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International Year of Astronomy 2009

In celebration of The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009), The Museum of Flight will feature public programs each month about notable people and topics on the subject of astronomy.


Online IYA Topics:

Archaeoastronomy and Ancient Astronomy
ArchaeoastronomyArchaeoastronomy incorporates the study of the astronomical practices, celestial lore, mythologies, religions and world-views of all ancient cultures. It is often described as the “anthropology of astronomy”, to distinguish it from the “history of astronomy.”
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Henrietta Leavitt
Henrietta LeavittHenrietta Leavitt was a turn of the century American astronomer most famous for discovering the period-luminosity relation in stars of variable luminosity, thus allowing the determination of distances within and in the neighborhood of the Milky Way galaxy.
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The Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram
SaturnThe Hertzsprung-Russell (H-R) diagram is often considered the most important graphical aid in stellar astronomy. The diagram was created in the early 20th century by Danish astronomer Ejnar Hertzsprung and American astronomer Henry Norris Russell.
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Annie Jump Cannon
SaturnAnnie Jump Cannon is most famous for inventing the Harvard Classification Scheme of stars according to their temperatures. In the 1890s, Cannon became a member of a group of women hired by the director of the Harvard College Observatory, Edward Pickering, to reduce data and carry out astronomical calculations.
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The Big Bang
SaturnThe Big Bang is currently the most accepted cosmological model of the origin and subsequent development of the Universe, and is supported by a series of strong scientific evidence and independently collected observations.
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Edwin Hubble
SaturnEdwin Hubble was widely recognized during his time for his groundbreaking research in astronomy, but he is probably most famous among the general public in contemporary times due to the space observatory that bears his name-the Hubble Space Telescope.
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SaturnSaturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and arguably the most famous celestial icon thanks to its magnificent set of rings. To date, the most spectacular views about the ringed world and its satellites have been obtained by the Cassini-Huygens mission.
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Johannes Kepler
Johannes KeplerThe 17th century German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler is best known for his three laws of planetary motion. These served as a foundation for Isaac Newton's law of universal gravitation first formulated later that century.
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Space Observatories
Webb Space TelescopeSpace observatories provide the sharpest images of the cosmos that current technology allows and uncover aspects of the Universe that would otherwise be undetectable by humans.
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Galileo Galilei
Galileo GalileiIn the 17th century, Italian astronomer, physicist, and philosopher Galileo Galilei was the first person to use a new optical instrument—known today as a telescope—to look at the sky. His discoveries revolutionized our understanding of the Universe.
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The International Year of Astronomy 2009 is a global effort initiated by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to help the citizens of the world rediscover their place in the Universe through the day and night-time sky, and thereby engage a personal sense of wonder and discovery.

This global celebration of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture mark the 400th anniversary of the first use of an astronomical telescope by Galileo Galilei. The aim of the IYA2009 is 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 are taking place at global and regional levels, and especially at the national and local levels. National Nodes in each country are running activities throughout the year, aimed at establishing collaborations between professional and amateur astronomers, science centers, educators, and science communicators. These will promote a greater appreciation of the inspirational aspects of astronomy that embody an invaluable shared resource for all nations.


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Complete IYA2009 Activites at The Museum of Flight


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