IYA2009 Updates

Science & Development Network: Online Resources

27 August 2010

More information about Science & Development Network: www.scidev.net

Music and Astronomy Under the Stars

25 August 2010

Dr. Donald Lubowich, Coordinator of Astronomy Outreach at Hofstra University, brought his NASA-funded Music and Astronomy Under the Stars program to the Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox, MA on August 3, 2010. Tanglewood on Parade is an all-day music and astronomy family program and was attended by over 16,000 people with most people participating in some of astronomy activity. The Dudley Observatory (the oldest independent astronomy research and education organization in the United States chartered in 1852), the Springfield STARS astronomy club, and students from the Williams College Department of Astronomy assisted with the astronomy activities. 

Popular activities included solar observing during the day and observations of Jupiter and its moons at night. The public was also very interested in the large astronomy posters and images which included a 3-meters HST image of the Orion Nebula; a 6-meters TWAN image of the Milky Way from Mauna Kea by Wally Pacholka  and twelve STScI/American Library Association Vision of the Universe posters describing 400 years of astronomy. 

There were lectures on July 11, 2010 Easter Island eclipse and recent eclipses by Dr. Jay Pasachoff (Williams College) and edible astronomy demonstrations by Dr. Donald Lubowich (Hofstra University). Science educator Michael Francis, dressed as Galileo, gave a program on Galileo’s telescope and his astronomical discoveries accompanied by Dr. Christopher Morrongiello (Hofstra University) who played lute music composed by Galileo’s father and brother. 

An astronomy video composed of multiple of NASA videos, FETTU images, and TWAN images (created by Dr. Jose Francisco Salgado, Adler Planetarium) and the American Museum of Natural History planetarium programs Journey to the Stars (narrated by Whoopie Goldberg) and Cosmic Collisions (narrated by Robert Redford) were also shown during the day. 

The Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestras played music composed by John Williams accompanied by Yo-Yo Ma and guest appearance by James Taylor followed by fireworks accompanying a performance of Tchaikovsky's "1812" Overture. 

NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Project

25 August 2010

NITARP, the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program, is a mechanism for getting authentic research experiences ultimately into classrooms across the United States. We partner scientists with (primarily) high school teachers, do a research project, and the teachers incorporate the experience into their classroom.

This program has as its goals the fundamental NASA goals of inspiring and motivating students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as well as to engage the public in shaping and sharing the experience of exploration and discovery. Our educational plan addresses the NASA objectives of improving student proficiency in science and improving science instruction by providing a unique opportunity for groups of teachers and students (with the help of a mentor astronomer) to work with professional astronomical archival data and tools. The research team completes the data analysis, and presents their findings to others throughout the scientific community. The teachers are also expected to give presentations at relevant teachers' conferences and/or professional development presentations for their local educator community.

Applications now being accepted for the program starting in January 2011! Download theapplication instructions here, write your essays, print to pdf, and then go to the application upload site to submit it by Friday, September 24, 2010, 3pm PDT!

She is an Astronomer Lunch @ JENAM2010, Lisbon, Portugal

24 August 2010

JENAM 2010 in Lisbon, Portugal

Tuesday, 7th September 12:30 - 14:30


The She is an Astronomer Lunch session is an opportunity for women to get together to meet each other and do a bit of networking. Men are welcome to attend too! The lunch gives people time to explore an issue of common interest, and they are so popular there is often a waiting list, so book early. The IYA2009 Cornerstone Project 'She is an Astronomer' has highlighted that mentoring is an essential tool in the career-development of women.

Observe the Moon Night: Photo Contest

24 August 2010

Perhaps you are an aspiring lunar photographer. Or perhaps you have been photographing the Moon for years. Either way, we’ve got a contest for you! Be a part of the 2010 International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) Photo Contest and you (or at least your photo) will become an InOMN legacy.

