What a year it has been!
How’s your IYA been? Here in Calgary we’ve been riding high on one great event after another. As I think everyone has found, the public acceptance of the Year of Astronomy and the appetite for things astronomical has been outstanding. We’ll easily double our projected attendance by the time we’re done at the end of the year.
But we’re not planning on being done. The great thing about IYA is that it has proven the success of astronomy outreach events, so much so that our local organizing groups — the science centre, the university observatory, and the local astronomy club — are planning to keep going through 2010 with a similar schedule of cooperative events that take astronomy to the public.
In 2009 one of our major IYA programs in Canada was a live stage play and planetarium show, written here in Calgary by the TELUS World of Science and staged elsewhere in Canada at three other planetariums. Galileo Live! featured a live actor on stage performing the role of Galileo, with the recorded voice of Galileo’s daughter filling in the story. The show was a great success ...