Stories tagged IYA2009


IYA2009 is now all over, I was watching the closing ceremony during last 36 hours, and was inspired with Cosmic Diary blogger Lee Pullen's LiveBlog that I ended up doing a tele-blogging session (as I call it). and I have recorded many of the sessions and few are already youtubed,

Few minutes ago, outgoing IAU president Catherine Cesarsky unveiled new logo, featuring "beyond IYA".
beyond-iya2009Courtesy beyond iya2009

I believe you also enjoyed the live stream and just check out my tele-blogging posts.

Countdown of Closing Ceremony

Presentation of Ron Ekers

Events after the Lunch

Closing Ceremony Day 2

Youtube Videos of Recordings of Best Moments of IYA2009 Closing Ceremony

Prasanna Deshapriya

IYA 2009 - Astronomy Sri Lanka

Eclipse 2010


April 2-5, 2009

Last December I wrote that 2009 is the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009). This weekend wraps up an event called 100 hours of Astronomy.

Today, April 5, is SunDay

You can get some ideas about the sun on the Solar Physics Task Group website. The Astronomy Picture of the Day for SunDay, (April 5) is a cool video close-up of our sun.

Around the world in 80 telescopes

A live webcast from 80 different telescopes in 24 hours has now finished, but you can watch recordings from the 80 telescope locations which were archived. If you want to learn more about telescopes and astronomy I recommend watching some of these.


Catholic Pope salutes 400 year anniversary of Galileo and his telescope

Galileo telescope replica
Galileo telescope replicaCourtesy Michael Dunn
Pope Benedict XVI chose today's winter solstice to remark that the 400th anniversary of Galileo's use of a telescope is soon upon us. Galileo was condemned by the Catholic Church for supporting Nicholas Copernicus' discovery that the Earth revolved around the sun. In 1992, Pope John Paul II apologized, saying that the denunciation was a tragic error.

Benedict said understanding the laws of nature can stimulate understanding and appreciation of the Lord's works. Newsvine

International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009)

2009 has been designated International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009) by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). I recommend checking out the International Year of Astronomy website for news and events.

The vision of IYA2009

The vision of IYA2009 is to help people rediscover their place in the Universe through the sky, and thereby engage a personal sense of wonder and discovery.

Learn more about IYA2009