International Year of Astronomy Draws To A Close

The Department of Physics & Astronomy hosted the final showing of the IYA 2009 Film Festival on December 12, 2009, marking the end of the University of Utah’s International Year of Astronomy (IYA) celebration. The IYA marks the 400th anniversary of Galileo Galilei’s first recorded astronomical observations and the publication of Johannes Kepler’s Astronomia nova.


In celebration, the department hosted many entertaining and educational events throughout the year, including Astronomy Day (May 2), a special lecture by former NASA Astronaut and Pilot, Lt. Col. Duane “Digger” Carey RET (Oct. 13), as well as the monthly Film Festival, and weekly Star Parties at our own South Physics Observatory.

The IYA organizers would like to thank those individuals, departments, and organizations without whose aid and support, this celebration could not take place. Organizers would also like to thank the public and all those who attended these events for making the International Year of Astronomy such a great success.