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Optics education in the International Year of Astronomy
Author(s): Constance E. Walker; Robert T. Sparks; Stephen M. Pompea

Paper Abstract

The International Year of Astronomy (IYA) will be celebrated in 2009 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first use of the telescope for astronomical observation. The National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) in Tucson, Arizona, USA, is participating in a variety of international education activities to build awareness of the role of astronomy and optics in our modern technological society. We will outline our education plans specifically related to optics for the International Year of Astronomy. These plans include outreach activities that appeal to professional museum and classroom educators as well as the general public.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 June 2007
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9665, Tenth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics, 96650I (3 June 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.2207493
Show Author Affiliations
Constance E. Walker, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Robert T. Sparks, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Stephen M. Pompea, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9665:
Tenth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics
Marc Nantel, Editor(s)

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