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No 55 - March 2008

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UN declares Year of Astronomy

The United Nations 62nd General Assembly has proclaimed 2009 the International Year of Astronomy. The Resolution was submitted by Italy, Galileo Galilei's home country. The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) is an initiative of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and UNESCO. [1]

The vision of the IYA2009 is to help the citizens of the world rediscover their place in the Universe through the day and night time sky - and thereby engage a personal sense of wonder and discovery. All humans should realize the impact of astronomy and basic sciences on our daily lives, and understand better how scientific knowledge can contribute to a more equitable and peaceful society. [1]

The UK coordinator of IYA2009 is Prof. Ian Robson, Director of Edinburgh's UK Astronomy Technology Centre and President of IAU Commission 55 - Communicating Astronomy with the Public. It is expected that there will be two National Astronomy Weeks, in March/April with good views of the Moon and Saturn, and in late October with good views of the Moon, Jupiter and its Galilean moons - 2009 is the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first use of a telescope. In addition, Moonweek will be toward the end of July, the 40th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landings. [2]


  1. IYA2009 Secretariat, 2007, press release,
  2. Ian Robson, 2007-2008, IYA2009 UK web site,

Horst Meyerdierks


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Society news

Astronomical Society of Edinburgh - Annual General Meeting


Astronomical Society of Edinburgh - Annual Report for 2007

UN declares Year of Astronomy

Scottish Astronomers Group - reincarnated

UK astronomy in funding crisis

John Christopher Bartholomew, MA. FRSGS. FRSE.

Book review: The lost language of the stars

Recent observations

Forthcoming events

Asteroid "Harryford" 6907

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