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George Miley: “Importance of Astronomy for Society: Education, Development and Capacity Building”

10 Jan 2010, 11:31 UTC
George Miley: “Importance of Astronomy for Society: Education, Development and Capacity Building”
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But first, I stumbled across this. Is it the Italian blog? Could someone translate?
So, the talk.
Hooray for astronomy! It combines technology and skills, culture and society, science and research. Astronomy provides an inexpensive laboratory for studying the laws of physics under extreme conditions (largest energies, largest densities, most tenuous vacuum largest sizes).
Almost every civilisation has deep roots on astronomy, so it has important cultural significance. Our forefathers were also astronomers. Astronomy is “super-history”, going back to the very beginning. It gives us perspective; small, national fanatacism is put in its place. So astronomy has many ways to help with capacity-building in countries.
Innovative educational tools include:
* The Astro-Bus which transports small telescopes and a mini-planetarium around Tunisia. During 2008 it reached 150,000 children, many in remote areas. It’s an idea which could be exported to many countries.
* Robotic telescope networks over the internet.
* Galileoscopes.
* Partnerships between professional and amateur astronomers, and schools. For example student couples (astronomer and teacher) delivery in schools, and class twinnings.
* Tribute is paid to the Japanese Officiaal Development Assistance who have done a lot of excellent outreach work.
Astronomy can be a unique tool for advancing ...

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