Way..... Out there !

Way..... Out there !
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Saturday, January 3, 2009

International Year of Astronomy — 2009

    If you've checked out the southwestern sky recently, you know what a treat the universe can offer to those who look up. Now, in 2009, the worldwide astronomical community is hoping to engage everyone in appreciation of  the wonders that surround us.  From the U.S. website:

In the year 2009, the world will celebrate the International Year of Astronomy as it commemorates the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s use of a telescope to study the skies, and Kepler’s publication of Astronomia Nova. 2009 is also the anniversary of many other historic events in science, including Huygen’s 1659 publication of Systema Saturnium.This will be modern astronomy’s quadricentennial, and the 2009 Year of Astronomy will be an international celebration of numerous astronomical and scientific milestones. Events are still being planned, and you are invited to tell us how you want to celebrate. This page is a product of the U.S. 2009 IYA team, and we want to help you make 2009 a year long celebration to remember.

   For good company in visiting the night sky, you might check out the National Capital Astronomers who offer many public programs, some of the armchair variety, and some of the outside-in-the-cold staring through telescopes kind. 

As Jack Horkheimer always says, "Keep on looking up!" 

John L.

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