientific discoveries and missions to support US goals.

  • Convey observation and exploration as an ongoing human endeavor.

  • Commitment to reaching new audiences

  • Central website portal with monthly themes that provides a framework for planning.

    • Topic related to key events and activities

    • Celestial objects to observe

    • NASA space science mission events

    • Events for students, educators, and the public

    • Related resources and activities for educators and families

http://astronomy2009.nasa.gov


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Getting Involved: Observing Experiences

MicroObservatory

  • A network of 5 telescopes

  • Automated, weather-proof

  • Control via the Internet

  • Intuitive web interface

  • E-mail response after image taken

  • Half million images since 1998

  • Users in all 50 states

Technical Details:

6in Maksutov reflector

B,V,R,I, ND-4 filters

650x500 pixel at 5”/pxl

1º x 0.75º field

http://www.microobservatory.org


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Working Together: Community Partners

From Earth to the Universe

  • Global Cornerstone Project

  • Bring beautiful images of the cosmos to non-traditional venues such as public parks and gardens, art museums, shopping

  • Prototype FETTU outdoor exhibition held at Albert Dock in Liverpool, UK

  • Semi-permanent exhibits in Chicago and Atlanta; traveling version with multiple stops across the US

http://fromearthtotheuniverse.org


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MicroObservatory

Spitzer

Chandra

Hubble

Working Together: Community Partners

Great Observatories Image Unveilings

  • Spectacular multi-wavelength views from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope, and Chandra X-ray Observatory

  • Large-scale prints of Messier 101 to be unveiled at science centers, museums, planetaria, and schools nationwide February 14-18

  • Second event later in the year

  • Opportunities for Night Sky Network star parties and activities with MicroObservatory!

Example above: Messier 51

Object to be unveiled in February is Messier 101

http://hubblesource.stsci.edu/iya


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Kepler: NASA’s first mission capable of detecting Earth-sized planets! Scheduled to launch in March.

http://kepler.nasa.gov

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!

http://wise.ssl.berkeley.edu

NASA Mission Events


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The Portal to the Universe

  • The Portal to the Universe

  • — A one-stop universe of news

    • Enabling access: To aggregate (pull) from content providers incl. all astronomy-related dynamic content (e.g. RSS feeds of blogs, images, news, etc) and distribute (push) to the users;

    • Index and archive: To collect and maintain a central repository of useful information, including resources such as educational materials and more, addresses for all astronomy stakeholders such as amateur clubs, planetariums, observatories etc.

    • Enabling communication and collaboration: Create and maintain a network of all stakeholders incl. establishing a social network for all astronomy interested.

www.portaltotheuniverse.org


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Looking Through a Telescope

  • Galileoscope

    www.astronomy2009.us/optics/galileoscope/

  • How to Host a Star Party or Event

    www.astronomy2009.us/howtohost/

  • Discovery Guides

    www.astrosociety.org/iya/guides.html


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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)

Galileoscope

Millions looking at the sky

www.galileoscope.org


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Galileoscope optical quality

Millions looking at the sky


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Discovery Guides optical quality

Each IYA Discovery Guide includes:

• Monthly theme

• Hands-on activity

• NASA’s featured celestial object and how to find it in the sky

www.astrosociety.org/iya/guides.html


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  • Star Counting Programs

    - GLOBE at Night

    - Great World Wide Star Count

  • National Park Service Initiative

    www.darksky.org


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GLOBE at Night optical quality

  • March 16-28, 2009

  • Look toward the constellation Orion

  • Record your results online

    www.globe.gov/GaN/


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Great World Wide Star Count optical quality

  • October 9-23, 2009

  • In the northern hemisphere, look toward the constellation Cygnus the Swan

    www.windows.ucar.edu/citizen_science/starcount/index.html


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Sharing the Universe Through New Technology optical quality

  • “365 Days of Astronomy” podcasts

  • Portal to the Universe - all-in-one Web site

  • Astronomy Island in Second Life

  • WorldWide Telescope, a virtual telescope by Microsoft


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365 Days of Astronomy Podcasts optical quality

  • One podcast per day, for all 365 days of IYA2009.

  • The podcast episodes are written, recorded and produced by people around the world.

  • You can sponsor a podcast for $25.

  • www.365DaysOfAstronomy.org


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NASA’s Saturn Observing Campaign optical quality

  • March 8-28, 2009

  • Help support NASA’s Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn soc.jpl.nasa.gov/index.cfm


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IYA2009 Programs optical quality

  • 100 Hours of Astronomy

    www.100hoursofastronomy.org

  • From Earth to the Universe (FETTU) www.fromearthtotheuniverse.org

  • PBS Special “400 Years of the Telescope” www.400years.org

    Airing April 14th at

    10pm


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100 Hours of Astronomy optical quality

  • The goal is to have as many people as possible worldwide look through a telescope

  • April 2-5, 2009 with the Moon at first quarter for early evening observing

  • Saturn will be an observing highlight

  • International webcasts

  • Opening event featuring Galileo’s original telescope

www.100HoursofAstronomy.org


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100 Hours of Astronomy (cont.) optical quality

  • Science centers, planetariums and science museums will participate with:

    • Live webcasts

    • Live observations using remote telescopes

    • Public observing by amateur astronomy groups

  • 24-hour live webcast from research observatories worldwide

  • 24-hour global star party including the International Sidewalk Astronomy Night April 4th www.SidewalkAstronomyNight.com


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Image Exhibit: From Earth to the Universe optical quality

Host a local astronomy image exhibit

  • 100 astronomical images with captions

  • Can be as simple as using your home printer and hanging images in a hallway, or as big as an outdoor or airport exhibit

www.FromEarthToTheUniverse.org


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PBS TV show and planetarium show in spring 2009

--MPT Airing, April 14th at 10pm, and Md. Science Center planetarium show in June

www.400years.org


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How You Can Get Involved in IYA optical quality

Find “Get Involved in IYA” information sheets at: www.astronomy2009.us/GetInvolved/

  • General public

  • Families

  • Amateur astronomers

  • Teachers

  • Homeschool groups

  • Science centers and Planetaria

  • Professors and graduate students


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IYA International Logo

www.astronomy2009.org/resources/branding/

and

IYA U.S. Logo

www.astronomy2009.us/newscenter/logo-graphics/

  • On your website as an IYA Supporter

  • Available on T-shirts, mugs, etc. as a fundraiser

    International logos: shop.cafepress.com/iya2009

    US logos: zazzle.com/iya2009+gifts


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Participate in… optical quality

  • GLOBE at Night star counting

    March 16 – 28, 2009 www.globe.gov/GaN

  • Earth Hour – turn out the lights!

    Saturday, March 28, 2009 www.EarthHour.org

  • 100 Hours of Astronomy

    April 2 – 5, 2009 www.100hoursofastronomy.org

  • Great World-wide Star Count

    Oct 9-23, 2009 www.windows.ucar.edu/citizen_science/starcount/


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Local Goals optical quality

  • New Astronomy Audiences

  • New Partnerships

  • New Tools

  • New Ideas

  • …for years to come.


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New Tools optical quality

  • Revised Activities: Phases of Venus and Jupiter’s Moons


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New Virtual Tools optical quality

  • Podcasts 365 Days of Astronomy

  • Island in Second Life

  • WorldWide Telescope, virtual telescope by Microsoft


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New Partnerships optical quality

  • Professional astronomers

  • Amateur and backyard astronomers

  • Observatories, planetaria

  • Science centers

  • NASA

  • Universities and colleges

  • K-12 teachers and schools

  • Community groups, Scouts

  • Online communities, Second Life

  • The public

  • You!


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