Academic journal article Science Scope

International Year of Astronomy

Academic journal article Science Scope

International Year of Astronomy

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2009 has been designated the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) because it marks the 400th anniversary of Galileo's telescopic observations of the Moon and other bodies in the solar system, which challenged, and subsequently changed, the prevailing geocentric view of the universe. This milestone shifted celestial observations and discoveries beyond the limitations of the naked eye and unleashed a series of "telescope wars" and "instrument races" that continue to this day.

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IYA organizers place a strong emphasis on education and the involvement of young people, for whom their goal is to provide "a year of rich astronomical experiences." This issue of Science Scope is dedicated to helping IYA achieve that purpose. Denise Smith, an astronomer who is involved with IYA, details the many resources and events that you can access to take par t in the IYA celebration. "Solar Paths" by Donna Governor et al. outlines a lesson that includes solar myths from around the world to teach students the causes of the seasons. …

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