Communicating Astronomy Beyond IYA2009
The International Year of Astronomy 2009, celebrating the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first look at the night sky through a telescope, was arguably the most successful public-outreach event in the history of science. Thousands of professional and amateur astronomers, public-information officers, writers, publishers, teachers, and informal educators from 148 countries worked tirelessly to share the wonders of astronomy with millions of people, from rural schoolchildren to the President of the United States. How to build on IYA2009 was the theme of “Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2010,” a conference held in Cape Town, South Africa, in March 2010. I report some of the highlights from CAP2010 and consider the extent to which the IYA2009 helped us address global challenges in astronomy communication.
- “International Year of Astronomy 2009 Final Report,” edited by Pedro Russo and Lars Lindberg Christensen, International Astronomical Union, 2009 http://www.astronomy2009.org/resources/documents/detail/iya2009_ http://final_report/
- “Preparing for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy: A Hands-on Symposium,” edited by Michael G. Gibbs, Jonathan Barnes, James G. Manning, and Bruce Partridge, ASP Conference Series, Vol. 400, 2008; http://www.aspbooks.org/a/volumes/table_of_contents/?book_id=433