International Year of Astronomy

International Year of Astronomy 2009 Underway

The International Astronomical Union and UNESCO have launched a global effort to help citizens of the world rediscover their place in the universe. The Portal to the Universe Web site will serve as an index, aggregator and networking center for scientists, educators and press. The Portal will open April 1, coinciding with 100 Hours of Astronomy, an event of live Webcasts from observatories, public observing events and other activities. IYA2009 marks the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first use of an telescope by developing a simple, cheap and easy to use Galileoscope to be distributed by the millions.