Latest International Year of Astronomy Stories
Gender equality is a priority concern for the whole scientific community, regardless of its field, cultural background or geographic location. This is also the case for astronomy, where only approximately one quarter of all professionals are women.
Astronomers around the world are taking part in a marathon in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Galileoâ€™s first use of a telescope in 1609.
GLOBE at night, the international star-counting program, starts on Monday, 16 March, 2009, a key activity during this International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009).
What convinced Galileo 400 years ago that the Earth orbits the Sun and not vice-versa? How did one man make such a startling discovery, armed with just a 2 inch lens telescope?
Astronomers from around the world have gathered in Paris for the start of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009), the largest network ever for sharing the wonders of the Universe with the public.
A new article in the February edition of 'Astronomy and Geophysics' explains how British astronomer Thomas Harriot made the first drawing of the Moon through a telescope in July 1609, several months before Galileo.
In 1609, exactly four centuries ago, Galileo revolutionised humankind's understanding of our position in the Universe when he used a telescope for the first time to study the heavens, which saw him sketching radical new views of the moon and discovering the satellites orbiting Jupiter.