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The International Year of Astronomy 2009: The Largest Science Education and Public Outreach Event in History

8 Jan 2010, 10:00 UTC
The International Year of Astronomy 2009: The Largest Science Education and Public Outreach Event in History

As the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) comes to a close, the true scope of the venture is becoming clear. The final count of countries involved stands at 148, a staggering number that confirms that the IYA2009 network is the largest ever in science. Activities and events from these participating nations paint a picture of professional and amateur astronomers bringing the Universe down to Earth through countless projects, opening the eyes of the public to the wonders above.

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