The 62nd General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed 2009 the International Year of Astronomy with the aim of increasing awareness among the public of the importance of astronomical sciences and of promoting widespread access to new knowledge and experiences of astronomical observation.
The year 2009 is chosen to commemorate the 400 years since Galileo Galilei pointed a telescope towards the sky. Now telescopes on the ground and in space explore the Universe, 24 hours a day, across all wavelengths of light.
For more information about the International Year of Astronomy 2009, please visit its website at http://www.astronomy2009.org/.
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