2009 is the International Year of Astronomy.
Remember when you were a kid and you found planets and comets and black holes cool? Guess what: they still are. Like many areas of the knowledge it seems that the more we look – and looking is something we’re learning to do better all the time in astronomy – the more questions we find.
Here are some of the neat things going on this year. Why not put a couple in your calendar now?
- 100 Hours of Astronomy – live, global webcast event, 2-5 April
- From Earth to the Universe – some really cool images, including downloads for desktop and iphone
- Celebrating the 1919 Eclipse – celebrations on the African islands of São Tomé and Príncipe acknowledging the importance of the 1919 eclipse observations (gravitational lensing not only effectively demonstrated Einstein’s general theory of relativity was true, but later turned out to be an excellent tool for probing the far reaches of the universe)