Astronomy Year

Stories for the International Year of Astronomy

In 2009 we worked with the IYA team to develop and promote the Year in Australia. Below is a list of the bulletins that were sent out throughout the year.

100 Hours of Astronomy: an event 400 years in the making

One of the major cornerstone events of the UN-designated International Year of Astronomy, 100 Hours of Astronomy, will take place over 2-5 April.

This global event will see millions of people all over the world coming out onto the streets at night to participate in “star parties” or public viewings of the sky through telescopes – just as Galileo did for the first time 400 years ago. Amateur astronomy groups, observatories, arts and scientific institutions around Australia are organising public events for the 100 Hours. [continue reading…]

Giant ice cubes; giant telescopes; and pulsars

Astronomy at the Australian Institute of Physics 18th National Congress in Adelaide
The discoverer of pulsars: Jocelyn Bell Burnell

The UK’s Jocelyn Bell Burnell discovered pulsars by chance when she was a student. Detecting a bit of “scruff” on her chart recorder papers that tracked across the sky with the stars, Bell Burnell found that the signal was regularly pulsing, about once each second. [continue reading…]

Astronomy bulletin: 8 November 2008

The 2009 International Year of Astronomy in Australia

I’m writing to update you on planning for the International Year of Astronomy 2009 in Australia, and to seek your input.

We already know of over 120 events being planned for next year. And if we haven’t heard about yours yet, we’d like to! [continue reading…]