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Title: On The Road to IYA: Update on US Plans and Programs


1
On The Road to IYA Update on US Plans and
Programs
  • Doug Isbell
  • Susana Deustua
  • Co-Chairs, US Program Committee (AAS)
  • Communicating Astronomy to the Public Meeting
  • Athens, Greece
  • October 9, 2007

2
US Goal for IYA 2009
  • To offer an engaging astronomy experience to
    every person in the country, nurture existing
    partnerships and build new connections to sustain
    public interest.

3
US IYA 2009 Coordination
  • Program Committee
  • Develop IYA themes and activities
  • 16 members from leading US astronomy education
    and public outreach organizations plus liaisons
    from Canada and Mexico
  • Co-chairs Doug Isbell (NOAO) Susana Deustua
    (AAS)
  • Development Committee
  • Secure funding and resources to implement IYA
    program
  • 10 members from academia, industry, observatories
  • Chair Peter Stockman (STScI)

4
Seven Major US Themes
  • Looking Through a Telescope
  • Dark Skies Are a Universal Resource
  • Astronomy in Arts, Entertainment Storytelling
  • Research Experience for Students, Teachers, and
    Citizen-Scientists
  • Telescope Kits Optics
  • Sharing the Universe Through New Technology
  • The Universe for Classrooms and Families

5
Accomplishments to Date
  • Web Site www.astronomy2009.us
  • Nine Working Groups Established (gt 60 people) to
    support the seven themes
  • Major Planning Meetings
  • June 2007 Honolulu, HI
  • September 2007 Chicago, IL
  • Joint AAS/ASP IYA Symposium in June 2008 at AAS
    Meeting
  • Leadership role in Galileoscope, Dark Skies and
    Image Exhibition IYA cornerstones…with your help!

6
US IYA 2009 Program Highlights
  • Looking Through a Telescope
  • Goal more than 10 million first-time viewers
  • Star parties, sidewalk astronomy
  • Coordinate with Night Sky Network activities
  • Dark Skies Are a Universal Resource
  • GLOBE at Night 2009
  • Naked-eye star counting
  • digital sky-quality meters

7
…highlights
  • Arts, Entertainment Storytelling
  • Rose Bowl Parade Float January 1, 2009
  • Astronomy Goes to the Movies at 2009 Oscar
    Awards
  • Storytelling and Cultural Astronomy
  • Star Parties combining telescope viewing and
    Native American stories
  • Central source of appropriate written/recorded
    sky narratives and stories on the Web

8
…highlights
  • Research Experiences for Students, Teachers, and
    Citizen-Scientists
  • Coordinated observing of variable star Epsilon
    Aurigae
  • Telescopes Optics
  • Galileoscope - Inexpensive telescope, targets are
    mountains on the Moon Jupiters moons.

9
…highlights
  • Sharing the Universe Through New Technology
  • Planetaria, Science Centers, Observatories
  • 365 Days of Astronomy podcasts
  • The Universe for Classrooms and Families
  • Professional Development for teachers (Galileo
    Teachers)
  • IYA Galileo Club Card

10
…and in addition
  • Small Grants Program for community activities
  • Comprehensive website
  • Publicity
  • Five-minute promotional video for planetaria
  • Newspaper tabloid inserts
  • Evaluation

11
NASAs IYA Strategy
  • Align with US themes and goals
  • Capitalize upon public interest in NASA missions
    and discoveries
  • Leverage extensive education and public outreach
    programs embedded in NASAs space science
    missions and research/analysis programs
  • NASA Science Mission Directorate IYA portal Web
    site

12
Activities Supporting US IYA Themes
  • Science Centers, Observatory Visitor Centers
    Planetaria
  • Public unveiling of large prints from Hubble,
    Spitzer Chandra at museums, science centers,
    and schools
  • Sharing the Universe Through New Technology
  • Are We Alone? Radio Shows and Podcasts
  • The Universe for Classrooms and Families
  • Professional development offerings for both
  • classroom and out-of-school-time program
    educators

13
NASA Calendar Highlights
  • New capabilities enabled by Hubble Space
    Telescope Servicing Mission 4
  • Launch of the Kepler mission
  • Companion payload to Lunar Reconnaissance
    Observatory impacts the Moon
  • 40th anniversary of Apollo landings

14
Our Challenges
  • Establish a National Program Office
  • Obtain Funding for the Key Projects
  • Increase Community Involvement
  • Spread the Word!!!

15
US CONTACTS
  • Douglas Isbell US SPOC Co-Chair Program
    Committee
  • Associate Director for Public Affairs and
    Educational Outreach
  • National Optical Astronomical Observatory,
    Tucson, AZ
  • disbell_at_noao.edu, 1 520-318-8214

Susana Deustua, Co-Chair Program
Committee Director of Education American
Astronomical Society, Washington,
DC deustua_at_aas.org, 1 202-328-2010
  • Hashima Hasan NASA SPOC
  • NASA HQ, Washington, DC
  • hhasan_at_nasa.gov, 1 202-358-0692
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