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ISSUE 2 - February 2008

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From Earth to the Universe: Image Exhibitions in the International Year of Astronomy 2009
(page 33-35)
Megan Watzke, Kimberly Kowal Arcand, Lars Lindberg Christensen & the IYA2009 Image Exhibition Task Group


The fantastic images of the Universe are largely responsible for the magical appeal that astronomy has for lay people. Indeed, popular images of the cosmos can engage the general public not only in the aesthetics of the visual realm, but also in the science of the knowledge and understanding behind them. The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) is an unprecedented opportunity to present astronomy to the global community. From Earth to the Universe ( endeavours to bring these images to a wider audience in non-traditional venues, such as art museums, public galleries, shopping malls and public gardens.

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