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World's First Dark Sky Discovery Site Announced!
Dark Sky ScotlandThe 25th of March saw the launch of the worlds first two Dark Sky Discovery Sites, in Dalkieth and Glen Nevis. The Dalkieth site, at Newbattle Abbey College, has hosted Dark Sky events and workshops previously, and is a good example of an urban area where stargazing can take place. The Glen Nevis site will help to encourage people in areas of Scotland with darker night skies to discover and enjoy the view of the heavens.

It is hoped that these Dark Sky Discovery Sites will be the first of many across Scotland and the rest of the UK, the aim being to have a network of such sites in place during International Year of Astronomy 2009, so that wherever you are, there will be somewhere you can go locally to enjoy the best available view of the stars.
 
Can you see the stars?

16 - 28 March 2009
 
IYA2009 features in IoP Physics World (March 2009)
To mark the International Year of Astronomy 2009, six leading astronomers from the UK, the US, Europe and Asia write in March's Physics World about the biggest challenges and opportunities facing international astronomers over the next couple of decades.

 
Observing the Sun Safely
suntrekSuntrek.org, an excellent resource for info on our local star, has just published their guide on "Observing the Sun Safely". Make sure you read it before you observe!
 
IYA2009 UK Opening Ceremony

The International Year of Astronomy 2009 was officially launched in the UK by Astronomer Royal Professor Martin Rees. In attendance were over 150 astronomers and journalists from around the UK.

The event was held at the Royal Observatory Greenwich and guests were treated to planetarium shows, talks, and tours of the observatory.

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