International Year of Astronomy 2009

International Year of Astronomy 2009
IYA 2009

Astronomers from around the world have gathered in Paris today (15th January) to celebrate the start of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009). The event also marks the 400th anniversary of modern astronomy, an era that started with Galileo's observations of the heavens with a telescope in 1609. IYA2009 will prove a wonderful opportunity for astronomers around the world to share in the wonders of the Universe with the general public.

Over the course of 2009, there will be thousands of astronomy events being run in the 136 nations that have signed up to join in the fun. If you want to find out more about what is happening in the UK, then click on the following link:

UK Website for IYA2009

The website covers various national events, such as Moonwatch, Dark Sky Discovery, 'She is an Astronomer' and free school telescopes. Or if you fancy running an event at your own school during 2009, why not use the above website to publicise it.

Towards the end of the year, the NSO will be making its own contribution towards IYA2009 by running a number of full and half day workshops around the UK, to show teachers how they can make better use the NSO. More details will be published in the next few months, but if you would be interested in attending such a workshop, then please get in touch with us at:

In addition, the NSO Director, Dr Andrew Newsam, has been chosen to give this year's IOP Schools' Lecture Tour at 35 venues around the UK. Andy will be giving a talk entitled: 'How to Explore the Universe: A tale of telescopes, time travel and extra-terrestrials'.

For more information about the IOP Lecture Tour, click HERE.