More information: http://observethemoonnight.org/getInvolved/contest

Beyond IYA2009 Updates

20 August 2010

JENAM2010: Education and Outreach after IYA2009 in Europe, 7 September 2010, Lisbon, Portugal
The final programme is now available: http://www.astronomy2009.org/news/updates/1016/

International Observe the Moon Night: 18 September 2010 will mark the first ever International Observe the Moon Night!
More information: http://observethemoonnight.org/

She is an Astronomer: Sarah Bridle
Sarah Bridle gives some tips and hints how to keep a good work-life balance: http://www.astronomy2009.org/news/updates/1015/

Handbook for Science Educators
Great booklet for science educators on how to design and run an engaging science outreach event.
PDF available for free: http://www.latitudesciences.ird.fr/outils/guide/ird_handbook_science_educators.pdf

If the Apollo 11 Moon landing had happened at your doorstep

Dimensions takes important places, events and things (including space exploration), and overlays them onto a map of where you are. A great educational tool: http://www.astronomy2009.org/news/updates/1013/

Heavens on Earth
An ancient bone with notches that may represent a lunar calendar, prehistoric stone tombs in Portugal that point to the rising sun, and the Mauna Kea Observatories in Hawaii are promising contenders for World Heritage status, a new study says. Read more: http://www.astronomy2009.org/news/updates/1012/

NASA Encourages Science Careers for Women

In this first of two public service announcements, award-winning recording artist Mary J. Blige appears with veteran NASA space shuttle astronaut Leland Melvin to encourage young women to pursue exciting experiences and career choices by studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). See the video here: http://www.astronomy2009.org/news/updates/1011/

European Science Education Research Association 2009 Proceedings
The 2009 Proceedings of the European Science Education Research Association are now available on-line: http://www.astronomy2009.org/news/updates/1010/

JENAM2010: Education and Outreach after IYA2009 in Europe

20 August 2010

Education and Outreach after IYA2009 in Europe

Tuesday, 7th September


More information: http://www.jenam2010.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=13&Itemid=26

Final Programme


Pedro Russo

Beyond IYA2009


Kimberly Kowal Arcand

Sustainability Beyond the International Year of Astronomy 2009: Redcycling FETTU


Constance E. Walker

Dark Skies Awareness Beyond IYA2009


Lars Lindberg Christensen

Portal to the Universe and ESO (beyond) IYA2009 Activities


Isabel Marquez Perez

She is as astronomer in Spain


Ana Noronha

Ciência Viva and IYA2009








João Fernandes

IYA2009 in Portugal: highlights, lessons learned and legacy


Ian Robson

The legacy of IYA2009 in the UK


Magda Stavinschi

IYA2009 and beyond - the largest public event ever happened in Romania


Montse Villar Martín

IYA2009 in Spain: Evaluation and future plans


Lina Canas

ReachOut: beyond the planetarium


Eleni Chatzichristou

European Planetary Media Center – A public tribune of planetary scientists








Thilina Heenatigala

Global Astronomy Month - Inaugurating a New Annual Celebration of the Universe


Sotira Trifourki

Hands on Minds on - Inquiry based learning after the International Year of Astronomy


Rosa M. Ros

The schoolyard as an observatory IAU-NASE Programme Group


C.J.A.P. Martins

The Astroquiz Project


Helen Walker

e-mentoring from SHE is an Astronomer


Oana Sandu

Nontraditional efforts of communicating astronomy with the public — outreach or outrageous?

She is an Astronomer: Sarah Bridle

20 August 2010

A Cosmologist Resists Academia's Work-Life Norms

Read more: A Cosmilogist Resists Academia's Work-Life Norms

Handbook for Science Educators

20 August 2010

Nice resource for science educators on how to design and run an engaging science outreach event.

Handbook for Science Educators PDF: http://www.latitudesciences.ird.fr/outils/guide/ird_handbook_science_educators.pdf

If the Apollo 11 Moon landing had happened at your doorstep

20 August 2010

Dimensions takes important places, events and things (including space exploration), and overlays them onto a map of where you are. A great educational tool: http://www.howbigreally.com

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