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Galileo's Dream: The International Year of Astronomy 2009

Feb. 19 & 20

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has chosen 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy. What makes this year special? 400 Years ago in 1609, Galileo Galilei first turned his telescope toward the stars and reported back on what he saw. His honesty, passion and humor gained him instant fame, and plenty of trouble with the authorities of his time. Just what did he see that caused such an uproar, and what would he think of the discoveries we've made since? Come along for a jouney into the past that will lead to future of astronomy as we re-create the observations of Galileo, then take him along on a journey to show him what we're still learning with the telescopes of our age.

Michelle Thaller
Manager, Education and Public Outreach
Infrared Processing and Analysis Center
California Institute of Technology

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