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Proceedings

The printed version of the proceedings will be published by either Eugenides Publishing.

You can download the full book in PDF version on this link, or you can download the individual chapters below.


Welcome from Commission 55 (p. 12)
Ian Robson
President Commission 55 (eir@roe.ac.uk)
Full Article (PDF 85 KB)

Welcome to the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (p. 14-15)
Catherine Cesarsky
ESO, the European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere, IAU President (ccesarsk@eso.org)
Full Article (PDF 96 KB)

Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2007: A speech of welcome (p. 16-17)
C. Goudis
National Observatory of Athens (cgoudis@astro.noa.gr)
Full Article (PDF 96 KB)

G-HOU in the IYA2009 (p. 20-24)
Rosa Doran1, Roger Ferlet2 & Carl Pennypacker3
1 NUCLIO — Núclio Interactivo de Astronomia / Global Hands-on Universe (rosa.doran@nuclio.pt)
2 Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris, CNRS/UPMC (ferlet@iap.fr)
3 University of California at Berkeley, Lawrence Hall of Sciences (crpennypacker@lbl.gov)
Full Article (PDF 245 KB)

A comet’s tale: How much of the world came to miss the most spectacular sky spectacle in decades (p. 26-30)
Daniel Fischer
Fachgruppe Kometen der Vereinigung der Sternfreunde
(Comet Section of the Association of Amateur Astronomers of Germany) (dfischer@astro.uni-bonn.de)
Full Article (PDF 192 KB)

Progress toward a low-cost “Galileoscope” for the IYA2009 (p. 32-37)
Richard Tresch Fienberg1 & Stephen M. Pompea2
1 Sky & Telescope (rfienberg@SkyandTelescope.com)
2 National Optical Astronomy Observatory (spompea@noao.edu)
Full Article (PDF 280 KB)

IYA2009 newspaper insert in your community (p. 38-39)
Janice Harvey
Gemini Observatory (jharvey@gemini.edu)
Full Article (PDF 184 KB)

The Universe from Earth: A Cornerstone for the IYA2009 (p. 40-43)
Kimberly Kowal Arcand1, Megan Watzke1, Lars Lindberg Christensen2 & Manolis Zoulias3
1 Chandra X-ray Center/Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (kkowal@cfa.harvard.edu, mwatzke@cfa.harvard.edu)
2 ESA/Hubble (lars@eso.org)
3 Academy of Athens/Research Center for Astronomy (mzoulias@academyofathens.gr)
Full Article (PDF 112 KB)

The International Year of Astronomy 2009 — An opportunity too good to miss (p. 44-52)
Pedro Russo1 & Lars Lindberg Christensen2 on behalf of the IAU IYA2009 project
1 IAU & ESA/Hubble (prusso@eso.org)
2 ESA/Hubble & IAU (lars@eso.org)
Full Article (PDF 178 KB)

An international network of observations for the International Year of Astronomy (p. 54-57)
Jean-Eudes Arlot1, Alain Vienne12, & Anny-Chantal Levasseur-Regourd3
1 IMCCE, Observatoire de Paris (arlot@imcce.fr)
2 Université de Lille (alain.vienne@univ-lille1.fr)
3 Université de Paris 6 (aclr@aerov.jussieu.fr)
1,2,3 French Committee for IYA2009
Full Article (PDF 323 KB)

Creating opportunities in astronomy: Communication for people who are blind or visually impaired (p. 60-63)
Noreen Grice
You Can Do Astronomy LLC1 (Noreen@youcandoastronomy.com)
Full Article (PDF 190 KB)

Touch the Invisible Sky: A multi-wavelength Braille book featuring NASA images (p. 64-66)
Simon Steel1, Noreen Grice2, & Doris Daou3
1 Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (sjsteel@cfa.harvard.edu)
2 “You Can Do Astronomy” LLC (noreen@youcandoastronomy.com)
3 NASA Headquarters (Doris.Daou-1@nasa.gov)
Full Article (PDF 212 KB)

Real-time data standards for the planetarium (p. 70-73)
Brian Abbott
American Museum of Natural History (abbott@amnh.org)
Full Article (PDF 105 KB)

Exploring the Cold Universe — A planetarium show for the IYA2009 (p. 74-77)
Henri M.J. Boffin1 & Agnès Acker2
1 ESO(hboffin@eso.org)
2 Observatoire de Strasbourg & APLF (acker@astro.u-strasbg.fr)
Full Article (PDF 197 KB)

