[ASC-media] 100 Hours of Astronomy: an event 400 years in the making

Niall Byrne niall at scienceinpublic.com.au
Tue Mar 17 05:19:04 CET 2009

Sent on behalf of Sue Nelson, Quick Thinking Communications

100 Hours of Astronomy

An event 400 years in the making


One of the major cornerstone events of the UN-designated International
Year of Astronomy, 100 Hours of Astronomy, will take place over 2-5


This global event will see millions of people all over the world coming
out onto the streets at night to participate in "star parties" or public
viewings of the sky through telescopes - just as Galileo did for the
first time 400 years ago. Amateur astronomy groups, observatories, arts
and scientific institutions around Australia are organising public
events for the 100 Hours.


During 2-5 April the Moon will be just over half full and a splendid
sight in the early evenings. The planet Saturn will also be well placed
for viewing.

To find out what's happening in your area, go to the Australian
International Year of Astronomy website www.astronomy2009.org.au
<http://www.astronomy2009.org.au/>  and follow the Events Calendar link.
The international site 100 Hours of Astronomy
www.100hoursofastronomy.org <http://www.100hoursofastronomy.org/>  also
lists some Australian events.

As well as public star-watching events, there will be a live webcast
from the largest telescopes around the world - featuring almost 70
professional observatories from Arizona to Shanghai, the Hubble Space
Telescope to the Vatican - during a 24-hour period. Astronomers all over
the globe will take viewers inside their telescope domes and control
rooms at some of the most advanced observatories on and off the planet. 


Australian observatories participating in the webcast are the
Anglo-Australian Observatory (Coonabarabran, NSW), the Australian
Interferometric Gravitational Observatory (Gingin, WA), the Parkes
Observatory (NSW) and the Mount Pleasant Observatory 26-metre Radio
telescope (Hobart, Tasmania).


The schedule for the webcast will be posted at
http://www.100hoursofastronomy.org/ towards the beginning of April.


The International Year of Astronomy 2009 is the 400th anniversary of
Galileo turning a telescope to the heavens. It is a celebration of the
science, history and cultural impact of astronomy, and of humanity's
common heritage of the night sky. IYA is coordinated globally by the
International Astronomical Union and endorsed by the United Nations. 

Media contact for images and interviews: Sue Nelson, Quick Thinking
Communications 0403 343 275, sue at qtcommunications.com
<mailto:sue at qtcommunications.com> 


Released March 11, 2009



Niall Byrne

Science in Public


ph +61 (3) 9398 1416 or 0417 131 977

niall at scienceinpublic.com.au <mailto:niall at scienceinpublic.com.au> 

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