Public Celebration of IYA2009 in Pasadena on June 6

Jones, Jane H jane.h.jones at
Wed May 13 13:18:24 PDT 2009

Hi again Old Town Astronomy fans!  Here is news about a really cool event -
and the Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers will be participating with our
telescopes!  If you'd like to help out (by handing out bookmarks or aiming a
solar-safe telescope, or just hang out and learn what to say and do at a
large public astronomy event) email me by May 31 and I'll see if there is a
spot for you to help out. Thanks, Jane

PS I have this "press release" in a PDF format, which I can send to you for
community posting if you'd like.

PPS It's an IYA event, not a sidewalk astronomy event. I'm just working on
the JPL activities and the telescope activities, not the entire event.

Public Celebration of IYA2009 in Pasadena on June 6

Douglas Isbell
U.S. Single-Point-of-Contact for IYA2009
Phone: 520-991-0380
Email:  disbell at

Jake Noel-Storr
Rochester Institute of Technology
Phone: 585-475-2521
Email: jake at


May 12, 2009

Public Celebration of International Year of Astronomy 2009 in Pasadena on
June 6

The public is invited to a celebration of the International Year of
Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) on Saturday, June 6, from 4-8 p.m. at the
Pasadena (Calif.) Convention Center, followed by public stargazing with
small telescopes on the convention center plaza until 9:30 p.m.

A variety of fun, family oriented, hands-on activities and exhibit booths
will be provided, including solar observing and a 100-foot scale model
solar system, presented by organizations attending the subsequent summer
meeting of the American Astronomical Society, with special additions from
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  Representatives from the popular
Astronomy Cast podcast and the Galaxy Zoo citizen-science project will be
among the exhibitors in the indoor “AstroZone.”  Special indoor
presentations will be made using a portable planetarium and a digital data
immersion environment from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

For updates on exhibits and organizations at the event, visit the
AstroZone Web site at  For more
information on the SCUBE digital immersion environment, see

“Pasadena and greater Los Angeles is one of the world’s leading centers of
astronomy, both historically and today,” said Douglas Isbell, the U.S.
single point of contact for IYA2009.  “We look to this public event on
June 6 to help us get the second half of the International Year of
Astronomy off to a stellar start, as we anticipate the distribution of
many thousand copies of our new Galileoscope telescope kit around the
world, and several exciting citizen-science projects.”

Driving directions to the Pasadena Convention Center and information on
parking is available at the Web site
The outdoor astronomy activities and bazaar will be held in the central
plaza marked by a rose and purple background on the street map posted

The telescope viewing, and some of the afternoon outdoor activities on
June 6 are weather dependent.  The planet Saturn, in particular, will be
well positioned for viewing that evening.  Small telescopes for public
viewing will be provided by members of the Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers

Commemorating 400 years since Galileo first used a telescope for
astronomical research, IYA2009 is designed to help the citizens of the
world to rediscover their place in the Universe through viewing the day-
and night-time skies, to appreciate the impact of astronomy and basic
sciences on our daily lives, and to better understand how scientific
knowledge can contribute to a more equitable and peaceful society.
Astronomers and educators in 140 countries aim to stimulate worldwide
interest in astronomy and science, especially among young people, under
the central IYA2009 theme‚"The Universe, Yours to Discover."

Major IYA2009 events to come include collaboration with the Year of
Science 2009 in July
(, featuring a
public imaging contest using NASA’s MicroObservatory network, globally
connected star parties focused on observing the Moon on August 1 and
Jupiter (and its moons) on October 23-24, the Great World Wide Star Count
from October 9-23, and further expansion of the new Portal to the Universe
Web site (

To learn more about IYA2009, visit  Additional
information on the U.S. plans and programs for IYA can be found at

The U.S. IYA2009 program is supported by the National Science Foundation
and NASA, and by private donations.  The American Astronomical Society is
the U.S. liaison to the IYA2009 program via the International Astronomical
Union.  Key U.S. partners include the Astronomical Society of the Pacific,
the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center
for Astrophysics, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, and the National Radio
Astronomy Observatory.

The California Institute of Technology in Pasadena manages JPL for NASA.

Jane Houston Jones
Senior Outreach Specialist, Cassini Program
JPL - 4800 Oak Grove Drive, MS 230-205
Pasadena, CA  91109  818-393-6435
jane.h.jones at
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