Astronomers for one night: When a telescope enters a planetarium dome (p. 78-83)
Gianluca Masi1,2, Gabriele Catanzaro2, Giangiacomo Gandolfi2, Stefano Giovanardi2 & Vincenzo Vomero2,3
1 The Virtual Telescope Project, Italy (gianluca@bellatrixobservatory.org)
2 Planetario di Roma, Italy
3 Musei Scientifici della Sovraintendenza Comunale di Roma, Italy
Full Article (PDF 260 KB)

Planetariums — New tools for a greater impact (p.84-88)
António Pedrosa & Marco Silva
Navegar Foundation, Centro Multimeios de Espinho (apedrosa@multimeios.pt, marco@multimeios.pt)
Full Article (PDF 289 KB)

Using still photography to make fulldome time-lapse movies (p. 90-91)
Kirk Pu’uohau-Pummill
Gemini Observatory (kpummill@gemini.edu)
Full Article (PDF 193 KB)

UNIVIEW: A computer graphics platform bringing information databases to life (p. 92-95)
Jan Warnstam
SCISS AB (jan@sciss.se)
Full Article (PDF 204 KB)

Science visualisation within a planetarium setting (p. 96-102)
Ryan Wyatt
California Academy of Sciences (rwyatt@calacademy.org)
Full Article (PDF 275 KB)

The International Year of Astronomy 2009 in Belgium (p. 106-108)
Rodrigo Alvarez
Royal Observatory of Belgium (ralvarez@oma.be)
Full Article (PDF 212 KB)

Public outreach activities and the IYA2009 in Slovakia (p. 110-114)
Drahomίr Chochol
Astronomical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Tatranská Lomnica (chochol@ta3.sk)
Full Article (PDF 317 KB)

Brazilian plans for the IYA2009 (p. 116-118)
Augusto Damineli
SPoC for Brazil (damineli@astro.iag.usp.br)
Full Article (PDF 106 KB)

IYA2009 in Africa — A South African perspective (p. 120-124)
Kevin Govender
South African Astronomical Observatory / Southern African Large Telescope (kg@saao.ac.za)
Full Article (PDF 128 KB)

Canadian planning for the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (p. 126-129)
Jim Hesser1, Cheryl Bartlett2, and the IYA Canada Committee
1 NRC-HIA, (jim.hesser@nrc.gc.ca)
2 Cape Breton University (Cheryl_Bartlett@cbu.ca)
Full Article (PDF 218 KB)

The International Year of Astronomy 2009 in Russia (p. 130-131)
Oleg Malkov
Institute of Astronomy, Moscow (malkov@inasan.ru)
Full Article (PDF 100 KB)

Astronomy Outreach in Greece and the prospects for the IYA2009 (p. 132-134)
Nicolas Matsopoulos1 & Manolis Zoulias2
1 National Observatory of Athens (matsop@astro.noa.gr)
2 Academy of Athens / Research Center for Astronomy & IYA2009 Greece Secretariat
Full Article (PDF 109 KB)

IYA2009 — UK activities (p. 136-139)
Ian Robson
UK ATC, Royal Observatory Edinburgh.(eir@roe.ac.uk)
Full Article (PDF 135 KB)

IYA2009 in Chile (p. 140-141)
Patricio Rojo
Universidad de Chile (pato@das.uchile.cl)
Full Article (PDF 98 KB)

Astronomy and public outreach in Serbia (1934-2009) (p. 142-146)
Natasa Stanic
Public Observatory and Planetarium – Astronomical Society “Rudjer Boskovic” (stanic.natasa@gmail.com)
Full Article (PDF 230 KB)

The International Year of Astronomy 2009 in the Netherlands (p. 148-149)
G. Verdoes Kleijn1, P. Barthel1 & M. Baan2
1 Kapteyn Astronomical Institute (verdoes@astro.rug.nl, pdb@astro.rug.nl)
2 NOVA Information Center (mbaan@science.uva.nl)
Full Article (PDF 166 KB)

IYA2009 in mainland China (p. 150-151)
Jin Zhu and Tongtong Wu
Beijing Planetarium (jinzhu@bjp.org.cn)
Full Article (PDF 99 KB)

Social impact of the Shaw Prize in Astronomy (p. 154-158)
Sze-leung Cheung
Ho Koon Nature Education cum Astronomical Centre (csl@hokoon.edu.hk)
Full Article (PDF 171 KB)

Socio-economic impact of astronomy in South Africa (p. 160-164)
Kevin Govender
South African Astronomical Observatory / Southern African Large Telescope (kg@saao.ac.za)
Full Article (PDF 114 KB)

