The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) will be a global celebration of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture, stimulating worldwide interest not only in astronomy, but in science in general, with a particular slant towards young people. IYA2009 will mark Galileo Galilei’s first use of the telescope for astronomical observations, and will portray astronomy as a peaceful global scientific endeavour that unites astronomers in an international, multicultural family of scientists working together to find answers to some of the most fundamental questions that humanity has ever asked.
Le Bulletin de la Coalition pour l'astronomie canadienne est maintenant disponible grâce de CASCA. Cette numéro souligne des nouvelles concernant le radio télescope international du 21ième siècle (le Square Kilometre Array ou SKA), le Télescope de trente mètres et le grand réseau millimétrique de l’Atacama (Atacama Large Millimeter Array, ALMA).
Today the United Nations (UN) 62nd General Assembly proclaimed 2009 the “International Year of Astronomy”. The International Year of Astronomy 2009 is an initiative by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
On September 15, 2007 the RASC hosted a fall Astronomy Day. Seven Centres officially participated: le Centre francophone de Montreal, London Centre, Mississauga Centre, Montreal Centre, Prince George Centre, Quebec Centre and Toronto Centre.
Dr. Brian Schmidt, who won this year's Nobel Prize for Physics (with Dr. Saul Perlmutter and Dr. Adam Riess; see December 2011 JRASC, page 228), is using part of his prize money to fund an astronomy education program discontinued by the Australian government.
The Awards Committee formally announces and calls for the first nominations for the new Qilak Award for Astronomy Outreach and Communication. This award was developed jointly and is sponsored by the RASC, the Canadian Astronomical Society and la Fédération des Astronomes Amateurs du Québec and results directly from the partnership formed for International Year of Astronomy. Each organization may select only one award recipient each year.