Understandably, therefore, an important focus of IYA
activities is raising "dark skies awareness" among the 3-billion--plus city dwellers of planet Earth.
was a spectacular success, directly touching 800 million people at a total cost of only 12 million [euro].
Outreach is nothing new to the museum life, but it's enhanced by the community spirit of IYA
Around the World in 80 Telescopes is happening as part of the IYA
2009's 100 Hours of Astronomy project, which runs from 2-5 April.
According to Professor Ian Robson, the UK Chair for IYA
2009, "The UK is undertaking a massive drive to recruit scientists for the nation's future prosperity and it is well understood that astronomy continues to inspire young minds and help them appreciate science.
Fortunately that hasn't happened, and the three main IYA
2009 project partners--the Royal Astronomical Society, the Science and Technology Facilities Council, and the Institute of Physics--have been joined by two others --the Society for Popular Astronomy and the British Astronomical Association--in Beyond IYA
It would also have been worthwhile if there had been a few minutes from each presenter relaying some basic stats, just to get an idea of their country's scope of involvement in IYA
2009--such as population, GDP, total spend on IYA
, and government donated budget.
According to the event's Seb site, IYA
2009 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.
In the next Journal Steve will tell us about the plans for Beyond IYA
and the new ways in which the BAA will be reaching out to a larger audience for amateur astronomy.
The event was held at the University of Venda in Thohoyandou on 16 October 2009 as part of the world-wide IYA
Venues that Limpopo Astronomy still want to visit during the remainder of the IYA
2009 include Musina, Vaalwater, Louis Trichardt and surrounds, Polokwane, Thohoyandou/Sibasa, Mokopane and Blouberg.
In Vienna, among other activities, CfDS helped to formulate coordinated international approaches to the IYA
, and supplied material for that purpose (e.