ASTRONET Panel E — Education, recruitment/training & public outreach (p. 166-171)
Robert Hill1, Rosa Maria Ros2, Robert Fosbury3 et. al.
1 Northern Ireland Space Office (rob@spaceconnections.net)
2 Technical University of Catania (ros@mat.upc.edu)
3 ESA/ST-ECF (rfosbury@eso.org)
Full Article (PDF 167 KB)

Humanising astronomy (p. 172-176)
Sarah Levin
Universe Awareness (UNAWE), Leiden Observatory (levin@strw.leidenuniv.nl)
Full Article (PDF 140 KB)

The importance of the public talk (p. 178-182)
David Malin
Anglo-Australian Observatory, RMIT University (david@davidmalin.com)
Full Article (PDF 107 KB)

Science communication and the European Union — options for funding! (p. 184-188)
Enikö Patkós
European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (epatkos@eso.org)
Full Article (PDF 157 KB)

The Communicating Astronomy with the Public journal — A study from the IAU DIVISION XII Commission 55 CAPjournal Working Group (p. 190-194)
Pedro Russo1,2 & Lars Lindberg Christensen2,1 on behalf of the IAU Commission 55 CAPjournal Working Group
1 International Astronomical Union (prusso@eso.org)
2 ESA/Hubble (lars@eso.org)
Fulll Article (PDF 202 KB)

GLOBE at Night: An update and look ahead to IYA2009 (p. 196-200)
Constance E. Walker1, Douglas Isbell1 & Stephen M. Pompea1
1 National Optical Astronomy Observatory (cwalker@noao.edu)
Full Article (PDF 118 KB)

Vodcasting for everyone (p. 204-213)
Lars Lindberg Christensen1 & Robert L. Hurt2
1 ESA/Hubble (lars@eso.org)
2 Spitzer Science Center (hurt@ipac.caltech.edu)
Full Article (PDF 255 KB)

The Virtual Astronomy Multimedia Project (p. 214-219)
Adrienne Gauthier1, Lars Lindberg Christensen2, Robert Hurt3 & Ryan Wyatt4
1 Steward Observatory, University of Arizona(agauthier@as.arizona.edu)
2 ESA/Hubble (lars@eso.org)
3 Spitzer Science Center (hurt@ipac.caltech.edu)
4 California Academy of Sciences (rwyatt@calacademy.org)
Full Article (PDF 349 KB)

VAMP in Stellarium/VirGO: A proof of concept (p. 220-224)
Amit Kapadia1, Fabien Chéreau2, Lars Lindberg Christensen3 et. al.
1 ESA/Hubble (akapadia@eso.org)
2 ESO (fchereau@eso.org)
3 ESA/Hubble (lars@eso.org)
Full Article (PDF 215 KB)

Maximising the mileage from the Chandra podcasts (p. 226-228)
Kimberly Kowal Arcand, Megan Watzke
Chandra X-ray Center/Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (kkowal@cfa.harvard.edu, mwatzke@cfa.harvard.edu)
Full Article (PDF 107 KB)

Science communication distribution services in astronomy and planetary sciences outreach (p. 232-236)
Pedro Russo1,2
1 International Astronomical Union (prusso@eso.org)
2 ESA/Hubble
Full Article (PDF 151 KB)

The future of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 website (p. 238-241)
Raquel Yumi Shida1, Pedro Russo2 & Lars Lindberg Christensen3
1 IAU, ESA/Hubble (rshida@eso.org)
2 IAU/IYA2009 (prusso@eso.org)
3 ESA/Hubble, IAU (lars@eso.org)
Full Article (PDF 187 KB)

Visuospatial astronomy education in immersive digital planetariums (p. 242-245)
Ka Chun Yu1 & Kamran Sahami2
1 Denver Museum of Nature & Science (kcyu@dmns.org)
2 Metropolitan State College of Denver (sahami@mscd.edu)
Full Article (PDF 179 KB)

Using astronomy’s history to engage new audiences (p. 248-251)
Alison Boyle
Science Museum, London (alison.boyle@sciencemuseum.org.uk)
Full Article (PDF 197 KB)

Using art as a medium in communicating astronomy (p. 252-255)
Lau Chen Chen
National Planetarium of Malaysia, Malaysian National Space Agency (ANGKASA) (lau@angkasa.gov.my)
Full Article (PDF 305 KB)

Everyday astronomy @ Sydney Observatory (p. 256-260)
Stephanie L. Parello
Sydney Observatory (StephanieP@phm.gov.au)
Full Article (PDF 330 KB)

