April 1, 2009

100 Hours of Astronomy

One of the most important parts of IYA 2009 is the 100 Hours of Astronomy. Starting on April 2, 2009, and lasting until April 5, 2009, this global program to promote astronomy consists of numerous events to get people all across the world to enjoy astronomy.

100 Hours of Astronomy is opened by an event in Philadelphia, with one of Galileo's original telescopes. Their website will also feature a live 24-hour webcast on April 2, called Around the World in 80 Telescopes. The show will take you inside the telescope domes and control rooms of some of the most famous telescopes in the world. April 4 will be a 24-hour Global Star Party, where telescopes will be available free for public viewing. This day also happens to be the third International Sidewalk Astronomy Night (like the first and second International Sidewalk Astronomy Nights). Sun Day will be on April 5, when you can celebrate the star that Earth orbits around. Additionally, during the entire 100 Hours of Astronomy, a few observatories around the world will allow free access to their telescopes. Sign up and control the telescope to view anything you want.

This a big program, and what makes it so important is that almost everybody can take part in it in some. To do so, try finding an event close to you on 100 Hours of Astronomy website, or maybe even create a local event yourself.

Astronomy and Space celebrates International Year of Astronomy 2009.

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