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The Universe: Yours to Discover

Mercury Summer 2008 Table of Contents

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The following eight mini-features are articles that will appear (along with many others) in the forthcoming ASP Conference Series volume Gibbs, M., Barnes, J., Manning, J., & Partridge, B. (Eds.). (2008) Preparing for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy: Hands-on Symposium and Workshops. San Francisco: Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

The International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009) will be a global celebration of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture, highlighted by the 400th anniversary of the first use of an astronomical telescope by Galileo Galilei.

The aim of the IYA is to stimulate worldwide interest, especially among young people, in astronomy and science under the central theme "The Universe, Yours to Discover."

Astronomer in the Classroom, Jennifer Oman
An innovative program uses the Web to connect astronomers and students.

From Earth to the Universe, Megan Watzke and Kimberley Kowal-Arcand
Bringing the beauty and science of astronomical images to the world.

Looking Through a Telescope During the IYA, Rick Fienberg
The goal is to give as many people as possible a look at the universe through a telescope.

The Galileoscope for the IYA2009, Stephen M. Pompea
Discover the universe with a telescope similar to the one Galileo used 400 years ago.

What Galileo Saw -- and More!, Simon J. Steel
An online robotic telescope delivers free images to anyone with an e-mail address.

Citizen Science in the IYA, Aaron Price
Watch a star’s light fade and rise, and perform worthwhile science at the same time.

IYA in Second Life, Adrienne J. Gauthier and Pamela L. Gay
IYA2009 will have a dynamic presence in the virtual world.

Dark Skies are a Universal Resource, Constance E. Walker
A number of programs are planned for IYA that emphasize the importance of a dark night sky.

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