Misconceptions in astronomy (p. 264-267)
Aurelia Teresa Gallego Calvente1, Stefano Sandrelli2 & Amelia Ortiz Gil1
1 Astronomical Observatory, University of Valencia, Spain (teresa.gallego@uv.es, amelia.ortiz@uv.es)
2 Astronomical Observatory of Brera, Italy (stefano.sandrelli@brera.inaf.it)
Full Article (PDF 281 KB)

Inspiring a community (p. 268-272)
Christopher Lawton
Directorate of the Scientific Programme, ESA (Christopher.Lawton@esa.int)
Full Article (PDF 152 KB)

ESO Education and Public Outreach for IYA2009 (p. 274-279)
Douglas Pierce-Price, Claus Madsen, Henri Boffin, & Gonzalo Argandoña
European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (dpiercep@eso.org)
Full Article (PDF 248 KB)

Education through communication (p. 280-284)
Magda Stavinschi
Astronomical Institute of the Romanian Academy (magda_stavinschi@yahoo.fr)
Full Article (PDF 125 KB)

The Global ALMA EPO programme: Communicating astronomy with the public at millimetre and submillimetre wavelengths (p. 288-293)
Mark Adams1, Henri Boffin2, William Garnier3 & Daisuke Iono4
1 National Radio Astronomy Observatory (mtadams@nrao.edu)
2 European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (hboffin@eso.org)
3 Joint ALMA Observatory (wgarnier@alma.cl)
4 National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (d.iono@nao.ac.jp)
Full Article (PDF 197 KB)

Putting EuroPlaNet on the news — The European Planetary Science Congress 2007 case study (p. 294-298)
Mariana Barrosa1,2,3, Anita Heward2
1 University of Glamorgan
2 EuroPlaNet OSC (anitaheward@btinternet.com)
3 Navegar Foundation (mariana.barrosa@multimeios.pt)
Full Article (PDF 186 KB)

The IYA2009 in Guanajuato, Mexico: Activities for astronomy education and popularisation at La Azotea (p. 300-302)
Hector Bravo-Alfaro1, Klaus-Peter Schröder1, Luis Ramírez1 & Rosendo Yebra1
1 Departamento de Astronomía, Universidad de Guanajuato. Mexico (hector@astro.ugto.mx, kps@astro.ugto.mx, luisrg@astro.ugto.mx)
Full Article (PDF 263 KB)

Astronomy in my shopping cart — Today I bought some asteroids, hundreds of black holes and three Solar Systems! (p. 304-307)
Caterina Boccato & Elena Lazzaretto
INAF National Institute for Astrophysics — Astronomical Observatory of Padua
(caterina.boccato@oapd.inaf.it, elena.lazzaretto@oapd.inaf.it)
Full Article (PDF 167 KB)

Dark Sky Scotland (p. 308-309)
Dan Hillier
Royal Observatory Edinburgh (djh@roe.ac.uk)
Full Article (PDF 112 KB)

Intermediary astronomy: Education through the leveraging of networks, partnerships and intermediaries at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (p. 310-313)
Jim Manning, Suzy Gurton, Michael Gibbs, et. al.
Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) (jmanning@astrosociety.org)
Full Article (PDF 199 KB)

Naming asteroids for the popularisation of astronomy (p. 314-317)
Orlando A. Naranjo
Grupo de Astrofísica Teórica, Universidad de Los Andes, Facultad de Ciencias, Mérida,Venezuela (naranjoula@yahoo.com)
Full Article (PDF 153 KB)

Las Cumbres Observatory: A global telescope network for astronomy education­ and outreach (p. 318-321)
Paul Roche
The Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network UK (proche@lcogt.net)
Full Article (PDF 172 KB)

Communicating radio astronomy with the public: Another point of view (p. 322-326)
Stefania Varano
Institute of Radio Astronomy, National Institute of Astrophysics, Italy (s.varano@ira.inaf.it)
Full Article (PDF 202 KB)

Communicating astronomy with the public in Cuba (p. 330-333)
O. Alvarez
Dirección de Ciencias, Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Medio Ambiente,(oscar@citma.cu)
Full Article (PDF 234 KB)

Anthropomorphic astronomy in the IYA2009 (p. 334-338)
Gary Evans
Science Photo Library, London (gary.evans@sciencephoto.com)
Full Article (PDF 192 KB)

