Stories of the Night Sky

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The Science of the Night Sky

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History of the Night Sky

Jim Hesser discusses how different civilizations have viewed the night sky through history. Jim is an astronomer with the National Research Council of Canada's Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, Victoria, B.C. He served as the national chair of Canada's International Year of Astronomy 2009 activities, and now is working with many others to ensure that legacies are achieved during the ensuing years of Beyond IYA efforts. There are many IYA collaborators interested in partnering with Aboriginal, Métis and Inuit Elders, youth and educators to achieve the goals of 'Two Eyed Seeing'. Interested parties may contact:

2009 - The International Year of Astronomy


The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) was a global celebration of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture marked the 400th anniversary of the first use of an astronomical telescope by Galileo Galilei. The aim of the Year was to stimulate worldwide interest, especially among young people, in astronomy and science under the central theme "The Universe, Yours to Discover"'. IYA2009 events and activities promoted a greater appreciation of the inspirational aspects of astronomy that embody an invaluable shared resource for all nations. They were designed to create legacies that will live for many years as Beyond The International Year of Astronomy legacies, of which The Stories of the Night Sky is a prime example of something inspired by IYA2009 that we hope will grow and continue to inspire far into the future.

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