A World Astronomy Festival 
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Celebrate the sky and learn about astronomy for 100 hours, from 2-5 April.

The 100 Hours of Astronomy Cornerstone Project is a worldwide event consisting of a wide range of public outreach activities, live science center, research observatory webcasts and sidewalk astronomy events. One of the key goals of 100 Hours of Astronomy is to have as many people as possible look through a telescope as Galileo did for the first time 400 years ago.

A lot of groups from all around the world joined this event to share the beauties of the sky with others from 2-5 April.

Each day is planed for a certain activity. On April 2, science centers worldwide will talk about the public subjects of astronomy through web. They also hold live observations by telescopes operated over the Internet.

On April 3, one could imagine himself as a professional astronomer and see their telescope domes and surroundings in the observatories! Astronomers at professional research observatories around the world will take viewers inside their telescope domes and control rooms during a live 24-hour webcast on 3 April.

April 4 is a Global Star Party! Every amateur astronomer could brig his telescope outside and show the Sun, the Moon, the Saturn, etc. to people. The goal is to allow as many people as possible to have a chance to look through a telescope and enjoy the beauties of the sky.

The last day, April 5, is for celebrating our Mother Star, the Sun. The Solar Physics Task Group of IYA conducts some programs for this day.

Besides, 100 Hours of Astronomy Blog discusses about important methods for holding a successful public star party and gives you useful ideas to celebrate these days.

Let’s celebrate 100 Hours of astronomy and show that there is no border for science!


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