Credibility of science communication: An exploratory study of astronomy press releases (p. 340-345)
Lars Holm Nielsen1, Nanna Torpe Jørgensen2, Kim Jantzen2 & Lars Lindberg Christensen3
1 ESA/Hubble & Roskilde University (lnielsen@eso.org)
2 Roskilde University (torpe@ruc.dk, kimjan@ruc.dk)
3 ESA/Hubble (lars@eso.org)
Full Article (PDF 200 KB)

A website for astronomical news in Spanish (p. 346-351)
Amelia Ortiz-Gil
Astronomical Observatory, University of Valencia (amelia.ortiz@uv.es)
Full Article (PDF 721 KB)

The Langitselatan blog: A window for popularising astronomy in Indonesia (p. 352-357)
Avivah Yamani, Aldino A. Baskoro, Dewi Pramesti
Rigel Kentaurus, Langitselatan.com (avivah@langitselatan.com)
Full Article (PDF 398 KB)

Concluding remarks: Back to IYA2009 (p. 360-361)
Catherine Cesarsky
ESO, the European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere, IAU President
(ccesarsk@eso.org)
Full Article (PDF 112 KB)

An open day for children: The Bambineide in Arcetri (p. 364-365)
Lara Albanese, Antonio Biolatti, Francesca Brunetti, et. al.
INAF-Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (albanese@arcetri.astro.it)
Full Article (PDF 212 KB)

The TACOR educational telescope and the Italian RemoteLab Project - Learning tools for the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (p. 366-368)
Aldo Altamore1, Roberto Nesci2, Corinne Rossi2 & Silvia Sclavi3
1 Dipartimento di Fisica “E. Amaldi” Università Roma Tre and SSIS Lazio (altamore@fis.uniroma3.it)
2 Dipartimento di Fisica Università La Sapienza, Roma (corinne.rossi@uniroma1.it, roberto.nesci@uniroma1.it)
3 Liceo Scientifico Statale “C.B. Cavour”, Roma (silvia.sclavi@istruzione.it)
Full Article (PDF 179 KB)

Popularisation of astronomy in Estonia (p. 370-372)
Kalju Annuk & Mare Ruusalepp
Tartu Observatory, Estonia (annuk@aai.ee) (mare@aai.ee)
Full Article (PDF 105 KB)

The Hunt for Black Holes: A new concept workshop for high school students (p. 374-375)
Ilaria Arosio1, Andrea Tiengo2, Stefano Sandrelli3
1 INAF — Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (ilaria.arosio@brera.inaf.it)
2 IASF Milano (tiengo@lambrate.inaf.it)
3 INAF — Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (stefano.sandrelli@brera.inaf.it)
Full Article (PDF 1118 KB)

Africa’s giant eye inspiring a nation: Communicating astronomy in South Africa (p. 376-378)
Isobel Bassett & Shireen Davis
South African Astronomical Observatory (isb@saao.ac.za)
Full Article (PDF 213 KB)

PARTNeR — Radio astromony for students (p. 380-382)
Carmen Blasco, Juan Angel Vaquerizo
LAEFF — INTA (Instituto Nacional de Tecnica Aeroespacial) (cblasco@laeff.inta.es, jvaquerizog@laeff.inta.es)
Full Article (PDF 192 KB)

Displaying the diversity of the professions in astronomy (p. 384-387)
Thierry Botti
Observatoire Astronomique de Marseille Provence (OAMP/CNRS/Université de Provence) (Thierry.botti@oamp.fr)
Full Article (PDF 266 KB)

How can a research library support the communication of science to the general public? (p. 388-389)
Francesca Brunetti, Antonella Gasperini
INAF — Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory Library, Florence, Italy (biblio@arcetri.astro.it)
Full Article (PDF 194 KB)

PETER: Robots that watch the skies (p. 390-391)
Gara Mora-Carrillo1 & Alfred Rosenberg2
1 Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (garamora@iac.es)
2 Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (alf@iac.es)
Full Article (PDF 145 KB)

The Hubblecast — The world’s first full HD video podcast? (p. 392-394)
Lars Lindberg Christensen1, Martin Kornmesser2, Raquel Yumi Shida3, et. al.
1 ESA/Hubble & IAU (lars@eso.org)
2 ESA/Hubble (mkornmes@eso.org)
3 IAU & ESA/Hubble (rshida@eso.org)
Full Article (PDF 231 KB)

Robotic telescopes and their use as an educational tool (p. 396-398)
Luis Cuesta
Robotic Telescopes Group Centro de Astrobiología, Madrid (cuestacl@inta.es)
Full Article (PDF 164 KB)

