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International Year of Astronomy: Get Cheap Telescopes!
By Andrea Thompson
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posted: 01 January 2009
10:28 am ET

Four hundred-year-old light from the Pleiades star cluster will be used early this year to initiate a virtual ribbon-cutting in the Second Life online community for the International Year of Astronomy — aimed at bringing astronomy to more of the general public.

The initiative also commemorates the 400th anniversary of Galileo Galilei's first telescope observations of the night sky. It features numerous programs aimed at making astronomy more accessible, notably a plan to churn out thousands of low-cost, high-quality telescopes to let ordinary citizens, particularly children, have their own first peak at the heavens.

"It's basically a full court press to improve scientific literacy," said Stephen Pompea, manager of Science Education at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) and U.S. project director for IYA2009, during a press conference last month at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.

Any stargazing planned? -- International Year of Astronomy: Get Cheap Telescopes!
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Last really good star party I was invited to was at Kitt Peak. I have done a couple at Mount Mitchell and the Smokys but frankly, there is haze up there.

I just got my Celestron tripod out of storage where is sat since I lived in NYC and now I can mount up the Celestron and Olympus E3 for some astrophotography.

I will search around and see where the good star parties are and if there are no really good ones in the area, it might be time to talk to one of the horse farm owners about borrowing a paddock for a weekend and getting people down. UK and EKU would both provide scopes if we did that.


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