The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) was a global celebration of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture and marks the 400th anniversary of the first use of an astronomical telescope by Galileo Galilei. The aim of the Year was to stimulate worldwide interest, especially among young people, in astronomy and science under the central theme “The Universe, Yours to Discover”. IYA2009 events and activities promoted a greater appreciation of the inspirational aspects of astronomy that embody an invaluable shared resource for all nations.
The IYA2009 activities took place at global and regional levels, and especially at the national and local levels. National Nodes in each country ran activities throughout the year, aimed at establishing collaborations between professional and amateur astronomers, science centres, educators, and science communicators.
Visit the IYA 2009 website for more information.
International Year of Astronomy 2009 Opening Ceremony, UNESCO, Paris
I was very honoured to be selected by the Royal Astronomical Society to be the UK Student Representative for the Opening Ceremony, held in Paris at UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation). (Press release here: University of Leicester Press Office – “Out and About”, 09 January 2008).
The opening ceremony launched the year with definite style. Please visit my dedicated page, here.