Posted by BC on August 30th, 2009
Another project is underway for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy. October 22-24 are the nights set for the Galilean Nights project, and IYA wants for everyone who is going to do a public session to register at their website (www.galileannights.org). Your outreach helps to educate the public in the field of astronomy, and it also helps to bring a renewed interest into the science.
Whether you take a telescope out for people to use or set up a display somewhere, it all counts towards public outreach. You may be surprised at how many people have never seen a planet through a telescope of any size. The Galilean Satellites can be seen through low power binoculars, so if that is what you have to use, that’s great! Your knowledge is keen and if you share that knowledge, you can make a huge difference for people who want to learn.
You can receive more information on Galilean Nights and other IYA activities and projects through the main organization web site ( www.astronomy209.org). You might also tell us at Astronomy Today about your plans and results for any of your observing sessions.