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International Community To Celebrate “˜Galilean Nights’

October 22, 2009

Amateur astronomers, enthusiasts and the general public will be taking part in a three-day sky watching party this week in order to celebrate the achievements of Galileo.

Dubbed the “Galilean Nights,” the party will last from October 22 to 24. The purpose of the celebration is to allow people in countries across the globe to gaze into the sky, many of them for their first time.

The event is being promoted by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). It is said to include more than 1,000 people in over 70 countries.

The Galilean Nights events are taking place during a year that has been named the International Year of Astronomy (IYA).

“Galileo’s achievements include improvements to the telescope and consequent astronomical observations. He is known as the father of modern observational astronomy and this year Galileo’s telescope completes 400 years. In the IYA, his life is a perfect example to motivate children,” Mukesh Pathak, chief education officer from Gujarat Nature Conservation Society (GNCS), told the Times of India.

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