2009 - International Year of Astronomy

2009 is the 400th year anniversary since Galileo first used a telescope to observe what lies beyond our skies. Below you will find some resources to help you meet your astronomical exploration needs.


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Books in our HS Library

General Astronomy

520 CLA Stars and atoms: from the big bang to the solar system
520 FR The amazing universe
520 JO The beginner’s guide to astronomy
520 SA Cosmos
522 APF Astronomy and planetology
523 GA Once around the galaxy
523.8 PO The stars tonight

Astronomers

508 PT Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler
520 DR A history of astronomy from Thales to Kepler

Skywatching

520 STO New Astronomer
523.8 PO The stars tonight

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Databases

The following database would be helpful in finding various articles and essays:

**Power Library** - Student Research Center
To access from school: click on the link on the Internet Explorer link bar. To access from home, go to Buckslib.org, click on POWERLibrary and enter your public library card number.


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Websites

International Year of Astronomy 2009 – General Websites

* International Year of Astronomy 2009 - **http://www.astronomy2009.org/**
* NASA IYA2009 homepage - **http://astronomy2009.nasa.gov/**

General Astronomy Links

* Heavens-Above.com - **http://www.heavens-above.com/**
Find out when satellites (most notably, the Iridium flares) and the International Space Station are passing over your location.
* International Astronomical Union (IAU) - **http://www.iau.org/**
* Women in Astronomy - **http://www.astrosociety.org/education/resources/womenast_bib.html**

Software
Stellarium is a free, open source program that turns your home computer into your very own planetarium.
**http://www.stellarium.org/**

Networking

One of the most famous trends on the web in 2008 was the inclusion of the Mars Phoenix land rover’s Twitter page wherein updates were made about the actions of the intrepid robotic explorer. And while Phoenix is no longer completely operational, NASA has many Twitter accounts (as well as Facebook and Myspace pages) for its various programs. **http://www.nasa.gov/collaborate/index.html**

Activities
Cherry Springs State Park in Potter County, PA - http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/cherrysprings.aspx

Cherry Springs State Park is the first designated Dark Skies Park in PA.


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