Launch of astronomy year 2009


  • Randy Showstack


The International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009) will involve 135 nations and thousands of events around the world. In addition to opening ceremonies in Paris on 15–16 January and in many other countries during January and February, other planned events include the Cosmic Diary project about the daily lives of full-time astronomers; the 365 Days of Astronomy project to publish one podcast per day during the entire year; and the 100 Hours of Astronomy project on 2–5 April, which includes the goal of having as many people as possible look through a telescope.