The network of INTA telescopes (p. 400-402)
Luis Cuesta
Robotic Telescopes Group Centro de Astrobiología, Madrid (cuestacl@inta.es)
Full Article (PDF 210 KB)

1967-2007: Forty years of outreach activity at INAF — Catania Astrophysical Observatory (p. 404-406)
Giuseppe Cutispoto1, Giuseppe Leto1, Giovanni Strazzulla1 & Francesca Zuccarello2
1 INAF-Catania Astrophysical Observatory (education@oact.inaf.it)
2 Catania University, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy (education@oact.inaf.it)
Full Article (PDF 144 KB)

Astronomia.pl: Ideas for the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (p. 408-410)
Krzysztof Czart & Jan Pomierny
Astronomia.pl — Polish Astronomy Portal (k.czart@astronomia.pl, j.pomierny@astronomia.pl)
Full Article (PDF 185 KB)

Astronomia.pl: Portal activity in 2006-2007 (p. 412-415)
Krzysztof Czart & Jan Pomierny
Astronomia.pl — Polish Astronomy Portal (k.czart@astronomia.pl, j.pomierny@astronomia.pl)
Full Article (PDF 511 KB)

Obligatory course unit! Trainee astronomers learn to communicate their future scientific results (p. 416-419)
Carmen Del Puerto
IAC/ULL (cpv@iac.es)
Full Article (PDF 136 KB)

On the road to the IYA: Update on US plans and programmes (p. 420-423)
Susana Deustua1 & Douglas Isbell2
1 American Astronomical Society; co-chair, US Program Committee for IYA2009, and member of the US Development Committee (deustua@stsci.edu)
2 National Optical Astronomy Observatory; co-chair, US Program Committee for IYA2009 and US Single-Point-of-Contact [SPoC] for IYA (disbell@noao.edu)
Full Article (PDF 136 KB)

What the Universe has done for us: A global project on education and culture as a legacy for IYA2009 (p. 424-425)
Francisco Diego
Dept. Physics and Astronomy, University College London (fd@star.ucl.ac.uk)
Full Article (PDF 103 KB)

Galileo and Darwin 2009: A Universe for life? (p. 426-428)
Francisco Diego
Dept Physics and Astronomy, University College London (fd@star.ucl.ac.uk)
Full Article (PDF 105 KB)

IYA2009 in Portugal (p. 430-431)
João Manuel Fernandes1, Rosa Doran2, Filipe Pires3, Máximo Ferreira4 & António Pedrosa5
1 Coimbra University (jmfernan@mat.uc.pt)
2 Interactive Nucleus of Astronomy (NUCLIO) (rdoran@netcabo.pt)
3 Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto (pires@astro.up.pt)
4 Lisbon Science Museum (mferreira@cienciaviva.pt)
5 Navegar Foundation, Espinho (apedrosa@multimeios.pt)

Full Article (PDF 107 KB)

Looking through a telescope during the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (p. 432-434)
Richard Tresch Fienberg1, Douglas Isbell2, and Susana E. Deustua3
1 Sky & Telescope (rfienberg@SkyandTelescope.com)
2 National Optical Astronomy Observatory (disbell@noao.edu)
3 American Astronomical Society (deustua@stsci.edu)
Full Article (PDF 105 KB)

Do-it-yourself astronomy (p. 436-438)
Maria Teresa Fulco
INAF — Capodimonte Astronomical Observatory, Naples (mtfulco@na.astro.it)
Full Article (PDF 191 KB)

Ukrainian network of internet telescopes: Addressing multiple audiences (p. 440-442)
Vera G. Godunova1, Yaroslav O. Romanyuk2, Boris E. Zhilyaev2
1 International Center for Astronomical, Medical, and Ecological Research (godunova@mao.kiev.ua)
2 Main Astronomical Observatory of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (romanyuk@mao.kiev.ua, zhilyaev@mao.kiev.ua)
Full Article (PDF 182 KB)

CAP in the UK (p. 444-446)
Paul Haley1,2
1 Spacewatch
2 Share the Initiative, UK (PAHAstro@aol.com)
Full Article (PDF 196 KB)

Careers and interactive technologies at Gemini Observatory (p. 448-449)
Janice Harvey
Gemini Observatory (jharvey@gemini.edu)
Full Article (PDF 143 KB)

