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 About IYA- 2009

The International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009) will be a global celebration of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture, highlighted by the 400th anniversary of the first use of an astronomical telescope by Galileo Galilei. The aim of the Year is to stimulate worldwide interest, especially among young people, in astronomy and science under the central theme "The Universe, Yours to Discover". IYA2009 events and activities will promote a greater appreciation of the inspirational aspects of astronomy that embody an invaluable shared resource for all nations.  The IYA2009 activities will take place at the global and regional levels, and especially at the national and local levels. National Nodes in each country have been formed to prepare activities for 2009. These Nodes establish collaborations between professional and amateur astronomers, science centres, educators, and science communicators.

Ethiopian high schools to join the IYA2009 movement


Several teachers and university personel expressed their interest to participate in activities that involves robotic telescope. The schools currently located in Mekele, Bahir Dar, Addis Ababa and Bishoftu. But those involved in the project insist they have reviewed all the evidence and concluded that it poses no risk to the universe.



  The Ethiopian Astronomical Society is virtual society linking experties and resources together. This virtual community will participate in IYA activities by providing information and resources about knowledge of astronomy in Ethiopia. It is also a hub for scientists and students interested in the field where it is possible to find translations and meanings of stars and constellations. In particular as a contribution to the IAY the group plans to develop the  the 12 Zodiac constellations, athe jets plow into surrounding interstellar clouds, they heat the gas, often generating bright afterglows. Gamma ray bursts are the most luminous explosions in the universe since the big bang. > Read more>


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