100 hours: Are you ready?

There are now less than nine days until the start of one of the biggest global events that will take place as part of the International Year of Astronomy. The 100 Hours of Astronomy starts on 2nd April and will be 100 non-stop hours of star parties, webcasts and much more.

The 100 hours starts with an opening ceremony at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, featuring one of Galileo's telescopes. On the same day (April 2nd) there will be a live Science Centre webcast including science centres from the US, South Africa, Ireland and Germany. From 9am UTC April 3rd things step up a gear with Around the World in 80 Telescopes; a live Ustream tour around many of the world's astronomical observatories in just 24 hours. The webcast will cover the entire planet (including the South Pole!) and even some telescopes in space. On the night of Saturday 4th April there will be star parties all over the planet. This is going to be huge so if you have a telescope you haven't used in a while, now is the time to dust it off and get ready to participate. Sunday 5th April is being called SunDay and aims to encourage safe viewing of our nearest star. If you have a safe solar telescope, you should dust that off too. If you have small children, they can even participate through the 100 Hours of Astronomy Junior programme.

You can find out what events are happening near you on the global events list and add your own events. You can also keep up with the latest news about 100 Hours of Astronomy and Around the World in 80 Telescopes via twitter, in the forum, via the blogs and send your photos to the galleries.

This is going to be very big. Are you ready?

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Tuesday 24th Mar 2009 (19:38 GMT) | Permalink
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