The International Astronomy Day is celebrated twice a year (bi-annual), once in the spring(in May 2, 2020) & another in autumn(in October 5, 2020). On this day, museums, societies, astronomical institutions and planetariums organise seminars, workshops and other fun-filled activities to spread awareness about the world of astronomy. The professional and amateur astronomers all over the world share their great field with the Universe to the public, through observing sessions, displays and information booths in malls, science centres and planetariums to increase public awareness about astronomy and the universe. This year the event has been canceled in 2020 due to the global pandemic of COVID-19 virus.
History of International Astronomy Day
This event was started in 1973 by Doug Berger, the president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California. His intent was to line up various telescopes in busy urban locations in order that passersby could enjoy views of the heavens. Since then the event has expanded and is now sponsored by a variety of organizations related to astronomy. Originally, Astronomy Day occurred on a Saturday between mid-April and mid-May, and was scheduled so on occur at or on the brink of the primary quarter Moon. In 2007, an autumn rendition of Astronomy Day was added. It was scheduled to occur on a Saturday between mid-September and mid-October so on get on or on the brink of the primary quarter Moon.
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How to Celebrate International Astronomy Day
There are many ways to celebrate Astronomy Day, and something for every family and individual. The important part is to set aside everyday life and spend some time gazing into the heavens and wondering about the mysteries we don’t yet understand. There are many activities to do with children of all ages, as well as activities to do alone if you have a telescope. Some can be done at home, but it can also be fun to visit a museum or planetarium to get an even fuller experience. No matter where you are in your learning journey, find something to do to celebrate the celestial bodies above us.
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What is National Astronomy Week(NAW)?
The day forms part of National Astronomy Week(NAW), which begins on 4th November to Sunday 22nd November. The main purpose of the week is to celebrate the close approach of Mars, and to give members of the public the chance to see the red planet in closeup through a telescope.
About International Year of Astronomy
The International Astronomical Union(IAU) launched 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy(IYA) under the theme “The Universe, Yours to Discover”. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO) endorsed the IYA and the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the year 2009 as the day on 20 December 2007.
The IYA 2009 celebrates the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s introduction of the telescope to astronomy and the publication of Johannes Kepler’s Astronomia nova in the 17th Century, to gear up this anniversary nearly 100 countries have already established “national nodes” to coordinate planning among amateurs, professionals, educators, planetarians, and others interested in promoting astronomy. The UN’s declaration is a 5 year effort by the government of Italy, the International Astronomical Union(IAU), and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO).