About NASA IYA: NASA’s Participation in the International Year of Astronomy

The International Year of Astronomy 2009 is a global celebration of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture, highlighted by the 400th anniversary of the first use of an astronomical telescope by Galileo Galilei. The aim of the Year is to stimulate worldwide interest, especially among young people, in astronomy and science under the central theme "The Universe, Yours to Discover."

NASA International Year of Astronomy (IYA) activities are part of a broader U.S. IYA effort that aspires "to offer an engaging astronomy experience to every person in the country, nurture existing partnerships, and build new connections to sustain public interest in astronomy." NASA IYA activities are aligned with U.S. program themes, and endeavor to provide opportunities for youth and adults to make their own observations of the universe, increase awareness of astronomy, strengthen interest in science and science education, and enhance collaboration across and beyond NASA.

NASA IYA Organization

NASA participation in IYA2009 is organized through NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. Planning is led by NASA’s Single Point of Contact with the International Astronomical Union, Dr. Hashima Hasan. The effort is coordinated by Education Forums located at the Space Telescope Science Institute, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, University of California-Berkeley, and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

NASA IYA Partners

The education and public outreach professionals associated with NASA’s space science missions and research programs are key partners in bringing NASA’s IYA plans to fruition. Visit http://nasascience.nasa.gov/missions to find out more about NASA’s missions!

U.S. IYA Partner Organizations

Many organizations are working together to develop plans for U.S. participation in the International Year of Astronomy:

You can learn more about the U.S. effort at http://astronomy2009.us.

About IYA

The International Year of Astronomy 2009 is a global effort initiated by the International Astronomical Union and UNESCO to help the citizens of the world rediscover their place in the Universe through the day- and night-time sky, and thereby engage a personal sense of wonder and discovery.

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