International Year of Astronomy 2009

A global effort initiated by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and UNESCO to help the citizens of the world rediscover their place in the Universe through the day- and night-time sky, and thereby engage a personal sense of wonder and discovery.

Everyone should realise the impact of astronomy and other fundamental sciences on our daily lives, and understand how scientific knowledge can contribute to a more equitable and peaceful society.

UNESCO Venice contributes to the International Year of Astronomy by sponsoring and supporting a series of side events in Italy (Venice) and in the SEE region (Bulgaria, FYR Macedonia, Romania and Serbia).


Galilean Nights People all around the world are encouraged to take part in Galilean Nights activities on 22-24 October 2009 and experience for themselves the same sense of awe and wonder that Galileo must have felt. See also Astrophotography Competition open for entries until 27 Oct 2009.

Italy (INAF) Albania, BiH, Bulgaria, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, and Turkey.


Astronomy & World Heritage issues 15-09-2009


Astronomy Camp on the Megalithic Observatory
Site of Kokino The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 18-09-2009 - 20-09-2009

Astrophysics & Astrodynamics in Balkan Countries Belgrade
Serbia 28-09-2009 - 30-09-2009

Astronomy & its Instruments. Before and After Galileo Venice
Island of San Servolo (Italy) 28-09-2009 - 03-10-2009

South Eastern European Practical School on Spectroscopy for Young Researchers
Rozhen National Astronomical Observatory Bulgaria 05-10-2009 - 11-10-2009

Galileo, Venice & the Moon
Palazzo Zorzi, Venice (Italy) 26-10-2009 - 27-11-2009

Recent Insights into our Universe
Bucharest, Romania 28-10-2009 - 29-10-2009 

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