News & Events
March 24, 2009
The Universe is yours to discover at two star gazing events celebrating the International Year of Astronomy. The viewings, held on the evenings of April 3 and 4, will take place in front of Pack Place Education, Arts & Science Center. The Health Adventure, UNC Asheville, and amateur astronomers from the area will be coordinating the events.
The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) is a global celebration of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture. The occasion also marks the 400th anniversary of the first use of an astronomical telescope by Galileo Galilei—a historic event that initiated astronomical discoveries and triggered a scientific revolution that profoundly affected our worldview.
In Asheville, efforts are being coordinated to include public observing of the moon, Saturn and the stars. Telescopes will be set up at Pack Place on the evenings of Friday and Saturday, April 3 and 4. In case of rain or cloudy skies that prevent good viewing, Sunday, April 5 has been reserved as a back-up date. UNC Asheville will also have telescopes set up on the quad the evening of Saturday, April 4, with Sunday, April 5 as a back-up date. Viewings at both locations will begin after 8:30 p.m.
“The International Year of Astronomy 2009 gives all nations a chance to participate in this ongoing exciting scientific and technological revolution,” said International Astronomical Union President, Catherine Cesarsky. The aim is to stimulate worldwide interest in astronomy and science. In particular, organizers hope to inspire young people to learn more about the Universe and our place in it. To date, 99 nations and 14 organizations have signed up to participate in the IYA2009‚ an unprecedented network of dedicated communicators and educators in astronomy.
For more information on the International Year of Astronomy 2009, visit www.astronomy2009.org. For more information about April 3 and 4 viewings, contact Jim Taylor, Vice President of Programs & Exhibits for The Health Adventure at 828.254.6373, ext. 313.