Informal Science Education Resources
International Year of Astronomy
Celebrate the International Year of Astronomy with Spectacular Images from NASA’s Great Observatories.
In recognition of the 400th anniversary of Galileo Galilei’s first celestial observations, 2009 has been designated the International Year of Astronomy. To celebrate, NASA’s Great Observatories – the Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope, and Chandra X-Ray Observatory – are collaborating to produce spectacular multi-wavelength views of our universe.
February marks Galileo’s Birthday!
Galileo was born on February 15, 1564. Over 100 U.S.-based science centers, museums, planetariums, nature centers and other informal education venues have been selected as sites for the national unveiling and display of a new multi-wavelength image in February 2009. These enthusiastic partners will hold an image unveiling event between February 10 and February 28, 2009 to help members of their local communities discover the universe for themselves, and will display the image prints for an extended period.
Representatives of NASA’s Great Observatories will show a “sneak-peak” of the image prints to members of the American Astronomical Society at their next scientific meeting, to be held January 4-8, 2009 in Long Beach, California. This event will help build awareness of your contributions to the International Year of Astronomy!
Information for participating institutions:
Institutions that are participating in the national unveiling were notified by electronic mail on November 14, 2008.
Click here for a list of the participating institutions.
Participating institutions will receive at no cost:
Terms that all institutions have agreed to:
We encourage events that provide opportunities for youth and adults to make their own observations of the universe, and that engage populations or communities that are traditionally underserved by or underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics learning opportunities.
If possible, we ask that participating institutions send a preliminary 25-word description of their event plans by December 12, 2008. This will allow us to share these unique ideas at the IYA opening events at the American Astronomical Society meeting. Send to: Lucy Albert firstname.lastname@example.org
International Year of Astronomy Events at American Astronomical Society meeting: January 4-8, 2009
Telecon #1 -- Logistics and Resources: Thursday, December 18
Telecon #2 -- Science and Resources: To be held between January 21 and January 29
Anticipated delivery date for prints: On or about January 30, 2009
Galileo’s Birthday: February 15, 2009
Partner events: February 10 – 28, 2009
Description of partner events due: March 16, 2009
Frequently Asked Questions:
The International Year of Astronomy Great Observatories Image Unveiling is made possible by special funding from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. The project is a collaboration between the Space Telescope Science Institute, the Spitzer Science Center, and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
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