Sharing images intelligently: The Astronomy Vizualisation Metadata standard (p. 450-453)
Robert L. Hurt1, Adrienne J. Gauthier2 Lars Lindberg Christensen3 & Ryan Wyatt4
1 Spitzer Science Center (hurt@ipac.caltech.edu)
2 Steward Observatory, University of Arizona (agauthier@as.arizona.edu)
3 ESA/Hubble (lars@eso.org)
4 California Academy of Sciences (rwyatt@calacademy.org)
Full Article (PDF 197 KB)

Advanced amateur astronomy: An effective link between science and the public in Greece (p. 454-455)
S. Kleidis1,2, N. Matsopoulos2 & A. Mylonas1
1 Hellenic Astronomical Association (steliosklidis@gmail.com, milonasastro@hotmail.com)
2 Zagori Public Observatory, Epirus, Greece (matsop@astro.noa.gr)
Full Article (PDF 149 KB)

Visiting the top modern observatories (p. 456-458)
Nataliya Kovalenko
Kiev Planetarium (kievplanet@ukr.net)
Full Article (PDF 101 KB)

The International Sidewalk Astronomy Handbook (p. 460-461)
Alberto Krone-Martins, on behalf of the International Sidewalk Astronomy Handbook collaboration
Universidade de São Paulo (algol@astro.iag.usp.br)
Full Article (PDF 130 KB)

Gathering the forgotten voices: An oral history of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope’s early years. (p. 462-463)
Mary Beth Laychak & Liz Bryson
Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (laychak@cfht.hawaii.edu, bryson@cfht.hawaii.edu)
Full Article (PDF 103 KB)

Visualising the invisible (p. 464-465)
Mary Beth Laychak
Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (laychak@cfht.hawaii.edu)
Full Article (PDF 189 KB)

A pinch of salt goes a long way in communicating astronomy (p. 466-469)
Sivuyile Manxoyi
South African Astronomical Observatory (sivuyile@saao.ac.za)
Full Article (PDF 260 KB)

Astro-tainment: Using modern and indigenous games to communicate astronomy (p. 470-472)
Sivuyile Manxoyi
South African Astronomical Observatory (sivuyile@saao.ac.za)
Full Article (PDF 207 KB)

The Virtual Telescope Project: Enjoy the Universe from your desktop (p. 474-477)
Gianluca Masi1,2
1 The Virtual Telescope Project, Italy (gianluca@bellatrixobservatory.org)
2 Planetario di Roma, Italy
Full Article (PDF 219 KB)

The role of a communication department in an astronomical institution (p. 478-479)
Javier Méndez
Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes, La Palma (jma@ing.iac.es)
Full Article (PDF 198 KB)

Radio broadcasting – an attractive way of broadcasting astronomy (p. 480-481)
Cătălin Mosoia
Radio Europa FM, Romania (catalin.mosoia@europafm.ro)
Full Article (PDF 231 KB)

Museum of Astronomy: From dissemination to the preservation of scientific heritage (p. 482-485)
Ronaldo Rogério de Freitas Mourão
Museum de Astronomy (MAST); Brazilian Historical & Geographical Institute (IHGB) (mourao@ronaldomourao.com)
Full Article (PDF 254 KB)

The ESA/ESO/NASA Photoshop FITS Liberator 3: Have your say on new features (p. 486-488)
Lars Holm Nielsen1, Lars Lindberg Christensen1, Robert Hurt2, Kaspar K. Nielsen1 &
Teis Johansen1
1 ESA/Hubble (lnielsen@eso.org, lars@eso.org, kaspar@barmave.dk, teis@siet.dk)
2 Spitzer Science Center/Caltech (hurt@ipac.caltech.edu)
Full Article (PDF 107 KB)

The Griffith Observatory exhibit programme: Turning visitors into observers (p. 490-493)
Carolyn Collins Petersen1 & Mark A. Pine2
1 Vice-president, Loch Ness Productions (Carolyn@lochnessproductions.com)
2 Deputy Director, Griffith Observatory (mark.pine@lacity.org)
Full Article (PDF 239 KB)

Vodcasting space weather: The Space Weather FX vodcast series (p. 494-497)
Carolyn Collins Petersen1 & Philip J. Erickson2
1 Loch Ness Productions (Carolyn@lochnessproductions.com)
2 MIT Haystack Observatory (pje@haystack.mit.edu)
Full Article (PDF 314 KB)

The role of the planetarium during IYA2009, the Portuguese context (p. 498-499)
F.A.L. Pires
Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto (pires@astro.up.pt)
Full Article (PDF 195 KB)

