An amateur astronomer prepares his equipment for a night of astronomical discoveries.
Got a telescope? Point it skyward! Organizers of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) are sponsoring a worldwide “100 Hours of Astronomy” project from April 2 to April 5.
The goal of this professional-amateur collaborative project is to get as many people as possible to look at the night sky through a telescope during those four days, just as Galileo did for the first time in 1609. It’s billed as the single largest IYA event. Science centers and research observatories will host live webcasts, and the project will culminate in a 24-hour-long global “star party” with amateur astronomers (from local dusk to dawn, of course). Even the Hubble Space Telescope team will release a brand-new image of a celestial object selected by popular vote in January and February.
For the greatest public outreach, register your local event with the IYA at the Web site.
Patricia Daukantas is the senior writer/editor of Optics & Photonics News.