International Year of Astronomy 2009 is HERE!

Welcome to the Year 2009!

Welcome to the International Year of Astronomy!

The Universe, Yours to Discover

To kick-start the new year, go to 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast. As its name suggested, this project will publish a podcast a day, for each and every single 365 days of 2009. The topics cover basic stargazing to space exploration – anything and everything to do with astronomy.

The podcast episodes are written, recorded and produced by people around the world. You can also contribute a podcast to the project, click here to see how to record and submit your own podcast.

Listen to it every day, and keep astronomy close to your heart.

twanNext site to visit is The World at Night (TWAN). This programme produces and presents a collection of photographs and time-lapse videos of the world’s landmarks against the background sky.

This is to show that although the landmarks may belong to different nations and cultures, the sky above them still looked the same. There is no different between us as Earthlings; we live under the same sky, we live above the same planet.

cosmicdiaryWant to how astronomers live their lives? Then visit The Cosmic Diary. Professionals from over 35 countries and employed by organisations such as ESO, NASA, ESA and JAXA write about their lives, the work they conduct and the challenges they face. The public can see what being an astronomer is really like, and how ground-breaking research is conducted.

There are too many activities for me to list them all here. You can go here to see more of the events and here for the Cornerstone Project. Malaysia national node is here.

Finally, this is something you don’t want to miss – the IYA2009 theme songs: IYA2009 and Shoulders of Giant.

Let us together make this event a success!

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~ by thChieh on January 1, 2009.

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