Four-hundred years ago Galileo first looked through an astronomical telescope, and to mark the occasion 2009 has been declared the International Year of Astronomy (or IYA2009). There is an IYA2009 film trailer to watch, and a blog – a Cosmic Diary – to read. New Zealand’s own IYA2009 website has information about planned events for the year (and there’s also an art competition for secondary school students).
More information about Astronomy can be found at NASA’s very nice website; their daily images can be breath-taking. (So can these Astronomy daily pictures. Goodness, isn’t space large?)
Check out the Wellington Astronomical Society, Astronomy.net.nz, and the Carter Observatory (which is currently getting refurbished) for more.
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