As part of their participation in the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) and a project called 100 Hours of Astronomy, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Southern Observatory (ESO) have announced their program called “Around the World in 80 Telescopes.” Beginning 3 April 2009 at 1200 GMT, ESA and ESO will launch a video webcast that will be running 24 hours a day for the 100 hours of astronomy. This webcast will allow visitors to see what the telescope at these organizations’ observatories (including those in space) are seeing at that time. To learn more about this unique public outreach effort read the ESA announcement here.
Source: INTERNATIONAL ASTRONOMICAL UNION
30 March 2009, Paris: The International Year of Astronomy 2009 Cornerstone project, 100 Hours of Astronomy, is on track to be the largest single science public outreach event ever. More than 1500 events have been registered in over 130 countries and this number is increasing every day. 100 Hours of Astronomy is a truly global project; an event on a scale never attempted before, with more than one million people expected to participate!
100 Hours of Astronomy (100HA) is a Cornerstone project of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009). It is a worldwide celebration composed of a broad range of activities aimed at involving the public. 100HA will take place over four days and nights, from 2–5 April 2009. During this period, people from around the globe will share the experience and wonders of observing the sky. For many, it will be their first glimpse of the marvels of the heavens through a telescope. For others, it is the perfect opportunity to impart their knowledge and excitement, helping unveil the cosmos to fresh and eager eyes.
· 100HA website: http://www.100hoursofastronomy.org/
· 100HA programme: http://www.100hoursofastronomy.org/program
· 100HA Ustream.tv channel: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/100-hours-of-astronomy
In a paper to be published in the German journal Astronomische Nachrichten, astronomers detail their follow-up observations (made between late 2007 and early 2008) of the famous outburst of Comet 17/P Holmes in the fall of 2007. I recall the stir caused by the comet and our ability to view the comet during some of our observing sessions on campus. This comet was first observed by Edwin Holmes in 1892. Read more about the details discovered by these German astronomers about the orbit and brightness history of Holmes online now here.