Amateur astronomer in Negev desert, Israel

Amateur astronomer in Negev desert, Israel

Happy New Year!  It’s yet another year that’s been designated the International Year of Some Great Big Science Topic (last year was polar year).  This year it’s the International Year of Astronomy, and there are quite a few fun-packed astronomical events for the whole family.  See a whole list of astronomical events for 2009 here.  And here is a nicely formatted document (PDF) with astronomical events (some particular for viewing in the Denver area) for the year.  Note that you can Ask An Astronomer (DU Prof Robert Stencil at rstencel AT du DOT edu) your questions about the sky.  (And don’t forget my friend Tom’s Skyguy video blog of astronomy questions for kids!)

For those of you in the Denver area, note the monthly gatherings at the Historic Chamberlin Observatory near the DU campus for the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the old 22-foot telescope.  The DU press guy tells me that this would be “a great place for a high school student interested in astronomy to meet up with a professor or two in a casual environment.”

You can see the observatory website with all special events at www.du.edu/~rstencel/Chamberlin

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