Overview: A Year to Celebrate Astronomy

Overview
of Star Witness news story: A Year to Celebrate Astronomy
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Star Witness news story: A Year to Celebrate Astronomy explains that 2009 marks the 400th anniversary of Galileo Galilei's observations of the heavens with his telescope. To celebrate Galileo's achievement, the United Nations has declared 2009 the International Year of Astronomy (IYA). The goal of the worldwide celebration is to enhance interest in astronomy and science through the theme of "The Universe, Yours to Discover."
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Grades: 5-8, but the material can be adapted for use in other grades at the teacher’s discretion
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A content reading selection. Teachers should discuss the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary prior to having students read this selection.

An engagement activity. Have students read the selection. Ask them to explain what they know about Galileo.

An inquiry tool. Propose a question, such as "Why do you think the United Nations chose 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy?" Have students read the selection and write down questions they want answered as a result of the reading.

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Overview: A Year to Celebrate Astronomy