IYA2009 kickoff at U.C. Berkeley

Received in email from the AANC mailing list:

The International Year of Astronomy 2009
(IYA2009) is a global celebration of astronomy and its contribution to
society and culture, emphasizing education, public participation, and
the involvement of young people. The grand opening ceremony will be held
Jan. 15 and 16 in Paris at the headquarters of the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

While hundreds are expected to attend the Paris event, including members
of royal families, ministers, Nobel Laureates, scientists and students,
many national and regional events also are scheduled.

UC Berkeley’s Department of Astronomy joins the international
celebration with talks on the science and history of astronomy on the
third Saturday of each month, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, including two
talks on April 18, UC Berkeley’s annual CalDay open house. Next month’s
talk, scheduled for Feb. 21, is “Black Holes: Monsters Lurking at the
Centers of Galaxies,” by theoretician Eliot Quataert, professor of
astronomy and physics. Upcoming topics include dark matter, dark energy,
the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, star birth and their
explosive deaths, the solar system, and Galileo Galilei, who first
turned a telescope on the heavens 400 years ago.

To kick off the celebration, UC Berkeley will be hosting a lecture, “The
Search for Habitable Planets and Life in the Universe” in which Geoffrey
, UC Berkeley professor of astronomy, director of the Center for
Integrative Planetary Science, and the world’s foremost planet hunter,
will be speaking. It will take lace this Saturday, January 17th at 11
a.m in room 100 Genetics and Planet Biology Building UC Berkeley. The
building is located in the northwest corner of the campus:

For a complete list of the year’s talks and other UC Berkeley activities
planned to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy, link to
http://astro.berkeley.edu/iya/. For more information on IYA2009, link to

Thank you,

University of California, Berkeley Astronomy Department

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