The Texas Connection: Transferring professional development workshops for astronomy­ teachers and student field experiences to distance learning technologies­ (p. 500-503)
Sandra Preston1, Mary Kay Hemenway1, Marc Wetzel1, Kevin Mace1 & Becky Yarbrough2
1 The University of Texas at Austin (sandi@stardate.org, Hemenway@astro.as.utexas.edu, wetzel@astro.as.utexas.edu, mace@astro.as.utexas.edu)
2 Region XI Education Service Center, Fort Worth, Texas (byarbrough@esc11.net)
Full Article (PDF 342 KB)

Educational activities with the Faulkes Telescopes (p. 504-506)
Sarah Roberts1, Paul Roche1 & Rachel Ross2
1 LCOGTN UK (sroberts@lcogt.net, proche@lcogt.net)
2 LCOGTN US (rross@lcogt.net)
Full Article (PDF 100 KB)

Meteorite, a rock from space: A planetarium adventure for children (p. 508-511)
Inés Rodríguez Hidalgo1,2,3, Rubén Naveros y Naveiras3 & Oswaldo González Sánchez3
1 Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (irh@iac.es)
2 Dpto. de Astrofísica, Universidad de La Laguna
3 Museo de la Ciencia y el Cosmos
Full Article (PDF 138 KB)

Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network: Keeping education in the dark (p. 512-513)
Rachel Ross1, Paul Roche2, Sarah Roberts2
1 LCOGTN US (rross@lcogt.net)
2 LCOGTN UK (proche@lcogt.net, sroberts@lcogt.net)
Full Article (PDF 97 KB)

EuroPlaNet: Europe explores the Solar System (p. 514-516)
Pedro Russo1, Jean-Pierre Lebreton2, Mariana Barrosa3 & the EuroPlaNet Outreach Steering Committee
1 IAU & ESA/Hubble (prusso@eso.org)
2 ESA (jean-pierre.lebreton@esa.in)
3 Navegar Foundation (mariana.barrosa@multimeios.pt)
Full Article (PDF 176 KB)

Communicating astronomy in a small island state: The unique role of the Mauritius Radio Telescope (p. 518-519)
SAROJINY SADDUL-HAUZAREE
Mauritius Astronomical Society (sarojiny@intnet.mu)
Full Article ( PDF 127 KB)

Case Study: Solar science communication (p. 520-521)
Bruno Sánchez-Andrade Nuño
Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research & Institut für Astrophysik – Uni-Goettingen – Germany (brunosan@gmail.com)
Full Article (PDF 222 KB)

DomeView (p. 522-523)
Marco Silva, António Pedrosa
Navegar Foundation, Centro Multimeios de Espinho (marco@multimeios.pt, apedrosa@multimeios.pt)
Full Article (PDF 97 KB)

The International Year of Astronomy: NASA contributions to the United States themes (p. 524-526)
Denise Smith1, Mary Dussault2, Leslie Lowes3, et. al.
1 Space Telescope Science Institute (dsmith@stsci.edu)
2 Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (mdussault@cfa.harvard.edu)
3 Jet Propulsion Laboratory (leslie.lowes@jpl.nasa.gov)
Full Article (PDF 136 KB)

STARRY CITIES and ASTROLIES – Books to communicate with the public (p. 528-530)
Natasa Stanic
Public Observatory and Planetarium – Astronomical Society “Rudjer Boskovic”1, Belgrade (stanic.natasa@gmail.com)1
Full Article (PDF 191 KB)

The International Year of Astronomy in Serbia (p. 532-534)
Natasa Stanic
IYA2009 SPoC, Public Observatory and Planetarium – Astronomical Society “Rudjer Boskovic”1, Belgrade (stanic.natasa@gmail.com)
Full Article (PDF 237 KB)

Looking Up – An overview of astronomy education in the UK and its impact on the wider communitiy. (p. 536-537)
Sotira Trifourki1,2
1 SETPOINT Greater Manchester, University of Salford (sotira@stemsalford.org)
2 Cosmos Media Educational Trust (sotira.cosmosmedia@yahoo.co.uk)
Full Article (PDF 105 KB)

Astronomy and the developing world (p. 538-539)
Barbara Villone
Istituto di Fisica dello Spazio Interplanetario Torino, Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Torino (villone@ph.unito.it)
Full Article (PDF 103 KB)

The Society for Space and Astronomy at Volos, Greece (p. 540)
L. Zachilas1, P.A. Patsis2 & C. Mavrommatis3
1University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece
2Research Center for Astronomy, Academy of Athens, Greece (patsis@academyofathens.gr)
3 Society for Space and Astronomy, Volos, Greece
Full Article (PDF 124 KB)