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Planning for International Year of Astronomy 2009

Astronomers Without Borders has been named an Organizational Node for the International Year of Astronomy 2009.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Astronomers Without Borders, the parent organization of TWAN, has been named an Organizational Node for the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009). An initiative of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), IYA2009 has been officially declared by a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly. Celebrating the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first use of a telescope to study the heavens, IYA2009 will organize worldwide activities to highlight the importance of astronomy to all people and cultures.

Astronomers Without Borders will collaborate with IYA2009 on projects that bring participants together from around the world. Several projects are being considered and will be planned throughout 2008.

A collection of photos from The World At Night has been suggested as an addition to an exhibition planned for the International Year of Astronomy. TWAN photos bring the beauty and fascination of astronomy to people on a personal level that can be experienced by anyone under a clear, dark sky. While Galileo's first astronomical use of a telescope led to remarkable discoveries and paved the way for centuries of astronomers to follow, TWAN photos show the beauty of the night sky and the relationship humans have had with it for thousands of years.

The unique nature of TWAN photos will create an exhibition like no other. And they present opportunities for TWAN to work with IYA2009 and other organizations in unique ways.

   



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