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International Year of Astronomy - Galilean Nights

Galilean Nights: the French edition!

On 22-24 October 2009, the International Year of Astronomy 2009 Cornerstone Project, Galilean Nights, will see amateur and professional astronomers, enthusiasts and the public taking to the streets all around the globe, pointing their telescopes to the wonders that Italian astronomer Galileo observed 400 years ago.



Spread over three nights, astronomers will share their knowledge and enthusiasm for space by encouraging as many people as possible to look through a telescope at our planetary neighbours. The focus for Galilean Nights is the objects that Galileo observed, including Jupiter and the Moon, which will be well-positioned in the night sky for observing.


Anny-Chantal Levasseur-Regourd, President of the International Year of Astronomy in France, explains: “Our aim is to allow as many people in France as possible, as we did for the “100 hours of astronomy in April, to discover the marvels and mysteries of the Universe. Many groups, whether they represent a few neighbours around a small telescope or large public observation sessions coupled with events and astronomical meetings, are getting involved in this wonderful joint effort in order to share their passion for astronomy.”


To find out more:

France: www.astronomy2009.frNouvelle fenêtre or www.imcce.fr/ngNouvelle fenêtre or
www.afanet.fr/NuitsGalileennesNouvelle fenêtre
International: www.astronomy2009.orgNouvelle fenêtre or www.galileannights.orgNouvelle fenêtre